Visitors to the Grugapark can relax in the green spaces, discover interesting information in the exhibition gardens and glasshouses, and also enjoy an attractive recreational and cultural programme.
Three generations of Essen’s population have experienced the Grugapark as a place for brilliant displays of flowers, Sunday outings, concerts, play and fun, firework displays and festivals, train rides and many, many unforgettable childhood memories.
A walk around the park takes the visitor to the round dahlia garden with its views over the forest valley and to the botanical garden, which not only boasts a collection of Alpine trees and shrubs but also a cascading waterfall and a pond. Furthermore, there is a rose garden, a garden with herbaceous perennials and exotic plants, a water-lily pond, a farm garden, a herb garden, a garden for meditation, a rhododendron dale, and a garden with climbers and creepers.
In 1929, the Große Ruhrländische Gartenbau-Ausstellung (Gruga) opened its gates to the public. The aim was to astound visitors with dramatic horticultural art and illuminated waterfalls.
After the Second World War, the partly destroyed Gruga was rebuilt with a new concept in mind. In 1952, the park was again the venue for a horticultural exhibition and presented the visitors with a freely created landscape and softly rolling lawns. The former strict geometry was replaced by a natural park form.
In 1965, the Gruga hosted the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Garden Show) with new themes which still shape the park today: fun, sport, and active recreation.