How about counting the stairs to the very top of the blast furnaces and the viewing platform. Can you imagine: An ironworker had to walk this way more than once a day.
Blast Furnace 5, which you can climb up to the very top, is a real highlight of the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord. Here visitors not only have the opportunity to understand the blast furnace process but, from a height of 70 metres, they can enjoy a far-reaching view of Duisburg, the western Ruhr District and the Lower Rhine. A steel staircase takes visitors up to the viewing platform on the top of the blast furnace.
Entry to Blast Furnace 5 and its viewing platform is free and both are open 24/7 but, in the case of snow, ice or stormy weather, the blast furnace is closed for safety reasons.
Facts worth knowing
Year of construction
Whole of the western Ruhr District bis as far as the Lower Rhine and Düsseldorf
In the case of snow, ice or stormy weather the blast furnace is closed for safety reasons.
Blast Furnace 5
Furnaces like Blast Furnace 5 were used to produce pig iron by smelting iron ore with lots of other aggregates at temperatures of around 2000°C. A furnace like this could operate continuously for ten years before the internal brickwork had to be relined.
All guided tours can be booked on-site in the Visitors’ Centre or online at Tour de Ruhr.