The Ruhr Metropolis
The Ruhr River Area, or the Ruhr Metropolis, sure is one of the most exciting regions in Europe, being so rich in variety. Nearly six million people live here. The hospital density is the highest in Germany: Nowhere else are citizens so comprehensively supplied as in this region. Health services make up the region’s largest employer, boasting 230,000 staff. 120 clinics (13 of which are located in Essen) provide an internationally acknowledged reputation. The Contilia Health Campus with the Elisabeth Hospital Essen as its central premises is one of the most renowned addresses.
Essen and its Periphery – from Industrial to Service Metropolis
Essen with its nearly 600,000 citizens covers an area of more than 200 km² in the center of the Ruhr Metropolis, and thus ranks among the biggest German cities. Following a massive decline of heavy industries throughout the last four decades, the university town has developed a strong service sector within the necessary structural changes, exemplified by some vital health care businesses. A sightseeing tour will surely cause some lasting moments when the modern service sector is contrasted with the millennial history of the town.
Attractive Conurbation with plenty of Nature, Culture & Shopping
the year 2010 Essen represented the Ruhr Metropolis as a European
Capital of Culture. 30 years ago it was coal and steel that dominated
the residents’ lives. These grounds are now covered by more than 200
museums, 120 theatres and 100 concert halls, attracting visitors from
all over the world. Lakes, parks, gardens, agricultural areas and
forests make the Ruhr Metropolis a green conurbation. Lake Baldeney in
Essen is the biggest of the six Ruhr reservoirs, the river that serves
as the eponym for the region. This water sports paradise and
recreational area lies below the famous landmark Villa Hügel, former
residency of the industrial family Krupp. The shopping factor is
underlined by three of the biggest German retail centers – Limbecker
Platz in Essen, Rhein-Ruhr-Zentrum Mülheim, and the Centro in
Oberhausen, all three of them only ten minutes apart by car. Strolling
has become an all-time favorite.
Limbecker Platz Essen
Fotos: Essen Marketing GmbH