Düsseldorf is the cosmopolitan capital of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany`s state (Bundesland) with the country`s largest population.
The city has close to 600,000 inhabitants and is known for its old quarter - Altstadt. This neighborhood is offering many bars and restaurants – rather „touristy“ but worthwhile to see since you can admire buildings which date back to the 16th century and you can taste the famous Altbier – a dark beer which people enjoy in the many bars.
From the old town it is just a small walk to the spectacular Rhine River, which passes through Düsseldorf on its way to the Northern Sea. You can stroll on the „Rheinuferpromenade“ – a beautiful walkway along the river, which has become sort of a playground for locals over the past few years, particularly in the summer months. You will find nice cafés and restaurants along the way, so just sit down, sip a coffee and enjoy the view, including the Rheinturm (Rhine Tower), Düsseldorf`s highest building at 240 meters and a restaurant on top (TOP 180). Needless to say that you have the best view of the city from there!
Walking along the Rheinuferpromenade you will reach the harbor area with its spectacular architecture. All these buildings have been constructed over the past 20 years. Three fancy buildings designed by architectural icon Frank Gehry have become new landmarks of this booming city. In the evening, the harbor area – Medienhafen - is one of the most popular places to go out for a good dinner, a drink and maybe to a club. You will find many trendy places to hang out – including a recently opened Hyatt Hotel with a spectacular view of the river.
Since Düsseldorf is Germany`s fashion capital (well, fighting for that title with Berlin...), don`t miss a walk over the famous Königsallee, a boulevard of 1 km with many of the top international brands such as Armani, Gucci and Prada. You will also find two high-end shopping malls (Sevens and Kö-Galerie) on this beautiful boulevard where you can also sip a coffee and just watch people. Maybe you will spot a model or even celebrities!
Düsseldorf is also known for excellent museums with many interesting exhibitions. Our favorite ist he K21 – located in a beautiful old building (just a 10 minute walk away from the Königsallee) with a spectacular glass roof on top! Here you can see the masterpieces of international modern artists – and from the top floor you have a wonderful view on the city. If you need a bite or a cool drink after admiring all the art, go to the Bar am Kaiserteich in the very same building – here you can taste nice international food, good wines and real Italian espresso! In summer there is a very nice terrace where you can sit in a quiet ambiance – right downtown!
There are, of course, many more places to visit which are little bit outside – such as Benrath Castle, a beautiful little baroque castle with a huge park leading to the Rhine River in the South of the city. Sometimes there are outdoor concerts during the summer season. Another very historic site is Kaiserswerth in the North – this is the most ancient part of the city with a castle ruin (12th century) and many old buildings – you feel like in a little village and can see the skyline at the same time. Tip: take one oft he river cruises from the Schlossturm in the old town – it takes you right away to Kaiserswerth and is trip worthwhile to make.
There is so much to do and see in this beautiful city – a real gem on the Rhine River. Enjoy!