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Location of Duisburg
Duisburg is located in Germany
Duisburg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°26′6.53″N 6°45′45.69″E / 51.4351472°N 6.7626917°E / 51.4351472; 6.7626917
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf  
DistrictUrban district
 • Lord MayorSören Link (SPD)
 • Governing partiesSPD / Greens / Left
 • City232.82 km2 (89.89 sq mi)
31 m (102 ft)
 • City499,845
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
 • Metro
11,316,429 (Rhine-Ruhr)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0203
Vehicle registrationDU

Duisburg (German pronunciation: [ˈdyːsbʊɐ̯k] (About this soundlisten)) is a city in Germany’s Rhineland, the fifth largest of the nation’s most populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its 499,845 (2016) inhabitants rank after Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen, and make it Germany's 15th largest city. Located at the confluence of the Rhine river and its tributary Ruhr river, it lies in the west of the Ruhr urban area, Germany's largest, of which it is the third largest city after Dortmund and Essen. The Ruhr itself lies within the larger Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, one of Europe's largest conurbations. The city lies on both sides of the Rhine, with the city centre and most boroughs on the river's right bank, and is the only city of the Rhine-Ruhr region lying on both the Rhine and Ruhr rivers. Duisburg is one of the largest cities in the Meuse-Rhenish (closely related to Dutch) dialect area and the largest in the South Guelderish area (north of the Uerdingen Isogloss).

Duisburg has the world's largest inland port,[2] "Duisburg-Ruhrorter Häfen", in Duisburg-Ruhrort. Germany's third largest and the Rhine-Ruhr region's main airport, Düsseldorf Airport, lies nearby the city, in Düsseldorf-Lohausen. With 42,747 students, the University of Duisburg-Essen is Germany's ninth largest university. It has campuses in Essen and Duisburg, and a university hospital in Essen. Duisburg is a result of numerous incorporations of surrounding towns and smaller cities. The city is renowned for its steel industry. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. In 2000, 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig iron in Germany were produced here. It also has a large brewery, König. In the early Middle Ages it was a royal court of the Franks, first mentioned in writing in 883.

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It contains the largest Rivers port in the world In it is one of the largest German universities and it is one of the most important industrial center in the country Hi guys I am Israa Rajaa And our station today is Duisburg Duisburg is located in the western part of Germany In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia where the Rhine and Ruhr meets The city was an active commercial center in the Middle Ages. but get less important in the thirteenth century due to the change of the Rhine tide In the nineteenth century, the city grew again Thanks to the use of its ports and its location Duisburg RatHaus Town hall Built in 1361 next to the Salvator Church On the former site of the Royal Court The building is enlarged and expanded in the 14'th century In 1895 a competition was attended by more than 83 Architect for a new design for the place the Engineer Frederick won with his unique design Which contains a tower and 2 yards In World War II the building was seriously damaged as the other buildings in the city After the war the building has been quickly restored Salvator Kirche Salvatore Church Built side by side with the town hall During excavations a wooden building dates back to the year 893 has been found found the foundation stone of the current church in has been Laid in 1316 according to that. it celebrated its 700 last year the first Gothic tower has been completed in 1367 Church was burned several times by lightning And every time it is re-built the Church has been destroyed during the Second World War And was rebuilt in 1960 The construction lasted 15 years During the summer of 1980 excavations At the back of the town hall the remains of the old market was found Which dates back to the Middle Ages also found layers of land belonging to different ages Landes archive Archive of North Rhine-Westphalia Tower located between the highway and the inner harbor It rises above the old brick warehouse building To establish a tower height of 76 meters It is the largest archive in Europe Recently an extension to the building which looks like a snake in its design added To include reading rooms offices and storage facilities The building does not have windows to protect the contents from damage Inner Harbor. located on an area of ​​about 89 hectares Formerly used to transport wood and grains And made a big profit Economic importance of the port was decreased As a result of the grain production reduction and the building of railways Now the place is open for investment In the main shopping street König Strasse which is located 600 meters from the main train station in the middle you found the Life Sever statue It is a large statue of an eagle Spreading its wings and cling to it woman it is five meters tall And it spins on its axis 180 degrees It was completed in 1993 Duisburg Mauer old town wall Built in 1120 its remains are still scattered around the old town especially the one the old port side it is a historical legacy which is preserved till this day Duisburg port Duisport It is the most important port in Europe and the largest in the world it handle ships from all around Europe Africa And the Middle East Each year are it process more than 40 million tons of various goods in 20 000 ship the port area is 7.4 square kilometers And has approximately 21 berth In 2011 it won the title of the largest container port Duisburg has become an important center for the production and trade of steel And an important pole in the chemicals industry and mechanics The city produces about 49% of Germany's cast iron production In 1655 year founded the University of Duisburg establishing the city's renown as "Educated Duisburg" ("Duisburgum Doctum"). In 2003 it merged with the Essen University And it is now University of Duisburg-Essen Study at the University of Duisburg-Essen approximately 39,000 students Making it the largest in the NRW state And one of the top 10 universities in Germany Containing many of engineering and medical majors It is one of the best German universities in scientific research Duisburg Stadium Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena It was built in 2004 and it has the capacity for nearly 31,500 fans it construction costed about 43 million its club MSV Founded in 1902 And they are called die zebras because of their players striped uniforms There are many entertainment locations in Duisburg it contains six lakes and 12 public park its Forest is the third largest city forest in Germany after Berlin and Hanover Duisburg Rollercoaster Tiger and Turtle - Magic Mountain Opend in 2011 Built on a hill which was formerly a dumping ground for the remnants of one of the factories In 2005, the factory was closed It was treated by placing a thick layer of dirt covering plastic sheeting it is 20 meters tall and has about 249 steps Wand der 1000 Gesichter Wall of thousand face a wall in the Rhine Park belonging ArcelorMittal company which is 15 meters tall And a length of 200 meters written on it Duisburg on the Rhine Duisburg Am Rhein By more than thousand images For residents of the city of Duisburg Here ends our journey for today We hope you like it Stay tone for another city tale Don't forget to Like and subscribe And visit our page on social media sites Once Upon A City حكاية مدينة



Duisburg is in the Lowland Rhine area at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr and near the outskirts of the Bergisches Land. The city spreads along both sides of these rivers.

Adjacent cities

The following cities border Duisburg (clockwise starting from north-east): Oberhausen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Ratingen, Düsseldorf, Meerbusch, Krefeld, Moers, Rheinberg, and Dinslaken.


Since 1 January 1975, Duisburg has been divided into seven districts or boroughs (Stadtbezirk) from the north to the south:[3]

Coat of arms of Duisburg at the town hall in Duisburg
Coat of arms of Duisburg at the town hall in Duisburg


Duisburg has an oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb).[4]

Climate data for Duisburg
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 4
Daily mean °C (°F) 2
Average low °C (°F) 0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 81.3
Tiger & Turtle
Tiger & Turtle, a landmark in Duisburg


The first syllable of the name of the city could go back to the Proto-Indo-European root *dʰeus-, meaning something like "wet area" or "flood plain".[citation needed] Duisburg therefore could mean "fortified place in the floodplain". Another interpretation assumes that the name is derived from the Old German "duis" which means "hill".[citation needed] Duisburg could mean something like "castle on the hill". Thus, a place on a hill overlooking the Rhine, that could refer to the area of the present Town Hall. Duisburggau (Diuspurgau) was also the name of the medieval Gau (country subdivision) on the Lower Rhine.

A legend recorded by Johannes Aventinus (fl. 1525) holds that Duisburg, (along with Deutz, Cologne, Duisdorf in Bonn, and Doesburg in the Netherlands, all on the Rhine's right bank) was built by the namesake Tuisto, mythical progenitor of Germans, ca. 2395 BC. There is nothing to establish any historical basis for such an early founding of Duisburg, which would have made it among the earliest cities in Europe.

Roman period

Latest archaeological studies show that the present-day market-place was already in use in the first century. It has been the major central trading place of the city since the 5th century. The city itself was located at the "Hellweg", an important medieval trade route, and at a ford across the Rhine. The Romans already guarded the ford.

  • 420: The Franks usurp the Roman settlement and recolonize the old part of the town.
  • 883: The Normans conquer Duisburg and stay for the winter. First historic document mentioning Duisburg.

Middle Ages

Duisburg Corputius plan 1566
Duisburg Corputius plan 1566
North of Duisburg Area in 1591
North of Duisburg Area in 1591

Due to the town's favorable geographic position a palatinate was built and the town was soon granted the royal charter of a free city. Duisburg became a member of the Hanseatic League. Around 1000 the river Rhine moved westward from the city. This put an end to the city's development as a trading town and it soon grew into a quiet rural city.

The productions of cartographer Gerardus Mercator and the foundation of a university in 1655 established the city's renown as "Educated Duisburg" ("Duisburgum Doctum").

Industrial revolution

Binnenhafen in 1931
Binnenhafen in 1931

The rise of tobacco and textile industries in the 18th century made Duisburg an industrial center. Big industrial companies such as iron and steel producing firms (Thyssen and Krupp) influenced the development of the city within the Prussian Rhine Province. Large housing areas near production sites were being built as workers and their families moved in.

World War II

A major logistical center in the Ruhr and location of chemical, steel and iron industries, Duisburg was a primary target of Allied bombers. As such, it is considered by some historians[who?] to be the single most heavily bombed German city by the Allies during World War II, with industrial areas and residential blocks targeted by Allied incendiary bombs.

On the night of 12–13 June 1941, British bombers dropped a total of 445 tons of bombs in and around Duisburg. As part of the Battle of the Ruhr, another British raid of 577 bombers destroyed the old city between 12–13 May 1943 with 1,599 tons of bombs. During the bombing raids, 96,000 people were made homeless with countless lives lost.

In 1944 the city was again badly damaged as a total of 2,000 tons of bombs were dropped on 22 May. On 14 October, the tonnage was repeated with 2,018 tons when Halifax, Lancaster, and Mosquito bombers appeared over Duisburg as part of Operation Hurricane. This daylight raid was followed by a night attack; over 24 hours about 9,000 tons of HE and incendiaries had been dropped on Duisburg. Numerous similar attacks followed until the end of 1944.

The Allied ground advance into Germany reached Duisburg in April 1945. The US 17th Airborne Division, acting as regular infantry and not in a parachute role, met only scattered resistance in the vicinity and captured the city on 12 April 1945.[6]

On 8 May 1945 the ADSEC Engineer Group A, led by Col. Helmer Swenholt, commanding officer of the 332nd Engineer General Service Regiment, constructed a railway bridge between Duisburg and Rheinhausen across the Rhine. It was 860 meters long, and constructed in six days, fifteen hours and twenty minutes, a record time. It was named the "Victory Bridge".[7]

Post-World War II period

A total of 299 bombing raids had almost completely destroyed the historic cityscape. 80% of all residential buildings had been destroyed or partly damaged. Almost the whole of the city had to be rebuilt, and most historic landmarks had been lost.

Shrinking Duisburg: Abandoned buildings in the borough of Beeck
Shrinking Duisburg: Abandoned buildings in the borough of Beeck

Beginning in the mid-1960s, the decline of Duisburg's steel and mining industry caused a significant loss of residents. While in 1975 approximately 590,000 people were living in Duisburg, the number has shrunk to 518,000 in 1985.

Duisburg celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 1983. The city's population recovered a little in the following years, up to 537,000 in 1992. It declined to 488,000 in 2011. On 19 July 2004, it was hit by a tornado. The municipal theater and parts of the city center were damaged. The city hosted the 7th World Games in 2005. In 2010, 21 people died because of a mass panic at the Love Parade; over 500 people were injured.


In 2010, Duisburg had a population of 489,600, a slight decrease since 2006.

Population structure of non-German residents[8]

Rank Nationality Population (30.09.2017)[9]
1  Turkey 34,357
2  Bulgaria 9,746
3  Syria 8,133
4  Romania 7,946
5  Poland 5,572
6  Italy 3,664
7  Serbia 2,447
8  Greece 2,322
9  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,912
10  Croatia 1,831
11  Macedonia 1,491
12  Kosovo 1,468
13  Netherlands 1,466
14  China 1,317
15  Spain 1,237
16  Russia 1,236
17  Morocco 972

Circa 2010 there were 568 citizens of the PRC in Duisburg, while circa 2018 there were about 1,136.[10]

Turkish community

Duisburg is home to 85,000 people of Turkish origin.[11] Other estimates suggest that the Turkish population is as large as 100,000[12][13][14] The new Merkez Mosque, one of the largest Muslim place of worship in Western Europe, was built with help by the way of contribution of 3.2 million euro from the EU and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.[15] Asiye Nur Fettahoğlu, a Turkish-German actress was born in Duisburg on November 12, 1980.


Watershed of the Rhine
Watershed of the Rhine

Duisburg Port

"Duisport"[16] is the largest inland port in the world.[17] It is officially regarded as a "seaport" because seagoing river vessels go to ports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Numerous docks are mostly located at the mouth of the Ruhr where it joins the Rhine.

Each year more than 40 million tonnes of various goods are handled with more than 20,000 ships calling at the port. The public harbor facilities stretch across an area of 7.4 square kilometres (2.9 sq mi). There are 21 docks covering an area of 1.8 km2 (0.7 sq mi) and 40 kilometres (25 miles) of wharf. The area of the Logport Logistic Center Duisburg stretches across an area of 2.65 km2 (1.02 sq mi). With 2.5 million TEU it is also the largest inland container port based on 2011 figures.[18] A number of companies run their own private docks and 114 million tonnes of goods yearly (2010) are handled in Duisburg in total.


Duisburg is served by several autobahns, with 3 east–west routes and 2 north–south routes. A3 forms a bypass east of the city and mostly serves through traffic. A59 runs parallel to A3 and serves the city from north to south with 14 interchanges, much more than most other cities in the Ruhr area. The A40 and A42 are two east–west routes that serve central and northern Duisburg. Autobahn A40 also serves major through traffic from the Netherlands to Berlin and points east. A short spur, A524 serves southern Duisburg. Most Autobahns have six lanes or are upgraded to six lanes (A59).

Apart from the autobahns, no Bundesstraßen serve the city directly. B8 runs through the city, but uses A59's alignment. B288 runs in the extreme south of the city, and serves traffic to and from Krefeld. Several bridges span the Rhine, most prominently the A40 and A42 bridges, but also the L287 suspension bridge and the L237 arch bridge, a three-lane bridge with 2 lanes per peak direction with dynamic lane usage.

Public transport

Duisburg Hbf is served by the InterCityExpress and InterCity long-distance network of the Deutsche Bahn, in addition lines S 1 and S 2 of the S-Bahn line connect Duisburg with other cities of the Rhine-Ruhr area.

A Stadtbahn light rail line, the Duisburg tramway network, and a bus system, all operated by the Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft provide local services. Stadtbahn line U79, the so-called D-Bahn, is a connection to the neighbouring city of Düsseldorf and is operated jointly with the Rheinbahn of Düsseldorf. All S-Bahn, Stadtbahn and bus lines operate under the umbrella of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr


There are several newspapers reporting on local events and politics, including the "Westdeutsche Allgemeine" (WAZ), the "Neue Ruhr Zeitung" (NRZ) and the "Rheinische Post" (RP). The local radio station "Radio Duisburg" was the first local radio broadcaster in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It started broadcasting in 1990. There is a local television station ("STUDIO 47"), which was the first local station to broadcast in North Rhine-Westphalia. It started broadcasting in 2006. In its Duisburg studios the WDR produces a local programme for the city of Duisburg and the Lower Rhine region north of Düsseldorf. WDR is part of the German television and radio network ARD.


Duisburg hosts a comprehensive range of cultural facilities and events. A highlight is the annual "Duisburger Akzente",[19] a festival focusing on modern social, political and cultural topics.

Landschaftspark at night
Landschaftspark at night

Besides Düsseldorf Duisburg is a residence of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, one of the major opera houses in Germany. The Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Germany's orchestras with an international reputation.

Thanks to its history as a harbor city and a trade and industrial center Duisburg offers a variety of architectural places of interest, such as the German Inland Waterways Museum. The spectrum goes from old churches such as "St Johann Baptist" in Duisburg-Hamborn, which was built in 900, to modern age buildings like Micro-Electronic-Centrum in Duisburg-Neudorf, built in 1995. Another subject of interest is the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord[20] an abandoned industrial complex open to the public and an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage. The city center locates the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum,[21] the municipal theatre[22] and the shopping street known as "fountain mile".

The city also contains two botanical gardens, the Botanischer Garten Duisburg-Hamborn and the Botanischer Garten Kaiserberg, as well as a number of municipal parks.

On 24 July 2010, 21 people were killed and hundreds injured in the city during the Love Parade, an electronic music procession and party.[23]


Club Sport League Venue
MSV Duisburg Football 2. Bundesliga MSV Arena
EV Duisburg Ice hockey Regionalliga West (4th District League) Scania Arena
MSV-Duisburg Women's football Women's Bundesliga PCC-Stadion
Duisburg Dockers Baseball, American football Landesliga II (2nd District League) Schwelgernstadion
Amateur SC Duisburg Water polo Deutsche Wasserball-Liga (1st Water Polo League) Schwimmstadion and club pool
Club Raffelberg Hockey Regionalliga West (3rd Hockey League) Kalkweg

Duisburg is involved in many kinds of sports. Nevertheless, most important for its inhabitants is the local football club MSV Duisburg. Recently, with the new MSV Arena the city received a brand new sports stadium for various kinds of sports such as football and American football. During the summer months of 2005 the World Games took place in Duisburg. During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Duisburg was the stage for preparation of the Portuguese team and the residence of the Italian football team, who won the cup in the final match against France. Duisburg is also known for its Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon, its rowing and canoeing regattas and the world championships that take place there regularly. Other popular sports are icehockey, baseball, American football, water polo and hockey.

Notable people

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

Duisburg is twinned with:[24][25]


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