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October 3 sees Germans celebrating a special Reunification Day. Following the momentous fall of the wall, there have now been twenty-five years of a united and wonderful Germany.

Those who adore stage performances should head over to nearby Neuss to experience the incredible International Dance Weeks now in their 33rd year. And especially popular with local expats, several movie theatres in Ruhr showing OV (original version) and OmU (original with subtitles) films can be viewed here.

The RWE Marathon in Essen is coming up in October followed later by the stunning Light Weeks, offering beautiful impressions during the darkest period of the year. A wonderful tradition held also in Essen. Meanwhile, The Appearance of Beauty, an impressive exhibit in the Gasometer Oberhausen runs for another month.

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.


Light Weeks

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.

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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Home & Family

Ruhr is an easy place for families and single people alike. As for setting up home, the variety of stores for furnishings and fittings in and around the towns of the Ruhr are extraordinary. The array of banks, utilities and telecommunications companies is large but things don't happen overnight in Germany.

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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Sleeping Over

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.

Mayor's Greeting

© Josef Hovenjürgen

The Ruhr Metropolis offers excellent professional perspectives, countless opportunities for study and ideal locations for business in the heart of Europe. As a qualified professional, entrepreneur or student, it is here that you will discover the best conditions to both start and develop your career.


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