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The festive season is in full flow with Christmas markets open in cities and towns across the Rhine Ruhr metropolitan region. Curiosities and delights such as a Flying Santa in Bochum and the world’s largest Cristmas tree in Dortmund can be found. 5 special nostalgic selections on the Christmas Markets article.

The impressive ferris (big) wheel in Düsseldorf from midday till late, offers a spectacular view over rooftops, the majestic Rhine, Christmas markets and pretty decorations. Heated, closed capsules promise a certain cosiness and brunch or dinner too.

Planning ahead, the infamous boot, the world’s largest water sports trade fair opens its doors again in January. Discounted tickets are already available online.

Amazing Capitals reveal inspiring and valuable location based support full of relevant knowledge and information with articles written in English. Expats can find necessary formalities, must do’s, things to enjoy, large events and ways to contact other people in similar situations.

The location can be selected above. Neuss and Ruhr, Rhine Ruhr and Dusseldorf are on this site. Beijing, Cracow and Prague are still available in original formats. Enjoy and stay in touch.

 

Christmas Markets in the Ruhr, Germany

Christmas market around church in Hattingen, Germany
© Ruhr Tourismus

A flying Santa, the world’s largest Christmas tree, woodland Christmas village, impressive illuminations and diverse events are highlights. Fortunately for expats and tourists, the Ruhr Metropolis reveals probably the highest density of Christmas markets in the world. A delightful, highly popular German tradition.

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boot Düsseldorf

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© Messe Düsseldorf

Discover 360° Watersports at boot Düsseldorf. The world's largest boat and water sports trade fair reveals a full nine days of fascination, inspiration, information and fun! Admire some 1,800 yachts and boats on show and experience the indoor creek, go sailing or meet experts and stars.

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Breuninger

A view inside the fashion emporia Breuninger in Düsseldorf
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Breuninger brings together fashion, accessories, shoes, beauty and cuisine across a sales area of more than 15,000 square metres. The department store offers a most magnificent shopping experience to discerning customers in the Kö-Bogen, an impressive downtown location.

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Breuninger Confiserie

A view inside the confiserie of the fashion emporium Breuninger in Düsseldorf
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In Breuninger’s confiserie fascinating creations emerge day by day where opposites such as chili and chocolate blend to a completely new taste experience. Experience a wide range of chocolate truffles, petit fours, tarts and tartlets or pastel shaded macaroons. All hand-made.

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Finnlines Ferries to Helsinki

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Offering those looking for an alternative winter trip, the Finnlines route from Travemünde to Helsinki is ideal. The vibrant Finnish capital awaits with open arms and delightful atmosphere. Enjoy a calm sailing with Finnlines to a crispy cold climate, heated pavements and Santa Claus.

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Pets in Rhine Ruhr

Full face and head view of the most beautiful dog in the world
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Keeping a pet on a leash is a must in urban areas except when inside special pens and most of the wilder open spaces along the river banks or open countryside. Surprisingly for some, dogs are also allowed on public transport and inside restaurants unless otherwise stated.

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THINK Global School

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Living and learning in four countries a year, a THINK Global School education combines an academically rigorous project-based learning curriculum, a competitive 1:5 faculty/student ratio, student-driven and technology-forward teaching philosophies and integrated service learning to create a 360º educational experience.

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Anglican Church in Düsseldorf

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The evangelical Christ Church gives services in English language in Düsseldorf. Providing a spiritual home, church services and religious support for international English-speakers in the Düsseldorf and Ruhr region are offered regularly. Its members are varied in background, age, and denominational heritage.

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Plane, Flight, Airports in Rhine Ruhr

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Rhine Ruhr offers a choice of four airports. Düsseldorf is Germany's third largest offering a choice of long haul as well as short haul flights. Cologne/Bonn serves the south of the region, Dortmund is available to those living in the east. Weeze is a further alternative in the north.

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Street Art

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Many examples of street art can be found tucked away in residential side streets and more openly on house frontages or bridges. Kiefernstrasse is an exciting street to visit. In Düsseldorf, graffiti has outlived its day and property or vehicles are less defaced in most places.

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State Sights

© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Numerous very important historical events have shaped NRW and many monuments preserve their memory. Besides the cathedral in Cologne, the Hermann Monument and the burial site of Charlemagne in Aachen, many castles, cathedrals and smaller monuments can be found across the state.

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City Topics

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

The polycentric metropolitan region of Rhine Ruhr encompasses numerous urban developments. The urban sprawl of the Ruhr Metropolis joins the towns and cities of the Rhine to create a population of 11 million with a lively urban feel and places worthwhile experiencing.

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