In what was once Europe's largest mining city, people always longed for greenery. Parks and gardens were laid out early on. Now there's more green - and disused industrial sites have become places to relax.
Coal, steel and heavy industry all featured prominently in Essen's past. But now the reinvented Ruhr region hub is showing off its environmental credentials as 2017's European Green Capital. Samantha Early paid a visit.
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