Blast Furnace 5

View from the blast furnace

In furnaces like Blast Furnace 5 ores are melted together with many other aggregates at temperatures around 2000 °C to produce pig iron. A furnace like this could operate continuously for ten years before the internal brickwork had to be relined.

Of the five blast furnaces which were once in use at the Meiderich Ironworks, after the early demolition of two furnaces, just three have been preserved today. Blast Furnace 5 is the only one of these three that is readily accessible for everyone.  Shortly before the closure of the works it was given a complete overhaul and is therefore in a good state of preservation.

Today an iron staircase on Blast Furnace 5 leads high up onto a visitors’ platform. Here you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city of Duisburg, the Ruhr District and the Lower Rhine. But look carefully and you’ll see more green than you might have expected. The view is particularly beautiful at sunset or at night, when the lights of the city shine out and the park is transformed into a work of art made of light.

Blast Furnace 5 and its viewing platform are open daily without time limitations. In the case of bad weather, ice and snow, Blast Furnace 5 has to be closed for safety reasons.

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