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A city of west-central Germany
Common clues:
German industrial city; City on the Ruhr; German iron center; Krupp family home; Big Bertha's birthplace; Pittsburgh of the Ruhr; City north of Cologne
Crossword puzzle frequency: 6 times a year
Frequency in English language: 41900 / 86800
Essen - Germany

Essen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the Ruhr river, there being the second largest city of the Ruhr area and the 8th largest city of Germany. Population: 586,205 (as of 30.06.2004).

Despite its size, the city is not as well-known as other cities of comparable size. Essen was an insignificant agricultural town until the 19th century, although founded as early as about 845. The mining of coal and ore led to the growth of the city and the entire Ruhr area. Essen is the home of the Krupp family; the family established steel production in Essen in 1811. After having undergone major economic changes after the Second World War, Essen is now home to a high-class college of art, many industrial sights (Zeche Zollverein) and a major collection of art (Folkwang Museum).

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