Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is an independent metropolitan borough within Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf. With the world's biggest inland harbor and its proximity to Düsseldorf International Airport, Duisburg has become an important venue for commerce and steel production.
Today's city is a result of numerous incorporations of surrounding towns and smaller cities. It is the twelfth-largest city in Germany and the fifth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia with 486,800 residents as of December 2012. The city is renowned for its steel industry. There is still one coal mine in operation, but Duisburg has never been a coal-mining center to the same extent as other places in the Ruhr. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig-iron in Germany is produced here (as of 2000). The University of Duisburg-Essen, with 33,000 students, ranks among the 10 largest German universities.
Niederrhein airport, also know as Airport Weeze, is a short distance from the city. There is a regular taxi bus service or you can take the bus to Weeze train station where there is an infrequent train service to Duisburg. Ryanair offers regular flights from many European destinations.
Duisburg's central station (Duisburg Hauptbahnhof) is the main junction of regional, nationwide and international railway lines.
It's easy to get around by Tram, U-Bahn, S-Bahn, or Bus. The easiest way to buy a ticket is at a vending-machine (wich is available at all tram and train stations). A one-way ticket is 2,60€. With such a ticket (valid for 90 minutes), you can make use of every line within Duisburg. Changing between different lines is possible with a one-way ticket, but you are only allowed to travel in one direction. There are also 24h, 48h or 72hour passes for unlimited rides available from 9€. If you buy multi trip tickets, please make sure du validate your ticket at the begin of your journey at the orange or red col coloured validation machines.
Network maps are available for download or in printed form at the DVG-Service-Center near Duisburg HBF.
Public transportation is Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft AG .