Ruhr

The regional guide for expats, internationals & business travellers in Ruhr

Written by Garry, last edited by Garry on

The Ruhr metropolis region of Germany encompasses many cities such as Essen and Dortmund, Bochum and Gelsenkirchen, Hagen and Duisburg, Mülheim and Oberhausen. Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive English language guide to introduce expats and internationals to the Ruhr region and and assist their needs.

Over in Düsseldorf, an English language play penned by an Australian in Düsseldorf will be performed in the Theatermuseum on September 1 & 2. J’n‘R by Fiona Leonard is a fast-paced comedy about what happens when life doesn’t go according to plan

Find original English and other language movies in the Ruhr in the popular movies article on Amazing Ruhr. Updated weekly with dates and times of showings of OV and OmU.

Finally, if you are planning an exciting event or congress, finf inspiring and unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.

 

Spectator Sports in Ruhr

An array of spectator sports are on offer to audiences across the whole Ruhr metropolis. The sport that draws the most spectators is by far soccer with three major teams in Bochum, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. Handball, basketball, ice hockey and horse racing attract audiences too.

Tent Festival Ruhr

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Arieal view of tents and marquees at the tent festival
© Kai Hoffmann

A rock music festival takes place late summer in a city of tents on the shore of lake Kemnade in Bochum. In addition to concerts, there are also many other performances to be enjoyed such as cabaret, comedy and stage.

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OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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Outdoor view of Casablanca movie theatre, cinema
© Amazing Capitals / Greg

August 17-23 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr: Dries, Jackie Brown, Marie Antoinette, The Dark Tower, Viceroy's House, Dunkirk, Final Portrait, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Party, The Artists Garden - American Impressionism, Harald & Maude. Plus French, Italian, Sanish and Russian

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Caravan Salon Düsseldorf

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© Messe Düsseldorf

The world’s largest fair for mobile vacationing offers its visitors a vast choice of brands, models and layouts as well as unrivalled accessories, technical equipment, fittings, awnings, motorhomes, campsites and travel destinations. Germany’s unique public fair for hiking and trekking takes place in parallel.

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Ruhrtriennale

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Performance scene in landscape
© Phile Deprez

The Triennale is characterised by its distinctive mix of genres. Performances, dance, opera, theatre, concerts and art attract many fascinating national and international performers and participants. Revitalising disused industrial buildings, events are held in exciting venues.

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Relocating

The Ruhr offers a magnitude of places to live. Each offer their own attractions and quirks, more or less lively town centres and open spaces. For sure, the Ruhr is cosmopolitan, varied and crowded. Numerous locals have tried to promote a central administration but with little success.

Lost & Found in Ruhr

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

The national 24/7 hotline 116 116 for lost cash and credit cards in Germany leads to a central service which helps block any lost or stolen cash or credit cards. It can also apply to other sensitive items like mobiles, smart phones or employee cards. The call is free of charge within Germany.

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International School Ruhr

several students and teachers in classroom
© Debora Berge

The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.

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THINK Global School

Students of THINK Global School with elephant
© Think Global School

Living and learning in four countries a year, a THINK Global School education combines an academically rigorous project-based learning curriculum, a competitive 1:5 faculty/student ratio, student-driven and technology-forward teaching philosophies and integrated service learning to create a 360º educational experience.

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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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Ruhr Regional Association

The Ruhr Regional Association (Regionalverband Ruhr) fulfills many tasks ranging from regional planning and development of infrastructure, improving the environment by developing industrial landscapes into parks and maintaing forests and promoting the location as a desirable place to live.

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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Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Lueger

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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Germans

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Germans can sometimes be hard to meet, except perhaps at work. A high percentage live in single-person households. Nearly everyone is able and normally willing to speak at least some English. A somewhat private folk, they perhaps need a nudge or a drink to do so.

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Economic Development Düsseldorf

View of water and buildings of the harbour in Düsseldorf
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

With a combination of pro-business policies, low costs and a skilled workforce, Düsseldorf is the perfect location for investors. The Office of Economic Development offer "plug and play" services while expats form an integral part of a population that has grown by 22,000 over the past few years.

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