Large housing areas near production sites were being built as workers and their families moved in.
A major logistical center in the Ruhr and location of chemical, steel and iron industries, Duisburg was a primary target of Allied bombers.
The Allied ground advance into Germany reached Duisburg in April 1945.
Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London.For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands.It also has a large brewery, the König Brauerei, located in Duisburg-Beeck, which makes the König Pilsener brand.The University of Duisburg-Essen, with 39,000 students, ranks among the 10 largest German universities.This put an end to the city's development as a trading town and it soon grew into a quiet rural city.
The productions of cartographer Gerardus Mercator and the foundation of a university in 1655 established the city's renown as "Educated Duisburg" ("Duisburgum Doctum").As part of the Battle of the Ruhr, another British raid of 577 bombers destroyed the old city between 12– with 1,599 tons of bombs.During the bombing raids, 96,000 people were made homeless with countless lives lost.Duisburg is located in the Lowland Rhine area at the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr and near the outskirts of the Bergisches Land. The following cities border Duisburg (clockwise starting from north-east): Oberhausen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Ratingen, Düsseldorf, Meerbusch, Krefeld, Moers, Rheinberg, and Dinslaken.Since 1 January 1975, Duisburg has been divided into seven districts or boroughs (Stadtbezirk) from the north to the south: The first syllable of the name of the city could go back to the Germanic word "dheus", which means something like "wet area" or "flood plain".All blast furnaces in the Ruhr are now located in Duisburg.