Duisburg is a city synonymous with industrial success and cultural élan. This city of 506,000 residents is the 12th largest in Germany and home to Europe's largest inland harbor. Nearly 40 percent of all steel produced in Germany comes from Duisburg and leaves through Duisburg. Many of Germany's most well known companies, such as Thyssen-Krupp, Klöckner or Haniel, have their headquarters or major production facilities in Duisburg. For decades, the city's economy was dominated by coal and steel. But the crisis in these industries set in motion a transformation.
Duisburg remains the preeminent steel location in Europe. With the smelting plants and steelworks of Thyssen-Krupp Stahl, the city has internationally competitive production facilities. As well, Duisburg's single remaining coalmine, in the city's northern district of Walsum, is among the most modern in Germany. The city is undergoing a revitalization process, with a focus on the construction of new commercial and office buildings.
The metropolitan rail system has been moved underground, and Duisburg's main shopping street, the Königsstrasse, has been upgraded. But cultural institutions also play an important part in this process. Of particular interest is Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, nicknamed by locals as 'Lapano.' This former blast furnace has been transformed into a year-round event center that hosts festivals, galas and celebrations. Recently, the city opened up a new entertainment, shopping and cultural center under one roof at the CityPalais. Locals also enjoy the greenery of the Sechs-Seen-Platte, former gravel pits which have been transformed into a recreational area for water sports.
For more information, please visit the city's official website at: www.duisburg.de