Castles & Palaces

Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park – a blend of industry and culture

Rheinradweg: cycling in the landscape park Duisburg-Nord ©Tourismus NRW e.V. (Dominik Ketz)

In the very spot where the blast furnaces used to burn day and night, the ensemble has been transformed into a powerhouse of creativity. The landscape park is a pioneering attraction for a brand-new era.

The decommissioned smelting works has been transformed into a stunningly beautiful urban oasis. Since 1994, industrial culture, nature and an incredible light show have been highlights of the truly unique Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park. In fact, we'll be very surprised if you see anything like this anywhere else in the world. Strictly speaking, this space isn't a park or a landscape. But there's no denying that the structures of this massive cathedral of industry dating back to the early 20th century are nothing short of magical. From the inside of blast furnace number 5, you can see into the gigantic casting hall and

on the outside you can climb to the top and enjoy an amazing panoramic view from a height of 70 metres – 24/7. The gasometer has been transformed into a fascinating diving centre for all to enjoy, whilst the old tapping hall is now an open-air cinema. There is a play-time paradise in amongst the blast furnaces, halls and pipes. The German Alpine Club has set up a climbing area and the former smelting works is now also home to a high ropes course along quirky iron and steel structures.

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