Destination guide

Lively Gelsenkirchen will entice you

Enjoy the area's opera, culture and live music with a rental holiday home in Gelsenkirchen. This city's football games, zoo and rock climbing draw many visitors. If you need more space to accommodate a family holiday or a trip with friends, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.


Activities and attractions in and around Gelsenkirchen

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Gelsenkirchen a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • ZOOM Erlebniswelt (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Golf Club Schloss Horst (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Cranger Kirmes (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Alpincenter Bottrop (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Indoor Skydiving Bottrop (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Tierpark und Fossilium Bochum (5.9 mi / 9.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Gelsenkirchen

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Gelsenkirchen. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stadtgarten (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Tetrahedon Bottrop (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Grugapark Botanical Garden (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
  • Baldeneysee (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Seaside Beach Baldeney (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Bochum Botanical Garden (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Gelsenkirchen

The nearest airport is in Duesseldorf (DUS-Duesseldorf Intl.), located 21.1 mi (33.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Dortmund (DTM), which is 22.4 mi (36.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Gelsenkirchen Central Station, Gelsenkirchen Zoo Station and Gelsenkirchen Buer Süd Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Gelsenkirchen by catching a ride on the metro at Gelsenkirchen Rotthausen S-Bahn, Schloss Horst U-Bahn or Buerer Strasse U-Bahn.

How many holiday rentals are available around Gelsenkirchen?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 248 holiday lettings around Gelsenkirchen. From 208 flats & apartments to 21 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a town property in Gelsenkirchen?

Romantic winding streets, welcoming locals and a slower pace of living — villages are a true delight. Are you ready to experience this refreshing lifestyle for yourself? HomeAway has 70 village holiday rentals here. Of course, that might not suit everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has a bunch more options, including:

  • 24 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 16 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 9 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Gelsenkirchen?

Unpack your bag, soak up the view and put the kettle on the boil. If you want a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is definitely the way to go. HomeAway has 214 for you to choose from here. If you make your booking quickly, you could be spending as little as £25 per night. If that doesn't match your group's style, we have a range of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Hotel: 89 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £32 per night.
  • House: 19 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £25 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 8 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.

Can I stay in Gelsenkirchen in a large group?

Whether you're hitting the road on a break with the whole family or spending a few nights away with your old school crew, it's always heaps of fun being in a brand new place together! The best news is that HomeAway has places to suit you. The top option for larger groups here are apartment holiday rentals, and we have 24 available. If you're planning on travelling in a big group, the holiday rental options that can meet your needs include:

  • If yours is a crew of 5, we have 53 properties perfect for that size. Spend a night for as little as £45.
  • If you've got 6 in your squad, you'll be pleased to learn that there are 34 holiday rentals perfect. The starting price is £57 a night.
  • Searching for holiday rentals catering to 8 guests? You'll be happy to learn we have 16 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £35 per night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can bring your mom, your sister and all your besties to Gelsenkirchen.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Gelsenkirchen?

Say goodbye to soulless hotel chains! Indulge in the flexibility of living like a local in a great value holiday rental instead. Feast your eyes on the unique options available to book on HomeAway. Grabbing a holiday rental in Neudorf is a great way to avoid burning a hole in your budget. HomeAway have 5 options and the average cost is £67 a night.