Life in the town of Duisburg

Info and opinions on living there

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Wolf
Dear friends,

Until the mid-1990s, Duisburg (as well as Mülheim an der Ruhr) had a British Garrison - Glamorgan Barracks in Duisburg and Wrexham Barracks in Mülheim. A number of the soldiers and their (German) wives just stayed in this area. Duisburg/Essen University has students from the UK, the two "Max-Planck-Institutes" in Mülheim have English-speaking scientists from all over the world.
My (English) wife always enjoys visiting both Duisburg and Essen. We find Duisburg even more interesting. Duisburg-Ruhrort (where the Ruhr meets the Rhine) is a very interesting and picturesque suburb. They have a radio museum. (Unfortunately, so far, I've never been able to visit the museum).
Depending on where you live in the town, Duisburg can be very attractive!
(... says someone who, 25 years ago, moved to the center of Mülheim - in 1967 he uttered the famous words, "Never in my life will I ever go to Mülheim again!" - after compeletely getting lost in the town's damned one-way street system ...)
VeganfromCalgary
I have just moved to Duisburg from Canada. My rent is 416 Euros for a one bedroom apartment. Although Germans seem to count all the rooms so I guess they would consider it a 3 room apparent as I have a kitchen and a living room. One different thing is that I also have to pay 17,68 Euros for someone to clean the common areas separate from my rent. Germans seem to like really long rental contracts so I was lucky to get a place with no lease. Although you do need to give 3 months notice to leave. Also German places don't come with fridges, stoves and all of that...so you can either buy all that or make and arrangement to buy out the kitchen appliances from the person living there now. I was lucky I moved into a friend's old place so I bought out his kitchen and washing machine.
VeganfromCalgary
Hello I just moved to Duisburg from Canada and would enjoy a meet up. I can meet up any day but Tues, as that is when my German lessons are.
green&gold
Hi guys!

would definitely be keen for a Duisburger's meetup anyone got any ideas as to where?

I'm now comfortably settled, also in Neudorf. Loving it!
vesparia
Yes, we really should get cracking on a Duisburg meet up! When's everyone free?
LaraTT
Count me in for a Duisburg TT meetup. (We probably should move that discussion over to Events and Meetups)

I myself live in Stadtmitte (City Center) and work in Rheinhausen (West of the Rhine river). I second (third, fourth, ...) what others said here. Duisburg doesn't look like a great place at the first look and some places are really a dump. But City center, Dellviertel, Neudorf are all great places to live. I haven't ventured out much to other neighborhoods. Mostly what I like about Duisburg is that it's conveniently located (to travel to Düsseldorf, Essen or several other places around).
vesparia
Just posted in Events and Meetups
Lily London
Hi there,
I don´t live in Duisburg, but I live not far away in Voerde near Dinslaken. Have been in Germany 17 years. Originally lived in Meerbusch which is a nice quiet place, and then in Düsseldorf for a while which I hated!
We are self-employed, selling Polish pottery so we hardly ever have time to socialise! If people are meeting up, let me know - I may have time, just say when.
chinyang
Hi All,

I am just wondering if anyone of you know is there any free single apartment at Duisburg as I will be studying in University of Duisburg. Preferably Duissern or Neudorf. Would appreciate if anyone of you could help me as i have been looking for a single studio apartment with warmmieten around 270 euros per Month.

THANKS!
Summerinthecity
I moved to Duisburg Neudorf not long ago and I love it. It's a very nice location area and neither far from the centre nor from recreational areas. Duisburg has a lot to offer , think of the area near the Regattabahn, the lakes in the South of Duisburg, the Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord but it's true the city is going through a lot of problems .
Now it's the disaster with the football club MSV which will cost the city a lot of money which means there'll be less money available for road reconstructions, public sports facilities, youth clubs and so on.
les_dunes
Personally, I'm not a fan of Duisburg. I lived in Moers, the town next to it, and I preferred going to Essen, Oberhausen or Düsseldorf on a day off. Maybe some residential neighbourhoods are better (I've heard close to the University is nicer) but the center of the city is borderline depressing. I can also say without a doubt that there is always someone shady on my bus in Duisburg. If they're not talking to themselves they're talking to you. Not the most english-friendly place, I hope you have some german knowledge.
The city doesn't seem to care too much about culture and maintenance. If you like grittiness, it definitely goes into that category. I moved so I now commute instead and I'm much happier with this decision.

It's not all bad, the Harbour has some charm and rent is cheap. I also like that is quite multicultural, a lot of Turkish culture which is pretty cool.

Sorry for the brutal honesty.
DarkLady
I can only ditto that. I lived in Duisburg some 15 yeras ago and it was absolutely, totally, horribly depressing. I decided to move to Düsseldorf and I haven't had the urge to go back since!
derick
Personally, I'm not a fan of Duisburg. I lived in Moers, the town next to it, and I preferred going to Essen, Oberhausen or Düsseldorf on a day off. Maybe some residential neighbourhoods are better (I've heard close to the University is nicer) but the center of the city is borderline depressing. I can also say without a doubt that there is always someone shady on my bus in Duisburg. If they're not talking to themselves they're talking to you. Not the most english-friendly place, I hope you have some german knowledge.
The city doesn't seem to care too much about culture and maintenance. If you like grittiness, it definitely goes into that category. I moved so I now commute instead and I'm much happier with this decision.

It's not all bad, the Harbour has some charm and rent is cheap. I also like that is quite multicultural, a lot of Turkish culture which is pretty cool.

Sorry for the brutal honesty.
How did you find Moers? Probably moving to that area in a month and was wondering if anybody even knows it tbh. Looking at either Moers or Rheinberg. Any tips?
Alice_moo
Duisburg is a dump imo. Granted there are some nice parts, but the centre and many areas are run down and dodgy.
@derik: Moers is right next to Duisburg, you can get a train from platform 6 in the HBF every hour or a bus (SB30). Moers is nicer and cleaner and not run down at all, however I find it personally to be a very small town, meaning once you start getting to know people you will find they know other people that know you too. Meaning, everybody can know your business. That's not always- but in my experience. The rent is pretty expensive too. I pay 400e for a 40 square metre apartment on the main street.
Rheinberg is a really lovely town. The prices as slightly better than in moers but because it's such a nice clean place and nice to live.
The only thing Duisburg has over the other two is you're never stuck there. After 10 at night the other two are impossible to leave unless you have a car, or get a taxi.
derick
Thank you for your insight AliceM.
My wife found us a very nice apartment in Rheinberg so we're quite happy about that. I've been living in big cities all my life now and actually really looking forward to getting out for a few years. The smaller town thing really appeals to me at this stage
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