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April sees the ongoing exhibit “The Appearance of Beauty” in the Gasometer Oberhausen and several events approaching including the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Bochumer Maiabendfest. May sees the start of the Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen.

Amazing Ruhr is the comprehensive expat guide for Germany’s inspiring Ruhr Metropolis. A sprawling melting pot of nationalities and cultures that includes lively towns such as Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Mülheim, Oberhausen and Dortmund, the Ruhr also reveals vast open landscapes, undulating hillsides and valleys and lush green countryside.


Ruhr Piano Festival

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.

The Appearance of Beauty


© Wolfgang Volz

The exhibition "The Appearance of Beauty" brings together important works of art from the world’s major museums. It takes the visitors along on a fascinating journey through the various cultures and periods of the human race and leads us from the ancient world to Picasso.


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Labour Day

May Day or Labour Day has traditionally been a politically heated national public holiday in Germany. The real fun starts the night before with the annual Tanz in den Mai (Dance into May). It is also a very special night of celebration in many parts of Europe, especially Nordic countries.

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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