Tour 5: Parks and gardens of industrial heritage
3-day-trip

our-suggested-itinerary culture-packagecombination-tips

LANDSCAPE PARK DUISBURG-NORD LANDSCAPE PARK DUISBURG-NORD
The park around the giant steelworks consists of various derelict former industrial sites. Its diversity is due to the considerably altered topography, the different soil substrates and the resulting extremely lush vegetation.

 


GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, DUISBURG GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, DUISBURG
The main axis of the park, which was designed by the land art artist Dani Karavan, consists of a patchwork of different paving and construction materials from the buildings that were in the old part of the Inner Harbour. Architectural remains of post-war architecture and the planting of the new park mingle in a unique way.


NORDSTERN PARK, GELSENKIRCHENNORDSTERN PARK, GELSENKIRCHEN
The Nordsternpark displays garden art on the site of an abandoned mine and on an old brownfield post-industrial landscape. Here, the widespread excessive impact made on the landscape by industry remains ever present is always evident as no attempt is made to create aesthetic harmony or to smoothen over the places where the legacy of the past meets new elements.


GEHÖLZGARTEN RIPSHORST (woodland garden), OBERHAUSEN GEHÖLZGARTEN RIPSHORST (woodland garden), OBERHAUSEN
The Ripshorst garden was created according to the designs by the landscape architects Lohhaus and Diekmann from Hanover and shows the distribution of tree species in a geological context. The information centre for the Emscher Landscape Park is located in the old Ripshorst farm house.


GRUGAPARK, ESSEN GRUGAPARK, ESSEN
On a tour of the park, the visitor wanders through the dahlia garden with views across the wooded valley and the Botanical Gardens. Rose gardens, gardens for perennials and exotics, a lily pond, a cottage garden, a herb garden, a garden for the senses, a Rhododendron valley and a garden with climbers and creepers follow on.


EMSCHER LANDSCAPEPARK EMSCHER LANDSCAPE PARK
With an area of approximately 450 square kilometres the Emscher Landscape Park is the largest and most developed regional park in Europe. It consists of over 20 individual parks and displays a unique industrial nature and artistically designed landmarks. The narrow path network passes disused railway lines, roads and other places to experience: An exceptional way to explore the amazing green landscape of the Ruhr Metropolis – best with qualified guides which the Regional Association Ruhr (RVR) will happily provide.

Our Suggested Itinerary

1st DAY
  • Arrive in Duisburg with a short stop in Duisburg Angerhausen
  • Visit to the „Tiger and Turtle“ work of art which gives an idea of the industrial landscape of the Ruhr
  • In Duisburg city tour „Art, History and Urban Development“ and visit to the Lehmbruck Museum, the Sculpture Park (Kantpark), of the Inner Harbour, walk through the Garden of Remembrance to the MKM Küppersmühle Museum of Modern Art
  • Optional dinner at the Faktorei in Duisburg’s inner harbour
  • Individual evenings out in Duisburg
  • Overnight at the Ferrotel, Duisburg
2nd DAY
  • After breakfast, drive to the Landscape Park in Duisburg Nord
  • Guided tour of the industrial park and the former steelworks
  • Chance for lunch in the main electrical control room
  • Trip to Oberhausen
  • Trip to the spectacular Rehbergerbrücke close to the Ludwiggalerie in Oberhausen
  • Visit the information centre at Ripshorst House with its exhibition of the 20 years of landscape reconstruction of the Emscher Landscape Park
  • Themed tour through Thyssen’s former farmlands
  • Short visit to the oldest working class neighbourhood in the Ruhr area, the settlement at Eisenheim
  • Recommendation: Dinner at Restaurant Brendel in the working-class neighbourhood of Duisburg
  • Overnight at the Ferrotel, Duisburg
3rd DAY
  • Visit to the Josef Albers Museum / Quadrat in Bottrop
  • Trip to Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen
  • Optional lunch at Heiner’s beer garden at the park
  • Admission and guided tour of the park and the coal mines or the Nordstern Tower with video art
  • Free time, then return

ART CITIES CULTURE PACKAGE

  • 2 nights at the Ferrotel Duisburg
  • City tour „Art and Urban History“ through Duisburg
  • Admission and guided tour Lehmbruck Museum
  • Admission and guided tour MKM Küppersmühle Museum
  • Guided tour of the North Duisburg Landscape Park
  • Guided tour of the woodland garden at Ripshorst
  • Guided tour of the Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop
  • Guided tour of the Nordstern Park with a visit to the mine, or the Nordstern Tower
  • Guided tour through Thyssen’s former farmlands
  • Admission to the Eisenheim settlement
  • Provision of additional services and brochures
  • Free accommodation for the 21st person in a double room

Price per person: € 145, – in a double room
from € 80, – single supplement
Groups of 20

ART CITIES PLUS
  • Dinner at the Faktorei in Duisburg’s Inner Harbour
  • Dinner at the Brendel restaurant in Duisburg

Combination Tips

  • Harbour cruise Duisburg
  • Nocturnal illuminated tour of the Hüttenwerk through the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord
  • Visit to the Gasometer at Oberhausen
  • Visit to the Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen
  • „Snails taste“ seminar, ecological snail breeding in Moers
  • Restaurant Die Speicherei on the Ruhr estuary, Duisburg-Homberg
  • Schimanski Tour Duisburg „In Schimanski’s foot-steps“ throughout the Ruhr valley