Life saverIn order to provide an insight into Duisburg´s different facets and aspects, you can find some typical impressions of Duisburg…Once known as "Coalville" Duisburg on the Rhine is today a city of full of diversity and has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike.

Five BoatsFans of history, culture and art, for instance, have four interesting museums to choose between. Classical music lovers may prefer to listen to the German Opera on the Rhine at the municipal theatre which coincidentally celebrates it’s 100th anniversary while the FISA Masters Regatta is going ahead or the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in the Mercator concert hall at the brand-new City Palais. Here gamblers can also try their luck in Germany's largest and newest casino. If it is nature you are looking for, take time to enjoy the extensive Six Lakes area in Duisburg's southern suburbs, or Landscape Park with its abandoned steel-works-turned-industrial-museum in the north. Those interested in gardening can take their pick of two botanical gardens, one in the east and one in the north. The more active can flit along the Rhine or hike through Revierpark Mattlerbusch. Enjoy shopping in the city centre or one of numerous neighbourhood shopping centres. Children will no doubt love a visit to the zoo to see koala bears and dolphins. Of course, the ideal family outing is a a sight-seeing river boat trip around Duisport, Europe´s largest inland harbour

The possibilities offered in Duisburg are inexhaustible of which one is the Sportspark Duisburg, comprising the world famous regatta course renown for its exceptionally fair conditions to every competitior.

Town HallThe Burgplatz (Castle Square), formerly the site of the weekly market, is surrounded by important historical evidence of the city´s history. Amongst the items to be found in the late Gothic Salvatorkirche (Church of our Saviour) (1316-1415), which was built on the foundations of a Roman basilica, are the memorial slabs of the universal scholar and cartographer Gerhard Mercator (1512-1594) and the first rector of Duisburg´s historical university, Prof. theol. Johannes Clauberg (1622-1665). 

The Mercator memorial in front of the Town hall also recalls Duisburg´s worldfamous citizen.

The Old Market Archaeological Zone containing the 16th century foundations of the market hall, which have been reconstructed since their excavation, are behind the imposing Town hall which dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Text boards, profiles and items uncovered in the excavations give visitors an idea of how the city developed.

City PalaisHigh-class entertainment, shopping, sophisticated cuisine and ambitious cultural and conventional events in the heart of Duisburg. The CityPalais in the centre of Duisburg, offers all that and much more. It's Duisburg's top address for excellent entertainment. 

Duisburg's internationally-renown face of music, the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, will offer musical enjoyment of the highest quality in the Mercatorhall Concert Hall, equipped with seating for 1,750 and the most modern architecture for sound.

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The main attraction in the CityPalais is the Casino Duisburg, with its 8,100 m². As Germany's most modern casino, it awaits visitors from home and abroad. Along with 19 American roulette tables, 8 black-jack tables and 24 electronic Multi-Roulette terminals in classical games, 325 slot machines (later up to 400 machines) will invite you to stay a little longer in a sophisticated and stylish ambience.

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Besides the collection of artefacts from the history of the City, the Mercator collection with its archaeological exhibits, specially the Köhler-Osbahr-coin, and the collection of antique furniture might be of special interest. The museum is located in a former crop warehouse in the Inner harbour area. The permanent exhibition is completed by numerous temporary  events featuring cultural and historical themes. The Mercator collection gives an insight into Gerhard Mercator’s  comprehensive and far reaching work. Part of the exhibition are astronomical instruments designed by Mercator, a number of famous maps, a couple of valuable globes (1541) and a sky globe (1515). Museum Königsberg  is part of the Cultural and City historical museum. It provides an insight into art, history, science and poetry of Duisburg’s partner city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad as part of Russia).

Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1 
47051 Duisburg 
Telefon 0203-2832640
 

Opening times: 
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10 am– 5 pm
Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm 
Monday: closed

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The Küppersmühle (a former flower mill) is a listed building and houses a comprehensive collection of German post war artists like Baselitz, Lüpertz, Immendorff, Pohlke and others. Proprietor is Hans Grothe a Duisburg entrepreneur. The complete interior of the former flower mill was removed and then the building was adapted to the requirements of an arts collection. This approach created the unique ambience which can be experienced during a  walk round the harbour basin.

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Lehmbruck museum In addition to the almost complete collection of the works of the Duisburg sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruck (1881-1919) this museum also displays a unique collection ofinternational sculptures of the classical Modern period and post 1945 (over 300 sculptures and other items). Other collections are devoted to the German painters between 1900 and 1960, and to international graphic works. The group of pavilion-like buildings surrounding a courtyard of sculptures and embedded into the whole complex of the Immanuel Kant Park as an outstanding example of modern museum architecture 

<Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40 
D-47051 Duisburg-Centre 
Telephone +49 (0)203-2832630  
 

Opening times: 
Wed-Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Thurs open till 10pm)
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

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Waterways museumThe German Inland Waterways Museum is housed in a listed art nouveau building which was once the former public bath in Ruhrort. It deals with historical, economic and social developments in inland waterways traffic. It shows the technical evolution from dug-out canoes, via cargo sailing ships to barges and tugs and gives visitors an insight into the life of riverboat people and dock workers. Thematically grouped models, exhibits, photographs and texts give a lively impression of towing and passenger services on the Rhine, and of navigation on other waterways of the world. 

The museum ship Oscar Huber (a side-wheel steam tug built in 1921/22) and Minden (a steam-bucket dredger, 1882), are anchored a few minutes away at the harbour entrance and are open to museum ticket-holders. The two boats and a steam crane, built in 1897, are important monuments to technical and economic progress. 

Apostelstraße 84 
D-47119 Duisburg-Ruhrort 
Telephone +49 (0)203 8 08 89-0 
 

Opening times: 
Tue-Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Monday: closed

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TheatreDuisburg´s two most ambitious venues are the Opera House and the Theater am Marientor. The productions of the German opera on the Rhine, a joint venture between the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf, dates back to 1956. The Opera House also presents shows from other well-known theatres in the area, concerts by the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra and a range of master concerts. 

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Telephone +49 (0)203 3009-100 (Theatre) 
Telephone +40 (0)203 285440 (Concerts)

 

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MarinaThe transformation of the inner harbour site into a new "harbour district" providing residential, working, cultural and leisure facilities is one of Duisburg´s most innovative projects featuring both functional and artistic aspects. The Garten der Erinnerung (Garden of Remembrance) in the Altstadtpark (Old Town Park) near the Jewish Community Centre is the work of the Israeli artist Dani Karavan. In his work he has deliberately left the outer walls of demolished houses and stairways untouched in order to recall the architectural past of the harbour area.

The rear section of the harbour has been closed off. Here, along a row of old warehouses, the "Five Boats" and small Dutch-type canals a unique mixture of cafés, bars, restaurants and a museum of contemporary art are turning the area into a highly popular waterside leisure resort.

The pedestrian bridge to the marina is extraordinarily flexible. Within the space of six minutes it can be arched upwards to allow incoming boats to pass beneath. The recently opened marina provides mooring berths for boat-owners. The rear section of the harbour has been closed off.

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LaPaNoThe Landschafspark Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park) is situated on a 200 hectare site of a former ironworks. It contains highly interesting industrial relics of brick, steel, concrete and glass. Today the park offers a wide variety of recreational facilities ranging from walks and cycle tours through its unique natural habit to conducted tours of the ironworks which closed down in 1985.

 Visitors can climb to the top of one of the blast furnaces, attend music concerts, theatre and dance shows in the old production workshops, climb the outdoor bunkers or even go underwater diving in a flooded gasometer. There is also a permanent exhibition on the subject of iron production. One last bonus: there is even a modern youth hostel on site.

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Tour of the harbourDuisport, Europe´s largest inland harbour, is 250 kilometres away from the coast. A trip around the harbour is undoubtedly one of the city´s main attractions. It is a fascinating experience to glide past warehouses as big as football fields, ocean-going ships, towering cranes and loading pontoons, view the traffic on land and water and observe world-wide trade in action at first hand. 

Round trips (1 to 2 hours) with the Duisburger Hafenrundfahrt Gesellschaft take place daily from April to October. The main boarding point is at the Schwanentor.

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Six lakesOnly a few kilometres south from the centre of Duisburg and immediately adjacent to the sports park lies the largest and most scenically beautiful local recreation area in the whole of the Duisburg area. Its diverse lakes, extensive system of footpaths, barbecue sites, open-air swimming bath, boat-hire facilities and model-boat harbour have made this a popular resort for sporting fans and day-trippers alike.

KoalaThe Duisburg zoo is a mecca for almost one million visitors a year from near and far. It´s situated near the Kaiserberg, an area of magnificent woodland. Amongst its exceptional attractions are the Equatorium - on of the most richly endowed primate houses in the world - the Dolphinarium and the Chinese Garden, a gift from our twin town in China, Wuhan.

Duisburg zoo is famous for its koala bears which have captured the hearts of visitors in the short time they have been there.

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Botanical gardensDuisburg can boast of two botanical gardens. The larger of the two (260 hectares) lies in the suburb of Hamborn. It contains several large aquaria and specially heated pavilions. The smaller (195 hectares) is situated just below the Kaiserberg, the highest point in the city (78.33m.). From here you can enjoy the view over the nearby zoo and the meadowlands of the Ruhr.

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