Musical offerings in Duisburg range from top productions by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, musical highlights from the Duisburger Philharmoniker (Duisburg Philharmonic) to independent performances. The RuhrTriennale and Klavierfestival Ruhr (Ruhr Piano Festival) impress an international audience every year.
The city's popular museums include Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum of Sculpture, the Kultur- und Stadthistorische Museum (Cultural and Local History Museum), the Küppersmühle Museum and the Museum der deutschen Binnenschifffahrt (German Inland Waterways Museum).
And Duisburg has an amazing heritage of impressive industrial culture: Coal mines, pit stacks, steel works and worker settlements designed by big-name architects. The Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park), which combines industrial history and leisure activities. You can retrace the history of mining, shipping and the railway on 25 themed industrial heritage trails. Those who prefer can discover the world cultural heritage site wonderfully by bike. By the way: Swinging dance evenings take place regularly in the Wyndham Duisburger Hof Hotel.
Casino, landscape park, zoo – Duisburg boasts a long list of attractions. A highlight is definitely Duisburger Hafen (Duisburg Port) – as the largest inland port in Germany it provides a unique spectacle. The Weiße Flotte (literally White Fleet) offers exciting port tours on pleasure boats. But although the city centre was almost completely destroyed in the war, there are attractive sightseeing highlights, e.g. the Lifesaver fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle, the Dreigiebelhaus (Three Gable House) from 1536, the oldest building in the city, and the Salvatorkirche from the 15th century.
The Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (North Duisburg Landscape Park) houses the 100-year old Thyssen smelting works and is an industrial monument, adventure park and leisure area at the same time. And the Sechs-Seen-Platte (Six Lakes) in the south of the city is also a popular leisure area. The surrounding area is a real paradise for the more sporty. Countless kilometres of cycling, hiking and riding routes lead through fields and forests. Sportpark Wedau is embedded in a sprawling woodland area and includes multifunctional sport fields and a great water park for children and theme-based adventure routes. An additional hub of the sport park is the MSV arena, in which the blue and white striped zebras of MSV Duisburg play their home games.
If you think the Ruhr region is all about Currywurst and fries, you would be wrong. Of course, there is the legendary City Grill, where even Götz George ordered his currywurst. The Matjesfest (Herring Festival) in Duisburg and numerous regional and international restaurants also ensure diversity. The gastronomy mile at Duisburg Inland Port is very popular. You can find good restaurants, bars, cafés and beer gardens in modern office complexes and restored cereal stores.
Dellplatz in Duisburg's city centre is an additional hub for a variety of locations which should not be missed. Probably the most famous restaurants are the Dreigiebelhaus (Three Gable House) – Duisburg's oldest residential building, the Lindenwirtin and the Schifferbörse in the Ruhrort port district. The restaurant at the Wyndham Duisburger Hof Hotel attracts guests with its seasonal attractions, e.g. in July with the popular shrimp peeling – all you can eat.
Shopping in Duisburg – that means real diversity! A real shopping paradise can be found in Duisburg city centre: The CityPalais and Forum Duisburg offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and bistros – ideal for a concentrated shopping trip. Königstraße contains a large repertoire, from designer boutiques to the large department stores to small shoe shops.
We recommend a shopping tour from Kuhtor via Friedrich-Willhelm-Platz, known as Sonnenwall. Creative shopaholics find special shops for glass, porcelain, ceramics and arts and crafts which regularly offer courses and workshops. The longest and also most lively street in Duisburg is Düsseldorfer Straße. It is only a small part of Duisburg's city centre but should be included in a shopping tour.