Complex, gallant, and cosmopolitan Düsseldorf is the city of great art, attractive shopping opportunities, and culinary delights. Museums like the Kunstpalast or the Kunstsammlung NRW with their top-class exhibitions are renowned beyond the state borders. Fashion lovers from around the world flock to the approximately one-kilometre-long Königsallee. Anyone who has never walked through the lively old town and admired the Rhine banks in all their beauty before should take the time to do so on an exploration of the state capital.
A green shopping paradise
30,000 hornbeam hedges on the façade
Special experiences are waiting for you at every corner, ensuring many astonishing moments between the main station and the Medienhafen that stands out with its masterpieces of architecture. Families find themselves enchanted by the popular world literature staged in the Düsseldorf puppet theatre, while guests of the NRW-Forum are amazed by the works of star photographers. The Deutsche Oper am Rhein and the Tonhalle delight their audiences with classical music, while world-class plays can be found at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus. Right across the venue, the Kö-Bogen 2 was recently added as another architectural feature. 30,000 hornbeam hedges decorate the trapezoidal main building’s façade that lives up in every respect to the futuristic Kö-Bogen 1 shopping centre where attraction and splendour are concerned.
The artistic Wehrhahnlinie
Stop turns into a spaceship
Art accompanies travellers on the trains of the Wehrhahnlinie even while on their way to the city’s shopping and cultural places. Renowned designers have equipped six stations between the city centre and Bilk with murals, spatial, sound, and video art. At the Benrather Strasse stop, for example, passers-by find themselves standing in a kind of spaceship with mirror reflections, screen walls, and light effects. At Pempelforter Straße, passengers follow white ribbons on a black base to the next photo spot to take pictures for their family albums or Instagram profiles.
The Flingern district
A trendy district showing off its most beautiful sides
Impressive street art definitely has a home in Flingern. The district captivates with a young, creative scene that is active in many sectors. Large murals adorn the house walls along the Kiefernstraße. Unique stores offer handicraft products like jewellery or accessories. Design cafés are a good place to relax with a cool drink or a piece of cake after an eventful street tour. All the places around the Ackerstraße, from the Café Hüftgold, to Café Nebenan, to “Oma Erika”, come with their very own appeal.
The town’s oldest marketplace
Shopping and feasting at more than 60 stalls
Enjoyment and creativity are essential for many places in Düsseldorf: Lorettostraße in Unterbilk has become an anchor for unique shops and small venues with an individual touch. The Carlsplatz square south of the old town is the oldest still-active marketplace in town. It is very busy, with 60 colourfully mixed market stalls and food trucks. The “world’s longest bar” is right nearby with its innumerable pubs, bars, and restaurants.
The “world’s longest bar” is quite nearby, comprising about 260 pubs and bars. Five of Düsseldorf’s six house breweries are located in the historical city centre. They invite visitors to taste their goods right away. The amber top-fermented beer is produced here using brewing methods that date back to the 19th century. However, a love of tradition does not mean that modern influences are discarded entirely: Brauerei Kürzer, the youngest brewery in Düsseldorf’s historical city centre, cultivates tradition in a contemporary manner, adding dishes such as pulled pork pita or vegan vegetable burgers and a transparent presentation. Its brewing kettles, for example, are set up in the pub, where you may be able to watch the brewing process. The finished Altbier beer will then be tapped from a glass barrel on the bar.
The headquarters of Düsseldorf’s oldest brewery, Brauerei Schumacher, are located just outside of the historical city centre, right next to the train station. Experienced brewers take guests on brewery tours, explaining how the dark colour of Altbier is produced and where its name comes from.
Authentic Japanese cuisine
If you want to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and its national cuisine on a city trip, take a look at “Little Tokyo” around Immermannstraße, where culinary enthusiasts can try filled dumplings, hot noodle soups, or freshly prepared sushi in restaurants such as Takumi or Naniwa. Visitors should be prepared to spend some time here, as long queues often wait outside due to the great popularity of this food among businesspeople, locals, and those just passing through.
170 meters high
A panoramic view from the Rheinturm
The Rheinturm tower affords visitors the very best view of the state capital. From a height of 170 metres, they can let their eyes roam the blue water, glass house fronts, green parks, and busy streets. Guests can reminisce over their experiences while enjoying a treat in the Rheinturm Restaurant “Qomo”. The rotating viewing platform offers a particularly unique view at the times of big events such as Japan Day, Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) or the Rheinkrimes (Rhine Fair), when ever-present the Rhineland joie de vivre is abundantly clear in Düsseldorf.