Recreation in Rhine Ruhr

Written by Garry on

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg
© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg
© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

The Germans are a rather gregarious folk who know how to thoroughly enjoy themselves. And with over eleven million residents in the Rhine Ruhr region wishing to be entertained and looking for recreation, the options are diverse.

In the recreation parks, amusement parks or theme parks of the the Ruhr Metropolis especially, it is possible to study creatures of the sea, experience giant childhood building blocks or bathe in the wonderous atmosphere of the movies. Near Neuss the vast open cast mine is a more unusual kind of wonder.

The banks of various rivers including the Rhine and Ruhr offer great opportunities to spent the day near the water and enjoy the scenery.

Opencast Mine

The vicinity of Neuss offers a spectacular insight to the workings of a traditional source of energy in Germany. Several enormous machines can be observed as they work their way across the countryside near Neuss, at the Garzweiler opencast mine.

Industrial Heritage Trail

Over some 400 kilometres, 25 highlights and 16 vistas, the Industrial Heritage Trail weaves its way through marvellous countryside, urban areas and former industrial production parks. Discover fascinating recreational zones with museums, experience centres and events.


The whole state of NRW offers an almost perfect, broad network of circular cycling routes and plenty of cycle paths can be found along the banks of the Ruhr and Rhine rivers. Many smaller rivers and the canals also offer wonderful trips. Trains and trams help cover long distances.


Movie Park

© Movie Park

The Movie Park in the heart of the Ruhr region promises an attractive day out for all the family. Attractions include Nickland and the Schrek 4D cinema, roller coasters and the Santa Monica pier. And the chance to interact with many aspects of the movies.


Sea Life

© Ruhr Tourismus / Stefan Ziese

Discover an enormous and fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE in Oberhausen. Across an area of around 4,000 square metres, some 20,000 ocean-dwellers in 50 huge aquariums can be admired. Or take an imposing stroll through a tunnel underneath 1.5 million litres of water in the tropical ocean tank.


LegoLand® Discovery Centre

© Tourismus/Jochen Schlutius

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Duisburg offers visitors enjoy incredible adventures. Whatever the occasion; children’s birthday party, educational activities or rainy day fun with the family, all can spend hours together at the kids’ attractions enjoying and exploring inside the world’s biggest box of LEGO.