Duisburg Travel Guide

Duisburg Germany at night
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Dortmund is a less-known German city. But Duisburg is even more under-the-radar. Most stumble upon it when visiting Landschaftspark, a famous historic industrial site. However, there’s so much more to this place than that.

In Duisburg, you’ll find amazing museums, parks, and a reworked waterfront. Don’t miss this off-the-beaten-track gem.

Top Attractions

Are you looking for something different while in Duisburg? Landschaftspark, a former factory turned historic site, delivers just that. Fans of industrial grit will be in their element, as this former steel plant appears as it did when it shut down.

Apart from night-time art installations and safety improvements, it is what it is. Years ago, its structural steel helped build a nation. Climb to the top of its 80-metre tall blast furnace. From there, you’ll have amazing views over the site.

You’ll also find your next Duisburg attraction inside a former industrial work. However, Museum Küppersmühle instead features a fine collection of contemporary art. This former warehouse dates back to the mid 19th century. However, rather than foreign goods, it now holds works by Hans Uhlmann, Peter Brüning, and others.

When we wrote this guide, this attraction was closed for renovations. However, it’s currently slated to reopen in March 2021. Admission costs 9 EUR for adults, and 14 EUR for a family of four. Children under 16 are free.

Duisburg is far from the ocean. However, thanks to the Rhine River’s depth, ships used this city as a port throughout the Industrial Revolution. Learn more about this time at the German Inland Waterways Museum.

This institution sits in a gorgeous Art Nouveau building, which used to serve as a public bath. Where the men’s and women’s swimming pools used to exist, you’ll find two reconstructed boats. In other exhibits, you’ll learn the history of Duisburg as a port.

Out of town, take some time to check out Tiger & Turtle. This modern piece of art resembles a roller-coaster but is actually a series of twisted staircases. In spots, the steps invert, so you won’t be able to walk the whole thing.

Other Attractions

Travelling as a family? Make time for a visit to the Duisburg Zoo. This complex is among the largest in Germany, with over 2,100 animals representing 280 species. This particular park is known for two species in particular – its dolphins and its koalas.

Admission is 24 EUR for families. Try to visit during the week, as this attraction is busy on weekends. Sunday is especially jammed, as few other things are open on this day.

Need to relax for a bit in nature? Spend some time unwinding at Sechs-Seen-Platte – the most beloved urban park in Duisburg. This park protects six lakes located just south of Duisburg city centre. As a result, this place is popular with boaters during the summer months.

The city does not allow swimming in the lakes. However, an outdoor swimming pool near Wolfssee Lake gives the public a place to cool off. Climb this park’s 23-metre high steel observation tower for sweeping views over this park and the city.

Germans love football (soccer). So much so, that buying one Bundesliga ticket can cost a fortune. However, in Duisburg, it’s still possible for entire families to take in a live match at Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena.

The home team, MSV Duisburg, plays in Germany 3rd tier league. As a result, prices are much more reasonable. Want to take in a game? You’ll pay 12 EUR for standing room tickets, or 34 EUR for seats in the lower bowl.

Wind down your visit to Duisburg by spending an evening in the Inner Harbour. In its heyday, this was a busy port, with workers importing and exporting goods to/from ships. By 1960, the area fell into disuse. By the 1990s, though, things began to turn around. Today, you’ll find many restaurants and bars by Duisburg’s waterfront.

What To Eat

Duisburg is part of Westphalia. As such, you’ll find many dishes common to this region in this city’s restaurants. However, Duisburg is best known for Bratkartoffeln. Cooks prepare this potato-based dish by pan-frying them with ham, bacon, onions, and other vegetables.

Feeling brave? If you spot it on a menu, order some Steinfurter Töttchen. This dish got its start from butcher’s leftovers. Things like offal, calf’s head, and other non-premium cuts were cooked with onions and given to the less fortunate.

After dinner, give your day a sweet ending by enjoying some Butterkuchen. As the name suggests, pastry chefs make this cake primarily with butter and sugar. You’ll often find it topped with almonds and pieces of actual butter.

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