Walking Tours, Castles, Fashion Museums and Rhine River Cruises
Düsseldorf is the cosmopolitan capital of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany`s state with the country`s largest population. The city has close to 600,000 inhabitants and is known for its old quarter – Altstadt – with nightlife and buildings which date back to the 16th century. Here, you can taste the famous Altbier – a dark beer.
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 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.
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 and spectacular view of the river.
Düsseldorf and Beyond Itineraries
Ruhr Region Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann, 18 miles; Zollverein World Heritage site, Essen, 30 miles; Light Art Center, the only light art museum in the world, Unna, 65 miles; Gasometer Oberhausen (obsolete gas holder turned cultural, event and exhibit space, Oberhausen, 30 miles; Landscape Park Duisburg North, an industrial site turned green oasis, 29 miles. Halde Hoheward Observatory, Recklinghausen, 43 miles.
Nearby Cities Cologne: Cathedral, Chocolate Museum, Roman ruins, 30 miles; Bonn: Beethoven heritage, museums, art, 47 miles
Other Destinations Aachen, 62 miles; Amsterdam, 150 miles; Brussels, 143 miles; Luxembourg, 150 miles; Paris, 340 miles; Munich, 394 miles; Berlin, 381 miles
As Germany`s fashion capital, don`t miss a walk over the famous Königsallee, a 1 Km long boulevard 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.
Museums Düsseldorf houses and produces some of best contemporary art in the world. Several of the world’s best known artists have their roots here; among them Andreas Gursky, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Jörg Immendorff, all graduates and faculty of the city’s renowned Art Academy.
In total, there are 100 galleries and 17 world renowned museums in Düsseldorf, including K20 and K21 (showing 20th and 21st century art, respectively). K21 is also a masterpiece in terms of architecture. Built on a historic site in the style of an Italian palazzo between 1876 and 1880, it was extensively damaged during the war and rebuilt between 1947 and 1949. K21 is part of the Kunstsammlung NRW, the art collection of North-Rhine-Westphalia. With a glass roof presenting a great view of the city, the museum hosts a very stylish and trendy bar/restaurant.
Benrath Castle is a beautiful 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 12th century castle ruin. Take one of the river cruises from the Schlossturm in the old town – it takes you straight to Kaiserswerth.
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