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Dortmund: German Football Museum

1. Dortmund: German Football Museum

In this modern exhibition with around 1,600 exhibits, embark on a fascinating journey into the past and experience football history in all its facets and with all your senses. Meet the world champions of 2014 in the 3D cinema, and become a commentator yourself in the reporter's cabin. On the small playing field in the multifunctional arena, the little ones can prove that they can kick a ball just like the adults. The spectacular scenography will unite fans and referees, amateurs and professionals and women's and men's football. Discover an interactive world of adventure for young and old alike at the German Football Museum.

Essen: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. 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.

Düsseldorf-Carlstadt: Outdoor Escape Game with Game Master

3. 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 Zollverein: Interactive Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Game

4. Essen Zollverein: Interactive Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Game

Discover the area surrounding the Zollverein colliery with an interactive outdoor escape phone via an app on your phone. Put your problem-solving skills to the test and discover fascinating facts about Essen and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Zeche Zollverein. Start the modern scavenger hunt or your outdoor escape game in Essen Stoppenberg. With audio clips from your detective guide, discover amusing information about the sites you will see as well as the industrial history of the region. Unravel a series of puzzles in the area around the historic Zollverein Coal Mine. Arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore a large area of the colliery. There are plenty of tricky questions to answer. Once you have completed all the tasks, you will receive a summary of your game and a code to collect your award. Compete with other contenders on the leaderboard as you uncover the fascinating history of the area in an interactive and engaging way.

WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

5. WelcomeCard Ruhr incl. Local Transport and Museums

Discover the Metropole Ruhr in your own time with the WelcomeCard Ruhr. Each card is valid for either 24, 48 or 72 hours and includes two components: · • Local transport ticket: Each WelcomeCard includes a local transportation ticket that allows you to use public transport (bus and train). Depending on the option selected it will be usable for 24, 48 or 72 hours. **************************************************************** Details about attractions: All attractions are included, regardless of which option you select. You can visit some attractions free of charge, by showing your WelcomeCard Ruhr at the entrance. Others will grant you a 50% discount from the regular entrance price. Please see this list for details. Free of charge, single admission: • Aquarius Wassermuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Binarium, Dortmund • Camera Obscura, Mülheim an der Ruhr • DASA - Arbeitswelt Ausstellung, Dortmund • Denkmalpfad Zollverein, Essen • Deutsches Bergbau - Museum, Bochum • Domschatz, Essen • Gasometer, Oberhausen • Grafschafter Museum im Schloss, Moers • Haus Ruhrnatur, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Jüdisches Museum Westfalen, Dorsten • Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Kunstquartier, Hagen • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hüttenführung, Duisburg • Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord - Tour de Ruhr - Hinter verschlossenen Türen, Duisburg • Ludwiggalerie Schloss, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs, Solingen • LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Berens-Bau, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum St. Antony Hütte, Oberhausen • LVR-Industriemuseum Textilfabrik Cromford, Ratingen • LWL Römermuseum, Haltern am See • LWL-Freilichtmuseum, Hagen • LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte, Hattingen • LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk, Henrichenburg • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern, Dortmund • LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche-Nachtigall, Witten • LWL-Museum für Archäologie, Herne • Maximilianpark, Hamm • Mülheim erleben - Erlebnistouren, Mülheim an der Ruhr • Museum Kloster Kamp, Kamp-Lintfort • Nationales Naturmonument Kluterthöhle, Ennepetal • Nordsternturm, Gelsenkirchen • Red Dot Design, Essen • Reeser Personenschiffahrt, Rees • Ruhr Museum, Essen • Ruhrschifffahrt Weiße Flotte, Mülheim an der Ruhr • RVR Besucherzentrum Hoheward, Herten • RVR Naturforum Bislicher Insel, Xanten • Schalke Museum, Gelsenkirchen • Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen • SiegfriedMuseum, Xanten • Stiftung Eisenbahn Museum, Bochum • TerraZoo, Rheinberg • Tierpark & Fossilium, Bochum • Umspannwerk, Recklinghausen • Vroom.Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen • Zeiss Planetarium, Bochum • Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst in der Lindenbrauerei, Unna 50% Reduction on the original ticket price: • Movie Park Germany, Bottrop • Variete et cetera, Bochum • Stadtrundfahrten, Gelsenkirchen • GOP Variete-Theater, Essen • Theater im Depot, Dortmund • Geheimdepot, Dorsten • Salzgrotte, Oberhausen • Bochumer Symphoniker, Bochum

Essen: Segway Tour Along the Baldeneysee

6. 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.

Nordkirchen: Schloßpark and Castle Smartphone Game

7. Nordkirchen: Schloßpark and Castle Smartphone Game

Turn your day at Schloßpark in Nordkirchen into an adventure with this smartphone game. Challenge yourself to completing puzzles and minigames on your own, or with a group of friends. Reach the largest and most important of the Westphalian moated castles at the end of your quest.  Arrive outside the park and press 'start' to begin your introduction to the Sir Peter Morgan Academy. Prove yourself by resolving tasks as you make your way through a baroque ensemble of extensive buildings, moats, gardens and parks. Expereince the satisfaction of answering tricky questions. Complete all the tasks to get a summary of your game and a code to collect your award. Compete with Sir Peter Morgan's other contenders on the leaderboard.

Essen: UNESCO Zeche Zollverein Smartphone Game

8. 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.

Hattingen: Old Town Scavenger Hunt Smartphone Game

9. Hattingen: Old Town Scavenger Hunt Smartphone Game

Discover the town of Hattingen with fresh eyes by interacting with the sites in creative ways with this smartphone game. Navigate through the charming cobbled streets of the Old Town, following clues and playing minigames. Get facinating facts and stories about the town as you complete each task.  Download the tour and make your way Hattingen's Old Town to begin your detective adventure. Press 'start' to be introduced to your mission and receive your first location-based task. Puzzle your way through the historic Old Town, admiring the lovingly-restored half-timbered houses. Find out exciting information and stories about Hattingen as each task is completed. Once you have completed all the tasks, receive a summary of your game and a code to collect your award. Compete with Sir Peter Morgan's other contenders on the leaderboard.

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What people are saying about Ruhr Area

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 77 reviews

The football trip into the past was worth it. The stars of yesterday packed in videos or banned in pictures, it made me go back to my childhood smoothly! I went to the exhibition without introductions and would not be disappointed! I will share this experience with friends and colleagues and maybe repeat it again because I did not manage everything in the 3 hours! If you want to visit the museum, you should arrive without a time limit and not have a follow-up appointment!

The staff were friendly and helpful. Even though the instructions indicate that no big bags are allowed. I was with a suitcase and they offered to leave it at the reception. From football history of the Germany national team to Bundesliga history, the museum has everything you'd like to know or remember as a soccer fun. I enjoyed the 3D Bundesliga show.

Una experiencia muy bonita, vale la pena. Si te quieres ahorrar un poco, recomiendo comprar tus tickets en el museo. Pero toma en cuenta que puede hacer fila y tendrás que esperar para poder entrar al museo. La diferencia de precio no es mucha, entonces si quieres planear todo antes, vale la pena comprarlos por aquí.

Very interesting exhibitions. Unfortunately, the kiosk was completely blocked for 2 hours by a DFB delegation, which really annoyed me. So much for the question of the new fan proximity.

Trouble-free stopover at Zeche Zollverein. Get back in later and continue to the city tour.