DUSSELDORF CITY GUIDE
Located just a few hours from many of Europe's biggest and brightest cities, Düsseldorf is perfectly situated as one of Germany's foremost financial centres and one of the most interesting places to visit in Germany, but is also a creative and cosmopolitan hub with a fun bohemian culture too.
The glittering metropolis stretches along the magnificent Rhine river and features a historic Old Town, lush green spaces and more art museums and galleries than cities double its size. You won't be hard pressed to find things to do in Düsseldorf, with everything from expansive beer gardens to daring architectural wonders to discover.
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OLD TOWN SIGHTS IN DUSSELDORF
The historic heart of the city lies in the Altstadt, or Old Town. This beautiful area was almost entirely rebuilt in traditional style after the Second World War, and is today affectionately referred to as 'the longest bar in the world' thanks to over 260 drinking spots packed within its fantastic nightlife scene.
During the day, explore local churches like the Sankt Lambertus Basilika or see one of the oldest parts of the city in the Castle Tower and its Schiffahrtsmuseum, which is widely considered Germany's finest marine museum.
With so many painters, sculptors and musicians drawn to Düsseldorf, the city's vibrant art scene is an essential part of any visit here. See the work of local and international artists at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art museum or at the excellent Museum Kunstpalast, which are both within walking distance from the Old Town.
CULTURAL SPOTS ACROSS DUSSELDORF
Across the city, there are countless places worth visiting. The Tonhalle concert hall and planetarium offers concerts under the stars, while the Rheinturm observation tower boasts 360 degree panoramic views of the city as well as functioning as the world's largest decimal clock.
One of Düsseldorf's most popular activities is a walk along the scenic Rhine Embankment Promenade, finishing with a relaxing seat on the large steps of the Burgplatz. This 1.5km pedestrian walkway leads you neatly into the Media Harbour which contains plenty of bars, cafés and some of the most modern architecture in the city. Keep an eye out for the mesmerising series of curved office blocks called Der Neue Zollhof, designed by famous architect Frank Gehry.
THERE'S PLENTY OF GUIDED WALKS
PICTURESQUE CITY PLACES
As the seventh largest city in Germany, Düsseldorf contains plenty of great places to wind down. The city's most elegant shopping street is Königsallee, close to the Old Town. This chestnut tree-lined avenue by the city's canal is lined by high-end and boutique shops, as well as quaint footbridges across the water.
To the south of the historic district is the gorgeous Schloss Benrath, an exquisite pink Baroque Palace surrounded by manicured gardens, flowing fountains and colourful flower beds.
For a peaceful day out, head to one of the many parks. The 68-acre Hofgarten stretches from the Rhine to the Old Town, while there's always a quiet place for a picnic in the Nordpark's secret Japanese Garden.
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