Duisburg is situated where the Rhine, on its way to the North Sea, becomes Europe`s busiest navigable river. With its approx. 530,000 inhabitants, it is the eleventh largest city in the Federal Republic of Germany. The European river and the Ruhr, which flows into the Rhine at Duisburg, have determined the development of the city into an economic, scientific and cultural centre. Its friendly, cosmopolitan character is also reflected in its citizens: people from 140 nations peacefully co-exist here.
This city is a multi-facetted metropolis: a place of important cultural events, a city which can offer a wide array of educational facilities, a city where you can shop and a city with strong sporting ties.
Duisburg`s excellent geographical position and transport infrastructure at the intersection of the European growth axis serves as an ideal platform for companies operating within Europe and throughout the world - an international centre for trade. The Rhine-Ruhr Port in Duisburg is the largest inland port in the world.
Duisburg boasts a wide network of sporting venues. The Sportpark Wedau is without equal: a symbiosis of sporting venues for top sporting events and enthusiasts of popular sports and an infrastructure which provides event organisers with optimal conditions.Duisburg has a fixed place on the international sporting calendar. In the last few years three canoe world championships and a rowing world championship have been held on the regatta course. Top-class international athletics meetings as well as countless German championships in various sporting disciplines are among some of the events which have taken place here.
Several indoor complexes for major sporting events, over 200 sport halls and gyms, 82 sport parks, 14 indoor tennis complexes and 5 horse-riding complexes supplement the leisure facilities on offer here. The "Sechs-Seen-Platte" ( the Six Lakes) is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and walkers. Germany`s largest and, from the technical point of view, most expensive dolphinarium is situated in the city zoo. "Flipper" and a further 4,000 animals attract around a million visitors every year. Cultural highlights are, among other things, the German Opera on the Rhine, the Duisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum with an important collection of sculpture and twentieth century object art as well as the Küppersmühle Museum containing the Grothe collection of modern art dating from 1945.