Essen is the ideal coliving destination for remote workers who seek inspiration for their freelancing journey. Founded in 851, Essen is a city in western Germany with an interesting history.
Coal mining has been a part of Essen’s history since the 14th century. Trade took off in the 19th century when coal transport became easier because of a newly built train and ship network. At that time, Krupp steel production in Essen took off as well until it dominated the global market. But don’t expect dirty old factories, bad air, and blackened facades everywhere: Essen is so full of natural beauty; in 2017 it held the title European Green Capital.
There are several parks with vast meadows, small forests, and flowerbeds, and surrounding the city are green fields and the Baldeneysee Lake where motorcycle lovers spend their days. This green beauty is partially due to changes of the last 50+ years. During WWII, the whole city, including factories, burnt to the ground. In the 1960s, the heavy industry started to decline, and towards the end of the 20th century, coal earned a terrible reputation and was replaced gradually by renewable energies. Essen got rebuilt, the economy shifted towards the service industry, some remaining miners are filling the shafts now while others have moved on to use their skills as firefighters or rail layers instead. Essen survived all these drastic changes and is now a cultural hub with some of the old mines turned into museums. If any place embodies the start-up spirit, it is Essen.
More astonishing things to know about Essen:
- With 580,000 inhabitants, Essen makes it into the top 10 biggest cities in Germany.
- The cathedral named Münsterkirche burnt to the ground three times during its 1000-year life. It was rebuilt every time.
- Architect Alvar Aalto designed the Opera in Essen.
- Even though it’s predominantly a Christian city, there are over 20 mosques in Essen.
In Essen, you’ll have a warm temperate climate, reasonable food, public transport expenses, and a surprising breadth of cultural activities. Numerous coworking locations in Essen attract digital nomads who want to be coliving in Germany.