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Gasometer in Ruhr

Interior art space
© Tourismus NRW / Thomas Wolf

Located in Oberhausen, Ruhr Metropolis, the Gasometer industrial space is an important cultural attraction that hosts unique exhibitions and attracts visitors from far and wide.

The vast gasometer was located in the midst of the industrial landscape of former years. In its day, the structure was used to store gas, which was required to power local factories and furnaces. Following decommission, it has become a landmark on the horizon of the city of Oberhausen.

Beyond physical transformation, it signified a reinvention of the whole region. Built in the late 1920’s, Europe’s largest former disc-type gas holder signalled the renewal of a century old culture of filthy heavy industry. Respect for the technical achievements of industrialisation mingle well with an awe inspiring fascination for the gigantic space internal space.

The Gasometer of today delivers a unique canvas for a variety of cultural experiences. Exhibitions, theatre and music are staged as are vast works of contemporary installations. International artists such as Christo have long left their mark.

Enjoy too, the impressive and unique panoramic scenes that unfold from the roof platform.

By Vincent Green, Mar 12 2021

Gasometer Oberhausen GmbH

Essener Str. 3
46047 Oberhausen

+49 208 850 3730

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Original language movies are popular among expats living across the Ruhr Metropolis. Films are screened regularly in English original with subtitles, known as OmU and without, portrayed as OV. A wide variety of cinemas or movie theatres can be found, both large and small.

Visitors viewing art


Art venues and museums across the Ruhr Metropolis regularly present selections of their own fine pieces in well arranged exhibitions. Regular exhibits of fascinating or rare artworks on loan from across the globe attract large numbers of enthusiasts too. Photo © Jochen Schlutius.

Public Transport

The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams, Strassenbahn, above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.

Subway station