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Travel and insider tips for Gelsenkirchen and the surrounding area

Here are a few travel and insider tips in and around Gelsenkirchen that are sure to appeal to grown-ups and kids alike:

Gelsenkirchen is colourful and known for its football club Schalke 04. However, the city and its surrounding area have a lot more to offer – lots of exciting attractions, cultural institutions and destinations await. 

Zoom Erlebniswelt

A huge area divided into the themed areas Alaska, Africa, Asia and Grimberger Hof let you and your little ones immerse yourselves in a completely different kind of zoo. Embark on a journey around the world and discover the breathtaking flora and fauna of our natural world – a fun way to learn for kids and grown-ups alike.

Veltins Arena

Gelsenkirchen is not only well-known for its football team Schalke 04 but also for the place where the games are played, the Veltins Arena. Only 15 minutes from our hotel, the Veltins Arena is also a venue for many concerts and operas. Experience the unique atmosphere, cheer and sing along and experience a Schalke 04 game – a must for any football fan! 

Musiktheater im Revier

In the heart of Gelsenkirchen and within walking distance of our hotel lies the famous and significant Musiktheater im Revier. Here, you can enjoy ballet and opera, musicals and symphonies, in unique architectural surroundings.

Gelsenkirchen Art Gallery

The city museum is in the Buer district and has an important collection of kinetic art, classic modern art and constructivist masterpieces. There are plenty of exciting paintings and installations for you to look forward to.

Zollverein Essen UNESCO World Heritage Site

A former coal mine in Essen is the landmark of the Ruhr Valley and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 thanks to its extraordinary architecture and cultural significance. Home to major cultural institutions and the Folkwang University of the Arts, it combines history and culture with industrial heritage.

Nordstern Mine

The Nordstern Mine and the associated Nordstern Tower are an insider tip and a definite must-see in Gelsenkirchen: this former coal mine enchants its visitors day after day. The listed arts and cultural space offers a unique view of the stunning park, the entire area and Gelsenkirchen itself from the viewing platform. A very special place with magical art installations, such as the giant statue of Hercules that greets you!

Movie Park Germany

One of the best-known theme parks is Movie Park Germany, not far from ibis Styles Gelsenkirchen. With a focus on film, the 40-hectare park will take you to Hollywood, New York, the Old West, Nickland and many other exciting film landscapes.  

Gelsenkirchen racecourse

Have you always wanted to visit a racecourse? In Gelsenkirchen, you have the opportunity. Since 1912, GelsenTrabPark, also known as Nienhausen racecourse, has regularly hosted 1200-metre races – usually on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. You can also watch training take place. 


ibis Styles Gelsenkirchen
Ringstrasse 1-3
45879 Gelsenkirchen

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