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Reclaimed industrial facilities: Germany's Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park

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If HIGH LINE STORIES has you searching out other innovative reclamation projects, you’re not limited to railroad easements, parking spaces, or even the United States. The closing of the Thyssen blast furnace works in Duisburg Meiderich, Germany, in 1985 led to some creative thinking on the part of the Duisburg City Council and other local leaders. Rather than allowing the nearly century-old facility to stand vacant, in 1989 the city decided to execute designs from Professor Peter Latz and Partners for a “natural and cultural” landscape park.

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Opened in 1994, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Rhine-Westphalia: over a half million visitors a year enjoy the park’s combination of green space and industrial history. You can bike or walk the park, go climbing in reclaimed ore bunkers, or even dive in a former gasholder. A climb to the rooftop provides a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.

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Already visited Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord? Know of another unique recreation space created from similar industrial facilities? Tell us about it in the comments…

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