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.