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Things to do in Ruhr Area

Our most recommended things to do in Ruhr Area

Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

1. Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Take in the highlights of Düsseldorf from a hop-on hop-off bus. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will take you right around and through the city center of the vibrant metropolis on the Rhine. Get off at any stop and explore at your own leisure with a hop-on hop-off ticket. En route, learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones with commentary available in 10 languages. Enjoy the freedom to explore the city for 24 hours from when you first activate your ticket. Stops: • Königsallee (Kö-Brücke Königsallee/Steinstraße) • Burgplatz/Altstadt • Rheinturm/Medienhafen (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinturm - 1) • Rheinterrasse/Ehrenhof (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinterrasse) • Nordpark/Aquazoo (Kaiserswerther Str.) • Kunstakademie/Altstadt (öffentliche Haltestelle: Tonhalle/Ehrenhof - 5) • Tourist-Information Hauptbahnhof

Oberhausen: SEA LIFE Oberhausen Entry Ticket

2. Oberhausen: SEA LIFE Oberhausen Entry Ticket

Experience the magical world of sea creatures and plunge into an adventure at Sea Life Oberhausen. Discover Germany's largest shark breeding tank and see the youngest offspring of black tip reef sharks, cat sharks, rays, and other sea creatures in the shallow 148 square meter water basin. Through an underwater dome, you will be able to experience having these magnificent creatures swim next to and above you. Learn fascinating facts from the staff during the daily feedings or interesting lectures.

Essen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Essen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Travel by double-decker bus around Essen as you listen to commentary about the city. Take the north and the south routes and stop at any of the 10 stops along the way. The north bus route starts at the Haus der Technik and heads to the city center. Pass Kennedyplatz and Berliner Platz, where the Limbecker Platz shopping center is located. See the Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site. The bus route circles back and ends at Haus der Technik. The south bus route begins with the Folkwang Museum and leads to Margarethenhöhe. Continue to Grugapark, where you will have a view of the Baldeneysee. Next, the south route will head to the Essen exhibition center. The last point on the route is the Philharmonie before returning to the Haus der Technik.

Essen: Segway Tour Along the Baldeneysee

4. Essen: Segway Tour Along the Baldeneysee

Discover the wonderful area around the Baldeneysee on this Segway tour. On the banks of the Baldeneysee lies a bird sanctuary, used as a migration area for great crested grebes, cormorants, herons and other endangered birds. Many red-eared terrapin, once released by their owners, also inhabit Baldeneysee. They not only survive the German winters but continue to thrive here. After a short introduction, start your tour with the beautiful grounds of SeaSideBeach at Baldeneysee. Make your way around the whole reservoir and enjoy a tour through nature and along the water. Stop at the famous biker spot "Haus Scheppen" and enjoy a little pause for a snack.

Essen: Zollverein Mine Smartphone Game

5. Essen: Zollverein Mine Smartphone Game

Play your way through Essen's Zollverein Mine area on this smartphone app. Uncover facts, history, and stories about this UNESCO-listed site as you follow clues and solve riddles. Immerse yourself in a fun story as you become a trainee at the Sir Peter Morgan Academy. Find out what tasks Sir Peter Morgan has devised for you as you explore the industrial mine area. Marvel at the well-preserved industrial machinery and architecture from the railway lines to the miner's quarters. Learn about this thriving complex as you play numerous mini-games and enjoy the freedom to pause and resume the game whenever you want. Try it alone or challenge yourself by competing to complete the game first.

Düsseldorf-Carlstadt: Outdoor Escape Game with Game Master

6. Düsseldorf-Carlstadt: Outdoor Escape Game with Game Master

Put your solving skills to the test during this outdoor escape adventure around Carlstadt in Düsseldorf. Using an iPad as your game and guide in one, embark on a challenging mission to save the city. Work together with your group to crack codes and come up with solutions. Instead of being locked inside a room, this escape game makes the entire city your playing field. After meeting your personal game master and getting a brief introduction to the functionalities of the game, gear up with iPads and start your adventure. As the clock starts to tick, navigate through the city and race to the finish line as you and your team unlock codes and get closer to the finale. Tasks are beamed directly to you on your iPad as you live chat with your game master.  Be inspired by the cityscape, decipher architectural codes, and find the missing elements to solve your mission. All you have to bring with you is your gamer heart and the desire to use teamwork, logic, and creativity to win the game.

Essen: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

7. Essen: AbenteuerDate, fun game and walk for couples

Explore Essen through an unusual, but fun adventure. Take part in an interactive smartphone game with your partner that will help you get to know each other a bit better. Unlock clues to your next destination by taking on tasks and answering tricky and funny questions about each other. Begin your game in the city center and allow the app to guide you from there. You will receive funny instructions about how to move through the area and you can design your own route. Challenge yourself and your partner by acting as a team to solve even the trickiest questions and situations. Enjoy a special outdoor date and create long-lasting memories as a couple. Step away from mainstream areas and traditional tours to focus on creating your own adventure. Take advantage of the bonus tasks and riddles to keep playing even after the game is over. We recommend: Play this outdoor adventure only in a team of two persons.

Essen-Mülheim: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

8. Essen-Mülheim: 1-Hour Airbus A320 Flight Simulator

Be one of the first pilots in the brand new Airbus A320 flight simulator at Essen-Mülheim Airport. After a short pre-flight briefing before boarding, take the captain’s seat. The Essen-Mülheim flight simulator is particularly detailed where all the instruments, sounds, and functions are like the real thing. The simulator is located directly in the airport building, with an unobstructed view of the apron and the runway. Fly the plane from take-off to landing with assistance from your instructor. Choose to go through different emergencies and weather scenarios with a professional pilot helping you every step of the way. You can design your route and fly to any of the 24,000 airports worldwide. Invite up to 12 friends who will sit behind you in an actual passenger cabin and look over your shoulder as you embark on your virtual flight. Fun and realism are the priority of this flight simulation. Experience a unique 1-hour with your family, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues. 

Essen: Smartphone City Exploration Scavenger Hunt

9. Essen: Smartphone City Exploration Scavenger Hunt

Immerse yourself in an exciting game and explore the historic city center of Essen as you play. Guide yourself from landmark to landmark with the help of your smartphone. Have fun hunting for clues around the city in order to complete the scavenger hunt. Log onto the game platform on your phone and begin your adventure at the designated starting point. Make your way around the bustling streets of Germany's 3rd greenest city, surrounded by hiking trails and lakes. Solve fun puzzles to earn points and receive clues. Pass by iconic buildings, such as the Flkowang Museum, the Philharmonie, Villa Hüegel, and the Aalto Theater. Learn about the local coal mining past at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zollverein. Take some time after the game is over to shop, eat, or simply explore the area.

Essen: UNESCO Zeche Zollverein Smartphone Game

10. Essen: UNESCO Zeche Zollverein Smartphone Game

Experience the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein while playing a scavenger hunt game. Follow clues and solve mini-games sent to your smartphone to learn more about the former industrial site in the city of Essen. Download the Telegram app on your smartphone and head to Zeche Zollverein on your own. Start your outdoor escape game in Essen Stoppenberg, and use the clues to solve the puzzles sent to your phone. The story will take you along the puzzle rally in the area around the Zollverein colliery. During the game, you will explore a large area of the colliery. Learn about the history and uncover fascinating facts as you complete the scavenger hunt. You can start and pause the game at any time and spend some time on the site. Explore the place at your own pace while playing a fun game with your team.

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What people are saying about Ruhr Area

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Wir haben es mit mehreren Teams gegeneinander gespielt. War wirklich lustig. Sind auch tolle Fotos dabei entstanden. Lustige Aufgaben, Gedichte und viele Infos rund um Weihnachten. Echt ein schönes aktives Weihnachtsspiel für alle die Spaß haben wollen und mehr als nur über den Weihnachtsmarkt latschen wollen. Witzige Rätsel und Blackstories.

klare empfehlung! unsere tochter hat die tour zufällig auf getyourguide entdeckt. wir wussten nicht so wirklich was uns so erwartet. aber es hat wirklich spaß gemacht. schöne familienzeit.

A football museum absolutely worth the visit! The history and the detail to it all is second to none and it was quite fascinating. 100% recommend it.

Wir hatten eine sehr schöne Zeit. Es hat alles so wie in der Beschreibung erklärt funktioniert.

For football fans, a visit to the Football Museum is a must