Flights to Duisburg
Famous for having the world’s largest inland harbour, the city of Duisburg is situated in the west of Germany in North Rhine-Westphalia. Duisburg isn’t renowned as a tourist destination though it does have some attractions and is close to a number of other tourist destinations too.
The nearest airport for flights to Duisburg is the Dusseldorf International Airport (airport code: DUS) which is just 24 kilometres away. There is a commuter rail line that connects Dusseldorf and Duisberg for easy access. Most flights to Duisburg have 1 connection when flying from Johannesburg. British Airways stops in London, and Lufthansa connects once in Munich. If you fly with KLM, you will be travelling via Amsterdam. You can also get a flight to Duisburg via London if you book with Virgin Atlantic or British Midland.
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The Tourist Attractions of Duisburg:
Duisburg is an ancient city that celebrated its 1100th birthday in 1983. It was settled by the Romans and has always been an important trade city because of its position on two rivers, and its huge inland harbour. Up until the Second World War Duisburg did feature some lovely historical buildings that were left over from medieval times, but because of the city’s importance it was heavily bombed by Allied Forces. It’s actually considered to be the most heavily bombed German city of the war, so visitors looking for historical architecture will be sorely disappointed in Duisburg.
Today Duisburg does have some tourist attractions though, so tourists shouldn’t totally discount a visit to this city. There’s also the proximity to Dusseldorf, and tourists can enjoy multiple attractions there, just a 30 minute drive away.
Duisburg Inner Harbour
The Inner Harbour of Duisburg that was once the heart of the city’s economy had fallen into decline, but like many other industrial cities the harbour area is now being redeveloped. There are museums, leisure activities, restaurants and clubs here. Museum Kuppersmuhle is a major Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art and is based in a former warehouse that dates from 1860.
Another major attraction here is the Legoland Discovery Centre. This isn’t a full Legoland theme park but it comes quite close considering it’s contained within one building! There’s lots to see and do including a Miniland that has many of the local landmarks, a 4D cinema, Dragon Quest ride, the Hall of Fame, playground, café and more. As you might expect, the Legoland Discovery Centre has many hands-on things to do too, including building, and learning some building tips from the master builder.
Duisburg Inner Harbour has more museums to see too such as the Cultural and City History Museum, and if you enjoy a lively nightlife then this is a good place to come in Duisburg. There are numerous restaurants here, plus clubs and bars so it’s quite lively especially at the weekends.
When Should You Visit?:
Although it’s the wetter time of year summers are best for the warmest weather in Duisburg. In July and August the average high is a pleasant 22C, but for lower rainfall amounts August and September are the better months to visit. In September the average high has dropped by 4 degrees, so it’s still warm. Winters are wet and cool, dropping to an average high of 4C in January.