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The movies article has now become the most popular on Amazing Ruhr. View the week’s update listing of films in original, OV and OmU at cinemas in the cities of the Ruhr offering a regular selection of English and other languages.

Finally, if you are involved in planning an exciting event or congress, try the inspiring, unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.

Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive English language guide to introduce and assist expats and internationals to the Ruhr metropolis region of Germany.


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.

Shakespeare Festival Neuss


Guys on bikes on stage of Shakespeare Festival
© Callum Cheatle

The 2017 season offers expats many performances in English. Bristol's Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory bring Othello to the Globe, The Watermill Theatre from Newbury stage two productions with Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet while Mountview Productions of London perform Ben Jonson's The Alchemist in Neuss.


OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


© VectorState

March 22-29 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr, English: Life, Beauty and the Beast, Below her Mouth, Jackie, Moonlight, Kong: Skull Island, Manchester by the Sea, Harald & Maude, The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch; SF: Toivon tuolla puolen; F: Le ciel attendra, Elle, Médecin de Campagne; ES: El verano de los peces voladores, Neruda.


Movie Park

© Movie Park

The Movie Park in the heart of the Ruhr region promises an attractive day out for all the family. Attractions include Nickland and the Schrek 4D cinema, roller coasters and the Santa Monica pier. And the chance to interact with many aspects of the movies.


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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Travel Ruhr

The Ruhr Metropolis is a powerful region. It comprises numerous cities, marvellous landscapes, small villages and towns with architectural styles that both delight and disappoint. Famous rivers, brooks and streams weave their way south to north and east to west. Easy accessability to foreign destinations is a given too.

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.


Finnlines Ferries to Helsinki

© Finnlines

Offering those looking for an alternative winter trip, the Finnlines route from Travemünde to Helsinki is ideal. The vibrant Finnish capital awaits with open arms and delightful atmosphere. Enjoy a calm sailing with Finnlines to a crispy cold climate, heated pavements and Santa Claus.


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.

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.


Higher Court

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Two upper courts or higher state courts (Oberlandesgerichte) in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamm serve the state of North Rhine Westphalia with two falling in the area of the Ruhr Metropolis. Generally speaking, the courts form the place of appeal for cases that have passed through their jurisdiction.


City Topics in the Ruhr

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The Ruhr metropolis offers over 50 towns and municipalities, each is unique and many places offer a lively atmosphere just waiting to be experienced. Getting around is fairly straightforward since the downtown areas of virtually all city centres are relatively compact.


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