The final fireworks are part of the Extraschicht. One takes place at the Henrichshütte, © Ruhr Tourismus, Kreklau

The Great Stars in NRW

Es­tab­lished Event Clas­sics

The Ruhr piano festival, lit.Cologne, or the CHIO in Aachen are some of the world-renowned events in North Rhine-Westphalia that not only draw an audience, but also bring international stars to town every year to present their outstanding skills on the stage or in athletic competitions. Evening-long fireworks events, large visitor trade fairs, and traditional fairs with special backdrops also ensure some memorable experiences.

Ja­pan Day in Düs­sel­dorf

Is this really Düs­sel­dorf? Once a year, the city on the Rhine be­comes hardly re­cog­nis­able. On Ja­pan Day it trans­forms it­self in­to a back­drop for Ja­pan­ese cul­ture and life­style

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CHIO Aachen

A tour­na­ment that’s more like a big party: Every year the rid­ing world cel­eb­rates the CHIO World Eques­tri­an Fest­iv­al in Aachen.

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Gamescom in Co­logne – and in the On­line World

Look, try out, and ex­per­i­ence the latest pro­duc­tions presen­ted at the world’s largest trade fair for video games by in­ter­na­tion­al de­veloper stu­di­os. Guests will be able to en­joy live shows, e-sports cham­pi­on­ships, retro gam­ing, and cos­tume per­form­ances.

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In­ter­na­tion­al Game Days in Es­sen

About 200,000 vis­it­ors per year, more than 1,200 ex­hib­it­ors from over 50 na­tions, and in ex­cess of 1,500 new games to look at, try out, and take home make the In­ter­na­tion­al Games Days in Es­sen a unique mega-event hos­ted every Oc­to­ber.

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Dive and let the boot amaze you

The fair of­fers not only nov­el­ties to look at, but also lets you try them out. Clas­sic wa­ter sports al­tern­ate with new trends such as mer­maid­ing, i.e. diving with a mer­maid fin.

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World-Class Winter Sports

While top-class sports are offered in tra­di­tion­al loc­a­tions, such as the bobsleigh track and ski jump in the wintry Hoch­sauer­land re­gion, a foot­ball sta­di­um in the Ruhr re­gion trans­forms in­to a winter sports ven­ue every year as well. All events guar­an­tee best sport­ing per­form­ances and good en­ter­tain­ment.

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Co­logne lights

One of the most beau­ti­ful mu­sic­al fire­work dis­plays im­merses Co­logne in a sea of light and col­our.

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Crange Fair in Herne

Formerly a small horse fair, now the largest folk fest­iv­al in NRW: More than 500 fair­ground en­ter­tain­ers put on a grand show at this fair in the heart of the Ruhr Area

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