From Ironworks to Landscape Park

June 9th, 2018

On 9 June 2018, our summer trip took us to Duisburg and Oberhausen.

In Duisburg, our members toured the 180 hectare Landscape Park at the former ironworks, which closed in 1986.  The Landscape Park successfully unites industrial architecture from the late 19thcentury through the 1980’s with nature and original cultural programs, including a light show in the evenings.  Our German and English tour guides led us through the industrial historical monument, where a highlight of the tour was certainly Blast Furnace Nr. 1, which we viewed from a 60 m high platform that also gave us a fantastic view of the former industrial facility as well as the modern blast furnaces at the modern plant nearby.

Many of the former factory buildings are now multifunctional facilities that are available for cultural events such as theater, concerts and films. The German Alpine Club has a climbing park in the former ore bins. On the day we visited, they had organized a climbing competition around the blast furnaces, so we had the chance to observe the climbers race against time with a bucket of water they were trying not to spill. 

After the tour of the Landscape Park we continued to Oberhausen, where our members had a chance to have lunch in the sun, visit the Gasometer exhibition “The Mountain Calls…” or just shop in the Centro shopping mall before returning to Jülich.

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