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.

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.

 

Park Lights in Essen

The Park Lights event takes place in the Gruga Park in the city of Essen every year, brightening up the late winter and early spring evenings. This magnificent attraction creates a magical dreamworld through which many silent souls meander into the night. A must!

OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Outdoor view of Lichtburg movie theatre, cinema
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14-21.2 Original Language Movies in Ruhr in English: Shape of Water, Black Panther, All the Money in the World, Wind River, Fifty Shades Freed, Call me by your name, Phantom Thread, The Disaster Artist, The Room, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Wonder, Darkest Hour, Downsizing, I Claude Monet, Anne Clark.

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Happenings in Ruhr

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Poster of books
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Something special takes place nearly the whole year through in Ruhr. Such happenings include celebrations to mark an opening, markets or a one off event such as a concert or festival. Communities pick up on such events, creating gatherings large and small. They can be psoted in this article.

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Piano Festival Ruhr

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© Klavier-Festival Ruhr

Some sixty to seventy concerts and recitals can be experienced every year between May and July. Performances of this unique festival take place in numerous locations across the Ruhr with renowned masters, young talent and a wide variety of music.

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Museum Folkwang

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

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.

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Pets in Ruhr

Germans love and respect pets and are friendly towards dogs. It is the law to keep a pet on a leash apart from inside special pens in some open spaces in urban areas. Surprisingly for some, dogs can be taken easily aboard public transport and normally in restaurants unless otherwise stated.

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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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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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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Pharmacies

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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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Ruhr Regional Association

The Ruhr Regional Association (Regionalverband Ruhr) fulfills many tasks ranging from regional planning and development of infrastructure, improving the environment by developing industrial landscapes into parks and maintaing forests and promoting the location as a desirable place to live.

Public Transport

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Public transport in the Ruhr region is a collection of independent systems, operated by numerous regional companies and utilities. United under the wing of the VRR, on the whole, inner-city trams, buses and trains function very well, while other journeys can be somewhat lengthy or awkward.

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Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
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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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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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Five Star Hotels in the Ruhr

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Although the Ruhr Metropolis boasts a population of some five million people, five star accommodation is not very widespread. The variety hotels offering the highest quality is minimal in spite of powerful business in cities and towns such as Bochum, Duisburg, Dortmund, Essen, Hagen and Oberhausen.

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