Spring Break Ruhr

Spend a few days discovering the Ruhr metro region

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Make use of longer daylight hours and milder temperatures on a trip to the Ruhr region and take a spring break in this part of Germany. This modern metropolis lays in the heart of North Rhine Westphalia, the state whose economic development agency advertises as “Germany at its Best”.

Come and spend a few days in one of Germany’s great secret destinations. Discover one of Europe’s largest malls in Oberhausen or shop relative low prices on fashion items and consumer goods in Duisburg and Dortmund. Discover too, magnificent collections and well presented exhibitions in one of the many museums and art venues across the region. Or follow the “Industrial Heritage Trail” and experience recent transformation of ancient factories, mines and canals.

Utilise the dense public transport network to head out to dense woodlands, lush meadows and hills or walk for miles along the banks of the river Ruhr through areas steeped in history.

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A Magical Experience

Park Lights in Essen


The Park Lights event takes place in the Gruga Park in the city of Essen every year, brightening up the late winter and early spring evenings. This magnificent attraction creates a magical dreamworld through which many silent souls meander into the night. A must!


Grugapark Essen

Virchowstrasse 167a

45147 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 888 3106

Fax: +49 201 888 3007


Shopping in Essen

Limbecker Platz

Located in the middle of Essen, the Limbecker Platz shopping mall has become a place to meet and enjoy all manner of attractions. Considered the most magnificent shopping center in the Ruhr region, over 200 shops offer a diverse and appealing mix of stores and a most enjoyable shopping experience.


Limbecker Platz Essen

Limbecker Platz 1a

45127 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 177 8960

Fax: +49 201 177 896 99


Sea Creatures

Sea Life

Discover an enormous and fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE in Oberhausen. Across an area of around 4,000 square metres, some 20,000 ocean-dwellers in 50 huge aquariums can be admired. Or take an imposing stroll through a tunnel underneath 1.5 million litres of water in the tropical ocean tank.


SEA LIFE Deutschland GmbH

Zum Aquarium 1

46047 Oberhausen , NRW


Phone: +49 180 5 66 690 101 Charged


Shop Dortmund

Thier Galerie

The fine variety of stores nestled in the attractive Thier Galerie shopping mall in the heart of Dortmund offers a most enjoyable retail experience. Over 160 shops, cafés and restaurants under one roof and relatively inexpensive parking reveal a great place to spend a few hours discovering new trends.


Thier-Galerie Dortmund

Westenhellweg 102-106

44137 Dortmund , NRW


Phone: +49 231 963 2550

Fax: +49 231 963 255 99


Biggest Bricks

LegoLand® Discovery Centre

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Duisburg offers visitors enjoy incredible adventures. Whatever the occasion; children’s birthday party, educational activities or rainy day fun with the family, all can spend hours together at the kids’ attractions enjoying and exploring inside the world’s biggest box of LEGO.


LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre

Philosophenweg 23-25

47051 Duisburg , NRW


Phone: +49 203 570 888 10


Impressive Shopping

CentrO Oberhausen

The CentrO in Oberhausen is the largest shopping and recreational centre in Europe. With over 200 stores the mall is huge, offering a fantastic shopping experience in an atmosphere that is fun and inspiring. A enormous range of shops and stores await enthusiastic consumers.


CentrO Management GmbH

Centroallee 100

46047 Oberhausen , NRW


Phone: +49 208 828 2055


Artistic Interaction

Dortmunder U

The Museum Ostwall (MO) opened in the Dortmunder U during the 2010 European Capitals of Culture, RUHR.2010, The MO shows artworks from 20th and 21st centuries, develops innovative concepts of cultural education in the digital age an initiates partnerships between art and science.


Dortmunder U - Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität


44137 Dortmund , NRW


Phone: +49 231 502 4723


Excellent Artworks

Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang opened January 2010 when Essen and the Ruhr Area became one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture for that year. The collections of the museum are as varied as they are vast; paintings, sculptures and objects, photographs, graphics and posters.


Museum Folkwang

Museumsplatz 1

45128 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 884 5000

Fax: +49 201 889 145 000


Proffessional Bookings

Ruhr Tourism

Ruhr Tourism offers easy access to any or all of five discovery areas in the fascinating Ruhr Metropolis. Discover everything from spectacular locations, tranquil moments, marvellous transformation, open spaces, great cities, timeless art to vibrant culture. All in one unique location.


Ruhr Tourismus GmbH

Centroallee 261

46047 Oberhausen , NRW


Phone: +49 1805 181 620 Service Charge