Did you know?

  •  Aplerbeck, a suburb of Dortmund, contains the federal state geographical center of  North Rhine Westfalia.

  • The Ruhrgebiet produces an akvavit, which in regards to famous akvavit linie that cross the equator, also crosses the river Ruhr.

  • The former coal mine workers in the Ruhrgebiet were named "Kumpels", who worked several hundred meters below the surface. Today, these mines are museums and special venues. The administration buildings and steel factories are refurbished to event and meeting venues Famous examples are the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum or Zeche Zollverein.

  • There is a long-lasting debate on the origin of the Currywurst. Berlin and the Ruhrgebiet compete against each other and have a tight battle. However, no matter where the Currywurst really comes from, it is a tradition here!

  • 5.1 million residents in a  4,435 square kilometers area result in the the third-largest economic area in Europe, after London and Paris.

  • 89,000 students, 1,250 professors, in an unrivalled variety of subjects form one of the most dense research and higher education landscapes in Europe.

  • Five universities, 15 technical universities, an art university, four Fraunhofer Institutes, four Leibnitz Institutes, and three Max Planck Institutes shape the image of the region as an excellent site location in the national and international scientific and educational landscape, which improves the innovation capacity of the region.