The Ruhr Metropolitan Area is a polycentric urban area in the west of Germany. The region stretches 116 kilometres from east to west and 67 kilometres north to south. With a population of eight and a half million people it is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. It consists of several large, industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west, and Lippe to the north. The Ruhr Valley was at the centre of the German economic miracle of the 1950s and 1960s, as very rapid economic growth created a heavy demand for coal and steel.
Today the Ruhr Valley is a multi-cultural area which has long since developed into a modern Metropolis. Its economy is largely based on industry and export. The combination of over 200 museums, 120 theatres and 100 concert halls, multiple shopping areas and recreation areas like the Baldeneysee makes the Ruhr Metropolises an extraordinary region today. In total there are 53 cities belonging to the Ruhr Metropolis like Bochum, Dinslaken, Hagen, Hamm, Lünen, Moers, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Wesel and many more. Since the 19th century these cities have grown together and very often the only way to realise you are in another place is looking at the city codes on the number plates of the cars.
Due to a lot of canals, lawns, forests and fields the Ruhr Metropolis is an ideal area for sports like cycling, skating, hiking, horse riding and also for water sports like rowing and canoeing.
The Ruhr Metropolitan Area is characterised by short and fast travels between many cities.
Travel times from Essen Main Station to…
- Bochum 10 min.
- Duisburg 12 min.
- Dortmund 23 min.
- Düsseldorf 28 min.
With its multitude of cities the Ruhr Metropolitan Area offers a plurality of well-known theatres and operas. Have a look at the most famous ones in the following list.
- Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg
- Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
- Schauspielhaus, Bochum
- Theater an der Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr
- Theater Dortmund
- Westfälisches Landestheater Dortmund
Due to its history in mining industry the Ruhr Metropolitan Area is a place full of sights from the past. These are mixed with modern arts, a multi-cultural atmosphere and a lot of attractions from today. This extraordinary mixture represents the character of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area for which it is known all over the world.
- Brewery Museum Dortmund
- Castle Oberhausen
- CentrO Oberhausen Shopping Center
- Coke Oven plant Hansa Dortmund
- Duisburg Harbor
- Duisburg Zoo
- Florianturm Dortmund
- Gasometer Oberhausen
- German Mining Museum Bochum
- Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord
- LVR Industrial Museum Oberhausen
- Maximilianpark Hamm
- Nordsternpark Gelsenkirchen
- Railway Museum Bochum
- Sea Life Oberhausen
- Ship Lift Henrichenburg
- Tetraeder Bottrop
- Tiger and Turtle Duisburg
- Zeche Zollern Dortmund
- Zoom Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen
You will find a huge number of restaurants in the Ruhr Metropolitan Area with cuisines from all over the word. Explore the most famous restaurants and taste the character of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area yourself.
- Brauhaus Wenkers, Dortmund
- El Toro, Bochum
- Goldener Anker, Dorsten
- Küppersmühle, Duisburg
- Livingroom, Bochum
- Nhy Star, Bochum
- Palmgarden, Dortmund
- Restaurant am Kamin, Mülheim an der Ruhr
- Ronja, Mülheim an der Ruhr
- Rosin, Dorsten
- Soraya, Dortmund
- Yamas Meze Restaurant and Winebar, Bochum
You can also get inspiration by the recommendations on Trip Advisor.
The Ruhr Metropolitan Area has a lot of soccer clubs, within less than one and a half hour, you can reach 5 “Bundesliga” clubs starting in Essen.
Schalke is a professional German association-football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen. Schalke has long been one of the most popular professional football teams in Germany. The club has 140.000 members, making it the second-largest sports club in Germany and the sixth-largest sports club in the world in terms of membership. Since 2001, Schalke’s stadium is the Veltins-Arena, which belongs to the most modern stadiums in the world, which is also used for concerts and other public events. Schalke holds a long-standing rivalry with Ruhr neighbour Borussia Dortmund, arguably the most widespread and well-known rivalry in German football.
Borussia Dortmund (BVB), Schalke’s contender, is based in Dortmund and one of the most successful clubs in German football history. The football team is part of a large membership-based sports club with more than 115,000 members, making BVB the third largest sports club by membership in Germany. Since 1974, Dortmund have played their home games at Westfalenstadion. The stadium is the largest in Germany and one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe.
Two of the smaller sports club of the Ruhr Metropolitan Area are VfL Bochum, based in Bochum and having 5000 members, and also Rot Weiss Essen (RWE), based in Essen. VfL Bochum is one of the oldest sports organizations in the world: The club was officially founded on 18th February 1849.