Over the last century, Düsseldorf has developed from a series of small villages to an internationally recognized cultural destination. Napoleon himself fell in love with this city on the Rhine, praising it ‘Little Paris’. Founded 730 years ago, the capital of the North-Rhine Westphalia state is certainly steeped in history, cobbled streets of the picturesque medieval Old Town, but the city also has a modern edge to it. If you’d like to experience your vacation in style, hop onto a limousine and admire the gleaming new architectured skyline and for all the art lovers out there, the city has 20+ museums and 100+ galleries to offer. From stylish shopping, vibrant nightlife to great restaurants, there are more than enough attractions in Düsseldorf to make the most of your holidays. Make Düsseldorf trip more happening with these Amazing tour tips.
There is an abundant collection of contemporary and cutting edge galleries. From Kunst Im Tunnel, which is housed underground in an old tunnel road to NRW-Forum and K21 (with the amazing interactive installation by Tomás Saraceno) – it is very surprising to see how the city has flourished, leaving behind the extraordinary artists and established itself (Düsseldorf) as a European cultural hub.
Don’t forget to visit ‘Hipster Districts’ that we’re most drawn to – Düsseldorf is exceptionally famous for street art, an abundance of cool coffee shops, vintage furniture and clothing stores, tasty vegan food and plenty of painfully fashionable 20-somethings.
Wandel (Friedenstraße 62) – 1,300 vintage exhibition locations, Antique furniture, Art Decors, industrial designs, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus…. The city is mentioned in the list of most recommended places to buy gifts for your friends and family.
Here at Düsseldorf, you’ll find beautiful streets covered and painted in graffiti, exhibiting the culture and history of the city in 18 century. Just a word of warning, however; if you’re planning on taking photos, try and visit the city during the day because, after 4 p.m, lights get dim and low which unfortunately isn’t the best time for photography.
A historic roundhouse for locomotives finds a new calling as the home of Classic Remise Düsseldorf, a center for all things relating to classic cars and black cars. It most certainly is a car lover’s paradise, a combination showroom of repair and restoration facility, parts shop, auto storage facility, and shops for auto-related clothing and gifts. A particularly unusual feature is the number of glass storage “boxes,” where owners can store cars securely while leaving them visible to aficionados.
Address: Harffstr. 110 a, 40591 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia Official site: http://remise.de/Classic-Remise-Duesseldorf-english-summary.php
Düsseldorf’s city center is bounded to the north by the Hofgarten, a large park laid out in the year 1770 that stretches all the way from the Old Town covering Königsallee towards the banks of the River Rhine. Designed in the English landscape style, this delightful 68-acre site includes extensive meadows and wooded areas, as well as numerous streams and ponds. Among its many notable buildings is the Baroque Hofgärtnerhaus, or Court Gardener House, former home of garden architect Maximilian Weyhe and now housing the city’s Theatre Museum. Also worthy of a visit is Schloss Jägerhof, a former hunting lodge built in rococo style in 1763, albeit briefly inhabited, by Napoleon is a stop one must make during their travel. Today, the building is home to the city’s Goethe-Museum with its rich collection of artifacts and exhibits devoted to Germany’s greatest writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).
Address: Jacobistraße 2, 40211 Düsseldorf 11 Classic Remise Düsseldorf
The large Japanese Garden, presented to the city by Düsseldorf’s Japanese community, has an astonishing variety of landscapes. Other Nordpark highlights are its Horse-Tamers statue and the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum, a great place for kids of all ages. Thanks to its excellent natural historical displays, large aquarium, and insectarium. The garden spotlights plants from temperate climate zones and also features a domed hothouse, wildflower meadow, beehives, and delightful apothecary and Alpine gardens.
Incorporated into the city in 1929, Kaiserswerth is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest and affluent neighborhoods and is a wonderful place to explore Baroque buildings which is a picture-perfect location by the Rhine River. Tracing its roots back to the 13th century is the Church of St. Suitbertus, noted for its beautiful reliquary of the saint. Even older, is the Kaiserpfalz, the imperial stronghold of Emperor Frederick I, also known as Barbarossa. Although almost structurally ruined, the scale of the site still impresses with walls thicker than four meters.
Düsseldorf’s most stylish shopping street is Königsallee, this long strip of cosmopolitan real estate was laid out in 1802 and continues to draw the crowds with its eclectic mix of exclusive boutiques, luxury shopping arcades and art galleries, as well as numerous restaurants and cafés. Extending along both sides of the old town moat is a 31meter wide, tree-lined stretch of water that adds to the street’s sense of spaciousness.
Official site: www.koenigsallee-duesseldorf.de/en
It’s a place to enjoy the city’s wonderful riverside. Pedestrian route enhances the joy of sight viewing, lined up alongside are a variety of cafés, restaurants, and galleries on one side, and the mighty Rhine on the other.
10 km journey from the city center by private car, Schloss Benrath is a Baroque-style Maison built between 1756 and 1773. The thing that makes the Maison special is its beautiful gardens and sumptuous interior. Schloss Benrath, built for Elector Carl Theodor, now consists of three museums showing life in the 18th century: in the main palace building is the Museum Corps de Logis, showcasing the history of Benrath and its architecture, while you can explore the Museum for Landscape Art and the Natural Science in the parking area.
Address: Benrather Schloßallee 100-106, D-40597 Düsseldorf
Official site: www.schloss-benrath.de/welcome/?L=1
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