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.

Discover Happenings in the Ruhr including meetings organised by Expat Meetup and Internations as well as upcoming events at Kloster Graefenthal.

Visit exciting Christmas markets across the Ruhr. Aricles here on Duisburg, Essen, Dortmund and Bochum. The magnificent Light Weeks in the city centre of Essen brighten up the winter evenings too!

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.

 

Happenings in Ruhr

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.

Christmas Markets in the Ruhr, Germany

Christmas market around church in Hattingen, Germany
© Ruhr Tourismus

A flying Santa, the world’s largest Christmas tree, woodland Christmas village, impressive illuminations and diverse events are highlights. Fortunately for expats and tourists, the Ruhr Metropolis reveals probably the highest density of Christmas markets in the world. A delightful, highly popular German tradition.

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Christmas Market Dortmund

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© Ruhr Tourismus / Thomas Winkler

Dortmund inspires with possibly the largest Christmas tree in the world. Placed in the heart of the city on the old market place (Alter Markt), 48,000 lamps adorn this 45 metres high construction. Bathe in the wonderful scents of a fine Christmas market in Germany.

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boot Düsseldorf

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Surfer on indoor wave pool
© Messe Düsseldorf

boot Düsseldorf is the largest trade fair in the world for experiencing 360° water sports. January 2018 will see exhibition space increase yet again to set a new standard. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with well over 1,800 participants, desirable craft, extended flatwater pool, relaxing beats, delicious drinks and bargain equipment.

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Ice Rink DEG Winter World

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Ice skaters and Christmas revellers will adore the new DEG Winter World ice rink on the Königsallee for the first time this year. For beginners and the practiced, young and older skaters alike, a full 1700 square metres of smooth icy surface offer plenty of space as well as an opportunity to enjoy this impressive location.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Outdoor view of Casablanca movie theatre, cinema
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7-13.12 OV & OmU Movies in Ruhr in *English*: The Mountain Between Us, Forget About Nick, Star Wars - The Last Jedi, AlphaGo La La Land, The End of Meat, A Ghost Story, Paddington 2, Detroit, The Justice League, Murder on the Orient Express, Harald & Maude; Xhos, Engl: The Wound. Plus French.

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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.

Christmas in the Ruhr

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At Christmastime in Germany the evening of December 24 is the major day of celebration and togetherness, traditionally reserved for family gatherings. Eating together and exchanging gifts next to the Christmas tree are the highlights of the Yuletide festivities.

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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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Progedo

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From the search for housing and logistics of a move through to the completion of all related formalities which can include speeding up the process of integration, dealing with local labour law requirements, language courses and cultural awareness training; Progedo gets new employees up to speed.

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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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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.

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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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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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

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

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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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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