Düsseldorf’s urban and cultural landscape has a cosmopolitan flair that is unrivalled by most other German cities. Choices in the Rhine metropolis cover a wide range – in business, fashion, culture, lifestyle and sports.
Düsseldorf’s Königsallee is one of a small group of internationally famous streets that may justifiably call themselves boulevards. Affectionately called the “Kö” by Düsseldorf’s residents, attention always turns to it when people talk about Düsseldorf. It is the primary shopping street in Düsseldorf, and as its nucleus, it connects the city centre to provide a continuous shopping experience ranging from the Altstadt (Old Town) through to the Kö and all the way to Schadowstraße.
If you’ve ever strolled along Konigsallee, you’ll know that shopping in
Dusseldorf has a charm all of its own. Come along, see and be seen –
and do some truly stylish shopping as well. Even the most extravagant
wishes are fulfilled on Dusseldorf’s “Ko”.
Nowhere else in Düsseldorf can one feel the city’s heartbeat so clearly as in the Altstadt. Those who want to party, people in search of culture, or history lovers will all be equally well catered for in this area between the Rhine and Heinrich-Heine Allee that covers an area of less than half a square kilometre. This tiny space is crammed with around 260 eateries, pubs, bars, discos and restaurants, and one would be hard pressed to find the like in any other city. The Altstadt is also home to Altbier – a real Düsseldorf speciality.
Auch für Kunst- und Kulturfans gehört ein Besuch in der Altstadt zum absoluten Pflichtprogramm. Die Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ausstellungsort für die Malerei des 20. Jahrhunderts, die Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg (beide an der Heinrich-Heine-Allee), die Kunsthalle (Grabbeplatz), Kunstakademie, Tonhalle und Ehrenhof (alle am Rheinufer) sind wesentliche Bestandteile der Düsseldorfer Kunstachse.
Burgplatz is where the little River Düssel, which gave the town its name, flows into the Rhine. In the background is the former collegiate church St. Lambertus with the shrine of St. Apolinaris. Next to the bridge over the Düssel,
the monument to Düsseldorf being granted the privileges of a town demonstrates impressively more than 725 years of town history (town status granted in 1288). The square is dominated by Alter Schlossturm, the old palace tower (now the Schifffahrt-Museum navigation museum) and last testimony to the princely palace from the 13th century that fell victim to flames in 1872.
The generously proportioned Rhine embankment promenade is considered one of the most beautiful on the Rhine. Upriver, the Medien- Hafen is characterised by outstanding architectural creations, and the elegant district of Oberkassel on the opposite bank by art-nouveau facades.
Carlstadt is the city’s exquisite quarter of galleries and antique shops. Citadellstraße with its elegant stately residences from the 18th and 19th centuries and the flair of its streets almost unchanged since these days, seems to have escaped the passing of time. A more profound insight into Düsseldorf’s history can be gained at Stadtmuseum at the corner of Bäckerstraße and Berger Allee. Its cosy garden is treated as an insidertip! The Carlsplatz, and its lively food market open from Monday to Saturday. From here, take the attractive Bilker Straße for a visit to the Heinrich-Heine- Institute or proceed past the former residence of Robert and Clara Schumann to Bastionstraße, a must for every lover of antiques.
The Rhine tower, the North Rhine-Westphalia parliament, the Gehry Buildings, the city gate or Colorium – MedienHafen is a hotspot for creative architecture in Düsseldorf. Several international architects played a creative role in the reconstruction of the old Rhine port area. Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Joe Coenen, Steven Holl and Claude Vasconi were among those who made a creative contribution to make it what it is today. Those goods depots which were protected by a preservation order had to be renovated with hi-tech engineering and creative interior design. The ancient storerooms have been recreated with a new style and grace. However, you can still feel the old port atmosphere everywhere despite all the reconstruction. Just a decade ago the warehouses were nothing but immense empty spaces inside. Today, various television channels and radio stations, and advertising and media agencies, design bureaus and suchlike have all set up shop inside. So that’s where the name
came from: MedienHafen, which means media harbour.
The MedienHafen also plays in the premier league where hospitality is concerned. From the exquisite “Berens am Kai”, with a Michelin star, through the “most golden” curry sausage in Düsseldorf, to a cosy cocktail in the evening – the restaurateurs here have adapted to their heterogeneous clientele, which is composed of business customers during the day and the funky in-crowd in the evening, who all meet up to party at the stylish “Rudas Studios” advertising film venue or at the “Port Seven”.
The Rheinturm (built 1979 – 1982, architect H. Deilmann) is a striking landmark on the Düsseldorf’s Rhine skyline. It stands on the edge of the southern city centre, at the entrance to the MedienHafen, right beside the North Rhine-Westphalian parliament building (Landtag) and the building of the public broadcaster, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
It is 240.5 metres high, with a glass-fronted 180-seat restaurant at an altitude of 172.5 metres that rotates on its axis once an.
A bar and lounge is located below the restaurant (168m) as is a viewing platform (164m) with a breathtaking view of the Rhine metropolis: the MedienHafen, the Altstadt, the Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine with its family of bridges all lie at the feet of the tower. When the weather is good, one can see as far as Cologne Cathedral.
Thanks to a level entrance in the basement of the tower, the building offers barrier-free access.
Düsseldorf has the third largest Japanese community on the European continent after Paris and London. In the vicinity of the Immermannstraße, you can find a wide range of Japanese supermarkets, book shops, restaurants and more.
The EKŌ-House - since 1993 a centre for japanese culture - consists of a Buddhist temple (the only Japanese temple in Europe), Japanese gardens, a traditional house with tea room and, since 1999, another building including a library and an international kindergarten. The most important function of the EKŌ-House is the cultural exchange between East and West: Japanese citizens cultivate their traditions and allow local citizens the unique opportunity to participate.