A trip to Essen-Werden
Some history facts:
Werden is a borough of the city of Essen in Germany. It belongs to the city district IX Werden/Kettwig/Bredeney and has roghly 10.000 inhabitants. Founded around the end of the 8th century, it was granted city rights in 1317 and merged into the city of Essen in 1929.
Werden is a very picturesque place and while I live in the area for almost 20 years now and drive through Werden regularly on the way to the CinemaxX in Mülheim, I never really visited and learned about its beauty and charme.
That was changed today. Here are some impressions. (All photos taken with the iPhone using the most awesome ProCamera app and the HDR filter 🙂 )
Cathedral (seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Essen)
Old Town Hall
So there’s that pastry called Traumtorten (Dream Cakes). They make every cake you ever want with every filling you ever want and every frosting you ever want and you can even provide them with a photo of whomever you want to be placed on the cake and they do it and it looks awesome and is of course edible. S and her dad had one made for Granny’s 100th birthday – along with a pic of Granny on top – that was the best thing I’ve ever seen. You can also order online at www.traumtorten.de and they ship (according to the filling… if it’s e.g. something with butter cream or other stuff that needs cooling, then they don’t). Depending on your wish and on the size of the cake they can be a bit pricey, but it’s all worth it since it’s the most individual cake you could ever get.
Saw this not at Traumtorten but in a regular café but thought it was cute.
If you wanna look cool as shit for the next summer…
So, next thing we did (after we had a delicious pizza – and no, I didn’t take photos) – we went down to the river Ruhr which flows right through Werden. There’s also a small island in the river, the so called Brehminsel (Brehm island) or just Brehm, as the Esseners call it.
Already in 1572 it is mentioned that the island was used as pasture of Werden Abbey. Later in the 19th century it was hired from a factory owner who planted many of the beautiful old trees that we can still see there today. Nevertheless, the island was generally available to the public. Today, the island is Werden’s “city park” with old trees, a playground with a cable car, a football field and a large lawn where you can play badminton, frisbee or can have a barbeque. It is connected to Werden’s Old Twon by a small bridge above the fish weir on the eastern riverbank . There’s also a pedal boat rental in the summer.
I really can’t believe that I live here for so long and never been here. So so so beautiful!
Yes, people are really allowed to BBQ on the lawn.
We always cross that bridge on the way to the movies in Mülheim.
That’s it 🙂