In the far west of Germany not too far from the Dutch border, the financial centre DÃ¼sseldorf is attractive not just to business people. Some of the most interesting things to do in DÃ¼sseldorf include:
Like so many German cities, the Old Town or Altstadt is a particularly interesting part of town. DÃ¼sseldorf’s Old Town is famously known as “the longest bar in the world”: there are over 250 bars and coffee houses within just a square kilometre, so you’ll have no shortage of places to hang out at night. The Old Town was almost completely rebuilt after World War Two but in typical old style, so it looks quaint and charming.
Old Town by Effervescing Elephant
Rhine River Promenade
Many German towns and cities can be found on the Rhine, but the promenade where the river meets DÃ¼sseldorf is a particularly pretty walk and very popular with tourists.
Rhine Promenade by Eichental
Inside the Palais Wittgenstein close to the centre of the Old Town, the Marionette Theatre puts on performances for adults and children alike. The theatre is small – less than 100 seats – so it’s an intimate performance space and certainly not always “just for kids”.
The tallest building in Dusseldorf is the Rhine Tower, a 234 metre tower which includes a restaurant and viewing platform near its peak. As you’d expect, the views are fantastic, and on a clear day you can even see as far as the gorgeous Cologne Cathedral in the next city!
View towards Rhine Tower by Gunnar Por Hafdal
St. Lambertus Basilika
The St. Lambertus Basilika is famous for its unusual twisted, winding tower – even after it was destroyed in the war, it was reconstructed in the same way. Many would consider this the symbol of the city. The church itself is pretty and there are numerous legends from the city’s history based here.
Lambertus Basilika’s twisted tower by hAdamski
Koenigsallee is the place to go in Dusseldorf if you want to indulge in some retail therapy! Since Dusseldorf is famous for the Igedo Fashion Fair, it’s also home to a huge number of boutiques and luxury retail stories. It’s also a pretty place for a stroll as a canal runs down the middle.
Housed in the Schloss Jagerhof, the Goethe Museum DÃ¼sseldorf contains all kinds of Goethe-related paraphernalia, but also has a section devoted to Faust.
The Benrath Palace is a beautiful rococo palace, and the park that surrounds it complements it perfectly. At the moment they’re trying to get listing as a UNESCO Heritage site. As well as admiring the architecture and gardens, you can visit one of several museums housed within the palace buildings.
Schloss Benrath by morgaine
For something a little different, the Japan Center features traditional Japanese markets, restaurants and gardens – for a little taste of Asia within Dusseldorf!
Alter Golzheim Cemetery
As with many old cemetries in Germany, the Alter Golzheim Friedhof (Cemetery) in DÃ¼sseldorf is both a tranquil green space suited to a quiet stroll, as well as a historical landmark with the graves of quite a few famous German artists and architects.
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