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The stalls of the Christmas markets have raised their hatches in many locations across the Ruhr Metropolis. These famous collections of stalls and rides are popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. Try Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen or any of the the smaller ones on offer.

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.

 

Christmas Market Bochum

One of the best Christmas markets in the Ruhr region of Germany is in Bochum. The medieval market square and the region’s only Flying Santa, artists who soar above the heads of kids and adults alike on a wonderful sleigh drawn by reindeer, are just two attractions.

Christmas Market Duisburg

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The Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Duisburg is accompanied by beautifully bright lit trees, creations and strings of lamps. One hundred wooden stalls create a more intimate feel, awaiting visitors with mulled wine (Glühwein), tasty delights, a big wheel and skating rink.

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International School Ruhr

Growing steadily, the International School Ruhr (IS Ruhr) is ideally situated to serve expatriate families in the whole of the Ruhr region. It offers an exciting new environment for educating young international children from countries across the globe.

Pets

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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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Surroundings

The urban zone appears to be a massive metropolis but is in fact polycentric. Thus, larger rural spaces actually interweave with towns offering a chance to breathe in the countryside. Natural beauty, agricultural landscapes and small towns and villages complete a rural experience.

Sleeping Over

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A wide range of hotels is available in and around the Ruhr Metropolis. A few five star establishments, business and four stars to small and cosy guesthouses, a room can be found to suit most needs. Further hotels can be found on the periphery in both the state capital of Düsseldorf and also Cologne.

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