Culture and recreation in the Ruhr Metropolis

Zeche ZollvereinPhoto: Avda, [CC-BY-SA-3.0],
Wikimedia Commons

World Cultural Heritage

An old mining facility turned into a World Cultural Heritage Site? If you can't picture it, you should definitely pay a visit to Zeche Zollverein in Essen. Shaft towers, coking plant, museums, gigantic halls and many, many recreational activities. Simply fabulous. Read more...

ExtraschichtPhoto: Ruhr Tourismus GmbH /
Nielinger

Long night

Lights out? Not at "ExtraSchicht", the long night of industrial culture, which is celebrated every year on a Saturday before the beginning of the summer holidays. The entire Ruhr region joins in to enjoy a plethora of arts and cultural events in former industrial facilities until long past midnight. Read more...

RuhrtrienalePhoto: NatiSythen, [CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

In triple time

The meaning behind the term "Ruhrtriennale" does not necessarily become obvious at first glance. It refers to a six-week cultural festival that takes place across the entire Ruhr area (hence "Ruhr") every year in August and September. Every three years (hence "Triennale") the intendant is replaced. Read more...

Folkwang MuseumPhoto: Julius1990, [CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

The most beautiful museum in the world

The first special exhibition in the new extension of the famous Museum Folkwang in Essen was indeed called "The most beautiful museum in the world" (2010). Not to show off, but because this is what Museum Folkwang was once called by Paul J. Sachs, co-founder of the New Yorker Museum of Modern Art. Read more...

Landschaftspark Duisburg-NordPhoto: Tuxyso [CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Up and down

Landschaftspark Nord is to the people of Duisburg what Zeche Zollverein is to the people of Essen. It is not easy to describe that gigantic industrial setting with its countless cultural and recreational facilities in a few words; two of its highlights are: fantastic climbing walls and a reservoir for scuba diving. Read more...

Gasometer OberhausenPhoto: Elke Wetzig [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0], Wikimedia Commons

Christo's favourite

If the incomparable wrapping artist Christo uses a location twice, he must have a good reason to do so. That reason becomes apparent to everyone who ever visits the Gasometer. In fact, this industrial monument in Oberhausen is the only location worldwide that has been granted that honour. Read more...

The nature of Ruhr

It is a sad occasion when old industrial facilities have to be closed down and get abandoned. In the Ruhr region, however, people made the best of it, by transforming old mines (Nordsternpark, Bommerholz), lift locks, pithead stocks (e.g. Hoheward, Haniel and Beckstraße plus Tetraeder) etc. into cultural, sports and recreational facilities, which can be admired along the Route Industriekultur. Read more...

Castles and gardens

The hype surrounding industrial culture notwithstanding – Ruhr history is much older and much more diverse than that. This is evidenced by e.g. castles such as Burg Blankenstein, gardens such as the one on the Gruga premises or the one surrounding Villa Hügel as well as wildlife attractions such as Zoom and Sea Life. Read more...

Museums

Art, technology and historical exhibitions – people interested in any of those will find a museum in just about every Ruhr town: e.g. Museum Lehmbruck in Duisburg, Henrichshütte in Hattingen, DASA and U in Dortmund, Zentrum für Lichtkunst in Unna, Archäologiemuseum in Herne and Camera Obscura in Mülheim. Read more...

Hollywood in Recklinghausen

Ruhr's theatre scene is colourful and diverse; almost every town has its own municipal and/or independent theatres. Hollywood stars flock to the annual theatre festival Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen. Operas and musicals are put on in venues such as Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen. Read more...

The sound of music

Concert houses, small and large event halls, stadiums – music is played all across the region throughout the year. In addition, there are festivals for almost every conceivable music genre. The crème of the crop in the world of classical music meets at Klavier-Festival Ruhr every year. Read more...

Athletic feats

Skiing and sleighing any good? In the Ruhr region, these sports are hardly ever done outdoors; however, they're performed daily in Bottrop’s alpincenter. Great climbing facilities are available right next door – as well as in Dortmund/Wetter/Duisburg etc. And then there's Germany's no. 1 sport. As every child knows, football is an iconic sport in the Ruhr region. Read more...

Germany's largest screen

There was a time when multiplex cinemas mushroomed all over the place over night. This is no longer the case; now small arthouse theatres and giant multiplex cinemas coexist peacefully. There's one thing that none of them has to offer: the largest screen in Germany. This is the unique selling proposition of Lichtburg Essen. Read more...