The central stations of Bochum and Essen are served by the long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn AG. From there you can reach Hattingen in 20 or 30 minutes with the S-Bahn line 3.
Hattingen is best accessible via the Autobahn A 43, Ausfahrt Witten-Herbede (21) or Sprockhövel (22). Then it continues over country roads. In the center of Hattingen, there are 1600 well-marked parking spaces.
Hattingen is reachable in about 45 minutes by car or in 60 minutes by public transport from Düsseldorf Airport. Take the regional express to Essen and there the S-Bahn 3 to Hattingen.
End of November until shortly before Christmas
The Christmas market Hattingen is located in the historic downtown. Just a few Christmas markets in Germany spread such a romantic charm. Admire the numerous half-timbered houses and enjoy the festive mood.
The winding streets that lead from one place to the next, provide an attractive atmosphere especially in the dark. It literally smells like Christmas. The Christmas market is very extensive and thus spread the visitors. It is indeed full, but you don't really get it.
The most famous historic buildings in the city are St. George's Church, the Old Town Hall, the bell tower and the flat iron house from the 17th century (so-called because of its shape).
Sixty stalls, 230 small Christmas trees and some large fir trees spread out a comforting Christmas atmosphere.
Handmade soap, beeswax candles and jewelry are just a small selection of products that you can buy on the market - all genuine craftsmanship and not cheap mass-produced goods.
The town hall is a great advent calendar. Every day will open another small window. Especially for children, this is a really nice attraction.
Escape Address: Kirchplatz, 45525 Hattingen, Hattingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Tip! The Henrichshütte, a former smelter in Hattingen, is operated today as a Museum and part of the route of industrial heritage. The torch tours or a guided tour through the air raid shelter are very popular. There is information: http://www.lwl.org/LWL/Kultur/wim/portal/S/hattingen/ort/
In early December, the historic Santa Claus steam train travels. The old steam locomotive is fired with real coal. Each child receives a bag from Santa Claus. http://www.ruhrtalbahn.com/nikolaus-info/index.html
Visit the shopping city Essen. There wait several shopping centers and a vast pedestrian zone on the visitors. Worth mentioning is the "Lichtburg", a movie theater with the largest cinema hall in Germany (1250 seats).