The small city of Duisburg, very close to Düsseldorf, is worth a stop for its unique and diverse landscape composed of nature, industry, and contemporary architecture. This city, located at the junction of Rhine and Ruhr Rivers and boasting the world’s largest inland port, has a very rich industrial history. It is amazing how disused industrial infrastructure has been seamlessly blended with the modern developments of the city, providing a setting that is very hard to match.
Tiger & Turtle
Tiger & Turtle is a unique interactive art installation. It consists of winding, twisting staircases made of galvanized steel. It sits on a man-made hill, constructed out of waste from a former zinc-smelting factory and rubble from abandoned factories. Other than good exercise, the Tiger & Turtle provides visitors with lovely views of the industrial landscape and a sea of steep-sloped roofs.
Ehinger Str. 117, 47249 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 285440
Landschaftpark is an abandoned steel facility that has been transformed into an awesome park. Instead of dismantling factory infrastructure like sewage canals, conveyor bridges, blast furnaces, bunkers, rail tracks, etc., they were re-purposed into walkways, gardens, a scuba diving center, and an observation deck. In the evenings, this park bathes in a sea of colorful, ever-changing lights. While you can enjoy the full illumination on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays, only the chimney stacks are lit on weekdays.
Emscherstraße 71, 47137 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 4291919
Museum Küppersmühle is a modern art museum that proudly displays precious artwork by gifted German artists, including Sigmar Polke, Abraham David Christian, Georg Baselitz, and Candida Höfer. Additionally, the museums hosts four temporary themed exhibitions every year. The building itself, seven stories tall and possessing 42-meter-high steel grain silos, is a sight in itself.
Philosophenweg 55, 47051 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 30194811
If you wish to take a break from Duisburg’s concrete, industrial landscape, you don’t need to go far at all. Sechs-Seen-Platte is a series of six interconnected lakes, which are so pretty that you would find it hard to believe that the area used to be a gravel pit. Sechs-Seen-Platte is the perfect place to walk, laze, play golf, or catch a meal in one of the restaurants.
During the Industrial Revolution, this region was lined with industrial buildings and factories. Also, grains used to be stored in gigantic granaries surrounding the inner harbor. After the war, this abandoned site was remodeled, and the old industrial heart was beautifully blended with contemporary buildings, parks, shops, restaurants, and hotels.
Hansegracht 10, 47051 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 317758
Museum der Deutschen Binnenschifffahrt
Museum der Deutschen Binnenschifffahrt, a museum dedicated to German inland navigation, is housed in a former public bath. In this museum, you can experience a walk-in replica of a vessel, a barge from the early 20th century, three ships docked at the harbor a short walk away, and the massive Oscar Huber (the last paddle steamer on the Rhine River).
Apostelstraße 84, 47119 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 808890
Salvatorkirche towers over the heart of Duisburg, the Burgplatz. The church, built in the early 14th century, is a fantastic specimen of the late-Gothic style of architecture. Its truncated tower is a result of damage during the Second World War.
Burgpl. 19, 47051 Duisburg, Germany, +49 0203 311176
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