The Ruhr – European Capital of Culture 2010

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The ruhr
The ruhr

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Every year the prestigious title European Capital of Culture is bestowed upon at least two cities or areas in Europe by the European Union. For 2010 the Ruhr, an urban area in the West of Germany, was chosen as one of them, which makes the Ruhr an ideal vacation spot for everybody interested in the arts and culture.

The Ruhr in North Rhine—Westphalia consists of several large cites — Duisburg (Duisburg vacation rentals | Duisburg travel guide), Essen (Essen vacation rentals | Essen travel guide), Bochum (Bochum vacation rentals | Bochum travel guide) and Dortmund (Dortmund vacation rentals | Dortmund travel guide) among others — and is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. Ever since the 18th century mining and steel production have been the main economical pillar in the Ruhr and still today the Ruhr is known foremost as industrial area. European Capital of Culture the area finally has a chance to show that it has much more to offer.

The Ruhr is home of many museums, such as the Ruhr Museum in Essen, where the grand opening of the cultural capital year was celebrated with more than 100,000 visitors. The Ruhr Museum is a unique type of regional museum that showcases the entire natural and cultural history of this area, which is the fourth most densely populated area in the whole of Europe.

In Bochum several renowned theaters are located, the most famous being the Starlighthalle Bochum. This venue was built especially for the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical Starlight Express and is even listed in the Guinness Book of Records due to its mind—blowing design.

Another highlight the Ruhr has to offer is a giant yearly summer festival, the so—called ExtraSchicht. In 2010 the party takes place on the 19th of June. In only one night 200 different events take place in 50 locations all over the Ruhr area.

As you can see, as the European Capital of Culture 2010, the Ruhr is buzzing — don’t miss out on it!

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Kathrin Wagner

This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.

She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.

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