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Popular things to do in Ruhr Area

Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen ©
World heritage site
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen Essen
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Movie Park Germany ©
Theme Park
Movie Park Germany Bottrop
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord ©
Park
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord Duisburg
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
CentrO ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
CentrO Oberhausen
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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.

Museums in Ruhr Area

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LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten ©
History Museum
LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten Xanten
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
German Mining Museum ©
Specialty Museum
German Mining Museum Bochum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum Folkwang ©
Art Museum
Museum Folkwang Essen
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Specialty Museum
Zeiss Planetarium Bochum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ruhr Area

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Alma-Park ©
Theme Park
Alma-Park Gelsenkirchen
3.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Zoom Erlebniswelt ©
Zoo
Zoom Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
German Football Museum ©
Children’s Museum
German Football Museum Dortmund
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Zoo Duisburg ©
Zoo
Zoo Duisburg Duisburg
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ruhr Area

Lwl Industrial Museum Zollern ©
Specialty Museum
Lwl Industrial Museum Zollern Dortmund
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tetraeder Bottrop ©
Landmark
Tetraeder Bottrop Bottrop
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
St. Viktor Dom ©
Religious Site
St. Viktor Dom Xanten
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Botanischer Garten ©
Garden
Botanischer Garten Bochum
4.6
Duration: 4 hours

Outdoors in Ruhr Area

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Sportpark Duisburg
Outdoor Activity
Sportpark Duisburg Duisburg
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Baldeneysee ©
Outdoor Activity
Baldeneysee Essen
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kletterhalle Bergwerk ©
Outdoor Activity
Kletterhalle Bergwerk Dortmund
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Vonovia Ruhrstadion
Outdoor Activity
Vonovia Ruhrstadion Bochum
4.3
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Ruhr Area

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Marktplatz ©
Historic Walking Area
Marktplatz Xanten
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Halde Rheinelbe
Historic Site
Halde Rheinelbe Gelsenkirchen
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Marienkirche
Church
Marienkirche Dortmund
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Hohensyburg Castle ©
Castle
Hohensyburg Castle Dortmund
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

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