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  • Duisburg Zoo
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    Duisburg Zoo

    The Duisburg Zoo, founded on May 12, 1934, is one of the largest zoological gardens in Germany. It is especially well known for its dolphinarium and, since 1994, for breeding koalas. Far less well known are the breeding successes in other areas, for example, with fossas (civits from Madagascar) and Red River hogs.

    The zoo is located in the northern part of the Duisburg urban forest on the border with Mülheim on the Ruhr. Federal highway A 3 divides the zoo into western and an eastern parts, which are joined by a leafy country bridge. The highway is scarcely noticeable to the visitors.

  • Botanischer Garten Duisburg-Hamborn
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    Botanischer Garten Duisburg-Hamborn

    The Botanischer Garten Duisburg-Hamborn, also known as the Botanischer Garten Duisburg or the Botanischer Garten Hamborn, is a municipal botanical garden and aquarium located at Fürst-Pückler-Straße 18, Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is open daily, and should not be confused with the Botanischer Garten Kaiserberg, another botanical garden in Duisburg.

    The garden hosts about 1,000 species outdoors and in greenhouses. Major features of the garden include a landscape park, rhododendrons, fuchsia and primula collections, aromatic and medicinal plants, and ferns. The garden has also a lily pond, tropical greenhouse, subtroptical greenhouse, and greenhouse containing about 800 cact and succulents, as well as an aquarium.

    According to local newspaper WAZ in march 2010 it had been on a list of comunitiy facilities together with public baths, that would be closed subsequently, since funding was no longer lawfull as of Art. 81 in German Haushaltsrecht. The mayor council of Duisburg decided against this plans - though without having found a proper way of funding that would and could find approval by superior Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf, which controls the citys funds.

  • Botanischer Garten Kaiserberg
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    Botanischer Garten Kaiserberg

    The Botanischer Garten Kaiserberg (2 hectares) is a botanical garden located at Schweizer Straße 24, Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The garden was established in 1890 and primarily cultivates native plants, but also includes exotic flora such as Araucaria, Ginkgo biloba, Sequoiadendron. It is open daily without charge, and should not be confused with the Botanischer Garten Duisburg-Hamborn, another botanical garden in Duisburg.

  • German Inland Waterways Museum
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    German Inland Waterways Museum

    The German Inland Waterways Museum (Museum der Deutschen Binnenschifffahrt) is located in Ruhrort, Duisburg at the nucleus of Duisburg-Ruhrorter ports which today make up the largest European inland harbour complex.

    The museum was founded in 1974 with purchase of the museum ship Oscar Huber.

  • Lehmbruck Museum
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    Lehmbruck Museum

    The Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum - Center for International Sculpture is a museum in Duisburg, Germany.

    Sculptures by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, after whom the museum is named, make up a large part of its collection. However, the museum has a substantial amount of works by other 20th century sculptors, including Ernst Barlach, Käthe Kollwitz, Ludwig Kasper, Hermann Blumenthal, Alexander Archipenko, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Alexander Rodtschenko, Laszlo Péri, Naum Gabo, Antoine Pevsner, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst. This is complemented by a considerable number of paintings by 19th and 20th century German artists. The museum circulates its substantial collection by re-installing works on an annual basis.

  • Zieglei Lage
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    Zieglei Lage

    The Ziegelei Lage was a brickyard founded in 1909 and closed in 1979. The initial production of the bricks was made without any machines. The first machines were set up there in 1922, after which more machines were gradually added.

    Today it's a historical museum where you can watch the production of a brick. The machines are turned on twice a year, and used to form about 10,000 bricks each time. This "festival" where you can look and even make them by yourself, is called "Gut Brand". The bricks are cured by the traditional method in the Hoffmann'schen circular kiln.

    You can also see there how a family would have lived at that epoch: there's a small house which you can enter and examine. For example, there is a Pickert on a wall, old tools etc.

    The Ziegelei Lage is the central point for the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It's settled a part of Lage, in Hardissen.

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Duisburg Overview

Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is an independent metropolitan borough within Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf vacation rentals | Düsseldorf travel guide). With the world's biggest inland harbour and its proximity to Düsseldorf International Airport, Duisburg has become an important venue for commerce and steel production.

Today's city is a result of numerous incorporations of surrounding towns and smaller cities. It is the twelfth-largest city in Germany and the fifth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia with 495,668 residents as of 31 December 2007. The city is renowned for its steel industry. There is still one coal mine in operation, but Duisburg has never been a coal-mining center to the same extent as other places in the Ruhr. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig-iron in Germany is produced here (as of 2000). The University of Duisburg-Essen, with 33,000 students, ranks among the 10 largest German universities.

Things to See in Duisburg

A highlight is the annual Duisburger Akzente, a festival focusing on modern social, political and cultural topics.

Besides Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf vacation rentals | Düsseldorf travel guide) 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. 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 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, the municipal theatre 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.

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More about the History of Duisburg

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

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.

Duisburg celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 1983. On 19 July 2004 it was hit by a tornado. The municipal theatre and parts of the city center were damaged. The city hosted the 7th World Games in 2005.

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Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is an independent metropolitan borough within Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf. With the world's biggest inland harbour and its proximity to Düsseldorf International Airport, Duisburg has become an important venue for commerce and steel production.

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