Ruhr

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

Written by Garry, last edited by Garry on

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.

In Mülheim an der Ruhr, the LEAF Festival is presenting Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors performed by the famous British outdoor theatre group, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men on September 15, 16, 17.

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.

 

Long Night of Industry

A curious event designed to reveal how modern and futuristic industry functions. Manufacturing and processing is still faced with a poor image that can lead to beig held in low esteem by the general public. The sector also battles with a young and skilled workforce attracted to other cleaner, more inspiring sectors.

Leaf Festival

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Four actors performing Shakespeare
© TLCM / Jack Offord

For a few years, the LEAF Festival has been taking place in the Ruhr Metropolis. An exciting event which is designed to bring people together on the themes of languages, education, arts and friendship (LEAF). It will be presented in Mülheim an der Ruhr by Interkultur e.V.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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

14-20.9 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr: English: Mother!, Walk With Me, Logan Lucky, Dunkirk, The Circle, My Cousin Rachel, American Made, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Tulip Fever; F: Telle mère, telle fille, Paris pieds nus; ES: Chavela; Norwegian: Løvekvinnen and others

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Düsseldorf Festival

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Artist flying through scene in stage performance
© Alexandre Galliez

The spectacular, sophisticated düsseldorf festival! truly touches the soul. A magnificent, vibrant collection of performing arts from an inspiring selection of national and international artists takes place every year. Many in a large yet surprisingly intimate marquee in the old town.

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Ruhrtriennale

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Performance scene in landscape
© Phile Deprez

The Triennale is characterised by its distinctive mix of genres. Performances, dance, opera, theatre, concerts and art attract many fascinating national and international performers and participants. Revitalising disused industrial buildings, events are held in exciting venues.

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Relocating

The Ruhr offers a magnitude of places to live. Each offer their own attractions and quirks, more or less lively town centres and open spaces. For sure, the Ruhr is cosmopolitan, varied and crowded. Numerous locals have tried to promote a central administration but with little success.

IS Ruhr Open Day

Poster of child on head
© IS Ruhr

Visit the IS Ruhr primary school and get a feel for the warm and private atmosphere. Pupils and parents will be shown around so visitors can meet other children as well as the friendly IS Ruhr staff. The language of communication is English, some staff also speak German.

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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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THINK Global School

Students of THINK Global School with elephant
© Think Global School

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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Pets in Ruhr

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

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.

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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.

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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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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Germans

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Germans can sometimes be hard to meet, except perhaps at work. A high percentage live in single-person households. Nearly everyone is able and normally willing to speak at least some English. A somewhat private folk, they perhaps need a nudge or a drink to do so.

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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.

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