Düsseldorf is a bustling, modern city that stimulates all the senses – it’s elegant and hospitable, with a typical Rhenish joy of life that cherishes its traditions.
Nowhere else in Düsseldorf pulsates the City’s heartbeat as strongly as in the Altstadt (Old Town). Those who want to party, people in search of culture, or historians, will all be equally well catered for in this area of less than half a square kilometre. This tiny space is crammed with around 260 eateries, pubs, bars, discos and restaurants, with a cuisine that ranges from Rhenish to Far Eastern specialities. The Altstadt is also home to the delicious Altbier – a true Düsseldorf speciality that should not be missed. A visit to the Altstadt is an absolute must for art and culture lovers as well. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia), which displays 20th century paintings, the Kunsthalle, Kunstakademie (art academy), Tonhalle and Ehrenhof dominate Düsseldorf’s cultural landscape.
The modern MedienHafen (MediaHarbour) is characterised by the leaning Gehry Buildings and other spectacular buildings designed by leading international architects. Established just a few years ago, it already has a reputation as an “architectural showcase” and is also at the top table of culinary delights. From the exquisite, Michelin-starred “Berens am Kai” to Düsseldorf’s “most golden” Currywurst – gastronomes cater for business customers during the day and the trendy in-crowd in the evenings. There are also stylish bars and trendy clubs for those who wish to party later on.
When it comes to fashion and shopping, Düsseldorf boasts international flair. The elegant shopping boulevard Königsallee – lovingly referred to as ‘Kö’ by locals – is host to exclusive shops and luxury malls that read like an extract from the ‘Who’s Who’ of the fashion world: Armani, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany’s and many more. The Schadowstrasse and the legendary Old Town with its cool boutiques, leave almost nothing that the shopping heart desires. Unterbilk not only offers more than 120 shops at the “Düsseldorf Arcaden” shopping centre, but with the district of Flingern they inspire enthusiasts and trendsetters to a shopping experience away from the mainstream.
After an exhilarating shopping trip, the best place to relax is the Rhine embankment promenade. You can sit in the shadow of the old Schlossturm (palace tower) in one of the numerous cafés, enjoying a perfect view of the Rhine or observing the many rollerbladers, cyclists and strollers on the banks of the Rhine.
The state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia hosts numerous major events which invite visitors from all over the world, year after year.
At the end of February and the beginning of March everything revolves around the Carnival, with the highlight being “Rosenmontagszug” (Rose Monday parade).
During the Düsseldorf Jazz Rally at the beginning of June, music lovers will have the chance to see around 80 concerts with 500 international musicians, over 30 stages.
The biggest fun fair on the Rhine – with rides and delicacies that guarantee fun for the whole family – will be taking place in the middle of July.
At the end of the year more than 200 huts decorated in Christmas splendour transform the city, for five weeks, into a unique winter wonderland.
GUIDED WALKS & CITY TOURS BY BUS
Whether on land, on foot, by two or four wheels, on water, or from the air, discover the metropolis on the river Rhine and take away long-lasting memories.
Tours available include “Walk in the Old Town” with a visit of the Rhine Tower, a 60 minute boat tour, city tour by bus or by a horse-drawn carriage, or combine the tours as you wish.
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