The comprehensive guide for expats & business travellers

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Events coming up include “Bochum Total”, “Juicy Beats Dortmund” and “Ruhr Reggae Summer Mülheim”. The Ruhr Piano Festival is ending soon.

Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive expat guide for Germany’s inspiring Ruhr Metropolis. The region is 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.



Diverse and industrialised; two characteristics of the Ruhr region are brought together in the local landscape of museums. Many institutions focus on a specific industry such as beer or mining. Reflected throughout are aspects of the development and decentralised structure of the region.

Summer Excursion

© Ruhr Tourismus / Stefan Ziese

Spend a few enjoyable hot summer days visiting the unique region of Rhine Ruhr, Europe's not so wellknown metropolitan region. Full of surprises, its attractions include funfairs, festivals, exhibitions, shopping in many malls, LegoLand® Discovery Centre, Movie Park and Sea Life.


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Sports Clubs

The level of interest in active sports in Germany is reflected by the number of clubs (Vereine). For expats who wish to enjoy sports and keeping fit with others, several hundred various clubs are registered in the greater Ruhr region. Furthermore, a sport art can be found for virtually all healthy-minded people.

International School Ruhr

© IS Ruhr

Founded in August 2010, the International School Ruhr (IS Ruhr) in Essen 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.


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Getting Around

The Ruhr Metropolis covers a vast space yet it is fairly straightforward to navigate the central region between Duisburg and Dortmund. An abundance of motorways (Autobahnen) and urban dual carriageways enable motorists to travel easily. Trams and buses are virtually everywhere. Taxis abound.

Sleeping Over

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

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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