The regional life guide for busy expats

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The world’s largest water sports trade fair opens in the state capital of Düsseldorf on January 21. Named after the German word for boat, boot 2017 offers exciting opportunities to discover sailing, motorboating, large yachts, yacht equipment, diving, marine tourism, trend sports, angling and paddling. Tickets for the world’s largest such event at discounted rates are available online.

Amazing Rhine Ruhr is the expat guide in the heart of NRW which gives an overview of regional guides with specific information for international business professionals relocating and visiting. Presently, local sites are available for Düsseldorf, Neuss and the Ruhr.


boot Düsseldorf


© 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.


Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté


© Apollo

Far more than just theatre; artistry and dance, music and laughter speak a language that every international guest can understand. Apollo offers an extraordinary show & dine experience. Located directly on the bank of the Rhine, Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté is an ideal attraction for all audiences.


Tour de France in Rheinland


Cyclist Group of the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Frank Bodenmüller

The Tour de France cycling race is a major event in Rhine Ruhr during 2017. Day 1 of Le Grand Départ will be staged in Düsseldorf. Day 2 will again start in the state capital, spin out to the east, circle back to Düsseldorf then loop out north and west. Passing through many nearby towns, cyclists continue to Liège, Belgium.


Museum Folkwang

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

Museum Folkwang opened January 2010 when Essen and the Ruhr Area became one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture for that year. The collections of the museum are as varied as they are vast; paintings, sculptures and objects, photographs, graphics and posters.


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THINK Global School

© Think Global School

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.


Finnlines Ferries to Helsinki

© Finnlines

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.


ISR International School on the Rhine

Students at the ISR in Neuss

ISR - International School on the Rhine in Neuss is an accredited, private and international all-day school starting at Kindergarten. Many choose ISR because the academic program prepares students for the world-wide renowned International Baccalaureate, simply known as IB.


International School Ruhr

several students and teachers in classroom
© Debora Berge

The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.


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Economic Development Düsseldorf

View of water and buildings of the harbour in Düsseldorf
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

With a combination of pro-business policies, low costs and a skilled workforce, Düsseldorf is the perfect location for investors. The Office of Economic Development offer "plug and play" services while expats form an integral part of a population that has grown by 22,000 over the past few years.



© Stadt Meerbusch

In close vicinity to the state capital of Düsseldorf, eight districts are gathered together to form a unique place called Meerbusch. Stylish neighbourhoods reveal elegant boutiques and interesting stores. Marvellous restaurants combine with an eclectic mix of traditional places.



© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Institutions in the state capital of NRW, Düsseldorf, include the offices of the German Statutory Pension Scheme Rhine, district government (Bezirksregierungen), Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer) and the Chamber of Crafts (Handwerkskammer).


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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