Duisburg Theatre is part of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, which unites the opera houses in Duisburg and Düsseldorf. The two houses share one ensemble and the same productions are shown in both cities. They are doing opera and ballet and it looks like they take turns about weekly: While the opera ensemble performs in Düsseldorf, Duisburg has a ballet week, and then vice versa. Each of the two has its own orchestra, though, so all performances can be done with live music. Check out the calendar to see what's on: http://operamrhein.de/en_EN/kalender Tickets can be booked online in advance through the website, or on the spot at the cash desk if there are still any left.
The theatre was completed in 1912. The original building survived just 30 years, then it was destroyed in a bomb raid in 1942. Until 1950 it was rebuilt to its present shape. The facades were rebuilt in the neoclassical style of the original, although some details betray modernism. The interior, however, is post-war and not much to write home about.
I attended a ballet performance. The music was a symphony by Gustav Mahler, which they took as base for a performance of contemporary dance. The show did not have any recognizable plot, it was more about emotions - love and loneliness, despair. They are doing a whole series of such ballet evenings over the years, which are simply numbered as b.x, the one I saw was b.17. I wasn't really sure if I liked it, although it was surely impressive and the audience were enthusiastic about it.
A practical hint from my experience. I had a seat on the upper rank and I wondered why so many other visitors came in with thick square cushions to put onto their seats. I soon found out why... the theatre has last been renovated in the 1970s and the seats are quite sunken and worn out. The theatre provides these cushions, they were actually meant for children and very short people so they could watch better over the railing - but many have found out that sitting is much more comfortable if you use such a cushion. In case I ever return, then I will surely grab one, too.
Dress Code: Smart casual should be minimum - for opera performances formal evening wear won't be out of place either. To men I'd recommend jacket, collared shirt and tie as minimum, or a suit. Ladies - skirt or dress pants with a nice top, or a dress if you have.
Surely you will also spot people in dirty jeans and old sweaters - either wannabe-rebels, people without a sense of style, or tourists with very limited wardrobe. No one will kick them out but to me, a proper outfit adds a lot to the festivity of the occasion.
Directions: Tram and U-Bahn U79, 901 and 903: stop "König-Heinrich-Platz", 3 minutes walk
Bus 934: stop "Stadttheater" in front of the theatre
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The Filmforum is a local cinema that is partly financed by the city and shows a variety of high quality films that might otherwise escape attention. Though not the best place to find the latest blockbuster on release, you will always find smaller, more independent productions from all over world on show there. Though most movies in Germany are shown dubbed, the Filmforum occasionally presents films in their original language, so if you’ve been on the road for a few weeks and in urgent need of a cinematic fix, this may be the place for you. The Filmforum also has a very nice bar with a variety of original posters and rare photo material on its walls. In warm summer nights you can sit outside.
Address: Dellplatz 16
Phone: 0203-2854746Add to your Trip Planner
Each thursday is Goth/80s/Medieval/Industrial night at the Pulp Nightclub and Restaurant. Held in a large castle full with the ambiance of a medieval castle intact with decor and furnishings ...mult-roomed normally with 3 club rooms. An 80's/new wave court, upstairs a Medieval/Goth music club room, and "The Cave" for medieval/goth/industrial/electro. The top floor was closed during this visit on 4/2/09. My favorite room was the 80's/darkwave room for dancing and flirting. Drinks were cheap and bar services excellent. As in German tradition drink cards were issued with no tipping expected as usual as found in Germany. Making drinking budget go further. A big banquet room with a buffet and fire-roasted meats were offered for bountiful plates for only a few Euro in cost. The club is open usually until 5 or 6 am. The decorations and ambiance of the club is mindblowing. Excellent DJ's, music, and selections. Apparently, Drago, the owner, turned the formerly run-down train station into a castle/fortress replica, with full decor. The venue is known as the "event castle in Duisburg". DJs : Alexx, Dirk, Franko, Mario, Robert, et al. Rating 5 stars out of 5.
Address: Wanheimer Strasse 231a
Phone: 49 (0)203 363 7900
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In the inner harbour this Cuban style bar (also existing in Düsseldorf) is a great place which I would gladly have stayed in had the family not been very tired and the VT meeting come to and end. I am sure the romantic view of Cuba given is not to everyone's liking but well, it is the style so typical of trendy western European bars and they do it well here with cheerful staff and good cocktails. As additional bonuses you get the setting by the waterfront which is great on a warm night when you can also sit outside. Not that inside is bad either with several cosy sofas to chill out in :)
Address: Schifferstraße 190
Directions: In the Innenhafen.
Phone: 0203 - 28 98 333
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I was in Duisburg for the World Games in July 2005, and this bar was 50 meters from my hotel. The weather was nice so we could sit outside. The atmosphere was really amazing, it felt like we really were in Cuba (although I've never been there). Really good cocktails and snacks.
Directions: A small sidestreet at the Dellplatz.
On forthcoming August 18, 2006, there will be the Duisburg Harbor Festival.
International artist, singers, entertainers,
Steam ships from Germany, Netherlands
River boat Shuffle
and the Rhine in Flames from above the Rhine Bridge on Friday night
Dress Code: Casual
Directions: Duisburg Harbor
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Very pleasant disco place in the inner harbor area.
Diebels brewery is a famous beer brand. At one of the harbor basins an old factory was converted into a real beer joint. It attracts likewise young and old people.
Wheras many of the younger ones are listening to and dance to the music, another restaurant area has been created outside on pontons. On this island there is always a fresh breeze. The seating arrangements invite to hours of chatting, whereas the music from the disco gives a background atmosphere.
Dress Code: Casual, no slippers
Address: Philosophenweg 31 - 33, Duisburg 47051
Directions: Inner harbor
Phone: 0203 3466811
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Pretty much every town and city in Germany has at least one local brewery. Duisburg’s local beer is called König Pilsener – otherwise also short and affectionately known as “KöPi” -, quite simply the best Pils beer you will find in Germany.... though I admit I may be biased. :-)
It’s on sale in just about every pub or restaurant in town and you must give it a try.
Walking around the city at night you may often think this is a ghost town, but if you walk to the train station’s back entrance at the East side, you will find an entertainment complex with several cinemas and a variety of different pubs that do actually have more than the standard half a dozen visitors that you would find elsewhere in town.
Directions: At the back entrance of the train station, on the Eastern sideAdd to your Trip Planner
HundertMeister is one of THE IN spots in Duisburg. In a town not particularly known for clubbing, HundertMeister has gained quite a reputation, of having an interesting program, small unknown, but talented live groups, events and dances. The only drawback in the place is that it only has a capacity for about 200 people - and no parking facitlities. It is one of the view clubs that hasn't been Americanised by moving it out to one of those old warehouses in the boonies. HundertMeister is right downtown in the Dell Quarter. Sometimes they have admission, but it's relatively cheap. There are no cover charges or drink minimums, and the drinks are affordable.
Dress Code: Chic, but not too chic. Usually people are wearing whatever they had on when they quit work (except for construction workers). This is the sort of place you would expect to find Alley McBeal in. Incidently Wonda Shepard played here, too.
Address: Dellplatz 16a, 47051 Duisburg
Directions: The Dellplatz is located about 4 blocks North of the giant green smoke stacks.
Phone: (0049-203) 27916
Fabrik, Kulturzentrum (Cultural Centrum)
It's a very small altenative location very hidden somewhere in Duisburg City. I don't really know what kind of special qualities this nightlife spot has, but I liked it there because there where so many different people, but no buisness people and also no party folks.
I went there with some friends to a Industrial performance. That wasn't my kind of music, but hey it was fun and I saw something new.
They mostly play Punk and Ska and Punkrock. Also alot of Concerts with german and international Punkbands. It's not for the mass.
Dress Code: You can wear anything, fat boots, or sandals, or as a man a skirt. Anything is allowed.
Directions: Fabrik Kulturzentrum, Grabenstr.20. DuisburgAdd to your Trip Planner
Or visit this page.. Fabrik
Second week-end in September the annual town fair is held in my part of the city left of river Rhine.
all restaurants are open for dance, good food
Dress Code: Casual,
Directions: Market in Duisburg Rheinhausen
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