10 tips Duisburg

10 tips Duisburg

Duisburg is a city that has a lot to offer, whether you want to learn more about industrial culture or are interested in a harbour cruise. Numerous museums of art and history enjoy great popularity. After spending a few hours in the city, you can relax in nature or discover the zoo, which fascinates people of all ages.

Duisburg sunset

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1) Six Lakes Plate

Relaxation in the countryside

You want to relax a little in the green and enjoy the peace of nature? Then a visit to the Duisburg Six Lakes Plateau is just the right recommendation for you.
The Wambachsee, Masurensee, Wolfsee, Böllertsee, Haubachsee and Wildförstersee are the water areas that form the Six Lakes Plateau. This popular natural paradise covers a total of 283 hectares. Here you have many possibilities to spend your time and can, among other things, swim, sail, canoe, row, fish or go for a walk, use the riding paths or let your children let off steam on the playgrounds.
In order to fish in the lakes, however, you need a valid fishing licence.
Of course you will also find barbecue areas at all lakes just a few kilometres from the city.

Natural swimming pool Wolfsee

One of the most popular leisure destinations is the natural swimming pool at Wolfsee, with its 450-metre long sandy beach. A 30,000 m² large sunbathing lawn ensures that visitors are well distributed and that you can unfold to your heart’s content while sunbathing.
By the way, it is also worth taking a walk up the 22-metre-high steel lookout tower, because from there you can enjoy a fantastic view of Duisburg!

2) Landscape Park

One of the absolute highlights in the Ruhr area is undoubtedly the landscape park to the north of the Rhine metropolis of Duisburg. The 180 hectare park offers first-class industrial culture. One of the highlights is a visit to the walk-in blast furnace 5, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view of the city.Adventurous people can also go diving in an old gasometer or prove their climbing skills in a climbing garden that was once a deposit of ore. The former casting hall was also converted into a high-wire course.
There is no entrance fee for the landscape park, which can be visited around the clock.
At night, the industrial facilities are illuminated in various colours, giving you a unique lighting spectacle.
The landscape park is also affectionately called LaPaDu or “Landi”. The British daily The Guardian ranks the Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg alongside New York’s High Liner, Hampstead Heath in London or Park Güell in Barcelona among the ten best city parks in the world.

colourful illuminated industrial facilities in Duisburg

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3) Lifesaver Fountain

The Lifesaver, completed in 1993, was created by the French-Swiss modernist painter and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. The fountain figure is located on a rotating lower surface. The birdlike mythical creature protrudes impressively from the water basin and with its gigantic wings spread out appears as if it is about to take off for flight. A female figure clings to the body, whose design is reminiscent of Nana, the designer’s well-known female figure.
The Lifesaver Brunnen is located on the approximately 1 km long Brunnenmeile, which enriches the city of Duisburg with numerous sculptures by artists such as André Volten, Otmar Alt or Thomas Virnich.
The creative path runs along the Königstraße pedestrian zone, which is Duisburg’s largest shopping street.
So combine a little culture with a little shopping.

4) Salvator Church

In 2016 the Salavator Church celebrated its 700th birthday and impressed by its important church windows. It is one of the most important late Gothic church buildings on the right bank of the Lower Rhine.
The baptismal font from the 15th century, the Renaissance pulpit from 1664 and the late Gothic sacrament house are very nice to look at.
Moreover, the attentive visitor will not miss the inscriptions on graves, coats of arms and monuments.
The now Protestant church was consecrated to Christ, the “Salvator mundi” or “Redeemer of the world”, who is also regarded as the patron saint of the people of Duisburg.
The church opens its doors from Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Inner harbour Duisburg

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5) Duisburg Inner Harbour

The inner harbour is a popular nightlife and trendy district in Duisburg. In the past, warehouses were primarily located here, while the area is now characterised by modern new buildings.
Numerous bars, restaurants and museums invite you to linger. Real insider tips are the Museum Küppersmühle for modern art or the Explorado Children’s Museum, where children are actively encouraged to participate.
The culinary highlights include restaurants such as the Küppersmuhle Restaurant, known as “KÜ” for short, which serves you maritime cuisine.
If you want it a bit more exotic, you can also choose between other flavours like Mexican, Japanese, Italian or even Mongolian cuisine. With a choice of nearly 20 restaurants and bars, you are sure to find what you are looking for.
The marina in the Duisburg inner harbour with its exclusive and luxurious motor yachts provides a Mediterranean flair.

6) Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain

Already from afar you can see the impressive sculpture by Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, which is located in the middle of the Angerpark in Duisburg. The walkable roller coaster construction rewards you with a breathtaking view. A visit to the landmark in the dark is particularly spectacular. Then over 800 LEDs ensure that the sweeping turns of the steel work of art compete with the stars in the night sky.The 2011 magic roller coaster sculpture was erected on a former slagheap south of Duisburg. If you are wondering where the title “Tiger & Turtle” comes from, here is an explanation: visually the architectural masterpiece is reminiscent of a tiger, but the visitor is advised to climb the sculpture slowly and carefully like a turtle. The Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is accessible at any time of the day or night (except during storms) and completely free of charge.

Magic mountain in Duisburg

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7) Sports Park Wedau

The Sportpark Wedau is not only interesting for all sporty visitors of Duisburg.
With a size of about 200 ha it is one of the largest recreation parks in Germany.
Besides the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena football stadium, a swimming stadium and the Scania Arena ice rink, the Wedau lido is also located here. Furthermore, several district sports facilities and the regatta course can be visited. Children have the possibility to let their creativity run free at the water action playground or to practice building rafts.

8) Museum of Culture and City History

Would you like to delve even deeper into the culture and history of Duisburg during your city trip? Then a visit to the Museum of Culture and City History is indispensable. Here you will learn how the city has changed from the Stone Age to the present day and can take part in interesting guided tours. Visit the Mercator treasury and marvel at the coins and antiquities from the Köhler-Osbahr collection.
In addition, exciting special exhibitions take place time and again.
The museum is open from tuesday to saturday from 10.00 to 17.00 pm. On Sundays and public holidays, admission is from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

9) The Lehmbruch Museum

The Lehmbruch Museum presents a unique collection of modern sculptures.
On 5,000 square meters you get detailed insights into the life’s work of the German sculptor Wilhelm Lehmbruch. But other great works of German Expressionism and modern sculptures by renowned and internationally renowned artists also come into their own here. These include Dalí, Beuys, Warhol, Christo, Brnacusi, Moore, Giacometti and Merz. Regularly changing exhibitions, events and a nationally recognized art education take place.
The centrally located museum is within walking distance of Duisburg’s main train station.
This attraction is open from Tuesday to Friday between 12 and 17 o’clock, and from Saturday to Sunday from 11 to 17 o’clock.

10) Duisburg Zoo

More than 2000 animals

With over 2,000 animals and more than 280 species to admire in the zoo, this excursion destination is one of the most attractive activities for the whole family. Belugas, fossa, bear’s stump monkeys, belugas, brush porcupines or gorillas, for example, live here.
Duisburg Zoo was founded on May 12, 1934 by citizens of Duisburg. Especially worth seeing are the dolphinarium and the koalas, which are bred in this form and for the first time permanently within Germany exclusively in Duisburg.

Chinese garden

But you shouldn’t miss the Lemur Island, the China Garden and the Tropical Hall. In the Chinese garden, watchful eyes can see not only red pandas or cat pandas, Manchurian and Sarus cranes, but also the Chinese Muntjaks. But that’s not all, because Chinese buildings also contribute to an authentic atmosphere. Let your eyes wander over the large pond, which is a symbol of relaxation with water lilies and lotus blossoms, and immerse yourself in a fascinating world of cherry trees and exotic bamboo plants. Walk over the arched bridge and visit the mountain and water pavilion and the Hall of Fortune.
Children particularly enjoy the world of experience, which with a farm, petting zoo and discovery house provides a lot of variety and variety.

Duisburg zoo

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