View from the top of the blast furnace
Some decades ago, there was nothing in the Ruhr area but industrial sites and mines and dirt. Today lots of people think it's still the same, but the region has changed so much over the last years, and as you can see, there are lots of trees and green areas around. Nature is taking over again!
Scuba Diving in Duisburg
An old gasworks on the grounds of the former iron works which now build the "Landschaftspark Nord" was turned into a paradise for scuba divers. You can dive in the gasworks and I read they even put a shipwreck inside. For me it was a funny sight to see all the divers in their wetsuits running around an old factory! Dunno about it but I guess you can rent eqipment there. Check their website for more details!
Wilhelm Lehmbruck, 1881-1919, was a local sculptor who sadly committed suicide at the age of 38, but left a treasure of art, some of which is on display here along with other sculptures from his time as well as later and which has given the museum its sub title of Centre for European Sculpture. There are also several rooms with paintings which are mainly by contemporary German artists, and a collection of photos of sculptures. If you have children, they might also enjoy the interactive "kids' area". We had no time to venture inside but there are plenty of sculptures in the Immanuel Kant Park just outside the museum too - some I just never got but the one in this picture was my style.
"a brief stop in Duisburg"
My experience in Duisburg consists of approximately an hour layover between trains on my way from Warsaw to Amsterdam. I barely left the train station... but I did... and changed some money, window-shopped a bit, and had lunch.
What else happens around Duisburg?
"To all of you great gals and guys at VT"
... my name is Phil - I'm looking fine as Santa, don't you think so? Last year, when I was just 4 months, I did not realize yet what is going on during Christmas time. This year 2003 I had already fun in blowing off the candles. And my toys -- wow!!
One of the several ways through the allotment area for hobby gardeners.
.... are given for rent by the City of Duisburg to hobby gardeners along the banks of the river Rhine. Every year there are lots of parties in those little week-end houses and contests are held for most outstanding gardening and planting.
"On a foggy day ..."
The market seems empty. Grey in grey and covered by heavy fog. sight was not more than 70 meters on that day
"No Red Sails"
Due to ship traffic on the river Rhine no sails are set.
"Autobahn (Interstate) Bridge (A 40) at Duisburg-Ho"
Whereas the Rhine below flows through the most industrial area of Germany the bridge connects the industrial cities of Duisburg, Essen, Oberhausen to the Lower Rhine areas and the Netherlands in Venlo, Nymwegen and Amsterdam. In the background plants for chemistry and iron industries.
"The street where I live ..."
... at present is right to the center of everything for daily needs. 1 minute to the taxi stand, 30 seconds to the barber shop across the street, maximum of 5 minutes to the weekly market, the bus station, groceries and pharmacies and to my dentist and physician. There is no better place to stay conveniently to everything, except ...do you know?
It is on another part of the world of the so many places I have been and not been yet*, where I wish to retire and sunbath, and sail, and dive, and .......relax!
"Market in Duisburg"
Twice a week there is a market in Duisburg (Rheinhausen), the biggest open air market in this region. Farmers, butchers, bakers, gardeners, fruit sellers, fashion shops. They all have their vehicles that open as sales counters, some of them with their freezer and fridgidaire. As early as 6.00 am they sell theirgoods up to 1 pm.
Meat and fish are under strict control and cleanliness is number one in this business.