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Let's face it - Duisburg is a very unpopular city. It is not a tourist destination, and even among people in Northrhine Westphalia, it is not highly ranked. I go there quite often because my dad's partner lives there, but when I tell others I'm going to Duisburg, I only earn a screwing up of their noses.
Why is that?
Duisburg is an industrial city, its history is very similar to places like Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff. Like those cities, it has tried to escape its fate and to become more upmarket, but this has only partially been successful.
Already in the Middle Ages, Duisburg was quite an important town, due to its strategic location where the rivers Rhine and Ruhr meet. In the 19th century, Duisburg became huge: Close to the two rivers, and equally close to the coal fields of the Ruhr Area, it became the biggest inland harbour in Europe (and still is), and the main place of transshipment for iron and steel, which were also produced in the city. Due to this industrial heritage, the Ruhr Area still has a stigma, and people still imagine it to be like it was fifty or hundred years ago: Dirty, ugly, crowded, sooty, smoky. The truth is that the area has changed. Although there are still a lot of works and factories, it has become a livable area with lots of green spaces and parks, shopping centers, river promenades and new developments. The Ruhr Area absolutely tries to fight its old image, there are exhibitions, new museums and events... But still, the old prejudices are hard to lose. And some of them still are true: Disemployment is among the highest in the whole of western Germany, and poverty and ugly corners are still very visible.
So - is it a tourist destination? I would say no if you are only in Germany or Northrhine Westphalia for a short time. There are a lot of nicer and prettier places to be seen. However, the Ruhr Area still is an important area of Germany, and if you are interested in industrial history or feel like seeing some unique sights that really go away from the half-timbered houses and castles, then give Duisburg (and maybe also nearby Oberhausen) a try. Although there are still some dirty and grubby parts, it is not nearly as terrible as most Germans seem to think.
One date needs to be mentioned when we speak of Duisburg today: The 24th of July 2010, the date of the Love Parade tragedy. About a million people came to Duisburg to dance and have fun, but due to bad organization and total overtaxing, a disaster happened, and twenty-one people were crushed to death. Many more were injured.
After this terrible disaster, Duisburg is not what is was before.
- Pros:Industrial heritage, interesting sights, the river Rhine
- Cons:Still many ugly and shady corners
- In a nutshell:A city trying to find a new self!
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