Expat Life

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The banks in Germany are pretty much as in any country and the branches of big banks can be found scattered across urban areas of the Ruhr region. Those wishing for a more personal touch could turn to private bankers. Sparkasse Köln Bonn fortunately offers internet banking in English.

Welcome to Ruhr

A warm welcome to the Ruhr and Amazing Ruhr, a unique collection of information for international residents in their foreign location. Whether you are preparing your move, have recently arrived or already a resident, we wish you an very enjoyable stay and much fun navigating your new home.


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.


International School Ruhr

several students and teachers in classroom
© Debora Berge

The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.