This card showing different scenes in the Ruhr region of Germany was sent to me by Katija. The Rhur is an urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
With a population density of 2,800/km² and a population of some five million, it is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. It consists of several large, industrial cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west, and Lippe to the north. In the Southwest it borders the Bergisches Land. It is considered part of the larger Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of more than 12 million people.
From west to east, the region includes the cities of Duisburg, Oberhausen, Bottr
an der Ruhr, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Bo chum, Herne, Hagen, Dortmund,
and Hamm, as well as parts of the more "rural" districts
of Wesel, Recklinghausen, Unna and Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis.
Historically, the western Ruhr towns, such as Duisburg and Essen, belonged to
the historic region of the Rhineland, whereas the eastern part of the
Ruhr, including Gelsenkirchen, Bochum, Dortmund and Hamm, were part of the
region of Westphalia. Since the 19th century, these districts have grown
together into a large complex with a vast industrial landscape, inhabited by
some 7.3 million people (including Düsseldorf and Wupp ertal).
It is the fifth largest urban area in Europe after Istanbul, Moscow, London
For 2010, the Ruhr region was one of the European Capitals of Culture.