The Germans think of Duisberg as the Stählerndes Herz des Ruhrgebietes, or the steel heart of the Ruhr area, due to its prime location on the river and renowned steel industry. Because of its location close to Dusseldorf Airport, and since it has the largest inland harbor in the world, it has become an extremely important place for German industry and commerce. Living in Duisburg can be rewarding if you know what to look out for, and it can be a good plan to seek out a few of the landmarks when you first arrive to make sure you can get your bearings. The inner harbor really is a sight worth seeing, with a great selection of museums, restaurants and cafés to sample. And the Six Lakes is a massive expanse of land that is often considered the most beautiful place to be at peace in the whole of the Duisburg area.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Germany expat forums.
Duisburg is a fantastic place to move to, and the transport links make it an exceedingly easy place to get around in, too. The annual "Duisburger Akzente" is a festival that celebrates modern pop culture, politics and social issues. And due to the city's unique nature and history as a leading industrial city, it can also offer some incredible and old industrial architecture. Moving anywhere is hard, but moving abroad is even harder. If you have no idea of what to expect, but would like advice from like-minded expatriates about moving to Duisburg, you can probably find somebody on the InterNations forums who can help you. Our forums and discussion groups have thousands of posts and discussion threads with information on pretty much any expat topic you can think of.
As the largest inland port in the world, Duisburg sends sea going vessels out to Europe, the Middle East as well as Africa. Because of this, even though it's more than 100 miles away from the sea, it is officially recognized as a sea port. The many aspects of goods shipping provides a lot of jobs for the people living in Duisburg, with more than 20,000 ships calling in to port every year and 40 million tons of goods being handled. If you have been sent over by a current employer to start working in Duisburg as an expat, you might think yourself lucky. However, it can always be a stressful thing to start a new job, especially when there is such a high level of expectation upon you. The InterNations community can help alleviate some of that pressure, making your working life as an expatriate in Duisburg a little more tolerable by providing information and opportunities to socialize and network with other global minds and expats in Duisburg and across the world.