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"Why should someone do a vacation in Oberhausen? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Oberhausen, which everyone visiting Oberhausen should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Oberhausen that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 05/15/2014)

Oberhausen is the best starting point for sightseeing, arts, and culture as well as diverse sports in the Ruhr area. From here, you can visit all cities in the area quickly and comfortably, by bus, train or car, as all the cities merge together. You can read about all the highlights on www.ruhr-tourismus.de Nonetheless, 3 insider tipps, not just for Oberhausen: 1. Emscher route from the source in Dortmund past Oberhausen to the confluence with the Rhine, featuring various highlights of industrial culture, the re-natured canal, water treatment plants and water works, water protection areas, and more. This route can be done by bike, traveling almost exclusively on comfortable cycling trails and not roads. 2. There is an Eisenheimsiedlung not only in Oberhausen but also in the neighboring town, Duisburg. This settlement, Bergbausiedlung Neumühl, is even more beautiful, in our opinion, very quaint, and well-worth a visit. 3. On the bike path with the ferry to Orsay and then to Rheinberg (or, if so inclined, to Xanten, the Roman city with archaeological park); it is very idyllic and beautiful on the left side of the Lower Rhine. This can also be done by car, of course. 4. Essen Kettwig with its castle, Baldeneysee lake, and a detour to Villa Hügel. About 10 km distant. I could go on like this with many more little ideas which are not usually named as highlights. Best regards; you’re welcome at any time Hanne Lohau-Nattkamp
Answer provided by Hanne Lohau-Nattkamp on 05/16/2014
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One should definitely go see the Ruhrpark in Altstaden, Oberhausen castle and the gasometer.
Answer provided by Santo Balbo on 05/15/2014
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Unfortunately, I do not know anyone in Oberhausen. My vacation apartments in Essen are very close to Oberhausen, though. Maybe I can help you this way. Best, Julia Wendland
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Oberhausen

  • LVR Industrial Museum
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    LVR Industrial Museum

    The Rheinisches Industriemuseum (lit. Rhineland Museum of the Industry) is a decentralized museum with six locations in Rhineland, western Germany.

    The owner of the museum is the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR).

  • Gasometer Oberhausen
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    Gasometer Oberhausen

    The Oberhausen gasometer, the largest disc-type gas holder in Europe, is an industrial monument located in Oberhausen, Germany. It was constructed between 1927 and 1929. Today it is an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage and serves as an exhibition hall.

    The Oberhausen Gasometer today

    The Gasometer Oberhausen is the tallest exhibition hall in Europe. The Gasometer, 117.5 metres high, is a landmark of the city of Oberhausen. As an imposing witness to the history of construction and technology it is an impressive reminder of heavy industry that characterised the Ruhr for more than a century. The Gasometer Oberhausen, with more than four million annual visitors, is one of the major Anchor Points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

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Travel Insider Tips for Oberhausen

Oberhausen Oberview

Oberhausen (IPA: [ˈoːbɐhaʊzən]) is a Ruhr Area city on the river Emscher between Duisburg (Duisburg vacation rentals | Duisburg travel guide) (7 miles) and Essen (Essen vacation rentals | Essen travel guide) (8 mi). The city hosts the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and its Gasometer Oberhausen is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Oberhausen has 4 "city centres", and Alt-Oberhausen, Sterkrade and Osterfeld (Osterfeld vacation rentals | Osterfeld travel guide) are common town centres. The new city centre with its mall draws many people from more distant places as it also boasts a larger number of exceptional shops. Much of the city is composed of low- to medium-density residential areas, most of which date from the 1950s-1970s.

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Things to See in Oberhausen

Schloss Oberhausen, former mansion at the Emscher.

At the Old Market Square, the central square on a rectangular grid incurred urban downtown, is the symbol of old-Oberhausen, a classical column with a gilded goddess of victory Nike over the capital.

Established in 1954, the annual International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is a highlight of the cultural life in Oberhausen.

The Corpus Christi Sterkrade fair is the largest street fair in Europe.

More about the History of Oberhausen

Oberhausen was named for its 1847 train station which had taken its name from the Castle Oberhausen (German: Schloss Oberhausen). The new borough was formed in 1862 following inflow of people for the local coal mines and steel mills. Awarded town rights in 1874, Oberhausen absorbed several neighbouring boroughs during its growth in the late 19th century. After becoming a city in 1901, Oberhausen incorporated the towns of Sterkrade and Osterfeld (Osterfeld vacation rentals | Osterfeld travel guide) in 1929. The Ruhrchemie AG synthetic oil plant ("Oberhausen-Holten" or "Sterkrade/Holten")[1] was a bombing target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, and the US Forces had reached the plant by April 4, 1945.

Oberhausen was largely focused on mining and steel production until the 1960s. The last coal mine closed in 1992 and the large Thyssen iron and steel mill closed in 1997 (over 50,000 jobs). The Altenberg (Altenberg vacation rentals | Altenberg travel guide) zinc factory (German: Zinkfabrik Altenberg) closed in 1981, was taken over by the Rheinisches Industriemuseum (English: Rhineland Industry Museum) in 1984, and opened in 1997.

In 1954 the city began hosting the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and the 1982 Deutscher Filmpreis was awarded to a group that wrote the Oberhausen Manifesto.

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Oberhausen is a Ruhr Area city, located on the Emscher River between Duisburg and Essen. Established in 1954, the annual International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is a highlight of the cultural life in Oberhausen. Visitors may also want to check out the Corpus Christi Sterkrade Fair, which is the largest street fair in Europe. For those interested in the industrial history of the Ruhr area, the Gasometer Oberhausen is a must-see site, as it is an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

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