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Held annually in Recklinghausen, the Palmkirmes funfair is an exciting event for all the family. April sees many other events approaching as well as Easter, of course.
Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive expat guide for Germany’s inspiring Ruhr Metropolis. A sprawling melting pot of nationalities and cultures that includes lively towns such as Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Mülheim, Oberhausen and Dortmund, the Ruhr also reveals vast open landscapes, undulating hillsides and valleys and lush green countryside.


Palmkirmes Recklinghausen

Nearly a million people visit the popular Palmkirmes every year, which is deemed to be a prelude to the funfair season in the Ruhr area. Almost two thousand metres of attractions from more than one hundred and seventy rides, galleries and concession stands offer merriment to visitors for ten days.

The Appearance of Beauty


© Wolfgang Volz

The exhibition "The Appearance of Beauty" brings together important works of art from the world’s major museums. It takes the visitors along on a fascinating journey through the various cultures and periods of the human race and leads us from the ancient world to Picasso.


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© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Whilst most believe in the Easter bunny, some enjoy eating chocolate Easter eggs, while others love to colour real ones. They can be hollowed out or previously boiled. In Germany there is a long-standing ritual of hiding eggs for children to search out. In the Ruhr region too.


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Trade Fair Visitors

© Messe Essen

Specialists work closely with the local community to assist their 1.4 million visitors and exhibitors from about 140 countries. Located in the heart of Germany’s economically most active region, Messe Essen is a leader in the leisure sector of trade fair organisations.


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