Christmastime Trip in Rhine Ruhr, Germany

Enjoyable days in an exciting region

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

© Ruhr Tourismus / Annika Klein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius
© Ruhr Tourismus / Annika Klein

Germany is famous for staging fabulous, romantic Christmas markets and the Rhine Ruhr region is no exception. Expats especially enjoy a day or two in the region taking in the scents of roasted almonds (Mandeln) and mulled wine (Glühwein) at one of the variety of Christmas markets.

Perfect examples large and small can be found in many cities such as Bonn, Cologne, Essen, Duisburg, Düsseldorf or Neuss. Oberhausen is known for its Christmas woods while Dortmund attracts with an enormous Christmas tree. Visitors can experience how friendly the locals are and join in the festivities. Joyous folk speak surprisingly good English, perhaps with their tongues loosened by the mulled wine.

Shop for Christmas presents in one of Europe’s largest malls in Oberhausen, on the stunning retail haven of Düsseldorf’s Königsallee or in the vibrant town centre of Cologne. Surprisingly low prices are offered on many consumer goods and fashion brands abound.

Take in the unique Zeche Zollverein and Red Dot Design Museum with its largest exhibition of contemporary design in the World. Or perhaps inspiring Folkwang Museum, K20 and K21 or one of many other art venues and museums.

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Tallest Christmas Tree

Christmas Market Dortmund


Dortmund inspires with possibly the largest Christmas tree in the world. Placed in the heart of the city on the old market place (Alter Markt), 48,000 lamps adorn this 45 metres high construction. Bathe in the wonderful scents of a fine Christmas market in Germany.


Markthandel- und Schausteller-Verband

Hansastrasse 72

44137 Dortmund , NRW


Phone: +49 231 571 468

Fax: +49 231 586 0096


Intimate Atmosphere

Christmas Market Düsseldorf


Varied and beautiful, themed collections of Christmas market booths can be found across the centre of Düsseldorf. Traditional German gingerbread, marzipan, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are on offer to tease the palate. Artisan crafts such as crib figures can also be seen.


Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Benrather Strasse 9

40213 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 172 020

Fax: +49 211 172 023 220


Stunning Lights

Christmas Market Duisburg


The Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Duisburg is accompanied by beautifully bright lit trees, creations and strings of lamps. One hundred wooden stalls create a more intimate feel, awaiting visitors with mulled wine (Glühwein), tasty delights, a big wheel and skating rink.


Duisburg Marketing GmbH

Landfermannstrasse 6

47051 Duisburg , Ruhr


Phone: +49 201 203 305 250

Fax: +49 201 203 305 2525


Largest Shopping Mall

CentrO Oberhausen

The CentrO in Oberhausen is the largest shopping and recreational centre in Europe. With over 200 stores the mall is huge, offering a fantastic shopping experience in an atmosphere that is fun and inspiring. A enormous range of shops and stores await enthusiastic consumers.


CentrO Management GmbH

Centroallee 100

46047 Oberhausen , NRW


Phone: +49 208 828 2055


Impressive Collection

Museum Folkwang

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.


Museum Folkwang

Museumsplatz 1

45128 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 884 5000

Fax: +49 201 889 145 000


Amazing Exhibits

K20 Grabbeplatz

The K20 in Düsseldorf offers it's visitors an extaordinary experience. On the one hand, its formidable collection enables excellent permanent exhibits. And frequent, highly appraised exhibitions attract themed pieces to the state capital from collections around the globe.


Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Grabbeplatz 5

40213 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 838 1204

Fax: +49 211 838 1209


Professional Advice

Tourism in Rhine Ruhr

A large area within the state of North Rhine Westphalia, the area offers tourists much to see. Vast swathes of hills and forests, several rivers such as the Ruhr and the Rhine, impressive cities and very friendly people await visitors from across the globe.


Tourismus NRW e.V.

Völklinger Strasse 4

40219 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 913 205 00

Fax: +49 211 913 205 55


Getting Around

Public Transport

Public transport in the Rhine Ruhr region is a collection of various systems, which are operated by numerous regional companies and utilities. On the whole, inner-city trams, buses and trains function well, yet other journeys can be lengthy and rather tedious.



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Plane, Flight, Airport

Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. During recent years it has gained importance as a hub for intercontinental flights and is only ten minutes or so by taxi from downtown.


Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH

Flughafenstrasse 105

40474 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 421 0

Fax: +49 211 421 6666