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

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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.

Any parents in need of a few days to themselves may be enthralled to know that the International School Ruhr is offering their popular vacation care week at the IS Ruhr again this Autumn.

Not so long before the nights start to close in on the region. Commencing just before the arrival of the darkest months, the magnificent Light Weeks light up the city centre in Essen.

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, find inspiring and unique locations in the Ruhr at Ruhr Meeting.


Light Weeks in Essen

The Essen Light Weeks create a magical atmosphere through the city centre. Generally presenting a multi-facetted picture of a particular partner country under the motto of "Europe in Essen", magnificent bright displays hang above the heads of people strolling by.

OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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

12-18 Oct Movies in English OV & OmU in Ruhr: What Happened to Monday, American Assassin, Blood Simple, Friday the 13th Part 2, Blade Runner 2049, God's Own Country, It, Victoria & Abdul, The Glass Castle, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, SF: Toivon tuolla puolen plus Arabic, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Farsi.


Museum Folkwang

© Ruhr Tourismus / Jochen Schlutius

Museum Folkwang opened January 2010 when Essen and the Ruhr Area became one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture for that year. The collections of the museum are as varied as they are vast; paintings, sculptures and objects, photographs, graphics and posters.


International Dance Weeks


Beautiful dance performance on stage
© Rhys Cozens

Outstanding dance performances in front of highly enthusiastic audiences provide the recipe for a unique stage experience in Neuss. International companies from places in the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and New Zealand create beautiful experiences.


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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.

IS Ruhr Open Day

Poster of child on head
© IS Ruhr

Visit the IS Ruhr primary school and get a feel for the warm and private atmosphere. Pupils and parents will be shown around so visitors can meet other children as well as the friendly IS Ruhr staff. The language of communication is English, some staff also speak German.


IS Ruhr Holiday Care


Young children in the classroom at school desk
© IS Ruhr

During the first week of the summer vacation, the International School Ruhr are offering an attractive holiday program in their building at Moltkeplatz 1. Age-appropriate care for three to six and seven to twelve year olds includes many indoor activities such as singing, artwork, dance, experiments as well as play and movement outdoors.


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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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.

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.


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.


State Sights

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

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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