Ruhr

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.

To assist expats, local authorities and businesses, the first eBook for Düsseldorf is now published. Enjoy over 50 pages of new articles, excerpts from the eGuide plus a few personal stories. Free to download and available to share, no sign up required.

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.

 

Beecker Kirmes

This large funfair of the lower Rhine region awaits visitors with some two hundred booths and funfair rides. The mixture of thrill and sundry delicacies unite young and old with fun, laughter and a traditional alcoholic drink Fisternölleken. Fisternölleken (corn schnapps with sugar and raisins) are the order of the day.

Bochum Total

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View of stage performance at rock and pop music festival in Bochum
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Apparently its Europe's largest music festival, its free and has taken place annually for some 30 years. Bochum Total offers incredible music from dozens and dozens of bands, both German and international, new faces as well as established performers. One of the great events in the Ruhr Metropolis.

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ParookaVille

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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.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Outdoor view of Lichtburg movie theatre, cinema
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21-27.6 Original language movies in Ruhr in English: Ocean's 8, Early Man, The Rider, On Chesil Beach, The Naked Gun 2½, Hereditary, Hostiles, The Sense Of An Ending, You Were Never Really Here, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Swimming with Men, Canaletto & the Art of Venice, Jurassic World, Star Wars, Lady Bird, Deadpool 2.

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Telecoms in the Ruhr Metropolis

As in other countries, mobile (Mobil) and land line (Festnetz) are in fierce competition with each other. Complete packages for mobile, land line, internet broadband, mobile broadband and tv can be obtained from several suppliers. It is also possible to pick and choose each individually.

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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Driver License

© Bundesdruckerei Deutschland

When driving in Germany it is necessary to convert a foreign driver's license to a local German version (Führerschein) within the first six months. Following that time, the original license is no longer valid and driving not permitted. The word for driver license is not used in Essen but driver permission!

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Pets in Ruhr

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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.

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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.

Airport Getaway

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Düsseldorf Airport offers easy access to the Ruhr Metropolis via motorised transport as well as access from the rail network via the Sky Train, a suspended monorail. Located on the motorway a mere ten kilometres from Düsseldorf, getting to and from this easy airport couldn't be better.

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Plane, Flight, Airport

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Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. During recent years it has gained importance as a hub for intercontinental flights and is only some thirty minutes or so from the west of Ruhr and up to an hour or more from the east.

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Public Transport

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

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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