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

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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.

The International School Ruhr, IS Ruhr is offering holiday care for the offspring of busy parents during the summer holidays again this year. Supervision takes place from 9 am to 4 pm in English from Monday to Thursday for three weeks between July 17 and August 4.

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, finf inspiring and unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.


Juicy Beats Dortmund

True to its name, each of the several stages of the music festival in the Westfalenpark Dortmund, Ruhr is named after a fruit. A unique atmosphere awaits spectators with a huge range of artists and performers, as well as a delicious variety of food that is on offer. A true open air extravaganza.



© Felix J. Hild

Germany’s largest dance festival, ParookaVille is an incredible electronic music festival. Some 40,000 citizens will gather each day to enjoy themselves, each other and over 200 national and international DJs performing on 11 stages, one a momunental 110 metres wide.


Cycling Race in Bochum

Cyclists and spectators on street at Cycling Race Sparkassen Giro in Bochum, Ruhr on Amazing Ruhr
© Olympia Consulting

Bochum hosts the annual Sparkassen Giro bike race with accompanying events on one day during the middle of the summer. Many races take place on the inner city circuit. Professional cyclists provide terrific entertainment as do amateurs who join in the fun and take part in numerous races.


OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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July 19-26 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr: The Price of Fairness, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The History of Love, American Graffiti, Jaws, Paterson, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Bonjour Anne, Despicable Me 3, Miss Sloane, Gifted, Harald & Maude. Plus French.




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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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 Holiday Care


Young children in the classroom at school desk
© IS Ruhr

During the first three weeks of the summer vacation, the International School Ruhr are offering an attractive holiday program in their building at Moltkeplatz 1. Age-appropriate care for three to six or seven to twelve year olds includes many activities, indoors and out.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.



© Amazing Capitals / Greg

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.



Germans love to laugh and despite all, sensitive humour with deeper meaning has a long tradition in Germany. Many foreigners do wonder though, whether Germans have any sense of humour. Especially considering their down-to-earthiness, regulations and pessimism.


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