The City Center
Essen – The shopping city: The already legendary illuminated advertising welcomes visitors at the beginning of the Kettwiger Strasse shopping mile. The shopping street, which is still one of the top 20 in Germany, begins directly behind the main train station: More than 700 stores can be found here, including large chains and exclusive boutiques. Most of Essen’s city center is now a pedestrian zone.
You can easily reach the city center by public transport, the subway stop is 50 m away from the Hotel an der Gruga, so that you can reach the center of Essen comfortably and without having to walk. There are also 25 parking garages with about 12,000 parking spaces available. With the “Limbecker Platz” shopping center on the northern edge of the city, the city has the largest inner-city shopping center with more than 200 stores on 70,000 square meters. The “Rathaus Galerie Essen” is a tranquil place to shop. The small shopping center with direct bus and subway connections offers around 50 stores and a fine selection of restaurants and cafés. And even after the shopping spree, Essen’s city center has plenty to offer: the GOP Varieté Theater with spectacular stage shows and the Lichtburg, Germany’s largest film palace. A large culinary offer in restaurants, bars and cafés leaves nothing to be desired. A special flair is also created by the numerous events that take place throughout the year in Essen’s city center: the Christmas market in the Advent season, tobogganing fun and an ice rink in the wintertime or the music festival “Essen.Original. at the beginning of September, which transforms the entire city center into one big stage. The Essen Light Weeks with the “Essen Light Festival” are known nationwide and show annually changing light motifs spread over the city center of Essen. Since the city center is only 3 km away from the Hotel an der Gruga and you can easily reach it with the subway (U11) which is only 50 m away from the hotel entrance, you should definitely use your stay with us to get to know the city center of Essen.