Ruhr is densely populated, yet feels relatively low when considering merely its polycentric urban spaces. The diverse juxtaposition of modernity and tradition of Ruhr is ever-present. Towns often seem to interlink and yellow signs marking a new municipality can easily be overlooked.
The flavour of inner city life varies enormously depending on the traditions of a place, with long departed heavy industry having left its impression on many regions along and near the river Ruhr.
The region has been through a long phase of regeneration with huge losses and many, many successes. Exciting construction projects have helped modernise several major towns, creating a variety of attractive places to shop, eat, drink and relax or partake of other forms of recreation. Many locations offer lively and modern urban zones with exciting interaction.
Vibrant nightlife can be found. Lively bistros, great cafés and curious alternative eateries also dot the landscape of places in the Ruhr Metropolis such as Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg and Essen.