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So nice, I had to comment twice!
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[QUOTE=909;4401931]Düsseldorf


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So , uh , tell me more about this company and the tours offered. Does the bus even leave the parking lot ?
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This would be a double post and below would have been a triple. It's the crack.
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Guess I'm thinking too much about the trip as I'm trying frantically to book a seat.
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Duisburg

Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. With the world's biggest inland harbour and its proximity to Düsseldorf International Airport, Duisburg has become an important venue for commerce and steel production.
Being a major logistical center in the Ruhr and location of chemical, steel and iron industries, Duisburg was a primary target of Allied bombers. As such, it is considered by some historians to be the single most heavily bombed German city by the Allies during World War II. A total of 299 bombing raids had almost completely destroyed the historic cityscape. 80% of all residential buildings had been destroyed or partly damaged. Almost the whole of the city had to be rebuilt, and most historic landmarks had been lost.
Today's city is a result of numerous incorporations of surrounding towns and smaller cities. It is the twelfth-largest city in Germany and the fifth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia with 495,668 residents as of 31 December 2007. The city is renowned for its steel industry. There is still one coal mine in operation, but Duisburg has never been a coal-mining center to the same extent as other places in the Ruhr. 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 (as of 2000).

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Voor meer informatie verwijs ik je door naar de Wikipedia pagina over Duisburg.


The first serie of pictures made in Duisburgs inner harbour:

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DU 03) The cityhall of Duisburg.




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Looks great, although it's a heavely industrialized urban area.
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Great thread. Very good idea!

Was in Dusseldorf a few months back, nice city...
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Thanks for all the comments!

Duisburg-Homberg

Homberg is a district of Duisburg on the western bank of the river Rhine. It's population is 31,000.


DU 15) The Rheinbrücke Neuenkamp has a length of 777 meter and connects the citycenter with Homberg and Rheinhausen. This Autobahn 40 is one of the most frequented Autobahns in Germany because it connects almost all major cities of the Ruhr area. It has officially been named Ruhrschnellweg (Ruhr fast way), but locals usually call it Ruhrschleichweg (Ruhr crawling way) or simply "the Ruhr area's longest parking lot". According to Der Spiegel, it is the most congested motorway in Germany.




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DU 34) The Autobahn 59 starts in Dinslaken and runs with three breaks along Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne to Bonn. In the south of Duisburg it is the city highway, too.

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Before we will continue our trip through the Rhine-Ruhr area, we will visit the gigantic steelmill of ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg. 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.
But the number of people who are working in the steelindustry is declining. This is a major problem for the area, the city depends too much on heavy industry. The total workforce of Duisburg is declining for years, just like the population.
Some facts: in Duisburg, there is one workplace for every three citizens. The city Krefeld, located just south-west of Duisburg, has two workplaces for every three citizens. So, despite being two times smaller, Krefeld has work than Duisburg.
Duisburg was once one of the major cities in (west) Germany, but it's loosing ground. Perhaps it could be said that Duisburg is the German counterpart of cities like Gary or Detroit.


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Very interesting.
Should have taken pics in Marxloh as well though.
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Next stop: Bottrop!







Bottrop


Bottrop is a city in west central Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal, in North Rhine-Westphalia. Located in the Ruhr industrial area, Bottrop adjoins Essen, Oberhausen, Gladbeck and Dorsten. The city had been a coal-mining and rail center and contains factories producing coal-tar derivatives, chemicals, textiles, and machinery. Bottrop grew as a mining center beginning in the 1860s, was chartered as a city in 1921, and bombed during the Oil Campaign of World War II. In 1975 it unified with the neighbour communities of Gladbeck and Kirchhellen, but Gladbeck left it in 1976, leading to Kirchhellen becoming a district of Bottrop as Bottrop-Kirchhellen.
Bottrop has the longest stretch of autobahn without junctions which is often used for testing vehicles at high speed, and is home to the famous Mercedes-Benz tuning company Brabus.

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A few pictures made in the citycenter of Bottrop. The city itself is not very interesting or beautiful.

BOT 01) Bottrops cityhall.




BOT 02) The cityhall once again.




BOT 03) One of the few nice buildings in town.




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BOT 05) The Tetraeder is a 60 m tall pyramid structure on top of a 90 m tall slagheap. This structure is open for public and offers great views over the western part of the Ruhr area.




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BOT 10) Very enjoyable for those with a fear of heights!

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The Ruhr area seen from the Tetraeder. Notice the amount of green in this urban area. Because of the low and middle high (building and population) densities you wouldn't get the feeling this is Germany's largest urban area.


BOT 11) View towards the west. We can see the citycenter of Bottrop and in the background the steelcomplex of ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg is visible.




BOT 12) The same view, now with some more zoom. On the right the cityhall of Bottrop is visible, the church and tower in the center are located in Oberhausen (200.000).




BOT 13) This view is more towards the northwestern part of the Ruhr area. On the right, in the background the coal powered powerplant in Duisburg-Walsum is visible, which is located at a distance of 17,5 km.




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BOT 16) A view towards the north.




BOT 17) This is the view towards the north-east. The gigantic powerplant is located in Gelsenkirchen-Scholven and the chimneys are 300 m tall. The hill is Halde Oberhscholven, a slagheap with a height of 130 m. The city in front of the powerplant is Gladbeck (75,000).




BOT 18) If we take a look futher to the east, we can see the soccer stadium Veltins Arena of Schalke'04 in Gelsenkirchen. This arena is located at a distance of 8 km from the Tetraeder.
Just right of the stadium the old winding tower of coalmine Zeche Ewald in Herten (63.000) is visible. More impressive the fact that the powerplant in Datteln, located at a distance of 30 km(!) is visible.




BOT 19) A chemical complex in Gelsenkirchen and the powerplant in Herne (167.000). Notice the green area's.




BOT 20) The citycenter of Gelsenkirchen (262.063 inwoners). The tower in the background is located in Bochum.

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BOT 21) Located in the south-east, the city of Essen (580,000) becomes visible. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is visible and is a large former industrial site in the city of Essen It has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.




BOT 22) The Alpincenter, an indoor ski slope is also constructed on top of a slagheap (Halde). Behind the ski slope we can see Kokerei Prosper, a coke oven.




BOT 23) Kokerei Prosper.




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BOT 26) The skyline of Essen in the distance.




BOT 27) Essen viewed with a maximum zoom.




BOT 28) Bottrop and Oberhausen.




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BOT 30) And we have viewed the western part of the Ruhr area clockwise, this is almost the same view as pic BOT11.

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Wonderful thread. Keep it coming.
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Its really amazing to see so much green there.
By the way, I m living (studying) in Bonn at the moment so I m looking forward to your Bonn photos.
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Great thread. I'm looking forward to more of it.
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