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.

Find original English and other language movies in the Ruhr in the popular movies article on Amazing Capitals Ruhr. Updated weekly with dates and times of showings of OV and OmU.

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The fresh new design of Amazing Capitals launched in Valencia will be rolled out to Ruhr in 2019.


Palmkirmes Recklinghausen

Nearly a million people visit the popular Palmkirmes every year, which is deemed to be a prelude to the funfair season in the Ruhr. Almost two thousand metres of attractions from more than one hundred and seventy rides, galleries and concession stands offer merriment.

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

The week March April 10-17: Original language movies in Ruhr in English: After, Hellboy, Henry V, Shazam!, Pet Sematary, Young Picasso, Mid90s, The Old Man and the Gun, On the Basis of Sex, Free Solo, Mid90s, Trautmann, If Beale Street Could Talk, Green Book, Harald & Maude.


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.


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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.

Global Omnium Water Utility

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Global Omnium based in Valencia delivers water to 7 million national and international customers. The company manages over 700,000 smart meters, 401 wastewater treatment plants, 26 water treatment plants and a pipeline network of more than 12,000 kilometres in length. It also analyses a phenomenal 5 billion data every year.


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.


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.

Amazing Capitals Valencia

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Amazing Capitals Valencia is the latest in the portfolio of online location guide dedicated to the local expat community. A mosaic of aspects comes together on this English language eGuide published by a perpetual expat. Friendly Valencia boasts beautiful architecture, a vibrant atmosphere and a stunning beach.


Sleeping Over

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A wide range of hotels is available in and around the Ruhr Metropolis. A few five star establishments, business and four stars to small and cosy guesthouses, a room can be found to suit most needs. Further hotels can be found on the periphery in both the state capital of Düsseldorf and also Cologne.



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The topic of tipping is fairly simple. It is the custom to round up prices to the nearest euro, to leave two or three euro or up to 10% if in restaurants. A tip is usually given when paying the bill but leaving it on the table before departing is known as the norm for foreigners.


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