District 12

The city of Duisburg is part of the Ruhrgebiet, a former industrial zone in Germany that had to cope with the shrinking importance of mining in Germany. A structural change happened over time and the service sector gained a lot of economic importance, but nevertheless a lot of cities of the Ruhrpott are not as prosperous as other parts of Germany. Why should one travel to Duisburg? If you’re interested in industrial heritage it is a nice place to be – from the converted river port to the old steelworks that can be explored here.

One of them, the former ‘Rheinische Stahlwerke zu Meiderich bei Ruhrort‘ and its surroundings have been converted into a vast garden with many things to explore. It is known as the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord and with 180 hectares it gives you plenty of space to do sports, hang out or explore the remains of the industry formerly located here. Here you’ve got the opportunity to climb up onto a blast furnace, the Hochofen 5: at a height of 70 meters you can overlook large parts of the Ruhrgebiet. It is always open, free to visit and illuminated at night. During daytime you can also get something to eat and drink at a restaurant and a food truck; a great place to visit!

Actually the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord is often mentioned together with great parks like Buttes-Chaumont, Hampstead Heath, the Highline or the Park Güell. Recently it received a lot of attention as it was used as the backdrop for the prequel of the The Hunger Games as District 12 (the mining district) of Panem. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes used the Gebläsehalle for the Reaping and the Krokodil (a loading bridge) for the scene with the hanging tree. And they didn’t change much so you can really see where the scenes were filmed. Other filming locations of this movie can be found at Leipzig (the Völkerschlachtdenkmal) and Berlin (the Straußberger Platz, the Olympiastadion, and the anatomical theatre of the Charité). May the odds ever be in your favour! 😉

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
Emscherstraße 71
47137 Duisburg

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