Oberhausen

Shopping and leisure

The image of the city received a huge boost in 1996 with the opening of the CentrO shopping mall in the Oberhausen ‘Neue Mitte’. The former cradle of industry in the Ruhr district (the St. Antony works in 1758) now became the most popular shopping and leisure town in the Ruhr district. Now Oberhausen is generally recognized as the prime example of structural transformation. As is the case in many cities of the Ruhr district, successful investments are being made here for the future. Where the past was characterised by a great industrial tradition, today Oberhausen directs its energies towards becoming a successful family and generation-oriented city.

Every year 23 million visitors pour into Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre. They not only come to buy things, but also to take advantage of Oberhausen's huge range of cultural and leisure venues and events, like exhibitions in the Gasometer, megastars in the König-Pilsener Arena, the Oberhausen Theatre, the Metronom Musical Theatre, the Oberhausen SeaLife Centre, the Oberhausen model railway world, the cabaret and comedy theatre Ebertbad, cinemas, industrial and art museums, the climbing garden tree2tree, the CentrO leisure park and the large number of restaurants, cafes and bars. Add to this the huge amount of recreation facilities like the wellness bath in the Vonderort Revierpark, golf on the Jakobi public links, cycling or walking in Kaisergarten – Oberhausen offers something for everyone.

Education, research and science

A qualified workforce is indispensable if an attractive location is to be offered – and the extensive network of universities in the region ensures this. Universities, universities of applied sciences, academies, Fraunhofer institutes and numerous training and further training establishments along the Rhine-Ruhr axis enjoy an outstanding international reputation and secure the supply of trained, highly-qualified manpower.

Oberhausen itself has an outside branch of the FernUniversität Hagen and has a course in environment technology (a co-operative project run by the FernUniversität Hagen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology). This is an interface between university research and industrial practice, in which new scientific and academic findings are implemented in the form of marketable technologies and practical problem solutions. In addition, Oberhausen is also home to the Centre for Environment and Energy of the Düsseldorf chamber of trade, the SLV Welding Design Teaching and Experimental Establishment and the i²fm International Institute for Facility Management. In November 2007, the so-called ForumQ has been launched in Oberhausen. This qualification forum particularly deals with the topic of craftsman shortage and provides specific qualification offers along with the Agentur für Arbeit and the ARGE/SODA.

Open to new things

Oberhausen, in the west of the Ruhr district, has a population of more than 220,000 people: as such it is one of the medium-sized cities in the Ruhr district. Thanks to its highly effective traffic network, Oberhausen is a central hub in the Rhine-Ruhr area. There are 17 autobahn connections in and around Oberhausen, a modern network of railways and local transport, the Rhine-Herne canal and the nearby Düsseldorf International airport, which can be reached in just 20 minutes. More than 60 million people live within a 250 km catchment area.

Shopping and leisure

The image of the city received a huge boost in 1996 with the opening of the CentrO shopping mall in the Oberhausen ‘Neue Mitte’. The former cradle of industry in the Ruhr district (the St. Antony works in 1758) now became the most popular shopping and leisure town in the Ruhr district. Now Oberhausen is generally recognized as the prime example of structural transformation. As is the case in many cities of the Ruhr district, successful investments are being made here for the future. Where the past was characterised by a great industrial tradition, today Oberhausen directs its energies towards becoming a successful family and generation-oriented city.

Every year 23 million visitors pour into Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre. They not only come to buy things, but also to take advantage of Oberhausen's huge range of cultural and leisure venues and events, like exhibitions in the Gasometer, megastars in the König-Pilsener Arena, the Oberhausen Theatre, the Metronom Musical Theatre, the Oberhausen SeaLife Centre, the Oberhausen model railway world, the cabaret and comedy theatre Ebertbad, cinemas, industrial and art museums, the climbing garden tree2tree, the CentrO leisure park and the large number of restaurants, cafes and bars. Add to this the huge amount of recreation facilities like the wellness bath in the Vonderort Revierpark, golf on the Jakobi public links, cycling or walking in Kaisergarten – Oberhausen offers something for everyone.

Education, research and science

A qualified workforce is indispensable if an attractive location is to be offered – and the extensive network of universities in the region ensures this. Universities, universities of applied sciences, academies, Fraunhofer institutes and numerous training and further training establishments along the Rhine-Ruhr axis enjoy an outstanding international reputation and secure the supply of trained, highly-qualified manpower.

Oberhausen itself has an outside branch of the FernUniversität Hagen and has a course in environment technology (a co-operative project run by the FernUniversität Hagen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology). This is an interface between university research and industrial practice, in which new scientific and academic findings are implemented in the form of marketable technologies and practical problem solutions. In addition, Oberhausen is also home to the Centre for Environment and Energy of the Düsseldorf chamber of trade, the SLV Welding Design Teaching and Experimental Establishment and the i²fm International Institute for Facility Management. In November 2007, the so-called ForumQ has been launched in Oberhausen. This qualification forum particularly deals with the topic of craftsman shortage and provides specific qualification offers along with the Agentur für Arbeit and the ARGE/SODA.