A walk through Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen”

A walk through Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen”

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Anyone visiting Düsseldorf knows the extraordinary Gehry buildings at the old “Zollhafen” customs port – but how exactly did Düsseldorf’s “Medienhafen” develop into the architectonical highlight it is today? What other buildings are there to discover in this area? On a particularly beautiful Sunday, we took a relaxing stroll through this popular district and today, we’ll unveil the secrets behind Düsseldorf’s famous Medienhafen!

Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen how it used to look like…

By the mid-1970s, the inland port of Düsseldorf on the Rhine was slowly losing its importance with diminishing cargo handling operations. At the time, the former port area was simply too large for further use. Thus, the city decided to halt port activities on the area closest to the Old Town and turn it into a business center instead. By means of a comprehensive restructuring process, the area was to become a modern office and business location, which was to differ considerably from its old appearance and purpose. Unlike with similar major construction projects, the city did not follow a specific remediation plan, but gradually developed single properties and projects over a longer period of time. The first step towards the new Medienhafen area was made with the construction of the huge “Rheinturm” tower, which is Düsseldorf’s most notorious landmark today. Subsequently, the building housing the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Düsseldorf studio of TV channel WDR were built. The city slowly made progress on the urban project, which consists of modern office spaces as well as former port buildings and structures. Thus, during the media boom at the beginning of the 1990s, this modern new district quickly attracted the creative media industry in particular. During this time, the city also decided to modernize the “Alte Zollhof” building, a former customs office. Due to his futuristic designs, the famous US architect Frank Gehry won the tender to construct three buildings, which also belong to the city’s most popular landmarks these days. In fact, they had a decisive influence on the further development of Medienhafen until today.

… and how it looks like today: business center, trade hub and culinary delights

Still today, Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen is seen as a place that inspires and nurtures creative, progressive thinking. While only about one tenth of the huge area is being occupied by media companies these days, the district has become rather popular among law firms, consultancies and fashion designers. On top of that, it houses the factory of Düsseldorf’s signature herb liquor “Killepitsch”. A total of 8,000 people are currently working at Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen. Early in 2014, the city even built a tram station here.

It goes without saying that a vibrant restaurant and bar scene has developed in Medienhafen as well. Whether you’re looking for sandwiches, steaks, Mongolian delicacies or seafood – here you’ll be able to choose from a seemingly endless range of culinary treats. Make sure to visit one of the bars at night when the atmosphere is buzzing with energy and enjoy a particularly great view of the city while partying in an industrial yet fancy environment.

So much for theory – it’s up to you to discover the Medienhafen district yourself. You’ll see, a visit is always worthwhile and there is much to discover – for example, the best places to finish your tour with a fancy drink.

Picture credit: © carathotels

Dieser Beitrag ist auch auf German verfügbar.

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