Germans as a whole and the residents in the Rhine Ruhr region especially are crazy about sports. Not just as spectators; many, many millions are active in sports themselves. Whether soccer, athletics, swimming, sports clubs are a large part of the local culture and becoming active in a sports club can be highly rewarding to some expats.
The variety of sports activities available in Düsseldorf, Bonn, Cologne, Essen, Dortmund and other places in Rhine Ruhr is surprising. Come rain or shine, summer or winter, it’s possible for expats to spend plenty of time keeping active.
Other options include horse riding, golf, lacrosse and even american football, rugby or cricket.