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  • Day1045

    Landschaftspark-Duisburg-Nord, Germany

    May 7 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Age worn industrial infrastructure dominates the skyline. Rusted railway tracks lie disused infront of us, small shrubs growing between their sleepers. A utilitarian network of latticed metal transport and loading frames tower tens of metres above our chosen spot in a large gravel car park.

    We left Belgium this afternoon, made our way through The Netherlands and arrived at Landschaftspark (landscape park) in the Ruhr valley, Germany's industrial heartland. The park was created on the site of an old iron works, leaving the vast majority of machinery and buildings intact. The public has free access and the hundreds of cars here show how much it is appreciated.

    After a cuppa we began our exploration, heading first towards a viewpoint atop a mound at the northern end of the site. Older teenagers hung around in goups of 5 or 6 with their 'boy racer' cars and old black BMWs, bass beats blasting from the stereo systems. A corrugated roof covered rows of concrete walls, providing a wonderful canvas for graffiti artists. The hard sand skate and bmx track beside it meant it was a popular hangout for younger teenagers, but later a large mixed age group came with equipment to use the climbing wall here.

    Crossing back over the vast parking area we headed to the south end of the park where the main infrastructure lay. Several large warehouses here are venues for performances, art exhibitions and events (we were disappointed to miss the upcoming street food festival)! What really drew our eyes though were the enormous metal furnaces and brick towers. We hadn't researched the park before arriving so we were in awe that these structures had been left open to the public. Wandering towards a marked viewpoint, we felt a thrill of excitement when we realised there was a staircase leading up the side of Blast Furnace 5. When we began climbing we didn't realise quite how far it reached, but countless steps later we were standing 70m up on a viewing platform, surveying the other furnaces, coal bunkers and chimneys from a completely different perspective. The climb allowed you to get up close and personal with the rusted steel shell of the furnace and information boards described the purposes of various pipes and hoppers, but we didn't linger at these, preferring to look around with wonder and imagine what it must have been like when the plant was fully operational. Will used to work in a foundry, so has some idea of how hot, noisy and dangerous it would have been.

    The Landschaftspark had so much to offer, there were wild meadows, gardens inside old bunkers and each weekend sees a lightshow illuminating the loading bridges, buildings, chimneys and furnaces. There was even a motorhome service point! We'd definitely choose to stay at this unique and intriguing site again, but we'd arrived late in the afternoon and our heads felt full from taking in the scale of it all and the following day we felt the need to travel a little further towards Lithuania.
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  • Day1124

    Wambachsee, Duisburg

    July 25 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    This is officially the hottest we (and Germany) have ever been! We moved on from our riverside stellplatz at Altena to a lakeside car park close to Duisburg. Thankfully mature trees provided shade here for most of the time.

    The plan had been to abandon the van during the days and hang out at the nearby freibad (in this case a lake with lawn area for lounging, café, toilets and showers). Unfortunately these plans were scuppered because of a dangerous blue-green algae bloom. Thankfully the lake closest to us had escaped this fate and had easy access via a small platform and steps.

    With external temperatures exceeding 40°C the top layers of water were warm but if you dived in or trod water you were able to stir up the cooler depths and gain some relief. Scores of other people had the same idea as us. Amongst the swimmers there were plenty of blow up unicorn lilos that seem to be the latest craze.

    We didn't have the energy to do much but sit in the shade at the back of the van in between swims. Will managed a short walk to the shops and Vicky pursued an icecream van a few hundred metres along the road. Our freezer struggled and wasn't freezing the ice packs inside. Thankfully we were able to keep the van under 35°C but it didn't drop below 27°C all night and at 11:30pm Will started the engine to run the air con for 20 minutes, much to the displeasure of another vanner in the large car park.
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  • Day9

    Sep 28 - Zollverein Coal Mine Complex

    September 28 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Today began when we docked in Emmerich, Germany - the third country of this trip. The climb up the steep gangplank should have been a clue as to river conditions - the penny didn’t drop until later. Read on.

    Three big buses headed off to see the town of Xanten and to visit the Roman Ruins. We boarded a small bus with 15 others and headed to the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a large former industrial site in the city of Essen, Germany. It has been inscribed into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since December 14, 2001, and is one of the anchor points of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It is representative of the development of traditional heavy industries in Europe. The area is now a major arts and culture centre - a festival was being set up as we toured the area. Our guide for the trip was Thorsten whose name means “Son of Thor, the God of Thunder” in Norse Mythology.

    The first coal mine on the premises was founded in 1847, and mining activities took place from 1851 until December 23, 1986. For decades, starting in the late 1950s, the two parts of the site, Zollverein Coal Mine and Zollverein Coking Plant (erected 1957−1961, closed on June 30, 1993), ranked among the largest of their kinds in Europe. Shaft 12, built in the New Objectivity style, was opened in 1932 and is considered an architectural and technical masterpiece, earning it a reputation as the "most beautiful coal mine in the world”.

    Coal, after it is refined into coke, provides the carbon that transforms iron into steel which is used for so many applications - cars, appliances, food cans, roofing, siding, pools - the list is almost endless. As a steel worker for over 36 years, seeing a coal facility was a natural choice for me for today’s activity, and Doug loves all things mechanical so the choice was unanimous. We actually saw an ArcelorMittal site on the bus ride. Will try to figure out which one it was.

    Jütte was our guide at the complex. We traced the route that a lump of coal would take - from being extracted underground (we went only a few steps below ground), to being carted via horse-drawn coal bins to the dumping house, to being sorted by size and finally being sent to the coking plant. The huge machines and iron tracks and conveyor belts made the place look as if the workers were simply on a lunch break. It’s impossible to imagine the conditions that the workers endured - the noise, the noxious fumes, the stone dust that they breathed in, the heat and the oppressive humidity. Getting the “black gold” out of the earth took an enormous toll on many lives and on the environment.

    The plan was to drive to Duisburg and rendezvous with the ship. However, the steep gangplank we climbed in the morning was indicative of low water levels. As a result, the captain had to take extra time to carefully navigate the route to Duisburg and was going to be late in arriving. One of the other buses was needed for a tour on another cruise line, so in a bit of creativity, we got dropped in the Duisburg city centre with some free time to shop and explore and then to go to the ship - with 4 extra passengers who had been on the bus that was needed elsewhere. We got back to the ship about 2:45 p.m. and set sail for Koblenz at 3:00 p.m.

    While in Duisburg, we did what the locals did - eat on the street. Since it was past lunch time, we started with roasted nuts, moved on to French Fries, then had chocolate croissants and pretzels. We could have washed it all down with a cold beer or a glass of wine, but we showed remarkable self-restraint. Not going to need much for dinner tonight! And to Doug’s delight, there were cars - lots of cars - on display by almost every car manufacturer imaginable. Still haven’t found my next car - but we have 5-7 years to do so. There were people dressed up as Avengers (not Emma Peel and John Steed) and people dancing to old time music. The whole town seemed to be enjoying the sunny fall weather.

    I spent the afternoon trying to load pictures. Very little luck. At 6:00 p.m., Andreea gave us an overview of the next week and we made our daily activity choices. Tomorrow, we will be docked in Koblenz and have opted to do a 1.5 hour walking tour of the city. The wine tour bus (not our choice) filled up almost instantly. There are going to be a lot of very happy (and perhaps) sleepy people tomorrow afternoon!

    Will try to upload pics when we are in port in Koblenz.
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  • Day32

    Duisburg

    July 5, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It's the unanimous opinion of everyone who's been there: 'don't go to Duisburg' they say. Well, while I'm in Germany, I want to see everything, the good the bad and the ugly. So off I went to Duisburg.

    Duisburg is one of several cities that makes up the Ruhrgebiet (Dortmund, Essen, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen are some of the others), with the Ruhrgebiet being the area most famous in Germany for 150 years of heavy industry. Steel, coal, the whole lot. My trip today to Duisburg was my first venture into the Ruhrgebiet.

    I have to admit, when I got on the train I was in two minds about getting off at Duisburg. It was an Intercity train to Amsterdam and everyone on there had either a rucksack or a suitcase. They were all off to Amsterdam, I was off to Duisburg. Anyway, when we pulled in to Duisburg I had enough strength if will to step off the train and not carry on to Amsterdam.

    I made my way out of the station, on to the Portsmouth Platz, and tried to get an intuitive sense of where the city centre proper lay. As there was a cluster of tall office blocks to my left, I decided to head that way. And off I went for a few hours wandering the streets of Duisburg.

    Duisburg, the city centre, is not particularly nice but also not completely hopeless or without charms. It's not decaying and it certainly isn't dangerous. For whatever reason the Rathaus (the town hall) is some what out of the centre, and I headed there. Well, this part of the city was really quite nice as was the Hafen a few kilometres further north . So, all in all, Duisburg is pleasant enough and I'm willing to be a lone, defiant voice and say, 'Duisburg, do go there.'
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  • Day32

    Duisburg Innenhafen

    July 5, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Duisburg Innenhafen, a vast network of water channels just off the Rhein in Duisburg. Used, in the past, for loading cargo and shipping it up the Rhein. Today It has been gentrified and is now a combination of offices and apartments. It's an interesting landscape and by far the best area in Duisburg

  • Day33

    Der Tag in Duisburg

    July 2, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Heute waren wir gut unterwegs. Im Industriepark, der ein altes stillgelegtes Stahlwerk, welches man besichtigen und beklettern kann, enthält. Dann gings ins Museum für deutsche Binnenschifffahrt und auf einem altem Kohledampfer. Danach zum Tiger & Turtle, einer Skulptur die einer Achterbahn nachempfunden ist. Morgen geht es weiter nach Düsseldorf.Read more

  • Day16

    Rheinorange

    March 26, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Liebe Follower, das heißt lieber August, liebe Mutti, besonders die Mutti, die mit ihrem kaputten Knie zu Hause auf dem Sofa liegen muss. Ich werde dir jetzt einmal erzählen, was du in der großen weiten Welt so vermissen musst.

    Da wäre zum einen das wundervolle Wetter. Und natürlich den Ort, an dem die Ruhr in den Rhein fließt. Das ist in Duisburg. Und dort steht auch die Landmarke “Rheinorange“, eine Stahlbramme von dem Kölner Künstler Lutz Fritsch, bei Rheinkilometer 780. An diesem Punkt hat die Ruhr 220 km von Winterberg aus zurückgelegt.

    Hier gibt es viel Gegend, Wasser und eine Menge Schiffe, die den Rhein auf und ab fahren. Man kann stundenlang am Ufer sitzen und einfach nur schauen.
    Wenn man nicht Pipi muss...
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