Hello everyone. Here we are here again, ready to face a new adventure in Germany. Of course, but where?? In a bit you will find it out.
Well today we are heading to Düsseldorf. Let’s get to know it.
This is located on the banks of the Rhine and it is considered one of the most important cities in terms of economy, traffic, culture, politics and in particular telecommunications. Düsseldorf is not only famous for this but also because it is home to the famous Academy of Art (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf) and the elegant boulevard Königsallee. All these features, along with the carnival and the museums and the promenade next to the main river, attract tourists from everywhere. The metropolis also houses the largest Japanese community in Europe (think that there is a celebration dedicated in its honor. It is the Japan-Tag) and fashion fair to take a look at the latest trends. Do you want to know what is really famous in Düsseldorf? The Altbier, a dark beer with an ancient method of production. Try to believe its goodness!
To know more (what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
After this short but intense introduction you will be certainly curious to start the tour. So let’s start!
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS..)
- Sankt Lambertus: is one of the main churches in Düsseldorf, located in the old part of the city. Inside there are two important organs, the Chororgel and the Turmorgel but also several sculptures including St. Lambertus Pietà.
- St. Andreas: is an important Catholic church located in the city center. This is the place of the local Dominican community monastery.
- Schloss Benrath: it is a baroque building, today a village of Düsseldorf. This is surrounded by two ponds, the Schlossweiher (opposite to the main entrance) and the Spiegelweiher (behind the palace). Next to the palace there are two secondary buildings. These are used as museums (Museum for European Garden Art and Museum of Natural History). The interior of the palace, like every kind of respectable building, is very majestic. Here are held lots of musical events in a truly magical atmosphere!
- Kaiserswerth: is one of the oldest parts of the city and is located near the river Rhine. These are ruins, the remains of the ancient city. It is a very interesting place to visit to find out and try to understand how once the neighborhood was (it is also famous for being a district where art is the most important thing). Inside the ruins there is a sculpture called “Im Kontext”.
- Museum Kunstpalast: is a modern art museum, located in Ehrenhof’s green space. An aesthetic feature of the museum is the large fountain located at the entrance of it surrounded by deckchairs where you can sit and enjoy a few moments of peace (with the addition of a relaxing sound reproduced by the water in the fountain).
- Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen: is a modern and contemporary international art museum. The museum has two headquarters. The K20, which focuses on Western art and it is located at Grabbeplatz and has a modern structure. The other, one , the K21 is focused on works of art during 1960 period. It is located at the Ständehaus and its structure is older than the other one (it is in baroque style). You will see how interesting and special they are!
- Kunsthalle Düsseldorf: is a contemporary art exhibition hall.
- Goethe-Museum: as you can imagine this is a museum entirely dedicated to Goethe, the famous German artist. His life, his works are all told and shown extensively through permanent exhibitions.
- Sies + Höke: is a gallery of contemporary art. It is very nice and maybe one of the best ones in Dusseldorf.
- Filmmuseum Düsseldorf: if you are passionate about the cinema and its history you can’t miss it!
- Neuer Zollhof: this is a complex consisting of three buildings. Their shape is modern and very particular (one is white, the other is red and the other one is made in steel), which makes them immediately recognizable. The highest among the three is composed of fourteen floors. The complex is located in the Unterbilk district (near the port).
- Schlossturm: it is a tower that today hosts a maritime museum of different floors (Schifffahrtsmuseum). It is located near the Rhine. The maritime history of Düsseldorf is very interesting and is told through various materials. In the lower part of the tower there is a café.
- Schloss Eller: if you would like to visit a beautiful castle, this building is perfect for you! It is a little bit “small” than the usual castles but very elegant and evocative.
Theaters. Let’s see which are the best known: Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Savoy Theater, Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater, Capitol Theater.
We hope you’re not tired because we are only at the beginning, we still have a good things to see and to do. So let’s start this new section right now!
- Rheinturm: is a transmission tower and is the tallest building in the city where to the top there is a large digital clock. The building is accessible and from the top of the tower you can see the city in all its beauty (don’t worry the floor can be reached with the elevator).
- Hofgarten: is one of the many parks in Düsseldorf. It is located in the city center and has a vast space. Inside we can find the museum-theater, the Hofgärtnerhaus, as well as numerous sculptures, ponds and lots of little local animals. A very suggestive park!
- Wildpark im Grafenberger Wald: is a natural park located in the Grafenberg Forest (one of the oldest and largest parks in Düsseldorf). It’s a great alternative to the zoo because the park houses several species of animals kept in total freedom.
- Botanischer Garten Düsseldorf: if the fauna is not enough then the flora comes into play. The botanical garden houses more than sixty species of plants, looked after the University of Düsseldorf.
- Rheinpark Golzheim: a vast green space, totally free from any structure. Great place to relax under a tree or to have a picnic.
- Ratinger Tor: this is a building still intact and located in the Kreuzung district of Maximilian-Weyhe-Allee. Very nice, it gives a classic and original touch to the street.
- Around the city there are so many places to visit and lose yourself, now we will show you some. The Königsallee is the perfect street to make some refined shopping. Burgplatz and Marktplatz, the two central squares of Düsseldorf. MedienHafen is a modern urban district located on the banks of the River Rhine; it is full of beautiful locals and perfect for a lively evening (don’t forget that here there is the Neuer Zollhof, the three buildings seen before). Oberkassel, another characteristic neighborhood in the city. Stadtmitte, a neighborhood where there is the main station, shopping streets, theaters and much more. The Hofgarten district where there is the Dreischeibenhaus (a skyscraper used as office), it is one of the most significant example of modern style that characterizes the other aspect of Düsseldorf.
- Two things to do absolutely if you are in town are: strolling along the Rhine (lined with restaurants, café, locals…) and watch the sunset (if weather gives you the opportunity! ) sitting on the stairs in front of the river. It creates an incredible atmosphere!
- TeamEscape Düsseldorf e ExitDoors: escape rooms.
Even during the night there is something to “visit” (actually they are places to have fun!)
- Anaconda Lounge: local.
- Rudas Studios Club: disco.
- The VIEW Skylounge & Bar
- Sweetheart Düsseldorf: cafè.
- The Irish Pub Bei Fatty – Fatty’s
- Em Pöötzke: jazz club.
- Cinema – Düsseldorf
However there are some areas where the fun is guaranteed and this is: the Bilk area (a quiet place), Ratingerstrasse (definitely more lively), Medienhafen (which we mentioned before).
The city is also known for being an important place for international fairs. There are many fashion and any kind of events like the Düsseldorfer Rheinkirmes. A very well-known event is the “carnival of the spinster”, (Weiberfastnacht) an out of control festival. The protagonists, as you can imagine, are women to whom everything is allowed (an example? Cut ties to men’s neck). What better way to learn more about the culture of the city?!
In the intro we have already seen what to drink in Düsseldorfer (the Altbier) and now is the time to know what to eat. Let’s begin!
- Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten: roasted steak. The specialty is the mustard of Düsseldorf which is sprinkled on it.
- Rheinischer Sauerbraten: roast beef (marinated in vinegar and in some spices for several days) served with sauce and raisins.
- Reibekuchen: it is a potato pancake. It is a dish made from a dough (of circular shaped) potatoes that are fried. All is accompanied by an apple sauce.
- Apfelpfannkuchen: this sweet is nothing more than a pancake with apple slices inside. Very good!
WHERE TO EAT(RESTAURANTS/CAFE’..)
Düsseldorf offers a wide range of culinary specialties of various kinds and for this it hosts many renowned restaurants in the world … we just have to know some of them.
- Schweine Janes: German, European cuisine, gluten-free menu option.
- Im Fuchschen: bar with German, European, vegetarian cuisine, gluten-free menu option.
- Zum Uerige: bar/pub/brewery with German, European cuisine.
- Askitis: Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian cuisine.
- Sattgrun: European, vegetarian, vegan cuisine, gluten-free menu option.
- Fischhaus: German, Mediterranean, European cuisine.
- Munstermann Kontor: French, German, Vegetarian cuisine.
- Brauerei Kürzer: bar/pub with German vegetarian, cuisine.
- Curry: fast food with German, vegetarian cuisine.
For today is all. Now we can rest a little bit but just enough to recharge the energies and be ready to the last destionations of the Germany.
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What do you like least and what more? We are curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Düsseldorf.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=DUS&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1– accomodation next to the central airport.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-1762397&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accomodations in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?district=594&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accomodation in the Stadtmitte district.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=896&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1– accomodations next to the central station.