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An important step


Those moving to Ruhr will find that in Germany everyone taking up residency needs to register. In general, anyone who plans to remain here for more than three months will need to visit the local authorities within the first week after arrival. The process is normally straightforward.


Bürgeramt Essen

Hollestrasse 3

45127 , NRW


Phone: +49 201 88 332 22


Getting legal

Driver License

When driving in Germany it is necessary to convert a foreign driver's license to a local German version (Führerschein) within the first six months. Following that time, the original license is no longer valid and driving not permitted. The word for driver license is not used in Essen but driver permission!


Stadt Essen Einwohneramt

Kaiser-Otto-Platz 1-5

45276 Essen , North Rhine Westphalia


Phone: +49 201 88 339 99

Fax: +49 201 88 335 99


Administrative assistance

Public Agencies

Essen does not seem to have signed up for 115, the efficient service number available to government agencies and offices in most countries in the EU. Unfortunately, there are also a few issues with their English website and the mail address published does not bode well for a quick response.


Stadt Essen

Porscheplatz 1

45121 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 880


Let there be light


International education

International School Ruhr

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.


International School Ruhr

Villa Koppers

Moltkeplatz 61

45138 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 479 104 09

Fax: +49 201 479 104 07


The host nation and its people

Society & Folk

Experience the hospitality offered by German society and discover just how peaceful the place is. This country and the folk that live here have changed much over recent years; people are much more laid back, friendly and humerous than first meets the eye.


Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Dorotheenstrasse 84

10117 Berlin


Phone: +49 30 182 720

Fax: +49 30 181 027 20


A familiar face?


Quick getaway

Plane, Flight, Airport

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.


Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH

Flughafenstrasse 120

40474 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 421 0

Fax: +49 211 421 6666


Keeping in shape

Health & Wellbeing

An English word, wellness, has been introduced to the German language and is used to define pampering oneself. Many Germans love to take care of themselves with pastimes that can include spas, health centers, jogging and basically anything involving movement or not.



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