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.


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.

OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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

20-25.4 Original language movies in Ruhr in English: The Avengers: Infinity War, Lady Bird, Breathe, The King, Canaletto & the Art of Venice, The Etruscan Smile, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, The Florida Project, Call me by your name, Ready Player One; French: Le Misanthrope; Spanish: Carmen; J; R.


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.


Piano Festival Ruhr


© 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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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.


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.


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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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.

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.


North Rhine Westphalia

© Andreas Müller/Tourismus NRW e.V.

NRW is home to some 18 Million people and scores not only with its strong economy; its cultural qualities are also convincing. Museums, exhibitions, theatres, operas, festivals, events, national parks and 200 lakes offer enjoyment indoors and out.


Mayor's Greeting

© Josef Hovenjürgen

The Ruhr Metropolis offers excellent professional perspectives, countless opportunities for study and ideal locations for business in the heart of Europe. As a qualified professional, entrepreneur or student, it is here that you will discover the best conditions to both start and develop your career.


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