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Quarry Schlupkothen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Düsseldorf and Neanderland


Art, fashion, lifestyle – and Neanderthals

Here, modern life meets stone age culture: The art and fashion metropolis of Düsseldorf is not far from the Neandertal valley, where the museums tell its history. In the cosmopolitan metropolis, art, fashion and lifestyle meld with Rhineland zest for life to create an exciting mix. The cultural diversity of the Rhine metropolis is also shown in its exhibitions: from the carnival, steeped in tradition, with carnival speeches and Funkenmariechen dancers, to Japan Day, a wide range of diverse cultural highlights take place in Düsseldorf.

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NRW Forum Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus, U.Otte

Trendy city district and renowned museums

An authentic experience of Düsseldorf can be had on a tour of the old town, where an Altbier (German dark beer) in one of the rustic pubs at the "longest bar in the world" is a must. A shopping trip to the famous Königsallee or a walk along the Rhine promenade are all part of a visit to the state capital. The city shows its young, creative side in the trendy Flingern district, where many small fashion boutiques, cafés and galleries have made their home.

In addition to more than a hundred small and large galleries, Düsseldorf also offers visitors an array of art that is unparalleled throughout NRW with its large museums: With Kunstsammlung NRW and Museum Kunstpalast, two internationally renowned museums have found their home in Düsseldorf.

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Neandertal, Erkrath, © Jörg Kammel, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Stone Age Art in the Neandertal

Visitors to the region around Düsseldorf can discover art and crafts from much earlier times: The Mettmann district, which borders Düsseldorf to the east, is also known as Neanderland. in the mid-19th century, the 42,000 year old skeleton of a prehistoric man was discovered in Neandertal - the Neanderthal man. The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann is dedicated to this special ancestor to humans and explains everything worth knowing about the Neanderthal man and the evolution of modern humans. The most famous hiking trail in the region also runs right past Neandertal: The Neanderland Steig.

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    Sicht auf den Düsseldorfer Medienhafen inklusive Rheinturm, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Die Abendsonne am Burgplatz in Düsseldorf genießen, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
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    Wild horses, neanderland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Wahnenmühle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Hinweisschild "neanderland STEIG" am Baum im neanderland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Discoveries in the region Düsseldorf & neanderland


The river at the Neanderland Steig trail, © Kreis Mettmann Martina Chardin
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Neanderland Steig Trail

Ausblick auf das Schloss Benrath, © Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath
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Benrath Palace and Castle Park

Bis Juli 2016 zeigt die Kunstsammlung NRW die Rauminstallation in orbit von Tomás Saraceno, © Studio Tomás Saraceno 2013
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Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf

Die Ausstellung im Neanderthal Museum erklärt den Lebensalltag der Urmenschen, © Neanderthal Museum / M.Pietrek
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Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann

Skulpturenpfade im Kreis Mettmann Kunstwege, © Stadt Heiligenhaus
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Trails of art in Neanderland

Werksgelände von Rheinkalk am Steinbruch Prangenhaus, © Kreis Mettmann
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The Neander Valley

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