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Since transportation has found new reliable ways many traditional harbours across Europe had to undergo massive changes. So has the Innenhafen (English: Inner harbour) in Duisburg. No longer sustainable for shipping and storing goods, planners had to think of new ideas of how to make use of this rather big inner city area. Massive warehouses for grains and other goods have either been demolished or turned into trendy lofts, smart offices and funky bars and restaurants, which has turned this once industrial and rough area into one of the city’s most sought after neighbourhoods with a buzzing nightlife.
In the day you now might not find so many ships on the Rhine canal but a few leisurely pedalos and the odd mini yacht. On a sunny day you nearly feel like at the sea side here. And on a rainy day you can warm up over a latte, visit one of the museums or even Duisburg’s miniversion of Legoland - the Legoland Discovery Centre.
Since 2008 Duisburg has its own miniversion of Legoland, the Legoland Discovery Centre (Philosophenweg 23-25, 47051 Duisburg, Tel. 0049-(0) 203- 570 888 10). With branches in Manchester, Chicago and Berlin this awesome indoor model park has proved very successful for Lego fans from the ages 3-11 (and above….aren’t we all secretly really happy when our little ones need some help with building that yellow helicopter?). Located in Duisburg's Innenhafen and spread over 3,500 square metres and 3 floors this attraction offers lots of Lego. But not the way you know it from the kid’s Lego box at home: a pirate ship made of thousand Lego pieces, a Miniland with impressive Lego models of local landmark buildings, a jungle with Lego tigers and lions….oh, and a fun ride. On the more educational end you find a Lego factory, where kids can see how Lego is made, a 4-D cinema (featuring Lego animation films), and many possibilities to play and build things. It is a great day out when the weather lets you down but also when the sun is shining.
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Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.70. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store.
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