Until the 1990s, Duisburg lived mainly on iron and coal. Even if a structural change has started here, Duisburg is still one of the largest steel producers in Europe with the HKM and Thyssen Krupp smelters. The situation is different with coal: the collieries were closed and some were demolished. The ones that have been preserved , have been converted into cultural sites, and many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The landscape park Duisburg-Nord occupies a prominent position. Industrial culture, nature and leisure sports facilities are combined on a 180-hectare site around a disused smelting works. Trade fairs, music festivals and open-air cinema screenings take place here; alpine climbing garden, Diving pools and viewing platforms attract visitors from all over the world, as does the fascinating light installation by British artist Jonathan Park.
You can reach the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park from our hotel in just 10 minutes by car. Getting there by public transport takes around 60 minutes – but has an added appeal as your journey takes you through a number of interesting old parts of the city.