The Duisburg wine festival and 7 more reasons for a city trip to Duisburg

Those who say Duisburg may first think of heavy industry, but this German port city, a stone’s throw from the Belgian border, is in full transformation and itt rich industrial past has made way for creative entrepreneurship, a high-quality cultural offer and imposing architecture. During the summer months, the city is packed with events such as the Ruhr Games, the Duisburg wine festival and the Classic Bike Tour ‘Duisburg Steel’.

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The Classic Bike Tour ‘Duisburg Steel’

Are you a fan of steel racing bikes, do you want to relax between beautiful nature reserves and do you feel like getting to know some new people? Then it is high time to get acquainted with the Classic Bike Tour ‘Duisburg Steel’, a sporty joint tour that will take place for the second time on June 3, 2023. The route starts in the Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord, a former Ironworks. Along the way you pass some of the city’s tourist attractions and take a ride on the Rhine ferry across one of Europe’s largest rivers. Just like last year, you can opt for a 50 km or 100 km tour.

The Ruhr Games: international sports and culture festival

Get your supporter skills out because from 8 to 11 June the Ruhr Games Unpleasant the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord. For four days, more than 5000 young athletes compete against each other in 19 different disciplines such as urban dance, acrobatics and beach volleyball. This sporting event kicks off with live performances where numerous international artists such as the bands Giant Rooks and the Leoniden play the roof. In addition to music, art and culture also have a place in the programme. The Ruhr Games celebrates the cultural diversity among young people and puts new art forms in the spotlight.

Traumzeit Festival 2023 can also count on a spectacular line-up © Per Appelgren

Traumzeit Festival 2023: More than 20 acts already confirmed

A phenomenal line-up in a breathtaking location against Jonathan Park’s light installation, that is the secret recipe of the popular Traum Time Festival. From 16 to 18 June, Duisburg’s former ironworks will be transformed into a festival meadow. With a program in which both Indie rock and pop conquered a place, the heart of every music lover will beat faster. Bands and artists such as Caroline Rose, Glass Beams and Interpol are already on the bill! International food trucks drive around the lovingly decorated grounds and you can relax in the Chill out Zone.

The Ruhrtriennale: Festival of the Arts

The Ruhrtriennale will take place from 10 August to 23 September in a number of former industrial cities, such as Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg. During the late summer, the industrial pearls of each city are transformed into breathtaking locations where De Ruhrtiennale settles. A cultural mix of music, dance, literature and art is performed in the former factories and industrial buildings. With this varied artistic program that exudes guts and brings to life a unique atmosphere, this arts festival distinguishes itself from the European festival circuit.

Duisburg wine festival

That in Germany you are not only at the right place for ‘Ein Grosses beerit proves wine festival from Duisburg. No fewer than 50 winegrowers will be visiting the city center from 3 to 6 August to enthuse visitors for their offerings. The event developed into one of the most important wine festivals in Germany. This Duisburg wine festival is popular even far beyond the borders of Duisburg! The glasses naturally include some local delicacies such as pretzelscheese or sausage. Zum wohl!

Jubilee edition Platzhirsch festival

This year it celebrates Platzhirsch Festival her 10th birthday, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the culture in Duisburg. This festival will take place from 25 to 27 August, three days full of dance, music, visual arts and theatre. Part of the proceeds will go to the organization of the Platzhirsch Festival. You can experience this open-air festival for free. In this way, the city emphasizes that culture must remain accessible and everyone is more than welcome!

The Ruhrort Harbor Festival ends every year with fireworks © Nicholas Dimitrov

Ruhrorter Harbor Festival

From August 18 to 21, the city organizes it Ruhrorter Harbor Festival. During this event, music and culture go hand in hand with the maritime charms of the Ruhrort harbor district. Have fun at the fair, visit the fish market and browse the flea market. After a pleasant walk along the banks, you can take a seat in one of the former warehouses that today serve as atmospheric bistros. The spectacular highlight of the Ruhrort Harbor Festival is the closing fireworks.

From May to October, street food is given space every first and last Thursday of the month during Duisburger Spätschicht

Duisburger Spätschicht: atmospheric night market

Duisburg’s night market is the hotspot to end your day with a drink, music and tasty snacks. By street food to specialties on the grill and vegan dishes. Does this culinary offer make you want more? On the Duisburger Spätschicht you can sit down at many stalls for fresh products. Usually this night market takes place from May to October, always on the first and last Thursday of the month. This year you can still enjoy this cozy market on: 25 May, 1 June & 29 June, 6 July and 27 July, 31 August, 07 September & 28 September and 05 October.

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