Summer Excursion in Rhine Ruhr

Enjoy a summer vacation in Rhine Ruhr

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

© Ruhr Tourismus / Stefan Ziese
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© Ruhr Tourismus / Stefan Ziese

Spend a few hot summer days on an excursion to the unique region of Rhine Ruhr in Germany. Mainland Europe’s most fascinating metropolitan region is full of surprises. Its location is the heart of North Rhine Westphalia and situated in mid-western Germany, the place offers a veriety of things to do and places to see.

Comprehensive road and rail networks translate to moderate travel times from many cities in Germany and neighbouring countries. With airports across the region in Dortmund, Paderborn/Münster, Weeze, Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn, the likelihood of a short flight from further afield is high for those living elsewhere. And whenthere, it is easy to utilise the dense public transport network to head out to deep woodlands, lush meadows and hills to bike or hike. Or walk for hours along the banks of the rivers Rhine and Ruhr through areas steeped in history.

Attractions include funfairs, festivals, exhibitions, shopping in many cities and malls, LegoLand® Discovery Centre, Movie Park and Sea Life. The “Industrial Heritage Trail” with its ancient factories, mines, canals and landscapes are ideal for those who enjoy cycling.

All in all, a perfect region for a summer vacation.

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Closer Experience

Ruhr Valley Cycle Route

The Ruhrtal Radweg offers 230 kilometres of cycling with a difference along the valley of the river Ruhr. Whilst Winterberg in the east is high enough to offer skiing during the winter, the town of Duisburg in the west is famous for Europe's largest inland harbour.


Ruhr Tourismus GmbH

Centroallee 261

46047 Oberhausen , NRW


Phone: +49 208 899 591 11

Fax: +49 208 899 591 88


Dortmund's Finest

Thier Galerie

The fine variety of stores nestled in the attractive Thier Galerie shopping mall in the heart of Dortmund offers a most enjoyable retail experience. Over 160 shops, cafés and restaurants under one roof and relatively inexpensive parking reveal a great place to spend a few hours discovering new trends.


Thier-Galerie Dortmund

Westenhellweg 102-106

44137 Dortmund , NRW


Phone: +49 231 963 2550

Fax: +49 231 963 255 99


Cultural 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


Much Happening

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.



The Professionals

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


From There to Here

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.