New Year Trip

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Say adieu to the festive season by spending a few days in one of Germany’s most underestimated destinations. Magnificent cities such as Bonn, Cologne or Düsseldorf line the majestic river Rhine which normally flows full and strong at this time of year. Or visit the hidden delights of places in the Ruhr Metropolis such as Essen and Dortmund.

Shop the early sales in one of Europe’s largest malls, where surprisingly low prices are offered on fashion items and consumer goods. Discover the magnificent collections of the Folkwang Museum or the Zeche Zollverein and Red Dot Design Museum with its largest exhibition of contemporary design in the World. Or the spectacular exhibitions of art venues an museums in Düsseldorf and Bonn.

See stunning vistas while hiking densely wooded areas in the hills or walking along the banks of the rivers Rhine and Ruhr.

Experience also the urban development of the harbour areas of Duisburg or Düsseldorf where culinary variety offers something to delight even the most discerning palate and taste chocolate in Cologne.

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Stunning Exhibits

K21 Ständehaus

K21 Ständehaus focuses on art from the late 20th and the 21st century. Permanent exhibits include the artist's room installations, while impressive spaces are constantly filled with temporary exibitions. The stunning sculpture and installation area on the top floor is a must.


Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Ständehausstrasse 1

40217 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 838 1204

Fax: +49 211 838 1209


Expansive 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


World Heritage

Zeche Zollverein

Zollverein is an enormous old mining complex in the north of Essen and is the most prominent example of the structural change in the whole Ruhr region. An impressive mix of historical design and industrial museums and leisure facilities await national and international visitors.


Stiftung Zollverein

Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181

45309 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 246 810

Fax: +49 201 854 3100


Specialist Niche

Clemens Sels Museum

The collections of the Clemens Sels Museum are unique in Germany. Highly respected among art enthusiasts, the museum possesses a curious variety of art and art history. Medieval paintings coexist alongside works by the Nazarenes, the Pre-Raphaelites and the French, Belgian and Dutch symbolists.


Clemens Sels Museum

Am Obertor

41460 Neuss , NRW


Phone: +49 2131 904 141

Fax: +49 2131 902 472


Shopping in Ruhr

Malls in the Ruhr Metropolis

The vast CentrO in Oberhausen or the downtown Limbecker Platz in Essen, Thier Gallerie in Dortmund and Forum in Duisburg are all modern, bright shopping malls. For expats and visitors alike, the Ruhr region is a great place to go shopping under one roof.



Shopping in Düsseldorf

Malls in Düsseldorf

Arcades and malls in Dusseldorf are mostly installed into the existing architecture, often weaving in, around and through to the next street. They offer the latest and quaintest in fashion, caffeine top ups and food plazas. The purpose built Düsseldorf Arkaden in Bilk offers more open and spacious shopping.



Getting There

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.



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.



Professional Assistance

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