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The ever popular Piano Festival has commenced it’s offerings across several locations in the Ruhr Metropolis. Enjoy also this month the Bochumer Maiabendfest, one of the oldest German festivals dating back to 1388. Furthermore, the Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen commence the new season on May 1.

Many cinemas across the Ruhr show original language movies, some with subtitles. The movies page is updated each week to give a quick and easy overview with film titles, times, locations and links all on one page.


Bochumer Maiabendfest

One of the oldest traditional local festivals in Germany, the Bochumer Maiabendfest (May eve festival) originated in 1388. Held annually in the town centre of Bochum, it is a true open air event with food, beverages, entertainment, street marches and fun.

Piano Festival Ruhr


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Some sixty to seventy concerts and recitals can be experienced every year between May and July. Performances of this unique festival take place in numerous locations across the Ruhr with renowned masters, young talent and a wide variety of music.


OV Movies and Films in Ruhr


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April 28-May 4 movies in the Ruhr region include Captain America: Civil War, A Hologram for the King, The Lady In The Van, The Jungle Book, Batman v Superman & Freeheld in English OV. Also Je suis à vous tout de suite, Much Loved, (French), Un Tango Mas (Spanish) plus others in OmU.


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A law and tax firm offering comprehensive legal and tax advice and support for expatriates and companies in the context of international assignments. Long-standing expertise in the field of national and international tax law helps clients confront complex tax regulations that are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

International School Ruhr

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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.


Finnlines to Helsinki

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Looking for an exciting Springtime or Easter trip? Vibrant Helsinki awaits with open arms and delightful atmosphere. And instead of flying try a different route. What better way is there to visit than taking a calm trip with Finnlines and experiencing more delights along the way?


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Towns and cities are fairly easy to navigate on a bicycle, distances between them can be quite daunting on two wheels though. The local public transport systems allow bikes on most trams at most times of the day. Official paths for cycling can be recognised by a typical red colour.

City Topics

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The Ruhr metropolis offers over 50 towns and municipalities, each is unique and many places offer a lively atmosphere just waiting to be experienced. Getting around town is fairly straightforward since downtown virtually all city centres are relatively small.


Plane, Flight, Airport

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Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich. During recent years it has gained importance as a hub for intercontinental flights and is only some thirty minutes or so from the west of Ruhr and up to an hour or more from the east.


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