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    Walking time 

    Essen has 4,321 km of streets and paths. If you wanted to walk them all, assuming you walked four kilometers an hour, eight hours a day, it would take you 135 days. And, when you need to get home there are 680 bus and tram stops, and subway and railway stations in Essen.


    Assuming that every kilometer of street in Essen has an average of 33 street lamps with 50W of power, then Essen has more than 142,602 street lamps, which use 7.1 megawatts of electricity per hour. Over a number of years, that adds up to the amount of energy produced by a volcanic eruption.

    Local recreation 

    With a total area of 9.5 square kilometers, public green spaces and parks make up 4.5% of Essen’s total area, 210 square kilometers. That means each of Essen’s 569,884 residents has an average of 16.7 square meters – less than most large Zoo animals!


    When people in Essen want to go out, they are spoilt for choice; the city has more than 966 cafés, restaurants, bars, ice-cream parlors, beer gardens, cinemas, nightclubs and theatres. If they were all lined up along a single street, it would need to be at least 6 km long.


    More than 670 sights and monuments, and far more than 2,622 retailers, mean there is plenty of sightseeing to do in Essen. Feeling tired? After a hard day visiting all the cultural attractions in the city, shopping or a night at the theatre, Essen offers more than 100 hotels, youth hostels and camp sites.
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