The regional guide for expats, internationals & business travellers in Ruhr

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The Ruhr metropolis region of Germany encompasses many cities such as Essen and Dortmund, Bochum and Gelsenkirchen, Hagen and Duisburg, Mülheim and Oberhausen. Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive English language guide to introduce expats and internationals to the Ruhr region and and assist their needs.

Find original English and other language movies in the Ruhr in the popular movies article on Amazing Ruhr. Updated weekly with dates and times of showings of OV and OmU.

Finally, if you are planning an exciting event or congress, finf inspiring and unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.


Bochumer Maiabendfest

One of the oldest traditional local festivals in Germany, the Bochumer Maiabendfest (May eve festival) originated in 1388. Held annually in the town centre of Bochum, it is a true open air event with food, beverages, entertainment, street marches and fun.

Shakespeare Festival Neuss


Guys on bikes on stage of Shakespeare Festival
© Callum Cheatle

The 2017 season offers expats many performances in English. Bristol's Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory bring Othello to the Globe, The Watermill Theatre from Newbury stage two productions with Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet while Mountview Productions of London perform Ben Jonson's The Alchemist in Neuss.


OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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27.4-3.5 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr, English: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Gimme Danger, Going in Style, The Founder, Denial, Moonlight, A United Kingdom, I Am Not Your Negro, The Butler; F: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont; ES: Isla Bonita, El rey de la Habana, El adn del ceviche, El soborno del cielo


Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen


© Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

Each year during May and June Recklinghausen changes into a world stage for productions of famous directors and performances of awarded actors. Furthermore, the festival gives young talents the chance to show their skills. Fringe and English performances are available.


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Travel Ruhr

The Ruhr Metropolis is a powerful region. It comprises numerous cities, marvellous landscapes, small villages and towns with architectural styles that both delight and disappoint. Famous rivers, brooks and streams weave their way south to north and east to west. Easy accessability to foreign destinations is a given too.

International School Ruhr

several students and teachers in classroom
© Debora Berge

The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.


Utilities in the Ruhr

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Large local utilities corporations offer complete services, while a few national giants and lower priced competitors are also available to purchase consumer energy sources. In Essen and other towns of Ruhr it is possible to package electricity, gas and water from the public-private companies.


THINK Global School

Students of THINK Global School with elephant
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Living and learning in four countries a year, a THINK Global School education combines an academically rigorous project-based learning curriculum, a competitive 1:5 faculty/student ratio, student-driven and technology-forward teaching philosophies and integrated service learning to create a 360º educational experience.


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Regional Cities

Besides the cities in the Ruhr Metropolis a few places await to be explored in the most densely populated area of Germany. Visiting one of the large cities nearby can be rewarding, Travelling by car or by train, exploring the large urban spaces of the Rhine Ruhr region is fun.

Jaywalking ist Verboten!

Button for changing pedestrian lights to cross road
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Crossing a street in Germany to this day still reveals a discipline that is seldom experienced elsewhere. When the red light is showing at a pedestrian crossing, people mostly wait for a green one. Often for excruciatingly long periods on completely empty streets.


Economic Development Düsseldorf

View of water and buildings of the harbour in Düsseldorf
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

With a combination of pro-business policies, low costs and a skilled workforce, Düsseldorf is the perfect location for investors. The Office of Economic Development offer "plug and play" services while expats form an integral part of a population that has grown by 22,000 over the past few years.


Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Lueger

Meetings, incentives, conferences, events, MICE, is a global industry constantly in search of the right destination. The fascinating Ruhr Metropolis a short distance from the state capital of Düsseldorf is a big player offering unlimited locations and opportunities.


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