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Ruhr Metropolis: The new Ruhr area

A fiery temperament has always been characteristic of Germany’s former coal-producing region. But, what was once the Ruhr Valley – hard but hearty and a little grey – has long since developed into a modern Metropolis Ruhr. The creative interaction of apparent contradictions makes out a large part of its fascination: listed cathedrals of industry serve as modern think tanks for innovative ideas and culture.

200 museums, 120 theatres and 100 concert halls prosper magnificently in the midst of superlative urban entertainment. The best way to gain an overview of this diverse abundance of shopping centres, temples of culture, entertainment and sports arenas, is from one of the region’s soil tips. To enjoy also means to participate, to be inspired and enthralled – by the sizzling diversity, which is probably unique in its density. Get infected. 

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  • ExtraSchicht

    When 50 venues in 25 cities cooperate to offer the best entertainment and create a unique atmosphere, when 190 shuttle buses drive around 37.000 kilometres in one night, when former industrial plants, active production facilites, mines and slagheaps turn to stages and visitors can experience hundreds of shows with one ticket, then it means: it is ExtraSchicht!

  • Der RuhrtalRadweg

    The 230 km long Ruhr Valley Cycle Route follows the River Ruhr from its source in Sauerland to where it flows into the River Rhine in Duisburg. The cycle tour has been distinguished by the ADFC (German Cyclists' Federation) as a "4 star quality cycle route," which combines nature and culture and invites you to explore the Ruhr Area.


    Do more with your leisure time! Go on a voyage of discovery through the Metropois Ruhr with the RUHR.TOPCARD and experience the unbelievable cultural diversity and the impressive range of leisure activities.

  • Römer-Lippe-Route

    The longest river in North Rhine-Westphalia, the Lippe, invites you to find out about its interesting past and be taken on a historical journey of discovery.

  • RuhrKunstMuseen

    The 20 RuhrArtMuseums form a unique landscape of modern art museums. Several of them date back to over 100 years and were forced to start from scratch after 1945.


    We have everything here that could be needed for events and meetings of all sizes: conference hotels, conference centres, over 160 special event locations, a range of location quality grades that can be measured against any of the TOP MICE destinations in Germany. And above all: people who make things happen.

Top highlights in the Ruhr Area

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

As a decommissioned iron smelting works, the landscape park is now one of the most important industrial monuments, as well as being an excursion destination, a venue for events, climbing and diving.

Gasometer Oberhausen

The Gasometer in Oberhausen is one of the most impressive exhibition venues in Europe.

World cultural heritage coal mine and coke oven Zollverein

For many visitors the highlight of a city trip to the Ruhr area: Zollverein, once the most beautiful colliery of the world and today the best known industrial monument in the Ruhr Area and UNESCO world heritage.

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum

With an exhibition space of 12,000 sqm the German Mining Museum is the most prominent mining museum in the world.

Hansa coking plant

On the grounds of the former Hansa coking plant, visitors can today learn about the history and present of the Metropolis Ruhr on guided walking tours. 
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