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"Hi, I'm going over to the Germany v Ireland euro qualifier in October and am wondering where would be the best area to look for a hotel and also best area for nighlife? thanks, John" (posted 08/03/2014)

Hello, Thank you for your inquiry. In order to submit you an offer, I need the exact arrival and departure dates. After you book our apartment, I can give you information on sights, restaurants, etc. Regards, Gaby Wegner Sachsenring 103b 45279 Essen
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Hi John, I do not know my way around Gelsenkirchen really well, but I think it's best to stay somewhere near the main train station. From the main train station, one has very good connections to all cities of the Ruhr and also to the individual districts. Furthermore, there are a couple of restaurants and cafes around here. I hope that we could help you with our response. Perhaps Essen is also a possibility for you. Our apartment its about a 10-minute walk from the Essen main train station, and from, here there is a direct connection to Gelsenkirchen. Lots of little cafes and restaurants are also within walking distance. Kind regards, Emmerich family
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The match Germany vs. Ireland takes place on October 14 in Gelsenkirchen. The address of the venue is: Veltins-Arena, Arena Ring 1, 45891 Gelsenkirchen. If you have found a hotel, you might also like to check the availability of public transport. To find information on how to get to the arena, visit the English version of the VRR website: http://www.vrr.de/en/index.html. Information about nightlife in Gelsenkirchen is here: http://www.inyourpocket.com/germany/gelsenkirchen/nightlife. Enjoy the game! Kind regards, Thomas
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Gelsenkirchen presents itself above all as a centre of solar technology. Shell Solar Deutschland GmbH produces solar cells in Rotthausen. Scheuten Solar Technology has taken over its solar panel production. There are other large businesses in town: THS GmbH, Gelsenwasser, e.on, BP Gelsenkirchen GmbH, Shell Solar Deutschland GmbH and Pilkington. According to a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Gelsenkirchen is, after Leipzig (Leipzig vacation rentals | Leipzig travel guide), Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe vacation rentals | Karlsruhe travel guide) and Bremen (Bremen vacation rentals | Bremen travel guide), Germany's fourth business-friendliest city.

Gelsenkirchen is home of the famous football club Schalke 04, which is named after the borough Schalke, while the club's arena, the Veltins-Arena, is located in the borough Erle.

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Football club FC Schalke 04. Schalke's home ground, Veltins-Arena, is generally regarded as one of the most innovative stadiums built in recent years. It was one of 12 German cities to host matches during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and has already hosted the matches between Poland and Ecuador, Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro, Portugal and Mexico and USA and Czech Republic.

ZOOM Experience, the city's zoo

Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen

Evangelische Altstadtkirche

Dorfkirche St. Georg

Propsteikirche St. Augustinus

Schloss Horst & Berge

Bridge and the North Star Park

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More about the History of Gelsenkirchen

Up until the middle of the 19th century, the area in and around Gelsenkirchen was only thinly settled and almost exclusively agrarian. In 1815, after temporarily belonging to the Grand Duchy of Berg, the land now comprising the city of Gelsenkirchen passed to the Kingdom of Prussia, which assigned it to the province of Westphalia. Whereas the Gelsenkirchen of that time — not including today's north-end communities, such as Buer — was put in the Amt of Wattenscheid in the Bochum (Bochum vacation rentals | Bochum travel guide) district, in the governmental region of Arnsberg, Buer, which was an Amt in its own right, was along with nearby Horst joined to Recklinghausen (Recklinghausen vacation rentals | Recklinghausen travel guide) district in the governmental region of Münster (Münster vacation rentals | Münster travel guide). This arrangement came to an end only in 1928.

In 1885, after Bochum district was split up, Gelsenkirchen became the seat of its own district (Kreis), which would last until 1926. The cities of Gelsenkirchen and Wattenscheid, as well as the Ämter of Braubauerschaft (as of 1900, Bismarck), Schalke, Ückendorf, Wanne and Wattenscheid all belonged to the Gelsenkirchen district. A few years later, in 1896, Gelsenkirchen was split away from Gelsenkirchen district to become an independent city (German: kreisfreie Stadt). In 1891, Horst was split away from the Amt of Buer, which itself was raised to city in 1911, and to an independent city the next year. Meanwhile, Horst became the seat of its own Amt. In 1924, the rural community of Rotthausen, which until then had belonged to the Essen (Essen vacation rentals | Essen travel guide) district, was made part of the Gelsenkirchen district.

n 1997, the Federal Garden Show (Bundesgartenschau or BUGA) was held on the grounds of the disused Nordstern coalmine in Horst. In 1999, the last phase of the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, an undertaking that brought together many cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, was held. Coke was produced at the old Hassel coking works for the last time on 29 September 1999. This marked the shutdown of the last coking plant in Gelsenkirchen, after being a coking town for more than 117 years. In the same year, Shell Solar Deutschland AG took over production of photovoltaic equipment. On 28 April 2000, the Ewald-Hugo colliery closed — Gelsenkirchen's last colliery. Three thousand coalminers lost their jobs. In 2003, Buer celebrated its thousandth anniversary of first documentary mention, and FC Schalke 04 celebrated on 4 May 2004 its hundredth anniversary. Today, Gelsenkirchen is a centre for sciences, services, and production, with good infrastructure.

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Gelsenkirchen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Ruhr area. Gelsenkirchen was first documented in 1150, but it remained a tiny village until the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution led to the growth of the entire area. In 1840, when the mining of coal began, 6000 inhabitants lived in Gelsenkirchen; in 1900 the population had increased to 138,000. At last count, its population in 2006 was c. 267,000.

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