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Events in the Ruhr Meropolis are as diverse as the region itself. Soon the Park Lights spectacular in Essen paint a kaleidoscope of beautiful open air images.

Especially popular with local expats, several movie theatres in Ruhr showing OV (original version) and OmU (original with subtitles) films can be viewed here.

Amazing Ruhr is the most comprehensive expat guide for Germany’s inspiring Ruhr Metropolis, a sprawling melting pot of nationalities and cultures. The Ruhr region includes Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Mülheim, Oberhausen and Dortmund as well as open countryside, stunning hills and lush, green valleys.


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!

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.


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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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