North Duisburg Landscape Park
Where industrial heritage and nature meet in harmony
North Duisburg Landscape Park is one of the Ruhr Area’s most iconic industrial heritage monuments, now transformed into a leisure park for the whole family.
A truly amazing transformation has taken place in Duisburg in the last few decades. Up until 1985, the chimneys here were still belching smoke and workers were enduring sweltering heat to produce crude steel. But all that belongs to the past. Today, a green leisure park has sprung up, providing recreation for locals and tourists alike. The old blast furnace site, which was in danger of becoming an ugly industrial wasteland, has been transformed into North Duisburg Landscape Park (Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord), and is now regarded as a symbolic landmark of the city.
The industrial heritage monument in Duisburg-Meiderich is one of the most iconic symbols of the booming industrial age in the Ruhr Area. This is where Thyssen produced steel for the whole world – until overproduction in the European market led the company to close its long-established site. It was feared that the smelting works would fall into decay after decommissioning. In actual fact, there is more going on today than ever before: concerts and theatrical performances are staged in the former workshop halls, the old gasometer is home to Europe’s largest man-made diving centre, the former ore bin has been transformed into an Alpine-style climbing garden, and a decommissioned blast furnace is now a freely-accessible 70-metre-high observation tower.
Nature is reclaiming its old territory on industrial wasteland
From this vantage point, visitors can clearly see the changes that have taken place around the former smelting works in recent decades. The industrial complex is still undoubtedly the focal point, especially at night when its lights can be seen from miles around. But nature is also making its mark by reclaiming old territory. Plane-trees, poplars and robinias are adding pockets of green to the site, while the flowering trees at the entrance are by now as symbolic of the landscape park as the old blast furnaces.
Some of the plants that have become established here were actually introduced with the iron ore shipped in for steel production. The vegetation that has spontaneously sprung up now lies in perfect harmony with man-made water features, green spaces and gardens. In this park, glimpses of the industrial past are never far away, with visitors able to make discoveries like an old railway track hidden beneath colourful wild flowers.
Park opening hours: All year round, 24/7