daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Photo Forums > Urban Showcase

Urban Showcase Show your selfmade photos



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old July 21st, 2012, 08:14 PM   #1
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen and Tagebau Garzweiler in July 2012

I drove to Düsseldorf from Nottingham with a friend, calling at various places on the way, and spent a week based there. We explored the city and places like Duisburg, Essen, Münster, Wuppertal and the area around Tagebau Garzweiler. Unfortunately I didn't get many city photos but there's plenty of industrial landscapes to enjoy.

Eastern Docks at Dover from the White Cliffs



image hosted on flickr


Tagebau Garzweiler is a lignite strip mine, one of three active in the area between Köln and Aachen. They have swallowed up large areas of countryside and several villages, with more to go over the coming years. The villages often prove popular destinations for urban explorers as they reach the end of the resettlement process.

These images show it from the viewpoints near Jackerath

image hosted on flickr




image hosted on flickr




image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr






image hosted on flickr


Pesch is a largely demolished 'ghost village' at the western edge of the mine

image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr


No more photos of the villages because we passed through as it was getting dark. They were quite attractive places with a somewhat eerie atmosphere, even from the car. They contrasted hugely with Doel in Belgium, which I visited last summer and we revisited briefly on the way home (no photos I'm afraid). Doel is making way for an expansion of the Port of Antwerp, and is generally thronging with visitors. Indeed it's probably much more lively now than it ever was when it had far more residents, and it makes for a strange atmosphere. Admittedly I have only been there during the day and it does have a nice position on the Schelde, so it probably always had a fair number of visitors.

Tagebau Garzweiler at night from the viewpoint near Jüchen

image hosted on flickr


More photos to come later.
__________________

Highcliff liked this post

Last edited by MattN; July 21st, 2012 at 08:47 PM.
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old July 21st, 2012, 08:44 PM   #2
Avalanix
BANNED
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 423
Likes (Received): 179

Looks cool somehow. 1st picture is awesome.
phew.. the forum is getting full of German cities. Sort of gets boring now.
Avalanix no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2012, 05:03 AM   #3
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Quote:
Originally Posted by MattN View Post
I drove to Düsseldorf from Nottingham with a friend, calling at various places on the way, and spent a week based there. We explored the city and places like Duisburg, Essen, Münster, Wuppertal and the area around Tagebau Garzweiler. Unfortunately I didn't get many city photos but there's plenty of industrial landscapes to enjoy.



image hosted on flickr

Wow, I am really looking forward to this thread - a lot of places here I would like to visit.

Can anyone explain what is going on in the picture above? Are those all different conveyors bringing in coal from the crawling rotary scoopers? And is the water being sprayed just to keep the dust down.

A few times a year you can go in their on a bus to get a real close up view of everything. Something I hope to do some day.
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2012, 12:07 PM   #4
christos-greece
Moderator!
 
christos-greece's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 176,508
Likes (Received): 244279

Nice photos from these cities in Germany
__________________
Urban Showcase: Athens Kalamata Trikala Thessaloniki
Cityscapes: Paris Barcelona Dubai, U.A.E. Monte Carlo, Monaco
General photography: Castles of France - Chateau de France and, since May of '08: Greece!
christos-greece no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 22nd, 2012, 09:25 PM   #5
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

A view towards the church from one of the docks in Duisburg


Restored industrial buildings on the Innenhafen in Duisburg












Another view back down the dock from the Portsmouth Damm, named after their twin city in England.

__________________

Highcliff liked this post
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2012, 09:26 PM   #6
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, a park and events space set in an old Thyssen steelworks in Meiderich.



Images on the old power station wall



Views from inside Hochofen 5, a 70m high blast furnace which you can climb up. One of two remaining furnaces.















At the top













My sidekick





__________________

Highcliff liked this post
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2012, 09:28 PM   #7
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

Quote:
Originally Posted by 600West218 View Post
Wow, I am really looking forward to this thread - a lot of places here I would like to visit.

Can anyone explain what is going on in the picture above? Are those all different conveyors bringing in coal from the crawling rotary scoopers? And is the water being sprayed just to keep the dust down.

A few times a year you can go in their on a bus to get a real close up view of everything. Something I hope to do some day.
Not entirely sure but I'd guess so. I had never heard about that bus tour though, how do you find out about them? One of my mates is quite keen on seeing this place as well.
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:07 PM   #8
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Great pics!!! Keep them coming.

Are their museum signs also in English or only in German?
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:01 PM   #9
the man from k-town
Frankfurt-Lover <3
 
the man from k-town's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Heidelberg
Posts: 3,918
Likes (Received): 7189

very cool pics. i didn't know there are such big coal mines in my home country, my grand father worked there in the "ruhrpott"
__________________
Rise high into the SKY!
the man from k-town no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:45 PM   #10
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

Thanks, glad you are all like them. At least some of the signs were in English, don't think they all were though. They do guided tours as well but they are just in German. I'll put some more pics up tomorrow, still quite a few of the Landschaftspark to go.

This wasn't a coal mine (it was a steel works), but there is a coal mine to come! There were loads of mines in this area, still quite a few standing, but few (if any?) still work. EDIT: I'm assuming you were talking about Garzweiler. Sorry, my mind was only making connections with places in the Ruhrpott as you mentioned.

Last edited by MattN; July 24th, 2012 at 10:50 AM.
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 24th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #11
aarhusforever
EU citizen
 
aarhusforever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Aarhus/Europe
Posts: 7,078
Likes (Received): 9117

Very nice and interesting thread
__________________
EUROPE - many states - one nation

Aarhus - the second largest city in Denmark

Aarhus...my Aarhus

Highcliff liked this post
aarhusforever no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 24th, 2012, 08:53 AM   #12
Linguine
leisure cook
 
Linguine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bacolod Uptown East
Posts: 11,914
Likes (Received): 3939

thanks for the great photos....
__________________
Bacolod: "Culinary destination par excellence"
Linguine no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 25th, 2012, 01:43 AM   #13
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

Back on the ground







This structure had a wind turbine on top, and an archimedes screw. I wish I could remember more about what all the things here were!













Some people on a guided tour on a structure in front of Hochofen 5 who's purpose I don't know...



Views from said structure

















Some sort of beach type event going on, a bit like what is happening in Nottingham now











That's it for the Landschaftspark, a bit of Düsseldorf next.
__________________

Highcliff liked this post
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 25th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #14
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Very, very nice. Thanks for all the pictures.

That you could see, where there any working steel mills around there?
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 25th, 2012, 10:51 AM   #15
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

I think there were three other working steel works, and a few other interesting factories knocking about as well. You can see some of them in my photos from the top of the furnace, but there are some closer shots of a couple of them to come.
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 25th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #16
Filandon
Registered User
 
Filandon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alice in den Städten
Posts: 1,657
Likes (Received): 1249

I was in Landschaftspark the 10th of july and at that time they were mounting the beach bar, we almost crossed... I have very similar photos, also from some parts you did not show, Do you have more?

Very impressive by the way, thanks for sharing...
Filandon está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2012, 12:56 AM   #17
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

We were there on the 12th. As I said in my previous post I'm afraid I have no more photos of the Landschaftspark, though I do have some of Zollverein. You should start a thread if you have some photos to share.

I felt a bit uneasy with all these dodgy cigarette adverts everywhere, it was like going back ten years in time! I think this was in a tram shelter outside Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof.



Views of the city from the Rheinturm





I suspect these three are looking back at Duisburg across the Airport











Some from Zollverein, a world heritage site in Essen made up of a former colliery and coking plant complex. This is the Ruhr Museum in the coal washing plant, which is full of old machinery.



The headstocks (or headgear). A wedding was taking place next to us as I took this.





To the coking plant, which is in a slightly more decayed state.













I'll put the rest up tomorrow.
__________________

Highcliff liked this post
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2012, 01:24 AM   #18
600West218
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,733
Likes (Received): 1574

Very nice pictures.

Indeed, smoking seems to be big in Europe. I didn't spend enough time in Germany to notice if it was big there but in England, France and Belgium people clearly smoked a lot, much more than Americans. And people I've had visit me from Spain all smoked.

American's are killing themselves from lousy food and no exercise, Europeans from smoking and drinking too much. Pick your poison I guess.

The coal mine and coking plant are very impressive. Another must visit place for me.

It is strange that these plants were all already obsolete. I assume they are all post WW2 creations as earlier factories would have been bombed in the war. I wouldn't think they would be obsolete yet.

Also, just curious, but what was the area between cities like. You were in the Ruhrgebiet and I believe that is one of the most built up areas in Germany, if not the world. Was there much open space between cities? Did they seem to have much agriculture? Did you get to interact with the locals much?
600West218 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 26th, 2012, 03:13 PM   #19
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

When I was in Antwerp last year, I got talking to these amusing characters in a pub who said at one point that smoking was 'part of their culture' and that most people in Belgium did it. An exaggeration, but there was more of it than in the UK. Indeed they had one of the weakest smoking bans in Europe until the courts extended it to bars just before I went.

Essentially it was just a bit weird seeing the Marlboro signs etc on shops in Belgium and all these advertising posters in Germany (Marlboro were the worst, seemed to be about attracting hot women). It's been banned in the UK for nearly ten years, now we've partially implemented a law requiring shops to hide their cigarette displays behind doors. Given that we're always being told we have a national obesity crisis it seems we're following your lead somewhat.

The coking plant at Zollverein is from the 1950s I believe, the others are pre war though not necessarily every part of them. Landschaftspark literature makes reference to overcapacity in the European steel market leading to its closure, and the Ruhr Museum said there was consolidation into more modern plants at this time for the same reason. There have been more closures in places like Dortmund since then though, sometimes of very new plants. Not entirely sure why. I think Zollverein just wasn't making enough money, apparently they nearly sold bits of the coking plant (which closed after the mine) to China, as happened in Dortmund.

We did have some daft interactions with the hostel staff and a couple of guests but not much else. Unless you count blasting out dodgy music from the car at Tagebau Garzweiler at night to fit in with the dodgy youths who were cruising around in their cars (right behind us at one stage). We barely speak any German and not many people spoke fluent English, apart from one of the receptionists. That and everything seemed to take longer than we expected.

Düsseldorf stood slightly apart from the Ruhrgebiet so there were some fields etc, but travelling from Essen through Oberhausen to Duisburg it was a seamless urban area. I think most of it is like that but there are a lot of trees, as you can see from my aerial photos.

Last edited by MattN; July 27th, 2012 at 12:08 AM.
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 27th, 2012, 12:08 AM   #20
MattN
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: The M1
Posts: 3,115
Likes (Received): 91

The final instalment



















Back towards the coal mine



















We eventually arrived at the Alsumer Berg, an out of the way, inconsistently signposted hill next to the Rhine in North Duisburg. It is marked out as a viewpoint on the Route Industriekultur, a tourist route to the main industrial heritage sites in the Ruhrgebiet. A sign at the bottom suggested that it was at least partially made from the rubble of a bombed area of the city that used to be nearby, but is now all industry. A strange atmosphere prevailed as twilight approached and some funny looking characters sat in the car park nearby.

These are the steelworks and coking plant (?) directly to the north, and something beyond in the second pic





And these are the steelworks etc. to the east, visible from another viewing spot on the hill.







Arriving back in the overwhelming swank of Düsseldorf after a day in Wuppertal, we stopped off at the Unterbacher See, a very nice and large lake in the Stadtwald (city forest, there seemed to be a lot of those about).





And that's it. A pity I didn't manage to do justice to the cities, there wasn't always time for photos and I didn't get on too well with the camera I borrowed. All those I saw were pretty pleasant, especially Düsseldorf. Out of the other cities Duisburg probably had the most agreeable centre, I particularly recommend the weird rotating psychedelic fountain in the König-Heinrich-Platz. Wuppertal probably had the most surviving old buildings, especially outside the town centres (it has two since it is a linear conglomeration of two main towns), and had an interesting setting in a deep river valley. Though I'm sure people mainly go to these places for the kind of sights I depicted, or the Schwebebahn and perhaps the textile mills in Wuppertal.

Hope you enjoyed.
__________________

Highcliff liked this post
MattN no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
dover, duisburg, düsseldorf, essen

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium