Gelsenkirchen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Gelsenkirchen is in the heart of the Ruhr region in Germany. Located in the western part of the country, Gelsenkirchen is located near major cities such as Dusseldorf and Cologne. Through coal mining, the Ruhr Region became former industrial capital of Germany and formed heavily populated cities. During World War II, the area was severely bombed due to its rich industrial value. After World War II though coal mining was severely curtailed and large unemployment hit the region. Gelsenkirchen, like neighboring cities, are refining their image promoting its industrial culture. Old refineries have been remolded into event halls and ice skating rinks. Beautiful bike paths now lie where old rail lines ran. Art from old machines are a source of artistic expression. Gelsenkirchen and the surrounding Ruhr Region offer this and more!

Get in

The Ruhr area, especially Gelsenkirchen, offers a wonderful public transportation system. Whether using the train, bus, streetcar/ trolley, or car, it is easy to plan your transportation to and from all your activities in and around Gelsenkirchen.

By plane

Nearest airports are located within 100 km from the city.

Train stations with connections to Gelsenkirchen are available at both airports.

By train

The city can be easily reached using the German train network InterCity-Express (ICE)and InterCity (IC) trains offer high speed connections between cities throughout Germany and popular European destinations. These trains travel up to 300km/h and offer optimal comfort for long distance travel.

Inter City Transportation

The Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr Website offers a wonderful online planner in multiple languages for using the train and/ or bus in the Rein-Ruhr area. The central Bus Stations are located at the Gelsenkirchen Main Train Station and in the center of Gelsenkirchen Buer. Do note this website does not provide prices for your specific route-plan.

The official Bus and Trolley/ Streetcar transportation provider in Gelsenkirchen and the surrounding area is BOGESTRA.

By car

Gelsenkirchen can be reached using the highway (Autobahn) A42, A2, A40, as well as the Bundesstraße B224/A52.



There are 2 major shopping areas:



Depending on your budget, Gelsenkirchen offers two hotel options.

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