Ruhr

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

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Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive English language guide to introduce expats to the Ruhr region and and assist their needs.

Over in Düsseldorf, August sees the arrival of the Caravan Salon and TourNatur public trade fairs at the Messe Düsseldorf centre. Exciting world-leading events await all who are interested in caravanning, mobile homes, outdoor activities as well as hiking, biking, trecking and a host of other pursuits.

To assist expats, local authorities and businesses, the first eBook for Düsseldorf is now published. Enjoy over 50 pages of new articles, excerpts from the eGuide plus a few personal stories. Free to download and available to share, no sign up required.

Discover Happenings in the Ruhr including meetings organised by Expat Meetup and Internations as well as upcoming events at Kloster Graefenthal.

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, find inspiring and unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.

 

Christopher Street Day Essen

Gay pride is big in Germany with the largest Christopher Street Day (CSD) event in the Ruhr region held in Essen. A wonderful mix of demonstration, service, parade and stage performances, the festival attracts people from far and wide. The annual event has offered a colourful, welcoming atmosphere since 2004.

Tour Natur

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© Messe Düsseldorf

TourNatur, the show for destinations and equipment opens its doors to outdoor enthusiasts again this summer. Visitors to TourNatur can find the most beautiful trails, perfect mountain bike routes amongst the highest peaks or the best equipment and everything they desire for hiking, trekking, mountain biking and canoeing.

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Caravan Salon Düsseldorf

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© Messe Düsseldorf

The world’s largest fair for mobile vacationing offers its visitors a vast choice of brands, models and layouts as well as unrivalled accessories, technical equipment, fittings, awnings, motorhomes, campsites and travel destinations. TourNatur, Germany’s unique public fair for hiking and trekking, takes place in parallel.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Outdoor view of Lichtburg movie theatre, cinema
© Amazing Capitals / Greg

16-22.8 Original language movies in Ruhr in English: Breaking In, The Equalizer 2, Don't worry, he won't get far on foot, Christopher Robin, Hedy Lamarr, Guernsey, Thoroughbreds, The Cakemaker, Thoroughbreds, In the Middle of the River, On Chesil Beach, Submergence, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible, Sicario, Mamma Mia!

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Tent Festival Ruhr

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Arieal view of tents and marquees at the tent festival
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A rock music festival takes place late summer in a city of tents on the shore of lake Kemnade in Bochum. In addition to concerts, there are also many other performances to be enjoyed such as cabaret, comedy and stage.

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Herbalists

Numerous good German specialists have returned patients to better health through diet and homaeopathic therapy. As opposed to doctors treating symptoms the herbalist method (Naturheilverfahren) tends to take an holistic (ganzheltich) approach to the body of a patient.

Kiosk culture in the Ruhr

Interior view of kiosk in Essen Heisingen, Ruhr Metriopolis
© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Kiosks are invaluable at certain times. Tucked into side streets and off main roads, they are able to fulfill spontaneous needs. Even though larger shops now open longer, these convenience stores normally offer drinks, alcohol, snacks and a small selection of foodstuffs at hours that others don't.

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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.

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Pharmacies

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Medicines can be bought for minor ailments and doctors prescriptions accepted at pharmacies or chemists (Apotheke) found in just about every district. In Germany they tend to be small, individually owned and run by chemists trained highly in medical issues and able to give professional advice.

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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.

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Do's & Don'ts

Some aspects of life in a foreign country can be of surprise. One are two important points about living in Germany might be worth considering. This way any unwitting offence towards the locals can be avoided as can an unfortunate run in with the police or authorities.

Bribes

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The culture of bribing or the offering of a tip to officials and the police is considered abusive and offensive. The corporate world is somewhat different though and heads of companies have rolled. Meanwhile, parliament refuses to implement anti-corruption legislation for its members.

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Trade Fair Messe Essen

© Messe Essen

Modern, international and important. That’s what Messe Essen means to our guest organisers, exhibitors, visitors and our own team. It is the meeting place for those people with the most comprehensive sector expertise to share and exhibit their cutting-edge ideas and new products.

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Geography

© Peter Friese

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is Germany's largest federal state by population and fourth by size. Green meadows and woodlands, hilly and mountainous regions, agriculture and dense urban zones as well as forty-four rivers such as the Rhine and Ruhr define the state.

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State Sights

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Important historical events have shaped NRW and many monuments preserve their memory. Besides the cathedral in Cologne, the Hermann Monument and the burial site of Charlemagne in Aachen, many castles, cathedrals and smaller monuments can be found across the state.

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