Diversity is the best thing that can happen to a city.

The City of Cities doesn’t just offer unique opportunities when it comes to studying and careers. With an incredible amount of green spaces, intelligent transport concepts and eco-friendly urban redevelopment, it is also committed to offering the best quality of life in a conurbation.

The city with 53 city centres has it all, from the historical old town with idyllic half-timbered buildings to the state-of-the-art shopping centre. The city centres can also be easily reached on foot, by bus and train or by bike – the soon-to-be 101-kilometre-long RS1 cycle highway links the cities in the Ruhr region with one another and represents a real alternative to the car.

Natives, new citizens and tourists from all over the world appreciate our touristic unique selling proposition: the impressive Landscape Park in the north of Duisburg on the site of former industrial wasteland, for example, attracts almost as many visitors as Cologne Cathedral. Another attraction is Europe’s largest inland port in Duisburg. There is culture in the Ruhr Metropolis on every corner; it is Europe’s densest cultural landscape, with a further 1,000 industrial monuments, 200 museums, 250 festivals, 120 theatres and three musical venues. As a festival of the arts, the Ruhrtriennale entices visitors from all over the state and beyond. In short, no other European metropolis is as diverse as the City of Cities.


  • Kick it: football passion in the Metropolis Ruhr

    With the most spectators, the most active players and the highest density of clubs, pitches and stadiums in Germany, football is extremely important in the Metropolis Ruhr. Former professional footballer Ingo Anderbrügge explains why football is more than just a sport.

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  • Fascinating backdrop

    The Ruhrtriennale is bringing industrial monuments to life and captivating spectators. The internationally renowned festival of art continues to grow in popularity.

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  • Extraschicht: a culture-filled night in the City of Cities

    Each Extraschicht is unique. This one was a true summer night’s dream. Lasting eight hours, the industrial culture festival combined extraordinary venues with artistic elements for the 18th time in the city of cities.

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  • Blue Container: cultural exchange along the Silk Route

    The ‘Blue Container’ is an ‘art train’, which sets off from Duisburg on its way to Beijing via Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Ürümqi. Ten days of exhibitions and business presentations are held at all four stops along the way.

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  • IGA 2027 in the Metropolis Ruhr

    After Ruhr.2010 European Capital of Culture and IBA Emscher Park comes another landmark project for the City of Cities. In 2027, the Internationale Gartenausstellung (IGA), a garden festival, will come to the Metropolis Ruhr, hosted polycentrically by the cities of the Metropolis Ruhr.

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  • The Metropolis Ruhr on its way to becoming a Smart City

    The Metropolis Ruhr has the densest higher education and science landscape in Europe. The Greentech expertise is famous nationally. So the prerequisite and the time for the development of the Smart City are optimal.

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  • Unbridled, unrivalled, URBANATIX

    Parkour runners, free runners, trickers, dancers, breakdancers and bikers from the City of Cities – and from around the globe – race around the stage at breathtaking speed, treating the audience to a show that is the only one of its kind worldwide.

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  • Sightseeing at its best

    Few regions can measure up to the Metropolis Ruhr when it comes to the number of sights to see. Melanie Hundacker owns an agency for active tours and shows international tourists and trade visitors our unique industrial culture.

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  • An eco-friendly model for many European cities

    European Green Capital 2017: with 3,100 hectares of grassy areas and forest, Essen is already Germany’s third-greenest city. Now Essen wants to become even more climate-friendly, low-carbon, sustainable and socially responsible. The Green Capital initiative is all about improving quality of life.

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  • By no means still an insider tip – the Ruhr Metropolis’s festivals

    Let the music play – whether inside or out, there is something to suit every taste. From alternative guitar sounds, electro, indie, hip-hop, house, techno and reggae to world beat.

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  • Hömma – where are the hip places around here?

    Out and about with someone who knows what’s what. In his Hömma blog Jan Kempinski describes himself as a misanthrope. Why? No idea, because it certainly wouldn’t be easy to find someone who is more interested in people and their lives.

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  • A blind date with RuhrBühnen

    No one knows where it will begin, or where exactly it will take them: the only thing certain is that renowned venues, from theatre to dance theatre and music theatre, are on the cards. Theatre hopping through one of the densest cultural landscapes in Europe.

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  • The ‘Tummelmarkt’ market – a model for success

    A market that regularly transforms the dull car park into a pleasant market square with stalls selling local products. The aim is to re-establish the old tradition of the local market and make it an institution again – especially among young people.

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  • The highest, coolest picnic far and wide

    Climbing 529 steps is not for the faint-hearted. Those who don’t fancy tackling all those steps up to the summit of the Hoheward slag heap on the border between Herten and Recklinghausen can follow one of the paths that snake their way up to the top. But however you get up there, it’s all worth it...

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  • More vibrant and younger than ever: Folkwang University of the Arts

    Piano sounds drift through the widely opened ornate windows. Students hurry to workshops or rehearsals in the philharmonic orchestra. And all of this on a Sunday in summer, in beautiful sunshine.

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