… is the largest urban agglomeration in the heart of Germany. 8.5 mill. people live in several large, industrial cities, bordered by the rives Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west and Lippe to the north.
Starting at the beginning of the 19th century, the Ruhr is known for heavy industrial mining activity, mostly coal and iron ore. Since then, steel and engineering industry dominated the scene. 50 years ago a still ongoing structural change began in the Ruhrgebiet: Modern technology rose, communications, financial, insurance and transportation are now characterising the region.