The UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein Coal Mine is one of the most famous sights in the city of Essen. The former coal mine or "Eiffel Tower of the Ruhr" was the largest coal mine in the world at your time and active from 1851 to 1986. Today it is an impressive industrial monument and an important part of Essen's history. For music enthusiasts, we recommend a visit to the Philharmonie. This is known above all for its excellent acoustics and first-class orchestral and musical performances. Those who want to escape the city life should make a trip to Lake Baldeney - a large lake that runs through Essen. Here there are many opportunities for recreational activities such as swimming, boating, cycling and hiking. The Botanical Garden in Grugapark allows you the ideal setting for a leisurely stroll. Discover there a remarkable selection of different plants and flowers from all over the world. Art enthusiasts will get their money's worth at the Folskwang Museum: The museum houses an impressive collection of works from different eras, such as Expressionism, Impressionism and Modernism. Also, a visit to the Old Synagogue should not be missed during your visit to Essen: The historic synagogue not only serves as a museum, but is also a memorial to the Jewish community.