Take the S-Bahn line 6 from the main train station Essen to the stop 'Hügel'. The lake itself is right next to the train station.
Free parking around the lake but might be a little tricky on weekends - families love to go there.
The Düsseldorf airport is about 20 minutes away from Essen. Access is via the A52 or by train to the main station Essen. From there take the S-Bahn line 6 to Essen-Hügel. Travel time is about 40 minutes.
The Baldeneysee is an approximately 7.8 km long lake in Essen. It is surrounded by forests and known far beyond the Ruhrgebiet as a water sports paradise and recreation area.
The lake is a good place for visitors from near and far in the summer but also in winter. In the summer, the ships of the 'Weiße Flotte' traveled of the lake and the Ruhr.
In good weather is sailed and surfed – swimming in the lake, however, is unfortunately prohibited. On Baldeneysee, there are around 20 sailing clubs which arrange regattas regularly.
Relax in the 'Seaside Beach Baldeney'. The 250 meter long and 35 meter wide beach dream with 5,000 tons finest Caribbean sand waits for the visitors. Tip: In the winter, there's barbecue sausages and mulled wine and the admission is free.
There is a path around the lake which is ideal for a nice walk, a good run for bikers or skaters. In good weather bikers from across the region meet at 'Haus Scheppen' (south bank) and enjoy their delicious food and drinks – the place is famous for their sausages and a cold beer.
Numerous beer gardens awaiting visitors within the surroundings. Tip: 'Haus am See' (south bank) – a nice place to enjoy the view on the lake.
Escape Address: Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 206, 45133 Essen, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Visit the neighboring district Werden. Here wait medieval streets, a small but fine gastronomy and St. Ludger Church on the visitors. Pedal boats can be rented at the Ruhr in summer. Tip: Eat ice cream at Kika's ice cream parlor!
The 'Villa Hügel' at the lakeside was the residence of the Krupp family – Dynasty of the most important entrepreneurs in Germany. The Villa and the adjacent park can be visited and are well worth a visit. The villa even has its own S-Bahn station (S6 'Hügel').
Above the lake are the ruins of Isenburg. 750 years ago it was one of the largest and most important fortifications in the region. These mysterious ruins are even a hidden gem for locals and definitely worth a visit! More information: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neue_Isenburg
The Museum Folkwang is one of the most prominent art museums in Germany with outstanding collections of painting and sculpture from the 19th century, Classical Modernism and the post-1945 period.