Duisburg is part of the Metropole Ruhr, which has an enormous population density with a total of 5.2 million inhabitants.
With just under 500,000 inhabitants, Duisburg is one of the 20 largest cities in Germany.
The city on the Rhine is part of both the western Ruhr region and the Lower Rhine region. Duisburg is the industrial heart of North Rhine-Westphalia: with the world's largest inland port and as Europe's number one steel location, as an international logistics center and strong location for technology and service companies. The city has excellent transport links and benefits from its close proximity to Düsseldorf Airport and other major cities in the Ruhr region. Duisburg thus assumes a hinge function between the Ruhr region and the Lower Rhine.
Duisburg is also a city with residential and recreational value and important educational and research institutions such as the University of Duisburg-Essen or the Fraunhofer Institute, is both culturally and scenically diverse. Duisburg, with its illustrious history as an imperial palace and Hanseatic city, is home to the longest medieval city wall in Germany and has more bridges than Venice. More than 10 percent of Duisburg's urban area is forested and thus offers plenty of space for nature-based recreation and relaxation, with the Sechs-Seen-Platte, for example, being particularly popular.
The Landschaftspark Nord, the Tiger & Turtle landmark, the municipal theater and the philharmonic orchestra are just some of the other nationally popular attractions. The city is also widely known for its zoo and the "Zebras," its traditional soccer club MSV Duisburg. And of course for the people who stand for Duisburg's cosmopolitanism and tolerance.
Duisburg is also a good and affordable place to live. And with a perspective: several groundbreaking construction projects are currently underway, including the Mercatorviertel in the old town, 6-Seen-Wedau - living on the waterfront, the Wedau Nord technology district, the Duisburg Dunes on the old freight station, the Angerbogen II new construction project, and a completely new district called Rheinort, which will visibly bring the city back to the banks of the Rhine, which have been used industrially for over 150 years.
In 2027, Duisburg will be one of three gardens of the future to be part of the International Garden Exhibition, which will be held for the first time ever in North Rhine-Westphalia. Title: "How do we want to live tomorrow?" The aim is to make a positive contribution to climate resilience and create lasting, ecologically meaningful added value for nature, landscape and urban spaces. In Ruhrort - where, after all, industry dominates - the world's first environmentally neutral district is to be realized by 2029, and in Hochfeld - where there is increased social and urban planning problem pressure - a so-called difficult district is to be "turned around" with the project "Urban Future Ruhr" in cooperation with the Initiativkreis Ruhr with the action fields "Education & Social Affairs," "Housing & Public Space," and "New Mobility.
Duisburg also stands for sustainability and digitization: with its own climate protection concept and ideas for water-sensitive urban development. As a smart city, seven fields of action are being addressed: Broadband and 5G, e-government, economy, mobility, housing, infrastructure and education.
With its innovation spaces, housing, living, working and education in urban neighborhoods are to be completely reconfigured with opportunities for participation for all citizens and the goal of improving their quality of life. Duisburg, the city of opportunities.