Special insights - architectural tours of the SANAA building

Gain extraordinary insights and views into the award-winning architecture of the SANAA building in Essen next to the UNSECO World Heritage Zollverein. Let our guides lead you through the building and discover your surroundings anew!

Public guided tours in German

  • Date: every first Sunday of the month
  • Duration: approx. 60 minutes
  • Start: 2.30 p.m.
  • Meeting point: entrance area/reception on the ground floor of the SANAA building
  • Cost: 10 € per person

Registration is not required.

Guided tours – Alte Abtei Essen Werden

Alte Abtei - Main building

Studying at the Folkwang University of the Arts means studying in a special place: in listed buildings, centuries and millennia old, in the middle of the Ruhr region. This is especially true of the Essen-Werden campus. The university’s headquarters reside in the baroque building of the Benedictine Abbey, whose foundation walls date back to the year 799 AD. Here, in the idyllically situated Ruhr Valley in the south of Essen, instrumental training, composition, church music, singing, conducting, music education, musicology, teaching, dance, choreography, kinetography-laban, acting, acting-directing and physical theatre (formerly pantomime) are taught. Doctorates are also possible.


Booked group tours in German or English language

  • Maximum group size: 20 people
  • Duration: approx. 60 minutes
  • Meeting point: Archway / Entrance area Old Abbey
  • Cost: 180 € per guided tour plus VAT and 140 € for students plus VAT (only on presentation of valid student ID)

The guided tours are paid for on account.

Ascension Day, Whitsun, Corpus Christi and 27-30 December 11.30-15.30. Closed Good Friday, 03 October, All Saints’ Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


Cancellation conditions

You can cancel the tour free of charge by e-mail or letter up to 10 working days before the tour date. Otherwise we will have to charge you for the entire tour.


Annika Greskämper


Joshua Volpert


Niklas Zey