Duisburg lies in one of the most vibrant regions of Germany, the so-called Ruhr, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2010. Once the heart of industrialization in Germany, the region reinvented itself as a cultural and tourism highlight. Numerous activities are offered throughout the year. For more details, details on exploring Duisburg can be found on Duisburg nonstop while the Ruhr presents itself on Metropole Ruhr. Cultural highlights, focusing on the industrial history of the area, are presented on Route-Industriekultur (german page only) and Wikitravel.

Duisburg is close to world-famous cities like Düsseldorf (20min by train) and Cologne (50min by train) which are themselves worth a trip. Duisburg can be easily reached on international flights to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) or Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN).

Duisburg is famous for the Landschaftspark Nord, a former coal and steel production site. Nowadays, it provides numerous sports and leisure activities like climbing the old concrete bunkers or scuba diving in old gas tanks. A piazza is the new heart of the park, offering an open air cinema in summer, restaurants and picnic places. By night, a light installation by the artist Jonathan Park offers spectacular views.

Landschaftspark Nacht

Figure: Landschaftspark Nacht. Source and Copyright Duisburg Marketing GmbH

Landschaftspark

Figure: Landschaftspark. Source and Copyright Duisburg Marketing GmbH

Landschaftspark

Figure: Landschaftspark. Source and Copyright Duisburg Marketing GmbH

Another tourism highlight - especially for nightlife - is the Innenhafen (Inner Harbour) of Duisburg. A wide range of restaurants, clubs and bars, arranged between industrial history and modern office buildings, invites for the leisure time.

Innenhafen Duisburg

Figure: Innenhafen Duisburg. Source and Copyright Universität Duisburg-Essen

Innenhafen Nacht 1

Figure: Innenhafen Duisburg 1. Source and Copyright Duisburg Marketing GmbH

Besides Duisburg, and easily reachable by public transport, the Ruhr offers additional attactions of exceptional quality. Visits to cities like Mülheim an der Ruhr, Essen, Dortmund or Bochum can be made during a day trip and offer various activities. Every city will be offering its own special highlights - from shopping at the CentrO, Europe's biggest shopping centre, to climbing the stairs of Tiger and Turtle (german page only), everything is possible. The exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site Zeche Zollverein is a must!

Tiger and Turtle

Figure: Tiger & Turtle - magic mountain. Source and Copyright Duisburg Marketing GmbH