Destination guide

Head to the theatrical city of Essen

Come and experience Essen and its theatre scene, art galleries and opera. This city's shopping, live music and museums draw many visitors. CentrO and Museum Kunstpalast are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. 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 Essen

Do you want to discover attractions to see while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Essen has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Alpincenter Bottrop (4.9 mi / 7.9 km)
  • Indoor Skydiving Bottrop (4.9 mi / 8 km)
  • Golf Club Schloss Horst (5.6 mi / 8.9 km)
  • AQUApark Oberhausen (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Sea Life Oberhausen (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Kaisergarten Park and Zoo (7 mi / 11.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Essen

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Essen is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stadtgarten (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Grugapark Botanical Garden (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Seaside Beach Baldeney (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Baldeneysee (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Tetrahedon Bottrop (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Landscape Park (10 mi / 16.1 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Essen

The nearest airport is in Duesseldorf (DUS-Duesseldorf Intl.), located 15.9 mi (25.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Dortmund (DTM), which is 26.3 mi (42.3 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Essen Central Station, Essen-Kray Süd Station and Essen-Borbeck S-Bahn are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Essen by catching a ride on the metro at Hirschlandplatz U-Bahn, Berliner Platz U-Bahn or Bismarckplatz U-Bahn.

How many holiday rentals are available around Essen?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 373 holiday lettings around Essen. From 324 flats & apartments to 27 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 Essen?

Put away your watch, because you'll have no use for it where you're off to. It's time to relax, unwind and live like the locals do. HomeAway has 111 village getaway rentals here. Of course, that may not be quite your holiday style. Fortunately, HomeAway has loads more options, including:

  • 42 city-centre holiday accommodation options.
  • 24 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 12 waterfront holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Essen?

Forget about bland hotel rooms. Soak up this destination from the comfort and convenience of your own apartment. HomeAway has 339 for you to browse through here. If you book early, you could spend as little as £17 per night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Hotel: 148 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £32 per night.
  • House: 23 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £28 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 15 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £60 per night.

Can I stay in Essen in a large group?

Getaways with family can be so much fun, especially when you're staying under the one roof somewhere entirely new! If you're visiting with a big group, HomeAway can help you. Apartment holiday rentals are the leading option here for big groups of travellers. Our extensive database presently has 29 available. The rental properties that can provide for large groups in this area include:

  • Are you looking for rentals that can sleep 5 of you? We have 64 that will be ideal. The prices start from £26 per night.
  • If you've got 6 in your group, you'll be delighted to learn that there are 56 rental properties suitable. You can get one for as little as £50 per night.
  • Hunting down rentals suitable for 8 people? You'll be delighted to find out we have 36 that will fit the bill. You can bag one from just £104 a night.

You and all your buddies will be well catered to when you arrange your Essen getaway with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Essen?

Those noisy hotel swimming pools are no place to spend those precious holiday moments! Uncover our economical holiday rentals now and ensure everyone in your crew has room to move. You can count on there being a fantastic deal awaiting you in Neudorf. With 5 holiday rentals on offer at an average price of £67 a night, staying in this well-known area is sure to get your getaway off to a terrific start!

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