An acoustic and visual highlight: The hall in the Dortmund Concert Hall. Photo: Daniel Sumesgutner
Concert halls and Philharmonic Orchestras set the tone ... More


Interested visitors in the Museum of German Inland Navigation in Duisburg. Photo: RVR/Frebel

A metropolis-worthy museum landscape

Numerous museums are located in the Ruhr Metropolis. The industrial heritage, which has developed into a unique home for museums and exhibitions, is a special facet. But the museum landscape is also shaped by impressive new and renovated buildings, which lend the region cultural strength. ... More
Opening ceremony of the Ruhrfestspiele (Ruhr theatre festival) in 2010. Photo: Ruhrfestspiele


Theatre festivals between Hollywood stars and industrial heritage

Seasonal highlights are set by the two theatre festivals of Ruhrfestspiele and Ruhrtriennale. Here, numerous small festivals create innovative stage shows with themes from German contemporary drama all the way to puppet theatre. ... More
The Schauspielhaus Bochum theatre. Photo: Diana Küster


Raise the curtain and set the scene

Theatres, musical locations and variety theatres are lined up between Duisburg and Hamm. Exciting stage performances are offered in the Ruhr Metropolis by renowned theatres, workshop and independent theatres, as well as artistic projects and initiatives. ... More


Exciting stories fascinate the young audience. Photo: City of Duisburg
The Ruhr Metropolis promotes reading through activities ... More

Ruhr region cult

Scenes from the show Voilá. Photo: Revue Palast Ruhr
The motto is “Lachen statt Malochen” - laughing instead of slaving away ... More

Films and photos

Film premiere in the Essen Lichtburg Cinema. Photo: Lichtburg
From celluloid to digital: Pictures of the Ruhr Metropolis ... More

The Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) plans, develops and builds together with the municipalities of the Ruhr Metropolis


Be our guest! Ruhr Tourismus (RTG) answers all questions related to travelling in the Ruhr Metropolis


The regional business development company, Wirtschaftsförderung metropole Ruhr GmbH (wmr), is the service partner for companies and investors


The cultural scene

With collections from the 19th century and modernism right up to contemporary art, the 20 museums of the RuhrKunstMuseen (Ruhr Art Museums) network represent a unique museum landscape:

RuhrKunstMuseen (Ruhr Art Museum)

The Ruhr Museum focuses on all aspects of the region - from the past to today.

The Ruhr Museum

The Ruhrtriennale has established itself internationally as a theatre festival.Its main venue is the industrially shaped Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum.

The Ruhrtriennale

The Industrial Heritage Trail is a circuit over approximately 400 kilometres and connects 900 big and small industrial monuments in the regionr.

Industrial Heritage Trail