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The Quick-Change Artist

The Ruhr gave its name to an industrial area which was dominated for 150 years by coal and steel. Today it gives its name to a region where excellent leisure facilities are the major attraction. Innovative planning has transformed industrial sites into cultural venues; not only is the fascinating history of coal and steel brought to life but art, fun and action are also the order of the day. In the Ruhr region's transformation into an attractive place to live, it was the River Ruhr which made the most important contribution, adding unspoilt nature. Together with many lakes, canals and the River Lippe, the Ruhr forms a network of some 250 kilometres of waterways from which you can discover the region and its highlights.

Region of unlimited Opportunities

Sailing enthusiasts on Hartkortsee lake close to Hagen or on lake Kemnade near Bochum will find all the space and wind they need. Also wake-boarding, water-skiing and windsurfing are all familiar concepts in the Ruhr region. But those who are fond of cosy towns will also not be disappointed by the Ruhr: if you moor in your boat in Hattingen, you can see one of the region's most beautiful medieval town centres. Not to be missed in Bochum are its nightlife or a visit to the unique German Mining Museum, where you can gain an impression of work underground. Visit Essen, a metropolis of the Ruhr region, and the Aquarius Water Museum in Mülheim an der Ruhr, which lies on the unique Route of Industrial Culture which connects the most beautiful objects of industrial culture.