The mixture of the historic Old Town, with its crooked lanes and half-timbered houses, and modern shopping possibilities give this city on the river a very special charm. Located in the immediate vicinity of Essen, Duisburg and the metropolitan region of Düsseldorf, Mülheim has an excellent infrastructure and a wide range of educational and leisure facilities. Fans of culture cannot go wrong here: whether a visit to the Water Museum, which is housed in a 100 year old water tower, a tour of the largest walk-in Camera Obscura in the world, or an excursion from the nearby Mülheim Water Railway Station – the city has so many different recreational facilities. The history of Mülheim is dominated by the leather industry, which was at its zenith in 1920, making it the economic centre of leather production. The history of this era can be traced today in the Leather and Tanning Museum. Today the city is home to renowned companies in the food retail industry. The high recreational standard of the city is determined by a higher than average amount of green spaces and parks, as well as the beautiful landscape of the Ruhr Valley that surrounds the city. Economically, Mülheim benefits from its easy accessibility to the surrounding centres of the Ruhr Region and to Düsseldorf Airport.