What to do in the Duisburg Region 

Essen

Essen is due to be the European City of Culture 2010.

Essen, City of Culture

Essen's emergence as an fully-independent town in 1803 is coincident with its industrialization. It has its origins in the 9th century with a nunnery or abbey which originally controlled the area, its abbess eventually bearing the title of Fürstin-Abtissin and having a seat in the Reichstag. During the 14th century, the City Council was nominally given some independent rights but there appears to have been some sort of perpetual strife between the City Council and the Abbey as to who controlled the town, right up until the Abbey was dissolved in 1803. This reached comic tragic proportions when the City Council introduced Protestantism, and during the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648, the City Council and the Abbey were on opposite sides.

Becoming fully independent of the Catholic order, it almost immediately became dominated by the Krupp companies, which started their real rise under Alfred Krupp. By the time of his death in 1887, his companies employed 20,000 of the 60,000 population of the town.

Take a virtual tour here

Central Essen
Museum District, South of the Central Railway Station
Baldeneysee Area
Northern Essen

several sights are clusted in the same area

South-West Essen

Many sites are connected by the tram number 107, see the map below. E-Hbf indicates Essen Hauptbahnhof (the main railway station)

Tram Line 107, Essen

Düsseldorf

Dusseldorf is the capital of the Land of Nordrhein Westfalen (North Rhine - Westphalia). It was raised to this position by the British occupiers in 1946.

Amazing Dusseldorf

Official Website

Oberhausen

The main attractions of Oberhausen are based in the 'Neue Mitte', namely the CentrO shopping center, the Sea Life Center and the Gasometer. These are based adjacent to the Rhein-Herne Canal which goes through the 'Ruhr Region' proper (the Ruhr itself tends to skirt the southern regions), and is connected further east with the Dortmund-Ems Canal.

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