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In the second part of our trip we will go the the northern part of the Rhine-Ruhr area. We will visit the most industrial city of the Ruhr area, Duisburg. But first, we will view the area from the 70 meter tall slag heap Halde Rheinpreußen
in Moers. This slag heap is transformed into a park and is located near the rivier Rhine and very close to the city Duisburg. Enjoy the views!
Note: because these pics were made in Moers, which is part of the Kreis
(a type of country subdivision) Wesel, the pics are encoded with 'WES'. Just like the previous pictures of Dusseldorf were encoded with 'D'. This kind of encoding is also used on German license plates.
Some other examples, pictures made in Duisburg will be encoded with 'DU', pics made in Bottrop with 'BOT' etc.
WES 01) View towards the north. This is the urban edge of the Ruhr area. Notice the many green areas. This is not uncommon in the Ruhr area and we will see that this urban area isn't quite dense. It is sprawling and green.
WES 02) The coal-fired powerplant Voerde (Kraftwerk
in German), located just north of Duisburg. For those who like facts, the chimneys are 230. 240 and 250 meters tall.
WES 03) Just a few kilometers to the south of Voerde we can find Kraftwerk Walsum. This coal-fired powerplant is located next to an active coalmine and is part of the city district Walsum of Duisburg. The chimney is 300 m tall.
WES 04) A view towards the gigantic complex of ThyssenKrupp. This is one of the two still active steelmills in the Ruhr area. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig-iron in Germany is produced here.
On the left side of the picture we can see a hill. This is also a slag heap, named Halde Haniel
in Bottrop and is 159 m tall. This is the tallest slag heap in the Ruhr area. Most slag heaps in the area are transformed into parks and are open for public.
WES 05)Ah, some employees of ThyssenKrupp enjoy their smoke break. Oh yeah, these chimneys are also 300 m tall. Notice the powerplant in the background, somewhere on the left side of the pic. That one is located in Gelsenkirchen.
Autobahn 42 connects Kamp-Lintfort with Castrop-Rauxel, linking several large cities in the Ruhr area, such as Dortmund,Duisburg, the North of Essen and Gelsenkirchen. It is colloquially known as Emscherschnellweg
, after the river Emscher, which it roughly follows.
The bridge is named Beeckerwerther Brücke
and has a length of 1030 m.
WES 08) Beeckerwerther Brücke.
WES 09) A view over the city of Duisburg. The skyline of Essen is visible, but is located at a distance of 25,5 km.
WES 10) The industrial character of Duisburg is symbolized with the 200 m tall chimney in the citycenter.
WES 11) A view towards the city discticts Rheinhausen and Homberg. Until administrative reorganisation in 1975 Rheinhausen had been an independent city and was part of Moers. Since 1975 it is a citydistrict of Duisburg. Many German cities, especially in the Ruhr area are the result of administrative reorganisations.
WES 13) A view towards the south. We can see the city of Moers, on the left we can see a part of Duisburg and on the right side the chemical complex of Bayer in Krefeld is visible. When the weather conditions are excellent, Dusseldorf will be visible.
WES 14) The 158 m tall tower in Moers.