Ruhr & Culture
The cities of Duisburg and Essen are situated right in the middle of the Ruhr Area. With more than five million inhabitants and an area of about 4,435 square kilometres, the Ruhr Area – or simply "the Ruhr" – is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Germany and the fifth largest in Europe. It takes its name from the Ruhr River, a 219-km-long right tributary of the Rhine River. In the last years of the 18th century, the Industrial Revolution in Germany started in the region along the Ruhr River, where coal was deposited close to the earth's surface.
With the decline of the mining industry, the Ruhr Area has undergone wide-ranging structural change which has brought about transfomrations, particularly in infrastructure, the economy, technology and culture. Today, the region can boast a range of cultural activities unparalleled in Europe: more than 200 museums as well as theatres, musical events, art exhibitions and industrial heritage sites.
The region's cultural appeal and diverse urban landscape were recognised by the European Union in 2010 when Ruhr Metropolitan Area, spearheaded by Essen, was granted the honour of being the European Capital of Culture (European Capital of Culture 2010). After the deconstruction of the industry, it was an important concern to make the Ruhr Area greener again. As the award Green Capital of Europe (2017) for the city of Essen shows, this was successful.
On this websit you can read more about the Ruhr Area as a favourite place to visit and events: website of Ruhr-Tourism.
In addition to the numerous big companies and small and medium-sized enterprises that have traditionally made the Ruhr their home, the area is now a prime locations for research centres and their spinoffs as well as for technology parks with close ties to companies representing a broad commercial and industrial spectrum. The Ruhr Area has the most tight-knit university landscape in Europe with a total of 256.000 students.
Nowhere else in Europe will you find such a concentration of art, industrial architecture and culture side by side with opportunities for entertainment, sports and shopping. There are all kinds of cultural activities and due to short distance and a good system of public transport (see "Praktische Informationen über Deutschland") it is easy to get from one place to another.
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