City at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers, in North Rhine-Westphalia near Dusseldorf.
Europe's largest inland river port, the city is connected with Dortmund by the Rhine-Herne Canal and in turn with the North Sea by the Dortmund-Ems Canal.
Duisburg is a major center of chemicals, textiles, processed food, and glass products. thyssen.de
Population (1990 estimate) 533,600.
Duisburg was severely damaged during World War II (1939-1945).
The modern city was formed in 1929, when the ancient Duisburg, together with several other towns, was merged with the suburb of Hamborn; until 1934 it was called Duisburg-Hamborn.
The 15th-century Church of Saint Salvator, containing the tomb of the geographer Gerardus Mercator, is a notable example of Gothic architecture.
Duisburg was known as Castrum Deutonis to the Romans and as
Diuspargum under the kings
of the Franks. In the 12th century it ranked as an imperial free
city, and it joined the
Hanseatic League in the 13th century.
Major cities near Duisburg:
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