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The city of Essen presents their annual marathon at the weekend. Always a delight to experience both runners and enthusiastic spectators where a party atmosphere can be discovered too.

October is also an ideal time to visit art collections and museums. The Ruhr Metropolis proudly presents hundreds of excellent venues with the Museum Folkwang forming an impressive flagship.

Over in the state capital, the Düsseldorf Festival offers a kaleidoscope of stunning impressions. A few days left to experience performances from around the globe that touch the soul.

Planning ahead to the festive season already? Joining the fray, your plans may include a Christmastime trip to the Ruhr region.

Finally, the movies article lists the cinemas that screen original language movies (OV or OmU), especially in English. Updated once a week, it provides an immediate overview of what’s on screens across the Ruhr region. Enjoy!

 

Christmastime Trip

Live the true German Christmas Market tradition this year below an imposing 45 metre high tree. Taste the scent of Yuletide a mere one hour flight from many of Europe's airports. Take in an exhibition and serious shopping too, on a magical Christmastime trip to the Ruhr.

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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Düsseldorf Festival

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Artists on stage at Düsseldorf Festival in  Düsseldorf on Amazing Düsseldorf
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The düsseldorf festival! is a magnificent and vibrant collection of performing arts, most of which takes place in a huge yet surprisingly intimate marquee. An inspiring selection of national and international artists manage to create spectacular and sophisticated entertainment that touches the soul of audiences.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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28. September to October 5 movies in the Ruhr are English: Finding Dory, War Dogs, Attenberg, The Magnificent Seven, Snowden, Entertainment, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Nerve, Captain Fantastic, Harald & Maude; R: Ja - Uchitel OV & OmU plus a couple of other mixed language not listed.

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Holidays & Celebrations in the Ruhr

Two forms of statutory holidays exist in Germany, both religious and political, some of them nationwide and some only in certain federal states. Political holidays such as labour day are fixed to a date, other days off like the Easter festivities follow the church calendar. Whatever, residents adore days off.

IS Ruhr Open Day

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Visit the IS Ruhr primary school and get a feel for the warm and private atmosphere. Pupils and parents will be shown around so visitors can meet other children as well as the friendly IS Ruhr staff. The language of communication is English but they will of course also have staff available that speak German.

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Finnlines Ferries

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Looking for an exciting summertime or autumn trip? Or thinking of the winter already? Vibrant Helsinki awaits with open arms and delightful atmosphere. And instead of flying try a different route. What better way is there to visit than taking a calm trip with Finnlines and experiencing more delights along the way?

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Pets in Ruhr

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Germans love and respect pets and are friendly towards dogs. It is the law to keep a pet on a leash apart from inside special pens in some open spaces in urban areas. Surprisingly for some, dogs can be taken easily aboard public transport and normally in restaurants unless otherwise stated.

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Consulates in NRW

The state of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is an extremely powerful centre of commerce and trade. This, teamed the fact that many nationalities have been attracted to the region equates to a good reason for diplomatic ties to be formed by many countries.

Bike

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Towns and cities are fairly easy to navigate on a bicycle, distances between them can be quite daunting on two wheels though. The local public transport systems allow bikes on most trams at most times of the day. Official paths for cycling can be recognised by a typical red colour.

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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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State Sights

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Important historical events have shaped NRW and many monuments preserve their memory. Besides the cathedral in Cologne, the Hermann Monument and the burial site of Charlemagne in Aachen, many castles, cathedrals and smaller monuments can be found across the state.

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