Ruhr Metropolis Region

The 22nd annual congress of the European College of Sport is organised in a Ruhr Metropolis Region. This consists of eleven cities and four administrative districts and it is a home for over 5.2 million people. The region has a strong coal and steel industrial history but in the recent decades it has developed to a vibrant, service and culture oriented metropolitan area. The three biggest cities in the area are Essen, Bochum and Dortmund.

The first university of the region was founded in Bochum 1963. This was a start for the transformation from industrial region to a knowledge based and education focused area. Now there are over 20 universities in Metropolis Ruhr region and together they employ over 2.2. million people.

Every year the last Saturday in June (this year 24th June 2017) is the event "ExtraSchicht" - the night of the industry culture. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know the Ruhr Metropolis Area and the culture where it all begun. There are events happening all over the Ruhr Metropolis Region. Please find more information here.


The city of Essen was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2010, which demonstrated the several museums, theatres, concert venues and festivals organised in the whole Ruhr Metropolis area.

The European Parliament has chosen Essen to be the European Green Capital 2017. This has inspired the city to enhance its green features such as green spaces within the city, developing the waterfront and creating more bike paths around the city. Please read more here.


Bike tours

Essen is a popular biking city. The city has a great infrastructure for biking and it is a great way to get to know the city and its surroundings.

  • Railway tour (36 km): follows the old railways around the city
  • Beer garden tour (35 km): the track leads you around the city and its several "Biergarten".
  • Church tour (north 28km or south 44km): guides you through the several churches in the city area.
  • Zechen-tour (38km): leads your way around the district of Zeche Zollverein in north-west of the city.

You are able to plan your bike trip here. (in German)


©Stadt Bochum, Referat für Kommunikation                                     ©Stadt Bochum, Referat für Kommunikation

Nowhere, the essence and character of the Ruhr region can be experienced as acutely as in Bochum. The visible industrial past, the sense of life of a vibrant city and its importance as a place of theatre and performance all combine to create a distinct profile.



  • Bochum Total 2017, 6th to 9th July 2017, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe since 1986

More information here.


©Stefanie Kleemann, Dortmund-Agentur, Stadt Dortmund                ©Soeren Spoo, Dortmund-Agentur, Stadt Dortmund

Without any doubt, football is the biggest attraction in the city of Dortmund. Make sure to visit the Signal Iguna Park, the home of Borussia Dortmund football club.


More information here.


Duisburg can be reached in 11 minutes from Essen Central Station. Duisburg offers its visitors plenty of activities and an impressive harbour, home to over 230 companies.



The city of Düsseldorf is easily accessible from Essen within 20 - 30 minutes by train. When attending ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017 is Düsseldorf definitely a worth a visit with its historical old town near the river Rhein and amazing shopping oportunities as well as vivid cultural lifestyle.

If you are interested in cycling you should make sure to arrive a day or two earlier to see the Grand Départ of the Tour de France which will be in Düsseldorf on 2 July 2017. After hosting the start in Berlin in 1987 this is only the second time that the Tour de France will depart from a German city. The famous tour is then continuing in France and will come to an end in Paris on 23rd July 2017.