One of Germany´s most well-known garden cities lies in the South of Essen. It was constructed between 1906 and 1938 and was a donation to the public by German steel tycoon wife Margarethe Krupp on the occasion of her daughter´s wedding.
The area which spreads over 115 hectares includes 935 houses and altogether 3092 apartments. It was intended as an example of philanthropic housing at the time of its construction and is well-preserved until today. It lies only 20 minutes by tram from Essen´s main train station (U17 Margarethenhöhe/Laubenstrasse station) and it feels more like an independent small village than a suburb. There is also a large adjacent woodland which is used by residents to walk their dogs or to run errands. A lovely place to check out if you are in the area of Essen. Here are a few impressions from my latest visit in July 2017.