The major rivers in the Ruhr Metropolis, the Emscher, Lippe, Rhine and Ruhr, offer open spaces for recreation and quality of life. Some three hundred waterworks along the banks of the Ruhr purify and prepare its water while continuous and diligent analysis guarantees high water quality.
The Ruhr region possesses vast swathes of green and rich countryside. Stunning areas of hilly terrain of the river Ruhr lead west to lowlands and flatter plains of the bed of the river Rhine. A delightful mix that give residents of Ruhr their beautiful rural back garden to enjoy.
Walking in and around the countryside of the Ruhr Metropilis, numerous signs can be seen declaring a nature conservation area (Naturschutzgebiet). The protection and preservation of flora and fauna, ecosystems and endangered species is high on the agenda in the region and across Germany.