In furnaces such as blast furnace 5, ores, together with many other aggregates, were melted into pig iron at a temperature of around 2000 degrees. For ten years, a blast furnace ran in continuous operation before it had to be re-walled inside.Of the formerly five blast furnaces of the Meidericher metallurgical plant, three have survived today - after the early demolition of two furnaces. Blast furnace 5 is the only one of these three, which is freely accessible to anyone. It was completely refurbished shortly before the factory was closed and is therefore well preserved.Today, an iron staircase leads up the blast furnace 5 up to a visitor platform. Here you can enjoy a great view over the city of Duisburg, the Ruhr area and the Lower Rhine. Attention: You see more green than you might have guessed. Especially beautiful is the sight at sunset or at night, when the lights of the city lights up and the park becomes a work of art.Blast furnace 5 and its observation deck are open daily and around the clock. In case of snow, storm and slipperiness, the blast furnace is closed for safety reasons.
November 13, 2017
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