Düsseldorf

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Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf houses “the longest bar in the world”, Germany’s finest shopping boulevard Königsallee, and countless museums, theatres and attractions underscoring the city as a major arts centre. It offers the legendary cheer of the Rhineland with all its quaint traditions in perfect harmony with all the luxuries of a truly cosmopolitan city. You are invited to discover this great city.

The City

Düsseldorf – a successful combination of traditions and trends, a city of five seasons: during the “foolish season”, i.e. carnival time, the city bubbles over with sheer zest for life. The city pulsates, it is palpable everywhere. Above all in the Altstadt (Old Town), the legendary square kilometre on the banks of the Rhine with its around 260 restaurants and inns, pubs, rustic breweries and cafés, which earned it the name “the longest bar in the world”. This is the home of the Altbier. Nowhere else does this topbrewed beer taste as delicious as at the historic microbreweries. But the Altstadt (Old Town) is more than that: quiet lanes with cobblestones, the old palace tower saluting the ships passing by, the twisted spire of St. Lambertus church leaving its observer puzzled, and the splendid old private houses, a reminder of past glamour. A visit to the Altstadt is also an absolute must for art and culture lovers. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which shows 20th century painting, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg (both on Heinrich-Heine-Allee), the Kunsthalle (Grabbeplatz), Kunstakademie, Tonhalle and Ehrenhof (all on the Rhine embankment) are major elements of Düsseldorf’s art axis. The Rhine embankment promenade has drawn the city close to the Rhine again, it is an invitation to stroll and relax. The promenade leads all the way to where the city’s creative brains are at home, the MedienHafen. A feast for lovers of architecture: Ancient railway lines listed for preservation form an exciting contrast with the glass palaces of the present. Trendy bars, clubs and restaurants complete the ensemble. Night owls are able to choose between noble clubs on the “Kö”, dancing the night away at the ultramodern MedienHafen or on former shop floors in the district of Lierenfeld. “Ratinger Straße” in the Altstadt (Old Town) is hip – the whole road is one big open-air party in summer.

Accommodation

A remarkable day starts with a spectacular night. Düsseldorf has the perfect pillow for everyone – from modern youth hostels all the way to world-class hotels. A hotel landscape as vivid and style-conscious as the city itself: Düsseldorf is famous for its first-class establishments that welcome their guests at the highest international level and invariably set new standards even in architecture and ambience.

Do & See

Düsseldorf’s urban and cultural landscape has a cosmopolitan flair that is unrivalled by most other German cities. Choices in the Rhine metropolis cover a wide range – in business, fashion, culture, lifestyle and sports.

Shopping

The metropolis on the banks of the Rhine is famously regarded as one of the hotspots of international fashion. So much fashion competence concentrated in one area means that the opportunities to shop in Düsseldorf are just endless – it’s where “shopping at its best” can be enjoyed! Düsseldorf’s city centre is the ideal destination to savour the perfect shopping experience. From the Altstadt (Old Town) via Königsallee all the way to Schadowstraße, it is virtually one big connected shopping location. Individual districts such as Flingern or Unterbilk equally offer an innovative and unique range of small boutiques and designer stores, several of which can be found only in Düsseldorf. The city is a platform for the world’s major fashion designers to present the whole gamut of fashion alongside large flagship stores of well-known brands – but also budding fashion stars – to satisfy any taste.

Dining

The old saying that “food and drink keep body and soul together” has fallen on fertile ground in Düsseldorf. The gastronomic choice includes rustic breweries whose menus list local specialities such as marinated beef, pork knuckle, black pudding or pea soup. This is the home of the “Halve Hahn” – not half a chicken, but a cheese speciality with cumin and onions, eaten with a small rye roll, a “Röggelchen” in the vernacular. For the gourmets, there are chefs conjuring up stars on the gastronomic sky. Some of them are indisputably amongst Germany’s best. It is recommended to reserve tables, and especially so during trade fair times! In recent years, the number of Restaurants in the MedienHafen has doubled. At night it is a hot spot for the trendy people, and after-work parties in the harbor have attained cult status. After leaving work, the question here is: a taste of Italy, Cuban atmosphere, designer restaurant or sushi?

Cafés

Walking on the streets of Duesseldorf one cannot help but notice the café culture. Here you can find anything from a filling breakfast to homemade pastries in a cosy living room environment.

Bars & Nightlife

Almost weekly top acts and international DJs present class performances in Düsseldorf's clubs on the Königsallee and in the Altstadt. If you prefer a quieter night out, then you should take a stroll along the Ratinger Straße. Just north of the Altstadt, this is the place to meet for a relaxed drink. "In" parties and retro-clubs in backyard locations turn night into day in the alternative districts of the city!

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