Up into the 1990s, Duisburg mainly lived on iron and coal. Even though a structural change had started here, with its smelting plants HKM and Thyssen Krupp Duisburg is still one of Europe’s largest steel producers. However, the situation appears different for the coal production: The mines were closed and torn off to the largest part. Those which had been preserved have been converted to cultural sites and many of them are on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
In this, the Duisburg North Landscape Park takes an outstanding position: On an area of approx. 180 ha surrounding a decommissioned steelworks, industrial culture, nature and leisure facilities are united. Fairs, music festivals and openair cinema presentations take place here; an alpine climbing park, diving pools and viewing platforms as well as the fascinating light installation by the British artist Jonathan Park attract visitors from all over the world.
From our hotel, you reach the Landscape Park by car within only 10 min. By public transport the travel will take about 60 min – but has the additional attraction that the trip takes you through interesting old districts of Duisburg.