Gelsenkirchen - "City of a Thousand Fires"
Location: In the Northern Part of the Ruhr Area
This city of over 250,000 residents is located within North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. This is near the western edge of the country in the Ruhr area, an urban area with a dense population. It is called such because the region lies along the river Ruhr, but it is also bordered in places by the Rhine and the Lippe. It is known to be a rich agricultural and industrial region.
Business: Center of Solar Technology
Germany's fourth business-friendliest city has a lot to offer the country, with the way it is producing solar energy, solar panels, and solar cells. A division of Shell Solar Deutschland is located here. The city has taken on such efforts to change its reputation. Media is also a big employer here, being the headquarters of Network of Local Radio in North Rhine-Westphalia Registered Association (Verband Lokaler Rundfunk in Nordrhein-Westfalen e. V) as well as Radio Emscher-Lippe. The rail and other infrastructure have undergone major reconstructions since Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2006, improving it greatly.
Culture: A Castle, Recreation, and Shopping
One of the most popular attractions in Gelsenkirchen is Castle Berge. It was originally built in 1264 and expanded in the 1700s. Many concerts and events are held within the castle, and there is a traditional summer festival here every year. The city parks are well known for their beauty. They offer playgrounds as well as gardens and ponds. Two of the most popular parks are Stadtgarten and Revierpark, both in the center of town. Also at the city center, you will find the Bahnhofstrasse, one of two major shopping areas in the city.
Activities: Family-Friendly Attractions and Sports
The city is well known for its family-friendly atmosphere. If you're visiting with children, start with Zoom Erlebniswelt, an interactive zoo split into the worlds of Alaska, Africa, and Asia with natural habitats. Then, try Nordsternpark, which was once an industrial park. It has been converted into a canal with a biking trail, an open-air theatre, a rock climbing area, and a children's play area. Many industrial parks have been converted for such uses throughout the city. Sports lovers will also enjoy Veltins Arena, the home of the professional football club Schalke 04.