The life guide for expats & business travellers

Written by Garry, last edited by Garry on

In Mühlheim an der Ruhr, the annual badminton championships will be held once again for a week from the end of February. And the Park Lights in Essen’s Gruga Park create wonderful images yet again until mid March.

The movies article has now become the most popular on Amazing Ruhr. View the week’s update listing of films in original, OV and OmU at cinemas in the cities of the Ruhr offering a regular selection of English and other languages.

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

Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive English language guide to introduce and assist expats and internationals to the Ruhr metropolis region of Germany.


Yonex German Open in Mülheim

The host of this year's badminton championship is Mühlheim an der Ruhr. The sport has become more popular in recent years and German players strong in championships. For those that love the speed of the sport, the event is a great pleasure to experience.

Park Lights in Essen

The Park Lights event takes place in the Gruga Park in the city of Essen every year, brightening up the late winter and early spring evenings. This magnificent attraction creates a magical dreamworld through which many silent souls meander into the night. A must!

OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


© VectorState

24.02-01.03 Movies in OV & OmU in Ruhr, English: Lion, A Cure for Wellness, T2 - Trainspotting, ‎Indignation, John Wick 2, West Side Story, Fifty Shades Darker, Fences, Paterson, I Claude Monet, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Patriots Day, Black Rain; F: Demain tout commence, Elle; ES: El Soborno del Cielo.


LegoLand® Discovery Centre

© Tourismus/Jochen Schlutius

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre in Duisburg offers visitors enjoy incredible adventures. Whatever the occasion; children’s birthday party, educational activities or rainy day fun with the family, all can spend hours together at the kids’ attractions enjoying and exploring inside the world’s biggest box of LEGO.


Tour de France in Rheinland


Cyclist Group of the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Frank Bodenmüller

The Tour de France cycling race is a major event in Rhine Ruhr during 2017. Day 1 of Le Grand Départ will be staged in Düsseldorf. Day 2 will again start in the state capital, spin out to the east, circle back to Düsseldorf then loop out north and west. Passing through many nearby towns, cyclists continue to Liège, Belgium.


Related Articles

German Football Museum Brewery Museum OV Movies and Films in Düsseldorf OV Movies and Films in Ruhr

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.

Kiosk culture in the Ruhr

Kiosks are invaluable at certain times. Tucked into side streets and off main roads, they are able to fulfill spontaneous needs. Even though larger shops now open longer, these convenience stores normally offer drinks, alcohol, snacks and a small selection of foodstuffs at hours that others don't.

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.


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.


Finnlines Ferries to Helsinki

© Finnlines

Offering those looking for an alternative winter trip, the Finnlines route from Travemünde to Helsinki is ideal. The vibrant Finnish capital awaits with open arms and delightful atmosphere. Enjoy a calm sailing with Finnlines to a crispy cold climate, heated pavements and Santa Claus.


Related Articles

German Sherpa Pets in Ruhr

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.

Nearby Villages

Recreation and an idyllic rural environment can be found within and right on the doorstep of the Ruhr Metropolis. Some are great villages that are historically highly valuable and can be a pleasure to visit with the whole family. The first choice actually lies within in greater the Ruhr region.

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.


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.


Higher Court

© Amazing Capitals / Greg

Two upper courts or higher state courts (Oberlandesgerichte) in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamm serve the state of North Rhine Westphalia with two falling in the area of the Ruhr Metropolis. Generally speaking, the courts form the place of appeal for cases that have passed through their jurisdiction.


Related Articles

Geography Society & Folk Surroundings Regional Cities Local Towns Nearby Villages