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The city of Duisburg is located in the federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia. It belongs both to the Ruhr area as well as the region of the Lower Rhine. In Duisburg, the Ruhr flows into the river Rhine, which was particularly important during the medieval times for the trade route. Today, the economic situation in Duisburg is supported by different means. Above all, it is high-tech products that are produced here. As a result of the steel crisis in the last centuries, it is Duisburg in particular that has a high number of unemployed people. Duisburg is also a scientific location and in 2010, as is the case for many other cities in the Ruhr area, it constituted the European Capital of Culture. There are many business travelers who come to Duisburg.
Duisburg is located in a convenient position on five motorways. The A3, the A 40, the A 42 and A 59 cross the city. Düsseldorf International Airport also connects the city with the rest of the world. You can reach it by train in only 7 minutes. The main railway station in Duisburg is considered to be the most important in all of Germany. It is deemed to be the transport hub for many international routes.
Duisburg is split up into 7 urban districts, which you can then subdivide further into a total of 42 districts. Duisburg Mitte is the district with the most inhabitants, but it is by far not the largest in terms of surface area. The largest district is Bearl but it only has a few inhabitants. The district has the character of a village, the infrastructure is well developed and also the transport connections to the city-centre are good. Characteristic for this district are the four large lakes and several smaller ones which serve as nearby recreation areas. The district of Rahm is situated in the South East of Duisburg. In the region of Rahm-West, several new housing estates have sprung up in recent times in order to provide a place to live for the people here.
In Duisburg you will find several tourist attractions in the public space. The Königstraße is not only the promenade of the city, but it also accommodates the important city fountains. For this reason, Duisburg also names it the Brunnenmeile “Fountains Mile”. It originates from the year 1983 where André Volten erected the first fountain here and which was supposed to remind people of the steel production in the city. A few steps away from this you will find the fountain of Otmar Alt from the year 1986. The sculptures are, like all of them from this artist, very imaginatively designed. The monsters and objects from which the fountains rise up, are clearly visible. When you walk further down the street, you will come across four additional fountains.
The Rheinbrücken „Rhine Bridges“ are one of the landmarks of the city of Duisburg. Their history dates back to the end of the 19th Century. Until this period in time, the crossing of the river Rhine had to be carried out differently. During the Second World War, the seven bridges altogether were destroyed and were gradually rebuilt. Ultimately they all definitely have an important role to play.
Duisburg is considered to be an important cultural city in Germany. The theatre building in the centre of the city is one of the most striking buildings. The entrance is reminiscent of a temple entrance from the ancient times. In 1956, the theatre community between Duisburg and Düsseldorf was formed and today the Deutsche Oper am Rhein is one of the leading operas and ballet theatres in Germany. The theatre can accommodate more than 1100 people and it offers a diverse programme of plays, opera, ballet and concerts. .
The Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum – centre for international sculpture is of particular importance on a European scale. No other museum combines international modern sculptures with such an impressive exhibition place. The actual museum building is a listed building and it dates back to the year 1964. A sculpture park tops-off the ambience here. The central element of the exhibition are the works from the Duisburg artist Wilhelm Lehmbruck. There are 100 sculptures, 40 paintings, some 900 sketches and 200 graphic prints from him.
The Museum der deutschen Binnenschifffahrt „Museum for Inland Waterway Transport“ is also worth a visit if you are in Duisburg. The permanent exhibition deals with the history of the German inland waterway transport and it is the largest in Germany. Here you can marvel at both the historic barges and freighters as well as the maps, atlases and globes.
The Webster in Duisburg is a good place to go if you would also like a glass of beer with your meal. In particular, the brewery house provides its guests with its own kinds of beer, which are brewed here. On the menu there are typical German dishes such as the grilled pork knuckles or the Alsatian Tarte Flambée. The chefs there do not differ across the regions, sometimes you will also find classical dishes from other countries on the menu such as tapas, which tastes great with a glass of cold beer. You are sure to find something here that you like at the brunch every Sunday with its midday meals and savings day. You can get a steak dish starting from 20 euros.
You will find an American themed restaurant at Restaurant 28 Süd. You can choose between American, Mexican, Italian and international dishes and which you can also enjoy in the sunny beer garden.
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