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Duisburg [6] is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It has a population of 487,000.


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.

Get in

By plane

Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS) [7] 20 km south of Duisburg is home of several airlines.

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.

By train

Duisburg's central station (Duisburg Hauptbahnhof) is the main junction of regional, nationwide and international railway lines.

  • VRR (local trains, in German) [8]
  • Deutsche Bahn (nationwide and international trains, in English) [9]
  • Thalys (international trains to Belgium and France, in English) [10]

By car

Get around

Public transportation Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft AG [11].


  • Cultural and Local History Museum, Johannes-Corputius-Platz 1, [1]. Monday: closed. Includes also the Mercator Treasury (a collection of globes an maps made by Gerhard Mercator, the inventor of the atlas) and a museum on the city of Königsberg.
  • German Inland Waterways Museum, Apostelstraße 84, [2]. Monday: closed.
  • The Küppersmühle Museum - Grothe Collection, Philosophenweg 55, [3]. Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art in a former brick warehouse.
  • Wilhelm Lehmbruck Foundation Museum, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40. Sculpture collection.
  • Zoo Duisburg [12], Mülheimer Straße 273, with great collection of primates, dolphinarium and koala bears.
  • Botanical Garden Kaiserberg, Schweizer Straße 24.
  • Botanical Garden Hamborn, Fürst-Pückler-Straße 18.


  • Boat trips on Duisport, Europe's largest inland harbour [13], [14].
  • Discover the cultural heritage of the Ruhr area, [4]. , for example in the <do name="Landschaftspark Nord" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">, a former blast furnace complex which has been transformed to a park.
  • Duisburg Opera [15]
  • Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra [16]
  • Duisburg Accents (Duisburger Akzente) Festival [17] in March.




  • Duisburg is the home of the beer König Pilsener [18]. One can buy it in supermarket, kiosks and in almost every restaurant.
  • There are two small breweries producing their own beer: Webster Brauhaus [19] and Brauhaus Urfels [20]. Both of them have restaurants too.
  • Sinalco is a lemonade brand quite known throughout Germany - and a company situated in Duisburg.


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