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Ruhr Area

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Nestled in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ruhr Area remains best known for its eventful industrial past and the imposing architecture of its heritage sites. Industrial monuments converted to art and sports venues stand side by side with rehabilitated green spaces and recreation areas. Known as the region's Green Metropolis, Dortmund charms visitors with spacious public parks, a vast network of waterways, and a historical center turned into a popular shopping district. Another mecca for shoppers, Essen offers religious sites and a historical atmosphere. Duisburg boasts a colorful cultural scene and vibrant nightlife thanks to its large student population. With nearly 250 internationally renowned festivals and cultural events each year, you'll never be bored on a Ruhr Area trip. To find out how to plan a trip to Germany, use our trip itinerary maker.
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Popular things to do in Ruhr Area

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Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen ©
World heritage site
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen Essen
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum Folkwang ©
Art Museum
Museum Folkwang Essen
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Alma-Park ©
Theme Park
Alma-Park Gelsenkirchen
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord ©
Park
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord Duisburg
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Ruhr Area

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German Mining Museum ©
Specialty Museum
German Mining Museum Bochum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Specialty Museum
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten ©
History Museum
LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten Xanten
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
DASA
Specialty Museum
DASA Dortmund
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ruhr Area

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Zoo Duisburg ©
Zoo
Zoo Duisburg Duisburg
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen ©
Theme Park
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Oberhausen Oberhausen
1.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
German Football Museum ©
Children’s Museum
German Football Museum Dortmund
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
SEA LIFE Oberhausen ©
Aquarium
SEA LIFE Oberhausen Oberhausen
2.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Outdoors in Ruhr Area

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Sportpark Duisburg
Outdoor Activity
Sportpark Duisburg Duisburg
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kletterhalle Bergwerk ©
Outdoor Activity
Kletterhalle Bergwerk Dortmund
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Baldeneysee ©
Outdoor Activity
Baldeneysee Essen
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Galopprennbahn Dortmund ©
Outdoor Activity
Galopprennbahn Dortmund Dortmund
4.1
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Ruhr Area

Vonovia Ruhrstadion
Outdoor Activity
Vonovia Ruhrstadion Bochum
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Philharmonie Essen ©
Landmark
Philharmonie Essen Essen
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Borussia Dortmund ©
Outdoor Activity
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshuette Hattingen ©
Specialty Museum
LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshuette Hattingen Hattingen
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Ruhr Area

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Halde Rheinelbe
Historic Site
Halde Rheinelbe Gelsenkirchen
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Dorfkirche Stiepel ©
Church
Dorfkirche Stiepel Bochum
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Propsteikirche ©
Church
Propsteikirche Dortmund
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Marienkirche
Church
Marienkirche Dortmund
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes