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Halde Hohewad, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

The Ruhr Region


The Ruhr Metropolis event region

Right in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia, a region that is unequalled anywhere in Germany is booming. The Ruhr region is a metropolitan area where city limits blur and it has gone through an incomparable transformation in recent decades. Where once steel was smelted and coal was mined, rewilded green areas and recreation areas are now to be found, inviting you to take a walk or go for a cycle. Art and culture, leisure sports and entertainment have found a new home in transformed industrial facilities. That is living industrial culture.

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Konzert Duisburg Landschaftspark, © © RTG Hoffmann

Industrial culture and renowned festivals

Various art and culture festivals in the region use the backdrop of the decommissioned industrial arenas, such as Gasometer Oberhausen, the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen or the blast hall at Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg. Internationally renowned festivals such as the Ruhrfestspiele, the Ruhr Piano Festival or the Ruhrtriennale are a cut above other German festivals specifically because of the unusual location, and delight audiences with the very special atmosphere.

Once a year, a festival takes place in the Ruhr metropolis that connects the special places in the Ruhr region: ExtraSchicht – Nacht der Industriekultur (Night of Industrial Culture) is a huge night-time event that celebrates all of the important industrial locations in the region with a programme of about 500 art and cultural events. By day, visitors can follow the industrial culture route and get to know many former arenas of the coal and steel industries and their current use as cultural locations. The route, which can also be explored by bicycle, connects the most important industrial monuments such as the Zollern Coal Mine Industrial Complex, the Hansa coking plant in Dortmund or the Henrichenburg boat lift in Hattingen. Museums such as the German Mining Museum in Bochum and the German Football Museum in Dortmund are also along the route.

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Radfahren im Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, © redrevier

Experiences of nature and slag heap-hill-hopping

In the green Ruhr region, both locals and visitors can find peace and relaxation in nature. At Gruga Park or Emscher Landschaftspark, nature has been allowed to spread out and re-conquer its former terrain. The river that gives the Ruhr region its name is also a natural focal point of the region: along the banks of the Ruhr, those seeking relaxation can do more than just walk or cycle -  slag heap-hill-hopping allows hikers and walkers to scale the natural elevations and mine slag heaps of the Ruhr region and look down on a region that has recently reinvented itself.

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    Henrichshütte Hattingen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord Klettergarten, © Thomas Berns
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    Extraschicht Henrichshütte, © Ruhr Tourismus, Kreklau
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    Zeche Zollverein beleuchtet, © Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein
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    Tiger & Turtle, © Ruhr Tourismus GmbH / Jochen Schlutius
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    Halde Haniel in Bottrop, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Industrial culture and festivals


Discoveries in the Ruhr area

Aussenansicht Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund - direkt am Hauptbahnhof, © Deutsches Fußballmuseum Dortmund
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German Football Museum Dortmund

LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, © Ruhr Tourismus, Jochen Schlutius
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LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern

Museum Folkwang Essen at night, © Peter Wieler
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Museum Folkwang in Essen

UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, © Jochen Tack - Stiftung Zollverein
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein

Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, © Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
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Ruhrfestspiele theatre festival in Recklinghausen

Lichtinstallation 320 Grad Licht von Urbanscreen, © Thomas Wolf
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Gasometer in Oberhausen

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Experiences of nature


Discoveries in the Ruhr area

Aussicht Ruhrtalradweg, © RuhrtalRadweg, Dennis Stratmann
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Ruhr Valley Cycle Path

Familie am Teich, © Grugapark Essen
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Grugapark in Essen

Um weiterzufahren, muss man mit der Fähre auf die andere Seite transportiert werden, © Lippefähre Dorsten
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Roman Lippe Route

Luftaufnahme vom Tetraeder auf einer Halde in Bottrop., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Slag heap-hill-hopping

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Persona Olivier Kruschinski, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.