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Old August 12th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Rhine-Ruhr picture thread

The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region (German: Metropolregion Rhein-Ruhr) is the largest metropolitan area in Germany with about 11,800,000 inhabitants. It is of polycentric nature and the only megacity in Germany. It covers an area of 10,820 square kilometers and lies entirely within the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region spreads from the Dortmund-Essen-Duisburg (Ruhr Area) megalopolis in the north, to the urban areas of the cities of Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf (the state capital), Wuppertal, Cologne (the region's largest and Germany's fourth largest city), and Bonn in the south.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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Düsseldorf

In the first part part of our trip we will visit Düsseldorf. For more information about this city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Düsseldorf


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D 04) The Colorium in the Dusseldorf media harbour, an 18 storey tower designed by Alsop and Partners.

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D 08) The State Parliament (German: Landtag) is the legislative branch of the government of the German State (German: Bundesland) North Rhine-Westphalia.

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D 11) The 94 meter tall Thyssen-Haus, headquarters of German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.

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D 34) Ferrari F430 Spyder. As you can see, many exclusive cars in Dusseldorf.

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D 35) Rare: Techart GTstreet. Based on the Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet, powered by a modified 3.6 liter Boxer engine that develops 630 hp / 463 kW and 820 Nm of torque.
This one accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 345 km/h.

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D 36) This is an exclusive and rare car. No more than 15 of them are build by Lorenz & Rankl near Munich between 1987 and 1991. The new price in those days was 500.000 D-mark (aprx. € 250.000). And believe it or not, but this car was sold with 100 years warranty!

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D 40) The Ständehaus, now a museum but it was first the State Parliament.

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D 50) The Stadttor, a government building with a height of 72,55 m.

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Old August 12th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #3
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Excellent pictures! One of these days I'm going to visit Germany.
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Old August 12th, 2009, 06:14 PM   #4
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Beautiful photos!
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Old August 12th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #5
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Great stuff - this area looks lovely. And what a suitable picture to end with .
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Old August 13th, 2009, 11:03 PM   #6
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Since I was a kid, I'm fascinated for that region, the Europe industrial heart.

I like to watch the Bundesliga, and despite Hamburg being my favorite club, I support Köln, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, Rot-Weiss Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Borussia Möchengladbach etc., in the other matches (exception: Bayer Leverkusen. I hate that team!).

I know in the last decades, the Germany economy moved towards South, specially to Frankfurt, Stuttgart and München. How that affect the Rhein-Ruhr Area? How is the current situation (2000-2009)?

About Düsseldorf, I really didn't like that "modern" look. It's a shame the city couldn't re-build its historic buildings after World War II.

By the way, amazing thread! I'm looking forward the other cities photos.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 11:55 PM   #7
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Modern architecture at its finest.
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Old August 14th, 2009, 12:13 AM   #8
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Beautiful pics!
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Old August 15th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #10
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There is something about German cities in general I like a lot, even when they have a lot of 50/60/70 architecture due to WWII bombardings.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #11
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Wow what a cool city!
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Old August 15th, 2009, 01:49 AM   #12
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Old August 15th, 2009, 03:53 AM   #13
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Lovely... and thanks for the car photos. Good to know I'm not the only one taking photos of sexy cars on the streets
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I know in the last decades, the Germany economy moved towards South, specially to Frankfurt, Stuttgart and München. How that affect the Rhein-Ruhr Area? How is the current situation (2000-2009)?
The answer will be provided within the upcoming posts. So, be patience!
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Thanks for all the comments!

In the second part of our trip we will go the the northern part of the Rhine-Ruhr area. We will visit the most industrial city of the Ruhr area, Duisburg. But first, we will view the area from the 70 meter tall slag heap Halde Rheinpreußen in Moers. This slag heap is transformed into a park and is located near the rivier Rhine and very close to the city Duisburg. Enjoy the views!

Note: because these pics were made in Moers, which is part of the Kreis (a type of country subdivision) Wesel, the pics are encoded with 'WES'. Just like the previous pictures of Dusseldorf were encoded with 'D'. This kind of encoding is also used on German license plates.
Some other examples, pictures made in Duisburg will be encoded with 'DU', pics made in Bottrop with 'BOT' etc.


WES 01) View towards the north. This is the urban edge of the Ruhr area. Notice the many green areas. This is not uncommon in the Ruhr area and we will see that this urban area isn't quite dense. It is sprawling and green.

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WES 02) The coal-fired powerplant Voerde (Kraftwerk in German), located just north of Duisburg. For those who like facts, the chimneys are 230. 240 and 250 meters tall.

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WES 03) Just a few kilometers to the south of Voerde we can find Kraftwerk Walsum. This coal-fired powerplant is located next to an active coalmine and is part of the city district Walsum of Duisburg. The chimney is 300 m tall.

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WES 04) A view towards the gigantic complex of ThyssenKrupp. This is one of the two still active steelmills in the Ruhr area. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig-iron in Germany is produced here.
On the left side of the picture we can see a hill. This is also a slag heap, named Halde Haniel in Bottrop and is 159 m tall. This is the tallest slag heap in the Ruhr area. Most slag heaps in the area are transformed into parks and are open for public.

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WES 05)Ah, some employees of ThyssenKrupp enjoy their smoke break. Oh yeah, these chimneys are also 300 m tall. Notice the powerplant in the background, somewhere on the left side of the pic. That one is located in Gelsenkirchen.

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Autobahn 42 connects Kamp-Lintfort with Castrop-Rauxel, linking several large cities in the Ruhr area, such as Dortmund,Duisburg, the North of Essen and Gelsenkirchen. It is colloquially known as Emscherschnellweg, after the river Emscher, which it roughly follows.
The bridge is named Beeckerwerther Brücke and has a length of 1030 m.

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WES 08) Beeckerwerther Brücke.

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WES 09) A view over the city of Duisburg. The skyline of Essen is visible, but is located at a distance of 25,5 km.

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WES 10) The industrial character of Duisburg is symbolized with the 200 m tall chimney in the citycenter.

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WES 11) A view towards the city discticts Rheinhausen and Homberg. Until administrative reorganisation in 1975 Rheinhausen had been an independent city and was part of Moers. Since 1975 it is a citydistrict of Duisburg. Many German cities, especially in the Ruhr area are the result of administrative reorganisations.

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WES 13) A view towards the south. We can see the city of Moers, on the left we can see a part of Duisburg and on the right side the chemical complex of Bayer in Krefeld is visible. When the weather conditions are excellent, Dusseldorf will be visible.

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WES 14) The 158 m tall tower in Moers.

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Wow! I really love these Duisburg photos! The chimneys are amazing. That's the real Ruhr! Despite my interest in that region, I never saw many photos of Ruhr area, so that's new for me!

I would like to see some photos of the Ruhr river itself and from the Ruhr-Rhein confluence. By the way, that body of water in the photos, is the Ruhr river?

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wow it looks really industrialised
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Duisburg

Duisburg is a German city in the western part of the Ruhr Area (Ruhrgebiet) in North Rhine-Westphalia. With the world's biggest inland harbour and its proximity to Düsseldorf International Airport, Duisburg has become an important venue for commerce and steel production.
Being a major logistical center in the Ruhr and location of chemical, steel and iron industries, Duisburg was a primary target of Allied bombers. As such, it is considered by some historians to be the single most heavily bombed German city by the Allies during World War II. A total of 299 bombing raids had almost completely destroyed the historic cityscape. 80% of all residential buildings had been destroyed or partly damaged. Almost the whole of the city had to be rebuilt, and most historic landmarks had been lost.
Today's city is a result of numerous incorporations of surrounding towns and smaller cities. It is the twelfth-largest city in Germany and the fifth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia with 495,668 residents as of 31 December 2007. The city is renowned for its steel industry. There is still one coal mine in operation, but Duisburg has never been a coal-mining center to the same extent as other places in the Ruhr. All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg. 49% of all hot metal and 34.4% of all pig-iron in Germany is produced here (as of 2000).

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DU 03) The cityhall of Duisburg.

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Most of the cities there, are really very nice
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Thanks for all the comments!

Duisburg-Homberg

Homberg is a district of Duisburg on the western bank of the river Rhine. It's population is 31,000.


DU 15) The Rheinbrücke Neuenkamp has a length of 777 meter and connects the citycenter with Homberg and Rheinhausen. This Autobahn 40 is one of the most frequented Autobahns in Germany because it connects almost all major cities of the Ruhr area. It has officially been named Ruhrschnellweg (Ruhr fast way), but locals usually call it Ruhrschleichweg (Ruhr crawling way) or simply "the Ruhr area's longest parking lot". According to Der Spiegel, it is the most congested motorway in Germany.

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DU 34) The Autobahn 59 starts in Dinslaken and runs with three breaks along Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne to Bonn. In the south of Duisburg it is the city highway, too.

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