Things to Do

A sprawling location with endless things to do both day and night

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Art enthusiasts can view exciting pieces in a vast collection of galleries, museums and other venues across the Ruhr region. Other cultural activities include a treasure trove of events, stage performances, festivals and fairs offering something for virtually everybody. Exceptional examples of the work of international architects include the opera house in Essen, designed by Finnish Alvar Aalto in the late nineteen fifties.

Explore lush and green countryside, bike the valleys of the Ruhr, Lippe and Emscher rivers or hike rolling hills and forests. Or experience one of the busy downtown areas of Essen, Duisburg or Dortmund, for instance, offering a long and varied list of events, art venues, museums, exhibitions, performances and festivals.

Those coming later in the year can enjoy the terrific festive atmosphere with mulled wine (Glühwein) and tasty tidbits on one of the local traditional German Christmas markets.

Art Venues in Ruhr

The Ruhr region offers a fine example of the phenomenon of strong investment in the arts. Numerous impressive collections can be found as well as inspiring periodic exhibitions. A fascinating variety of art venues can be found in many downtown locations across the Ruhr.

Going Out in the Ruhr Metropolis

The variety of cuisines available in Ruhr can satisfy just about any palate on popular streets in locations such as Essen's Rüttenscheider Strasse or at exclusive zones such as the harbour in Duisburg. Snack bars, sushi bars and lively nightlife in clubs and bars round off the choice for going out.

Recreation

Wonderful recreational and amusement parks have been built here for the whole family. The vast Ruhr region fortunately has wide open spaces between its urban zones, creating areas where many famous names have decided set up home and create magnificent dreamlike places to spend a day out.

 

Movie Park

© Movie Park

The Movie Park in the heart of the Ruhr region promises an attractive day out for all the family. Attractions include Nickland and the Schrek 4D cinema, roller coasters and the Santa Monica pier. And the chance to interact with many aspects of the movies.

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Museum Folkwang

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

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.

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Dortmunder U

© Ruhr Tourismus / Annika Klein

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.

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