Welcome to Essen
City of Essen
Essen (German pronunciation: [ˈɛsn̩] Latin: Assindia) is the central and second largest city of the Ruhr, the largest urban area in Germany. Its population of approximately 589,000 (as of 31 March 2016) makes it the ninth largest city of Germany, as well as the fourth largest city of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. On the Ruhr and Emscher rivers, Essen geographically is part of the Rhineland and the larger Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region. The Ruhrdeutsch regiolect spoken in the region has strong influences of both Low German (Westphalian) and Low Franconian (East Bergish).
Essen is seat to several of the region's authorities, as well as to eight of the 100 largest publicly-held German corporations regarding turnover, including three DAX corporations, placing Essen first among all German cities in the number of DAX corporate headquarters, together with Munich. Essen is often considered the energy capital of Germany with E.ON and RWE, Germany's largest energy providers, both headquartered in the city. Essen is also known for its impact on the arts through the respected Folkwang University of the Arts, its Zollverein School of Management and Design, and the Red Dot industrial product design award. In early 2003, the universities of Essen and the nearby city of Duisburg (both established in 1972) were merged into the University of Duisburg-Essen with campuses in both cities and a university hospital in Essen. In 1958, Essen was chosen to serve as the seat to a Roman Catholic diocese (often referred to as Ruhrbistum or diocese of the Ruhr).
Founded around 845, Essen remained a small town within the sphere of influence of an important ecclesiastical principality (Essen Abbey) until the onset of industrialization. The city then — especially through the Krupp family iron works — became one of Germany's most important coal and steel centers. Essen, until the 1970s, attracted workers from all over the country; it was the 5th-largest city in Germany between 1929 and 1988, peaking at over 730,000 inhabitants in 1962. Following the region-wide decline of heavy industries in the last decades of the 20th century, the city has seen the development of a strong tertiary sector of the economy. The most notable witness of this Strukturwandel (structural change) is the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, which has once been the largest of its kind in Europe. Ultimately closed in 1993, both the coking plant and the mine have been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2001.
Notable accomplishments of the city in recent years include the title of European Capital of Culture on behalf of the whole Ruhr area in 2010 and the selection as the European Green Capital for 2017.
The regatta course is located in the south of Essen on the Baldeneysee in west-east direction. Rowers will find equal conditions on all eight lanes. Due to the size of the lake training is possible during racing. The new starting pontoon is equipped with traffic lights and electronic control of false starts. Because of this we can make sure all boats start at the same time. The racing course is also equipped with a floating Albano-System. The waterfront starts at the 1250 metre mark. The main building, named Regattahaus, is located at the 1600 metre mark. The regatta office, changing rooms and the weighing can be found there. Next to the Regattahaus one can find the grandstand and the finish tower with its modern technical equipment to ensure, that close races can be judged precisely.
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During the regatta medical service will be provided on land as well as on the water.
In 2010 Essen was announced cultural capitol, which shows that Essen has many attractions for visitors. You can look for the cultural facilities and the upcoming events on the website of the tourist information in Essen.