City Spotlight – Duisburg

Duisburg - PanoramaDuisburg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and is home to the world’s largest inland harbour. The city is split up into seven districts – the largest district is home to over 100,000 people, whilst the smallest district only has around 17,000 inhabitants. There are two theories about the city’s name: the first is that the first syllable derives from the Germanic word ‘dheus’ which means flood plain or wet area; the second theory suggests that the name derives from the Old German word ‘duis’ which meant hill. Whilst legend suggests that the city may have dated back to 2,395 BC, making it one of Europe’s oldest cities, there is no evidence to support this, however, the latest archaeological studies have found artefacts from the Roman period. These studies suggest that the area currently used for markets, was used for the same purpose in the first century. Today it is famous for its metal production, as all blast furnaces in the Ruhr area are located in Duisburg – in 2000 49% of all hot metals and 34.4% of all pig iron in Germany was produced in Duisburg. In addition to this, Duisburg is home to several first and second league sporting teams, botanical gardens, opera houses and museums.

Industrie Skyline - Duisburg MeiderichTop 3 Tourist Attractions:

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord – The Landschaftspark (landscape park) in Duisburg is a public park, designed in 1991, extending over an area of 180 hectares. The park is made up of a combination of nature, industrial heritage and light installations. The land where the park stands today was used for agricultural purposes before the mid-19th century, after which it was a site of coal and steel production. After the production plant was abandoned in 1985 the site was heavily polluted and thus, planning teams created a park which built around some of the existing structures, whilst completely remodelling other areas of the site. With cycle paths, playgrounds, climbing walls, footpaths, open grass areas, venues for major events and a multi-colour light installation at night, there is something in the park for everyone.

Duisburg - LandschaftsparkSechs-Seen-Platte – If you’re more into water-based recreational activities than land-based ones, the Sechs-Seen-Platte is for you! Literally meaning six-lake-board, the sport park is made up of six different lake areas: Wambachsee, Masurensee, Böllertsee, Wolfssee, Wildförstersee and the Haubachsee. The Wambachsee is the only lake which is cut off from the other lakes (although there is an underground channel connecting them) and visitors are able to hire a paddleboat or take an introductory dive. The other five lakes are surrounded by forest and visitors can go swimming, rowing, sailing, diving, canoeing or just relax by the lake’s shore.

Duisburg - Sechs-Seen-PlatteInnenhafen – The inner harbour was once a key trade area during the Industrial Revolution, however, as the importance of the harbour declined, starting in the mid-60s, it was disused for almost 20 years before being renovated. Some of the renovated highlights include the Herzog & de Meuron arts museum, a ‘Legoland Discovery Centre’, a City History Museum, a ‘Garden of Rememberance’ and the Synagogue of the Jewish District of Duisburg-Mülheim/Ruhr-Oberhausen. In addition this, the area has developed a lively dining scene, with more than 15 restaurants and clubs lining the shore.

Duisburg - Innenhafen

Fun Fact:

Ramin Djawadi was born in Duisburg in 1974 and lived there before attending the Berklee College of Music in the 90s.
Never heard of Ramin? Well, you may have heard of Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Prison Break and Game of Thrones.
Ramin graduated summa cum laude from Berklee, which gained the attention of Hans Zimmer (who most famously scored The Lion King, Inception, Pirates of the Carribean series and The Dark Night trilogy) who recruited Ramin for Remote Control Productions (Zimmer’s film score company). Since those early years he has come a long way to score some of the most popular movies and TV series of the past few years.

Duisburg - Ramin

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