Modern and elegant city, with many green spaces
Situated in the heart of Nordrhein-Westfalen, where the dark beer Alt is produced and where there are more than 220 thriving bars and restaurants together in a row, one after the other, Düsseldorf is famous for its internationally renowned trade fair centre, but which, after a day’s work, surprises its guests.
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Instead of the image we bring from home of a cold and very organised German city, we find ourselves strolling in an old city along a river bank with an extremely wide choice of clubs and bars and the lively sound of a constant and multicultural nightlife, drawn but rather bewildered by the colours and the unexpected hospitality.
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If we take advantage of the fact that it is easy to reach and has excellent connections, it would be worthwhile seeing it well in the light of day, maybe going directly from the airport to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Municipal Art Gallery. This Gallery, thanks to a private sponsor, offers “Museum Bikes” free of charge to whoever buys an entrance ticket, so that they can wander about peacefully and calmly. On reaching the Hofgarten (the Central Park), the extremely beautiful “green lung” of the city, make use of its 28 hectares by doing a bit of jogging or taking an invigorating walk, leaving enough time to locate the Pavilion, where, with one concert after another, the summer passes as though at the seaside. 
Dusseldorf. City Hall Square.
Dusseldorf. City Hall Square. Copyright © / Walencienne / Shutterstock
Traditions are well safeguarded and culture takes a prime position in Düsseldorf, and this can been seen in the large number of galleries of all types housing art and craftwork, as well as the antique shopsdesign and gift shops and advertising and communication agencies.
In particular, the wonderfully restored area of the mercantile port offers the possibility of seeing interesting projects involving the recovery of industrial archaeological sites alongside buildings designed by internationally famous architects. A wonderful view can be had from Schlossturm (the Castle Tower) or the Rheinturm (the Television Tower), 234 metres tall with a ring-shaped revolving restaurant at 172 metres that completes a revolution every hour. 
Dusseldorf. Rhine River.
Dusseldorf. Panoramic on Rhine River. Copyright © / Shutterstock
After walking, pedalling, climbing a tower and enjoying the smells of the giant würstel (frankfurters) everywhere, a visit to “the longest bar counter in the world” is a must. This is the Königsallee, a street only a kilometre long but in one of the most beautiful fashion villages in the world, with Aigner, Hermès, Prada, Vuitton and everybody who, twice a year, participates at CPD, the fashion trade fair that attracts fashion buyers from around the world.
What else can we say? Key words: book quickly, German pocket dictionary, and off you go!
Text by Maria Salini and Alisè Vitri
Avion Tourism Magazine
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Where to sleep in Düsseldorf


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Düsseldorf is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.

To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.


WHERE TO GO in Düsseldorf
Monuments in Düsseldorf
Dusseldorf. City Hall.
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The city hall complex consists of three buildings from different periods. The so-called "old city hall" at the northern side of Marktplatz, the "Wilhelminischer Bau" (period of the Emperor Wilhem II) and the "Grupello house" at the western side. The "Wilhelminischer Bau" was constructed in 1875 at the place of the old town theatre and the Grupello house was initially the residence of the sculptor Gabriel de Grupello.

Dusseldorf. Rhine Embankment Promenade.
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It is regarded as one of the most beautiful of esplanades in Düsseldorf. Planned by Niklaus Fritschi and buildt between 1990 and 1997, has joined the city to its river. The Rhine embankment promenade links the traditional Altstadt (Old Town) to the modern MedienHafen and is lined by cafés and bars. This is the place to relax and watch the Rhine shipping go by.

Dusseldorf. Benrath Palace.
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Schloss Benrath (Benrath Palace) was built as a pleasure and hunting palace for the Elector Carl Theodor. Today, the ensemble in its artistic unity of buildings, interior and gardens, 60 hectares in all, is considered one of Europe’s rare complete works of art of the late Baroque period. The main palace building (corps de logis), with its furniture, porcelain, paintings, etc., gives an impression of court life in the second half of the 18th century. The eastern wing houses the “Museum für Europäische Gartenkunst” (Museum of European Garden Art) and the western wing the “Museum für Naturkunde” (Museum of Natural Sciences).

Museums of Düsseldorf

The Museum Kunstpalast at the Ehrenhof cultural centre is home to old masters as well as art of the 19th century and the Hentrich glass museum. NRW Forum für Kultur und Wirtschaft, which presents exhibitions on the subjects of media, photography, architecture, fashion and design.


Tour through the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Academy of Art) is recommended. An annual exhibition of student work at the world-famous Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Academy of Art) towards the end of the winter term is a highlight for art lovers, and any other interested parties and gallery owners who are keen to meet tomorrow’s artists today.

Excursions in Düsseldorf
Barbarossa's Castle.
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On the edge of the picturesque centre of Kaiserswerth, the mighty ruins of the legendary Emperor Barbarossa’s Medieval palace rise directly from the riverbank, once one of the most important fortresses on the Rhine. Emperor Barbarossa had the imperial palace enlarged when he transferred the customs point from the Netherlands to Kaiserswerth and needed a fortress to dominate the Rhine.

Fortress Zons. 
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This unique complex from the 14th century is considered to be the bestpreserved example of a fortified town on the River Rhine. The historic centre and the completely intact town wall of the “Rothenburg of the Rhineland”, in the direct vicinity of Düsseldorf, are big visitor attractions. There are numerous restaurants with a historic ambience.


Dusseldorf. Rhine River.
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A relaxing trip along the Rhine river to admire Düsseldorf from the water and discover the imperial palace and the panorama of the picturesque old town. You can also opt for a hop-on hop-off boat tour that allows you to get off at some stops and explore the sights as freely as the central station of Düsseldorf, the old town, the water park or the Church of San Rocco.


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