Landschaftspark Duisburg – An industrial light show

When a steel production plant is not in use anymore, it is usually destroyed and replaced by something newer, nicer and more useful. This is not how the Rhur area would imagine treating what is here considered as an essential part of their culture and traditions.

Follow us for a visit in the breathtaking Landschaftspark Duisburg.

The rise and fall of a regional pride

Duisburg went through an intensive industrialisation in the early 1900s. The quantity of coal mines in the Ruhr area was setting the perfect ground to set a steel production plant, which requires enormous quantities of coal to keep the furnace at the adequate temperature.

Blue art exhibition in Landschaftspark Duisburg

This complex, spread over more than 200 hectares, worked at full capacity for about 8 decades.

As the European steel production massively declined, the Duisburg production plant was forced into closing. The park was left abandoned, as an gigantic wasteland as we only see them in video games.

Destroying this pride of the past was not an option for the working-class population of Duisburg. Proud of their industrial heritage, they fought to prevent this breathtaking infrastructure from demolition and turn it into an attraction that would attract thousands. “Landschaftspark Duisburg” was born.

An industrial jewel shining in the night

Red tower in Landschaftspark DuisburgTurning a production plant into a sort of theme park is not an easy thing. How can such infrastructures would actually attract people?

The idea of the project initiators was simple but brilliant. They decided to keep most of the park in the exact state it was on the day it closed down.

The only improvement that was made was decorating the old metallic structures with colored lights, turning the complex into a decor worth of appearing in a fantasy-movie.

The old towers and their crates, chimneys, furnaces and coal trains can be explored freely. Numerous pathways and stairs that will take you through the park and up to a height of about 70 meters (on the platform of Blast Furnace No.5).

But the light show is not the only attraction of the Landschaftspark Duisburg. The former casting house and storage bunkers offer a big climbing park and via ferrata, while the old gasometer was turned into the biggest artificial diving center in Europe. The park also regularly welcomes concerts and festivals that are sure to give you a lasting impression.

Last but not least, the park is open throughout the entire year, has no closing times and is entirely free!

Metallic structure in Landschaftspark DuisburgRed tower in Landschaftspark Duisburg Blue and red building in Landschaftspark Duisburg Green crate in Landschaftspark Duisburg

Want to find more to do in this region? Check our other articles on Düsseldorf and the Ruhr area.



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8 comments

  1. What a great idea to use the old production plant in tourism purposes! It would be a waste to knock it down, and this just made it alive again. Lovely! 🙂 Love how those colored lights linger on its surface. And the fact that it’s free is just another nice touch. Would never think of visiting an old plant, but who knows, right! 🙂

  2. That is such an insanely great use of a worn out industrial space. I love the lights and I’d love to check out the casting house and storage bunkers to climb. I just zip lined over a coal mine in Wales, so I’m glad to see the world is turning these things to fun destinations.

  3. This is a case of ruin to greatness. I’m sure no one would notice Landschaftspark Duisburg used to be a production plant. It’s so beautiful. To think that a lot of resources was spent on converting the production plant into a theme park, yet it is free, is worth applauding.

  4. Hats of the creative genius who thought of converting a derelict steel plant into a them park. A brilliant idea that has given shape to the ingenuity of their imagination. Must be a thrilling experience to witness the dazzling lighting and move around in the abandoned steel plant/park!

  5. I really like these light show animations that a lot of places are doing the last few years. They tell a story through beautiful animations on either a building or in this case a former production plant. And great that they converted it into a theme park instead of just letting it sit abandoned.

  6. I love the idea of repurposing old buildings. There is something nostalgic about the design and old lettering that really appeals to me. In Toronto we tend to mix a lot of the old architecture with the new architecture. I love the lights they added it makes it all look dramatic

  7. I actually lived in Duisburg for a while when my dad was working over there. And yes he was working in the steel industry! Landschaftspark would be amazing to visit, to see how they have transformed a working plant into a tourist attraction.

  8. Wow, this is so cool! I’m so glad they were able to re-purpose it. And the fact that it’s free to visit is even better! I’ll be in Germany this winter, so I really hope to visit!

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