Elektro Müllers sign, © Andreas Schiko

The Pop Trail Düsseldorf

The pop spots at a glance

Have you lost your music thread during all that cheer and you stray through the streets dancing? That’s great. What’s also great is to follow the pop trail in Düsseldorf. The trail leads you to 21 carefully chosen spots from the Ratinger Street to the Salon des Amateurs, which you can head for one by one during an extended walk around the city. Our tip: Allow for about two and a half to three hours for a relaxed pop music stroll. You may want to use public transportation to bridge one distance or another.

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Düsseldorf-based band Kraftwerk at Düsseldorf main station, © Gettyimages

Main Station Track 17

The last Trans-Europa-Express has long departed but track 17 is still the place, where the journey through the history of Düssseldorf pop with Kraftwerk and an iconic picture begins.

A performance of artists Klein and Kuball, © Markus Luigs

Mintropstraße 16

The "Elektro Müller"- sign and a conspicuous pylon still commemorate a place, where chequered music history has been created until 2009.

View of the Tonhalle at the rhine embankment, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Rheinhalle (Tonhalle)

Long before the Tonhalle turned into a front room for Düsseldorf symphonies, this used to be the place to go for international rock legends.

Entrance with flair: The Museum Kunstpalast, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH


Just like the Beatles in Liverpool: 15,000 fans celebrated a best of concert by Kraftwerk with 3D glasses on their noses in light of the Tour de France and even elicited something like a sense of home from the Mensch-Maschine.

Performance of artist Gigi Masin in 2016, © Markus Luigs


The art and music scene form a synergy in Düsseldorf like no other pop city in the world. The Art Academy founded bands and clubs and proclaimed revolutions - and called them off again.

The bar at Kreuzherreneck, © Markus Luigs


While the Kreuzherreneck used to be the heart of the jazz-scene of Düsseldorf in the 1950s, it is today still a place quite different than the nearby Bolkerstraße.

The Ratinger Hof, © Markus Luigs

Stone im Ratinger Hof

The Stone today is pophistorically superimposed by a controversial legend: Punks and artists created an explosive mixture in the Ratinger Hof, that went off in blatant sounds.

A historic photograph of Cream Cheese, © Creamcheese e.V. Sammlung Achim Reinert


What happens when an object artist (Günther Uecker), a filmmaker (Lutz Mommartz), a designer (Danilo Silvestrin) and an allround-artist (Ferdinand Kriwet) conceptualize a bar? The (former) Creamcheese is the answer.

The Salon des Amarteurs, © Markus Luigs

Salon des Amateurs

A place where the art academy's own subculture not only evolves but is actually even danceable.

The facade of the Engelchen, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Engelchen (incl. Schaukelstühlchen & EX-Q-Stall)

Düsseldorfer celebrate here literally in the narrow circle:in a relatively small space with Altbeer and rock music in the middle of the old town.

The Em Pöötzke in Düsseldorf, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Em Pöötzke

A jazz club since about half a century and a live-music line-up that does not omit any top division of handmade music.

The location Cube, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Cube (EX-Downtown)

Famous Jazzmen made the "Downtown" in the Mertensgasse world-renowned in the 60s and 70s. The owner Pütz published his memories and anecdotes in a book in 2013 that even received praise from Germany's most famous jazzman Klaus Doldinger.

The former Unique Club, © Andreas Schiko

EX-Unique Club

From a discotheque to his own (former strip-) club, Henry Storch materialized his dream of the Unique Club in gold, red and white.

The Flinger Straße in Düsseldorfs Old Town, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Wolfgang Riechmann/Tatort Flinger Str.

Two weeks before his album "Wunderbar" hit the stores, the musician Wolfgang Riechmann was stabbed on the Carlsplatz.

The shop window of Pure Freude, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Pure Freude

The enchanting backyard café of the city is a tribute to the former record store of the same name: Pure Freude.

The famous Königsalle in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH

Königsallee / "Bergischer Löwe"

Created by the sculptor Philipp Harth and meeting point for the mod-scene of the city in the 80s.