Essentials in Rhine Ruhr

Some first steps and infos for expats in the region

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Inform of residency

Registration in Rhine Ruhr

In general, anyone who plans to remain in the Rhine Ruhr region for more than three months will need to register with the local authority (Einwohnermeldeamt), ideally soon after arrival. The ease of the beaurocratic system then depends on country of birth or nationality.



Smooth transition

Relocation Agencies in Rhine Ruhr

Relocation is more than just moving to a new house in a new location. Busy expatriates may not have the time to investigate neighbourhoods and weigh the hidden pros and cons of a locality. The professional assistance of a relocation agency may assist companies and individuals.



Get here, get away

Plane, Flight, Airports in Rhine Ruhr

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.



Move within the region

Getting Around in Rhine Ruhr

The Rhine Ruhr region extends across an enormous urban and rural area more or less from the east of Dortmund, west to Wesel and Duisburg, then south through Düsseldorf to Cologne, Bonn and beyond. It has efficient public transport, speedy taxis and is easy to navigate.



Drive after six months

Driver License in Rhine Ruhr

Expats relocating to Rhine Ruhr who register and wish to drive during an extended period, need to obtain a German driver’s license (Führerschein). Normally it is necessary to convert a foreign license to a local version within the first six months of residency in Germany.



For the young ones

International School of Düsseldorf

ISD inspires their students to be confident, creative and critical thinkers. They work together to challenge and support all their students to be successful and responsible in an evolving world. The International School of Düsseldorf is an international community of learners.


International School of Düsseldorf e.V.

Niederrheinstrasse 336

40489 Düsseldorf


Phone: +49 211 940 66


Help from home


Understand new neighbours

Society & Folk

Anyone who has experienced the hospitality offered by German society knows how peaceful the place is. This country and the folk here have changed much over recent years and people are much more laid back, friendly and humerous than first meets the eye.


Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Dorotheenstrasse 84

10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 182 720

Fax: +49 30 181 027 20


Entice the palate

Restaurants in Rhine Ruhr

Great cuisine and delicious food can be tasted when dining out in one of the thousands of restaurants in cities and towns across the Rhine Ruhr region. Whether for a quick lunch or an extensive dinner, a visit to culinary establishments in cosmopolitan areas can reveal tasty delights.



Enjoy free time

Events in Rhine Ruhr

The Rhine Ruhr area presents an impressive variety of events throughout the year. Depending on the season, expats and visitors can enjoy open air activities such as funfairs, music festivals and spectator sports, bathe in Shakespeare's works and view world class stage performances.