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Essen is a city in the Ruhr area mainly known as a industrial centre, yet there are some worthwhile destinations here: The "Villa Hügel" is the palace-like home of the Krupp dynasty, steel magnates and weapon producers in the 19th/20th century (the company still exists). They were extremely succesful in their business and spend part of their wealth on the social welfare of their workers and the improvement of their city. The building is interesting, with some neo-classical ornaments like sphinxes. It is located in a beautiful, lush "English" landscape garden. Sometimes the Villa Hügel houses temporary art exhibitions, usually excellent - apart from that, there is a permanent exhibition on the Krupp dynasty.
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