facts and history in brief
Essen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Located on the Ruhr river, it ranks as the second largest city of the Ruhr area and as the 8th largest city in Germany.
Population: 586,205 (as of 30.06.2004).
Despite its size, Essen has less prominence than other cities of comparable size.
Essen remained an insignificant agricultural town until the 19th century, although founded as early as about 845.
The mining of coal and ore led to the growth of the city and of the entire Ruhr area.
The Krupp family comes from Essen; their works established steel production in Essen in 1811.
After having undergone major economic changes after World War II, Essen now hosts a high-class college of art, many industrial sights (Zeche Zollverein) and a major collection of art (Folkwang Museum).
Sights in Essen
For a more information about Essen see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essen) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, September 2005.
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This information was correct in September 2005. E. & O.E.
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