10 reasons for a trip to Düsseldorf
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Düsseldorf is often referred to as Cologne’s little sister. Thus, it’s sometimes being overshadowed by Cologne. Nevertheless, Düsseldorf can be proud of itself – after all, it’s known as Germany’s fashion capital, for instance. Do you want to find out more about the many advantages of Düsseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia? Then check out our 10 best reasons for a trip to Düsseldorf!
1. Düsseldorf is a shopping paradise
Designer and brand stores on “KÖ” shopping street, small boutiques and individual shops in the Old Town, shopping malls and famous fashion brands at “Schadowstraße” – Düsseldorf is without a doubt a true shopping paradise. However, Düsseldorf is not only great for fashion and clothing – shopping addicts will also be delighted by its seemingly endless variety of artworks, design products and antiques.
2. A charming Old Town with an unmatched flair
Why don’t you just stroll around, enjoy life and watch other people passing by? Düsseldorf’s Old Town is charming beyond comparison. A huge number of street cafés, boutiques, restaurants, little alleyways and a vast shopping street – the Old Town unites big city life with a homely atmosphere. The many taverns and pubs, which jointly form the “world’s longest bar”, are must-see hotspots in Düsseldorf’s lively Old Town.
3. Modern architecture – (not only) at “Medienhafen”
The “Gehry” buildings at Medienhafen are an integral part of Düsseldorf’s urban setting. Düsseldorf would not be the same without the prominent buildings. From up close, they’re even more impressive than on photos. Apart from Medienhafen, however, architecture enthusiasts will be equally amazed by buildings such as the “Dreischeibenhaus” office building, the “K20” building housing the federal state’s art collection, the city gate or Düsseldorf’s “Schauspielhaus” theatre.
4. Summer feeling on the banks of the Rhine
Apart from the Old Town, the Rhine is Düsseldorf’s true center of activity. Just like in any other city, the water magically attracts people from all age groups. The beautifully designed promenade on the banks of the Rhine is the perfect spot for taking a stroll, having a party, enjoying a home-made lunch, feeding the ducks, leading heated discussions or enjoying the sunset.
5. Culture as far as the eye can see
Düsseldorf offers an incredibly vast range of world-class cultural activities. Classical as well as modern pieces are being reenacted at the Opera House on the Rhine or Düsseldorf’s Schauspielhaus theatre. Together with other music ensembles or solo artists, Düsseldorf’s Symphonic Orchestra frequently enchants its audience with exquisite sounds. However, Düsseldorf is not just about classical music – the city is known for having brought forward popular German bands such as “Kraftwerk” and “Die Toten Hosen.” On top of that, the city features a great variety of museums focusing on the most different topics such as movies, art collections and even mustard – you see, there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste!
6. Japan is part of Düsseldorf
Would you have thought that the Japanese community in Düsseldorf is the biggest of its kind in Germany and the second-largest in the whole of Europe? Thus, apart from guaranteeing the best access to awesome Sushi, the newest Manga comics and Japanese kitsch, the community greatly contributes to cultural diversity in Düsseldorf. Once a year, the Japanese community hosts a huge celebration with typical food, traditional arts and craft as well as dance performances, allowing visitors to obtain an insight view of the fascinating Japanese culture. Among the highlights of the festivities are the stunning Japanese fireworks on the banks of the Rhine.
7. World-class fairs
“Drupa“, “boot Düsseldorf”, “K”, “Interpack”, “MEDICA”, “Euro-Shop”, “REHACARE”, “Caravan Salon”, “PSI” and many more – these are the names of some of Germany’s biggest and most important trade fairs. Naturally, all of them take place in … Düsseldorf! No matter which industry you belong to or whether you attend as an exhibitor, customer or visitor – if you want to be up to date and see the newest developments with your own eyes, you simply must visit “Messe Düsseldorf”, the city’s huge trade fair venue.
8. Culinary delights in Düsseldorf
Gourmets will definitely get their money’s worth in the Rheinland region. Apart from typical pork rolls (“Schweinebrötchen”), people in Düsseldorf prefer hearty meals to go with their beloved dark beer. Don’t be surprised to find rare specialties such as brawn on your plate! Although it might sound peculiar at first, these types of dishes are indispensable on the menus of most breweries in Düsseldorf. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be traditional food – especially in the Medienhafen and “Flingern” districts, a diversified restaurant scene has developed over the years, offering simple or haute cuisine from all over the world.
9. Düsseldorf is green
Despite its big city flair, which is palpable in the Old Town and on the banks of the Rhine in particular, Düsseldorf is not the typical stressed-out city. This is mainly due to the many parks and green areas, which are perfect for relaxing a bit between shopping and sightseeing tours. Also, the region surrounding the city has many beautiful lakes in store which provide a long-awaited refreshment at the end of a hot summer’s day.
10. Düsseldorf is never the same
Now that you’ve read our reasons for loving Düsseldorf, you should bear in mind that Düsseldorf is never the same. However, that exactly is Düsseldorf’s greatest feature and also one of the reasons why we like it so much here. All districts differ greatly from each other, every part of the town has its own character and its individual atmosphere – together, they form this fascinating, diversified city. Take for example the district of “Bilk”, which is mainly inhabited by university students. It’s the oldest part of the city and very popular due to its impressive old buildings. Flingern, on the other hand, has developed from a worker’s district into one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods with trendy shops, art galleries, restaurants and clubs. With its traditional bars and famous shopping streets, the Old Town and “Carlstadt” are Düsseldorf’s tourist hotspots. Although there are many great places and landmarks to be seen in these two districts, visitors should definitely venture out to other parts of the city in order to get to know all of Düsseldorf’s facets.
Which places do you love most in Düsseldorf? What do you like best about this charming metropolis on the Rhine? We’re looking forward to reading your insider tips on Düsseldorf!
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Dieser Beitrag ist auch auf German verfügbar.