Open Source Festival, © Sebastian Wolf

Prox­im­ity Search through Düs­sel­dorf

More is more: all the mu­sic spots in the re­gion

You’re out and about in Düsseldorf and no matter where you’re going you’re feeling somewhat funky? That’s the best time to turn on the impro-mode to pay a visit to all the music spots around you. There are more than 25 potential pilgrimage sites, ranging from the corner bar to record stores and museums.

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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 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.

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.

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.

Platform 17 at Düsseldorf main station, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The entrance to the Mitsubishi Electric HALLE, © Jörg Eicker

Mit­subishi Elec­tric Halle (EX-Philip­shalle)

Fans go on a pil­grim­age to this mul­tipur­pose hall since the 70s. Stevie Won­der and AC/DC have giv­en the hon­or when it was still called "Philip­shalle".

The streetview of Zakk, © C. Wolff

za­kk - Zen­trum für Ak­tion, Kul­tur und Kom­munika­tion

The old fact­ory hall in Flingern stages people, ideas and pro­jects since 1977. The Liebling­s­platte Fest­iv­al fea­tures im­port­ant al­bums of Ger­man pop his­tory since 2016.

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 "stage" at AK47, © Markus Luigs


Stage and audi­ence space merge, pogo on eye level in Düs­sel­dor­f's club for punk rock, in the middle of the formerly oc­cu­pied houses on Kiefern­straße.

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.

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.

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.

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.