Travel tips Duisburg
Duisburg for industrial culture fans, cultural tourists and art lovers
Duisburg is the fifth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the pulsating heart of the metropolitan area in the Ruhr Valley: The industrial city is situated where the Rhine and Ruhr rivers merge, exactly between the Ruhr region and the Lower Rhine area. City trippers appreciate the Lower Rhine city's large cultural offering: Duisburg port as the largest inland port in Europe, the beauty of the impressive industrial culture and innovative art and cultural projects. Hotel tip in Duisburg: The Grand City Hotel Duisburger Hof is centrally located just in front of the theater Duisburg and offers beautiful hotel rooms, meeting rooms, spa and 32 delicous hotel restaurants.
Cultur and opera highlights in Duisburg
Highlights of Duisburg's cultural landscape are the ballet and opera productions by the internationally-renowned Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Festivals such as Duisburger Filmwoche (Duisburg Film Festival), die Duisburger Akzente and the Traumzeit festival attract international attention. A particular highlight in Duisburg is the Route Industriekultur (Industrial Heritage Trail), a unique network of museums, exhibitions and historically important settlements. Duisburg has numerous leisure areas with clear quarry lakes, industrial monuments and diverse shopping options. With the motto "Change through culture - culture through change", Duisburg formed part of the RUHR.2010 – and became Europe's cultural capital.
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Cultural tips in Duisburg: Duisburg for culture freaks, opera fans and discoverers of the "Route Industriekultur" (Industrial Heritage Trail)
Musical offerings in Duisburg range from top productions by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, musical highlights from the Duisburger Philharmoniker (Duisburg Philharmonic) to independent performances. The RuhrTriennale and Klavierfestival Ruhr (Ruhr Piano Festival) impress an international audience every year.
The city's popular museums include Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum of Sculpture, the Kultur- und Stadthistorische Museum (Cultural and Local History Museum), the Küppersmühle Museum and the Museum der deutschen Binnenschifffahrt (German Inland Waterways Museum).
And Duisburg has an amazing heritage of impressive industrial culture: Coal mines, pit stacks, steel works and worker settlements designed by big-name architects. The Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park), which combines industrial history and leisure activities. You can retrace the history of mining, shipping and the railway on 25 themed industrial heritage trails. Those who prefer can discover the world cultural heritage site wonderfully by bike. By the way: Swinging dance evenings take place regularly in the Grand City Hotel Duisburger Hof.
Sightseeing tips in Duisburg: Duisburg for port tourists, zoo visitors and athletes
Casino, landscape park, zoo – Duisburg boasts a long list of attractions. A highlight is definitely Duisburger Hafen (Duisburg Port) – as the largest inland port in Germany it provides a unique spectacle. The Weiße Flotte (literally White Fleet) offers exciting port tours on pleasure boats. But although the city centre was almost completely destroyed in the war, there are attractive sightseeing highlights, e.g. the Lifesaver fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle, the Dreigiebelhaus (Three Gable House) from 1536, the oldest building in the city, and the Salvatorkirche from the 15th century.
The Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park) houses the 100-year old Thyssen smelting works and is an industrial monument, adventure park and leisure area at the same time. And the Sechs-Seen-Platte (Six Lakes) in the south of the city is also a popular leisure area. The surrounding area is a real paradise for the more sporty. Countless kilometres of cycling, hiking and riding routes lead through fields and forests. Sportpark Wedau is embedded in a sprawling woodland area and includes multifunctional sport fields and a great water park for children and theme-based adventure routes. An additional hub of the sport park is the MSV arena, in which the blue and white striped zebras of MSV Duisburg play their home games.
Restaurant tips in Duisburg: Duisburg for currywurst eaters, scenesters and shrimp peelers
If you think the Ruhr region is all about Currywurst and fries, you would be wrong. Of course, there is the legendary City Grill, where even Götz George ordered his currywurst. The Matjesfest (Herring Festival) in Duisburg and numerous regional and international restaurants also ensure diversity. The gastronomy mile at Duisburg Inland Port is very popular. You can find good restaurants, bars, cafés and beer gardens in modern office complexes and restored cereal stores.
Dellplatz in Duisburg's city centre is an additional hub for a variety of locations which should not be missed. Probably the most famous restaurants are the Dreigiebelhaus (Three Gable House) – Duisburg's oldest residential building, the Lindenwirtin and the Schifferbörse in the Ruhrort port district. The restaurant at the Grand City Hotel Duisburger Hof attracts guests with its seasonal attractions, e.g. in July with the popular shrimp peeling – all you can eat.
Shopping tips in Duisburg: Duisburg for shoppers, bulk buyers and pedestrian precinct browsers
Shopping in Duisburg – that means real diversity! A real shopping paradise can be found in Duisburg city centre: The CityPalais and Forum Duisburg offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and bistros – ideal for a concentrated shopping trip. Königstraße contains a large repertoire, from designer boutiques to the large department stores to small shoe shops.
We recommend a shopping tour from Kuhtor via Friedrich-Willhelm-Platz, known as Sonnenwall. Creative shopaholics find special shops for glass, porcelain, ceramics and arts and crafts which regularly offer courses and workshops. The longest and also most lively street in Duisburg is Düsseldorfer Straße. It is only a small part of Duisburg's city centre but should be included in a shopping tour.
Going out in Duisburg: Duisburg for dancers, scenesters and players
Partying, eating, dancing - in the Duisburger party scene there is something for every taste. Many exciting locations offer a fully-packed programme for night owls. Whether to a pleasant disco fox or to house & black music, in Duisburg everyone puts on their dancing shoes. Regular theme and motto parties take place regularly at Delta Musik Park and the Jansen-Party. If you would like to spend a quieter evening, the Casino Duisburg is the place for you. Play for the jackpot à la James Bond amid bars, black jack and poker in a wonderful casino atmosphere.
Ruhr Valley charm and Hanseatic port flair: Socialites find innovative and fashionable gastronomy at Duisburg Inland Port. International restaurants, tapas bars and typical German restaurants are situated against the amazing backdrop. At weekends and in summer the entire Ruhr region takes a stroll along Duisburg's promenade.