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Over in Düsseldorf the highly impressive boot trade fair at the incredible boot offers a fun insight to all aspects of water sports. The doors open daily for a full nine days from January 21. Hall upon hall of the world’s largest fair offer yachts, boats, recreation, destinations, cruises and a unique atmosphere. Online tickets offer preferential discounts.

In the Ruhr the Jazz Offensive Essen or JOE Festival takes place and soon the Park Lights in Essen’s Gruga Park will create wonderful images yet again.

If you enjoy going to cinemas in the cities of the Ruhr, view the week’s updated selection of original English language movies (OV or OmU). Or if you are involved in planning an exciting event, try the inspiring, unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.


Jazz Offensive Essen

The Festival of the Jazz Offensive Essen (JOE) takes place in the Ruhr Metropolis. The event will be hosted in the Katakomben Theater, Giradethaus in Essen. The association was founded in the summer of 1995 by a few jazz musicians and enthusiasts.

boot Düsseldorf


© Messe Düsseldorf

Discover 360° Watersports at boot Düsseldorf. The world's largest boat and water sports trade fair reveals a full nine days of fascination, inspiration, information and fun! Admire some 1,800 yachts and boats on show and experience the indoor creek, go sailing or meet experts and stars.


OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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Jan 18-25 movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr, English: Collateral Beauty, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moon, Blue Velvet, Casablanca, Passengers, Nocturnal Animals, Florence Foster Jenkins; Hindi/English: Where to, Miss; Fr: Elle, Cézanne et moi; Finnish: Hymyilevä mies


Tour de France in Rheinland


Cyclist Group of the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Frank Bodenmüller

The Tour de France cycling race is a major event in Rhine Ruhr during 2017. Day 1 of Le Grand Départ will be staged in Düsseldorf. Day 2 will again start in the state capital, spin out to the east, circle back to Düsseldorf then loop out north and west. Passing through many nearby towns, cyclists continue to Liège, Belgium.


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Anglican Church in the Ruhr Metropolis

English language Anglican church services are held in Essen twice a month during the evenings of the first and third Sundays of the month. Taking place on the premises of the CVJM (Christliche Verein Junger Menschen), services are open to all, whether or not they belong to any denomination.

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.


THINK Global School

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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.


Utilities in the Ruhr

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

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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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.

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.


Ruhr Tourism

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

Ruhr Tourism offers easy access to any or all of five discovery areas in the fascinating Ruhr Metropolis. Discover everything from spectacular locations, tranquil moments, marvellous transformation, open spaces, great cities, timeless art to vibrant culture. All in one unique location.


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