Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Ruin of Neu-Isenburg on the Baldeneysee

    Baldeney, 45134 Essen

    How to Get There?


      Essen is a city in the central part of the Ruhr area. With its array of railway connections, the city is quick and easy to get to. From Essen main station take the bus 146 in the direction 'Heisingen' and get off at 'Drosselanger'. Follow the signpost to 'Heimliche Liebe'. Walking time 25 minutes.

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      Essen is accessible via several highways. From the parking lot (free), a trail through the forest leads directly to the Ruin of Neu-Isenburg (approx. 15 minutes).

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 51.410252
      LONGTITUDE: 7.031305



      Essen is reachable with the new long-distance bus lines (Fernbus) from several cities in Germany. Get off at Essen Hbf (Essen main station) and take the bus 146 to 'Heisingen' (exit 'Drosselanger').

      Nearest station

      Essen Hbf

      The airport in Dusseldorf is not far away from Essen. The journey by car to the parking space of Neu-Isenburg takes 30 minutes. From the train station at the airport, you reach the main station Essen by different trains: ICE/IC or regional express trains (travel time about 25 minutes).

      Nearest airport

      Düsseldorf International (DUS)

    Why Go There?

    High above the Baldeneysee in Essen, sits an old castle with an eventful history – the Neu-Isenburg. Although only ruins are left, it is an interesting, very hidden location, which is well worth a visit.

    The Isenburg was built by count Dietrich von Altena-Isenberg around the year 1240 and destroyed only 48 years later (1288). With a circumference of approximately 135 x 45 meters, it was one of the largest castles in the region. The castle was secured against attacks through ditches, which get almost the entire castle. The ruins fell into disrepair over the years and been overgrown by the forest. About 70 years ago, larger parts have been unearthed and made accessibly.

    The Neu-Isenburg (New Isenburg) is owned by the city of Essen. The ruin is freely accessible and can be visited free of charge.

    Sometimes you meet Middle Age role players (mostly at the weekend), because the historic Isenburg is an interesting location for their hobby.

    Children love the ruin, as there is so much to discover. Take a walk through the forest down to the lake Baldeney (Baldeneysee). Explore the landscape during a boat trip or build up your strength with both hot and cold food in one of the restaurants

    But attention: The way back goes steeply uphill!

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Baldeney, 45134 Essen, Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Things to do close by!


    Essen is known as "Essen, the shopping city". There are a great number of shops in the inner city. Visit one of the biggest shopping centers in the Ruhrgebiet – the 'Limbecker Platz'. 200 shops offer everything what the heart desires.


    Werden is a borough of the city of Essen. The Church of St. Lucius is considered the oldest parish church North of the Alps (construction start 995). Discover the historic old town, relax with an coffee in one of the cafés or eat an ice in 'Kikas Eiscafé' (Werdener Markt 2). Walk along the Baldeneysee direction sluice or take the S-Bahn S6 from Essen-Hügel to Essen-Werden (only one stop).


    Directly at the car park 'Heimliche Liebe', there is a mini golf course. Try your luck and have fun with family and friends (season from early March to late October).

    Local speciality

    The restaurant 'Heimliche Liebe' offers German cuisine. From the beer garden, you have a fantastic view over the Lake Baldeney (Baldeneysee).

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