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Christmas markets are brightening up the dark evenings in cities and towns across the Ruhr Metropolis, where the Christmas season reveals such delights as “Flying Santa” and the world’s largest Christmas tree. 5 special selections on the Christmas Markets article include some open between Christmas and New Year. The stunning Light Weeks in Essen display even more beautiful illuminations.

Over in the state capital of Düsseldorf the huge ferris (big) wheel continues rotates tranquilly from midday till late, offering a spectacular view for miles. Brunch and dinner above the rooftops are on offer too.

If you enjoy going to cinemas in the cities of the Ruhr, view the week’s updated selection of original English language movies (OV or OmU). Or if you are involved in planning an exciting event, try the inspiring, unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.

Over in Düsseldorf again, an opportunity to view dream yachts and all aspects of water sports at the incredible boot trade fair is coming in January. Book online now at discounted prices.

 

Christmas Markets in the Ruhr, Germany

Christmas market around church in Hattingen, Germany
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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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Ferris Wheel

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The big wheel by night with bright lights in Düsseldorf
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The "Wheel of Vision" is an impressive structure placed on the Burgplatz next to both the Rhine promenade and the old town (Altstadt). Forty two capsules offer spectacular views across the river, the town as well as the Christmas markets and decorations during the dark evening hours.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Dec 7-14 movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr, English: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Three Generations (About Ray), Nightmare before Christmas, Sing, Frank Zappa - Eat That Question, Sully, I Daniel Blake, Arrival, Paterson, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Hindi: Befikre; French: L'Odyssée.

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boot Düsseldorf

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Discover 360° Watersports at boot Düsseldorf. The world's largest boat and water sports trade fair reveals a full nine days of fascination, inspiration, information and fun! Admire some 1,800 yachts and boats on show and experience the indoor creek, go sailing or meet experts and stars.

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Finnlines Ferries to Helsinki

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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.

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ISR International School on the Rhine

Students at the ISR in Neuss
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ISR - International School on the Rhine a short drive from the centre of Düsseldorf is an accredited, private and international all-day school starting at Kindergarten. Many choose ISR because the academic program prepares students for the world-wide renowned International Baccalaureate or IB.

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Kiosk culture in the Ruhr

Frontal view of a kiosk in the Ruhr Metriopolis
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Kiosks are invaluable at certain times. Tucked into side streets and off main roads, they are able to fulfill spontaneous needs. Even though larger shops now open longer, these convenience stores normally offer drinks, alcohol, snacks and a small selection of foodstuffs at hours that others don't.

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THINK Global School

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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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Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
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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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Germans

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Germans can sometimes be hard to meet, except perhaps at work. A high percentage live in single-person households. Nearly everyone is able and normally willing to speak at least some English. A somewhat private folk, they perhaps need a nudge or a drink to do so.

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Sleeping Over

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

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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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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