The City of Duisburg is a study in contrasts. Surrounded by modern and traditional industries and containing the world's largest inland port, the city center is a pleasing combination of leisure, shopping, residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. Even though it is known as an industrial city and seaport, it is also home to one of Germany's oldest universities. For detailed information about the attractions and events available in the Port of Duisburg, please visit the city's tourism website.
The Port of Duisburg has a comfortable climate with warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from 20 °C (68 °F) in July and August.
Visitors to the Port of Duisburg seldom miss at least one trip to the Inner Harbor, the Old Town Park, and the Marina. The new harbor district is a pleasing mix of residential, cultural, leisure, and business facilities. The Garden of Remembrance (Garten der Erinnerung - German) in the Old Town Park (Altstadtpark) was created by Israeli artist Dani Karavan to recall the harbor area's architectural past by leaving the outer walls of demolished homes and stairways untouched. The pedestrian bridge to the marina is so flexible that it can be arched up to allow boats to pass within as little as six minutes. The "Five Boats" and small canals in the harbor district were created along a row of old warehouses to contain bars, restaurants, cafes, and a museum for contemporary art.
The Castle Square (Burgplatz) was once the site of the Port of Duisburg's weekly market, and it is now the center of some of the city's little remaining historic structures. Among the ancient remains are the 14th Century Gothic Church of our Savior (Salvatorkirche) and a memorial dedicated to both Gerhard Mercator, 16th Century cartographer and scholar, and Professor of Theology Johannes Clauberg from the 17th Century. The Old Market Archaeological Zone contains holds the foundations of the 16h Century market hall, which has been reconstructed.
The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in the Port of Duisburg contains a wonderful collection of Modernist sculpture by the Duisburg native ‐ and many other works. The museum combines modern architecture, an amazing sculpture garden, and a city-wide sculpture program. The collection contains prints, drawings, pastels, paintings, and sculptures in a 5 thousand square meter exhibition space. Lehmbruck is one of the most important German sculptors of the modern age, and is work is a natural cultural treasure with international status.
The Duisburg Zoo (German) to the east of the Port of Duisburg holds a collection of over two thousand animals from 274 species in a spacious open enclosure that also contains a big monkey house, an aquarium, a dolphinarium, and a "whalarium." One of the most popular exhibits houses Koalas that are successfully breeding in the zoo.