I might be in Essen in two weeks. I'm not planning to be there for the convention but I was still wondering if there is anything special in Essen connected to board gaming ex. shops, museum etc?
My favourite online store has a local store in Essen: http://www.allgames4you.de
I've never been to the local store but I order almost exclusively from them because they have excellent service and put so much care into packaging the games for shipping. They also have good prices.