Muelheim an der Ruhr

Room for innovative developments

Turning to science: no less than two Max Planck Institutes are located in Mülheim an der Ruhr (coal research and bioinorganic chemistry); directors such as the Nobel prize-winner Prof. Dr. Karl Ziegler have become famous throughout the world. Thanks to the Theodor Fliedner Foundation, the Institute for Interdisciplinary and Applied Social Work Studies of the University of Bonn has its headquarters in Mülheim. ZENIT, the Centre for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia is also situated near the banks of the Ruhr.

Living in the city on the water

The inhabitants of Mülheim an der Ruhr enjoy an above average standard of life. More than 50% of the urban area is green. Parks, woodland, meadows and fields are the city’s main characteristic feature. As far as sport is concerned, the city boasts 145 clubs comprising 40,000 members. The Uhlenhorst hockey club is the most successful in Europe. The river that gives its name to the region winds its way through the middle of Mülheim, scarcely a stone's throw away from the city centre. The municipal hall – built-in 1926 in the style of an Italian palazzo, is the venue used for concerts presented by the Ruhr Piano Festival, sponsored by the Initiativkreis Ruhr initiative. It is not the only building lining the river bank: here you can also find the RWW building belonging to the Rhineland Westphalian Waterworks Company RWW, known affectionately by the locals as the "water fortress". The RWW undertakes a variety of work to raise people's consciousness about water. Visitors can experience this in a playful way in the prize-winning Aquarius Water Museum nearby – where else? – on the Ruhr.

City on the river

Mülheim an der Ruhr links Düsseldorf with the Ruhr district. It has a population of about 171,000, and is one of the "smaller" cities in the Ruhr district. In national town rankings Mülheim an der Ruhr is rated as the most successful town in the Ruhr district for business and investment. With regard to per capita income, the “city on the river” occupies 3rd place in North Rhine-Westphalia, behind Düsseldorf and Münster. Unemployment is also favourable, lying clearly below the level for the state of NRW and Germany as a whole in recent years. Mülheim has long enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in regional comparisons. Furthermore, the city on the river has a good reputation as an attractive place to live. Over 50% of the city area consists of parks and woodland.

Room for innovative developments

Turning to science: no less than two Max Planck Institutes are located in Mülheim an der Ruhr (coal research and bioinorganic chemistry); directors such as the Nobel prize-winner Prof. Dr. Karl Ziegler have become famous throughout the world. Thanks to the Theodor Fliedner Foundation, the Institute for Interdisciplinary and Applied Social Work Studies of the University of Bonn has its headquarters in Mülheim. ZENIT, the Centre for Innovation and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia is also situated near the banks of the Ruhr.

Living in the city on the water

The inhabitants of Mülheim an der Ruhr enjoy an above average standard of life. More than 50% of the urban area is green. Parks, woodland, meadows and fields are the city’s main characteristic feature. As far as sport is concerned, the city boasts 145 clubs comprising 40,000 members. The Uhlenhorst hockey club is the most successful in Europe. The river that gives its name to the region winds its way through the middle of Mülheim, scarcely a stone's throw away from the city centre. The municipal hall – built-in 1926 in the style of an Italian palazzo, is the venue used for concerts presented by the Ruhr Piano Festival, sponsored by the Initiativkreis Ruhr initiative. It is not the only building lining the river bank: here you can also find the RWW building belonging to the Rhineland Westphalian Waterworks Company RWW, known affectionately by the locals as the "water fortress". The RWW undertakes a variety of work to raise people's consciousness about water. Visitors can experience this in a playful way in the prize-winning Aquarius Water Museum nearby – where else? – on the Ruhr.