Oberhausen is one of the Big Five offering a lakeside view and a historical background that can be seen all over the city. This booming town is lucky enough to have four city centers; one of which holds a mall that draws people from everywhere each day. Charming homes lines the streets offering a look back into the 1950s, and the over 200,000 residents enjoy a great mixture of the old and the new. Old castles and modern museums make sure that visitors and those living in the wonderful city are never bored. In fact, it contains an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
Location: On the River Emscher
Just on the edge of western Germany, this town is located in between Essen and Duisburg. The city sits on the River Emscher, a tributary of the Rhine. This location makes it a place where the industrial and residential world meet to make a great economy and place to raise a family. Best of all, getting around is easy due to a nearby canal, bus services, a train network, and its connection to the German motorway network.
Business: Industrial Powerhouse
Industry has been the focus of this city for centuries. Today, education, engineering, and chemical processing are the biggest businesses in the area. Even the site of the former mill still runs light industrial work. Convention and congress centers are not at all lacking, with almost every hotel offering several meeting rooms and Internet access.
Culture: Big Events and Unique Sightseeing
Oberhausen is big on events for its residents and visitors. One of the most popular of these local events is the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. It has been going every year since the 50s and continues to draw in film lovers and aspiring directors. The city's industrial past has also lead to some interesting sites around town. One such site is the Gasometer Oberhausen, which was once a gas tank and now holds a space museum of sorts.
Activities: Family Fun and Shopping
CentrO is by far one of the most well-known attractions in this German town. It is a great place to shop for anything and everything, located within the new town center. There are plenty of other options as well, especially if you have a family. The beloved LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen allows children to explore one of the largest toy brands in the world, and two aquariums in the city offer views of thriving and beautiful sea life.