Blick entlang des Rheinufers in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Düs­sel­dorf - Cul­tur­al Met­ro­pol­is

Fash­ion, art, mu­sic and Rhen­ish zest for life

Düs­sel­dorf, the state cap­it­al of NRW, is a centre for fash­ion and art and wows with cos­mo­pol­it­an flair. Take a stroll along the Rhine prom­en­ade and en­joy the Rhen­ish life­style!

The state cap­it­al of Düs­sel­dorf is marked by its cos­mo­pol­it­an life­style and the loc­al Rhen­ish zest for life ? an ex­cit­ing con­trast that make this city on the Rhine a very at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tion. The König­sallee, one of the most el­eg­ant shop­ping streets in the world, is fam­ous for its glitz and glam­our. Home to some of the world?s top de­sign­ers, the boulevard also boasts jew­ellers, an­tique deal­ers, flam­boy­ant boutiques and el­eg­ant street cafés at­tract­ing both na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al vis­it­ors. The König­sallee, or ?Kö? for short, and the area sur­round­ing it have sig­ni­fic­antly con­trib­uted to Düs­sel­dorf be­ing re­cog­nised as a ma­jor in­ter­na­tion­al city of fash­ion today.

The longest bar in the world

And the lux­uri­ous prom­en­ade is only a few steps away from the old town, fam­ous for its rus­tic pubs and the loc­al top-fer­men­ted beer spe­ci­al­ity, Alt­bi­er. At the ?longest bar in the world? as Düs­sel­dor­fers call their Alt­stadt (?Old Town?), there are still many quaint brew­er­ies with the vari­ous types of Alt­bi­er on tap. Fans of this hoppy bever­age can even go on an ?Alt­bi­er sa­fari?, where they?ll vis­it each of the five Düs­sel­dorf brew­er­ies on a pro­fes­sion­al tour and learn everything there is to know about drink­ing and brew­ing cul­ture in Düs­sel­dorf. However, if you ven­ture a little fur­ther out you can en­joy the clas­sic Old Town Walk. This tour takes par­ti­cipants from the at­trac­tions of Düs­sel­dor­f's Old Town, in­clud­ing the birth­place of Hein­rich Heine and the Rathaus, along the Rheinufer­prom­en­ade to Medi­en­hafen. From there vis­it­ors can hop on a ship for an ex­cur­sion to en­joy a view of the Old Town sky­line from a par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing angle.

The Rheinufer­prom­en­ade, which links the river with the Old Town, is con­sidered to be the most beau­ti­ful prom­en­ade along the Rhine. It is one of Düs­sel­dorf?s most pop­u­lar spots to take a break or a stroll and leads from the castle tower to the new Medi­en­hafen har­bour area, fam­ous for its ex­traordin­ary mix­ture of lis­ted in­dus­tri­al build­ings and spec­tac­u­lar cre­ations from top in­ter­na­tion­al ar­chi­tects, such as Frank O. Gehry and Dav­id Chip­per­field. Once a year the Rhine prom­en­ade is trans­formed in­to a prom­en­ade of Ja­pan­ese cul­ture and way of life. All of Düs­sel­dorf is awash with tokens of the Land of the Rising Sun on Ja­pan Day.

Düs­sel­dorf, Cul­tur­al Met­ro­pol­is

With its more than 20 mu­seums and theatres and more than 100 gal­ler­ies, Düs­sel­dorf can eas­ily be called a cul­tur­al met­ro­pol­is. The Kun­st­sammlung NRW is one of the most pres­ti­gi­ous mu­seums of mod­ern art and Mu­seum Kun­st­palast of­fers ex­hib­i­tions of top-class artists ran­ging from Cara­vag­gio to Miró to War­hol. Spe­cial city art tours guide vis­it­ors through sev­er­al mu­seums, provid­ing a com­pre­hens­ive in­sight in­to the city?s art and cul­tur­al scene. Vis­it­ors can en­joy a com­bin­a­tion of art and ar­chi­tec­ture at Ben­rath Palace in the south of Düs­sel­dorf. The palace is the home of the one-of-a-kind Mu­seum of European Garden His­tory. The 18th-cen­tury palace?s ex­tens­ive gar­dens are worth a vis­it on their own, even if you choose not to vis­it the mu­seum.

Along with fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture and art, Düs­sel­dorf also dis­tin­guishes it­self with its mu­sic scene. Geni­uses of clas­sic­al mu­sic, such as Schu­mann and Kraft­werk, a band that pi­on­eered elec­tron­ic mu­sic, have made mu­sic­al his­tory in Düs­sel­dorf. Large and small con­cert halls and the Ger­man Op­era make Düs­sel­dorf a high­light for mu­sic lov­ers.

Düs­sel­dorf de­lights its vis­it­ors with unique folk fest­ivals in sum­mer, au­tumn and winter: the largest fair on the Rhine is held every year in Ju­ly and the Düs­sel­dorf Christ­mas mar­ket brings joy to both the young and young at heart dur­ing the Ad­vent sea­son. Ro­mantic­ally nestled in the Old Town between his­tor­ic houses and nar­row al­ley­ways, the mar­ket truly brings the Christ­mas spir­it to life every year. A vis­it to the Aqua­zoo or a vis­it to the Düs­sel­dorf Ma­ri­on­ettes are well worth the trip for young fam­il­ies.


Tip: En­joy a blast from the past in Düs­sel­dor­f's vin­tage stores.


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Aussicht auf die schöne Altstadt, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus
Blick entlang des Rheinufers in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
Königsallee, © DMT
Kögraben an der Königsallee, © DMT
Goldregen bei dem jährlichen Feuerwerk, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
Die Abendsonne am Burgplatz in Düsseldorf genießen, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
Luftaufnahme vom Zollhof, © Thomas Robbin
Schloss Benrath mit Park, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

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