|Best Time to Visit:
||Throughout the Year (preferably
||Konigsallee, Altstadt (Old town),
Rheinuferpromenade(Rhine embankment promenade), Burgplatz, Rhine Tower,
Benrath Palace, Barbarossa Pfalz Kaiserswerth, Rathaus (town hall), St.
Lambertus Basilica, Heinrich-Heine-Institut & EKO-House of Japanese
|Major Entertainment Centers:
||Theater Museum, Hetjens-Museum, Hofgarten,
Kunstmuseum im Ehrenhof, Lobbecke-Museum und Aquazoo & Nordpark
||Konigsallee, Schadowstraase, The Altstadt or Old
Quarter (known as the world's longest bar), Karlstadt & South
|Near by Places (Excursions):
||Kaiserswerth, Neanderthal, Bottrop, The Romantic
Rhine Valley, & Duisburg
|Famous Food & Beverages (Gourmet's Delight
||Alt Bier (dark beer), Mussels, Pea Soup, Blood
Sausage & Sushi (due to large Japanese population)
|Foreign Embassies & Consulates:
||Canada, Japan, Jordan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK
|History & Evolution
The civilization in Dusseldorf starts with the settlements on the banks of
the River Rhine. Around 7th & 8th century small tribes of farmers or
fishermen settled at the point where the small river Dussel flows into the
Rhine. It was from such settlements that the city of Dusseldorf grew.
The first written mention of Dusseldorf dates back to 1135 when a small
town of Kaiserswerth, lying to the North of Dusseldorf, became a well
fortified outpost and eventually became a suburb of Dusseldorf.
In 1186 Dusseldorf came under the reign of Berg. On 14 August 1288
(considered as one of the most important dates in the history of Dusseldorf)
the sovereign Count Adolf V of Berg granted the village on the banks of the
Dussel city rights. But this was after a bloody struggle for power between
the Archbishop of Cologne and the count of Berg, culminating in the Battle
Soon numerous markets sprang up on the banks of the Rhine and during the
14th century several famous landmarks were built in Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf's
growth pattern was impressive under the leadership of Johann Wilhelm II in
the 18th century, who contributed a vast art gallery with a huge selection
of paintings and sculptures to Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf was struck by destruction and poverty after the Napoleon Wars
but thanks to Industrial Revolution in 19th century, the city revived
itself. But soon the I & II World Wars again plunged Dusseldorf into
depression when the city was literally reduced to rubbles.
Eventually, in 1946 Dusseldorf was made capital of the federal state of
North Rhine-Westphalia. Its construction proceeded at a frenetic pace and
the economic transformation made Dusseldorf a wealthy city of trade,
administration and service industries as it is known today.
Dusseldorf is one of the prettiest towns in Germany. Its an elegant
modern city spread on the banks of the River Rhine- most beautiful and
Romantic river Germany. Dusseldorf offers its guests a lot to see like world
famous museums, ancient castles, churches, skyscrapers, intimate pubs and
scenic natural landscapes.
Some of the well-known shopping streets like Konigsallee, Altstadt and
Schadowstraase not only sets he trends for the city but are also fashions
hubs of the city offering the wide range of apparels and accessories.
Internationally best known trademark of Dusseldorf, Konigsallee ('Ko') is
Germany's most sophisticated mile and one of the world's grand luxurious
With its generous stretch of water down the center, this boulevard is lined
with cafes, restaurants, beautiful fountains and offices and is considered
as Germanys fashion center having its own fashion week.
Built in 1804, the 'Ko' went through a face-lift at the start of the 20th
century making it more central of the city.
Altstadt (Old town or Old Quarter):
Given the name the longest bar of the world, the Altstadt laps
large number of antique breweries, ancient pubs, hip bars and clubs.
Adding to the gravity are the good old narrow lanes, old churches, French
fries and exquisite food making it the cherished Old Town of Dusseldorf. In
short, if someone want to really know the real Dusseldorf then, the Altstadt
is a must.
Dominated by the mighty historic castle- the Schlossturm tower, this busy
square in the heart of the old town filled with restaurants and cafes.
Located next to the Rhine, Burgplatz makes the ideal starting point for a
stroll along the promenade. Situated directly on the Rhine, the recent Rhine
embankment tunnel in the vicinity of Burdplatz is awarded as one of the most
beautiful squares of post-war Germany. The old castle tower also houses the
Schiffahrt Museum (shipping museum), that shows 2000 years of navigation
history of the River Rhine.
The Rhine Tower is 234,20m high ultra modern tower supported by 260
concrete pillars (11m each) reaching through the Rhine pebbles into the
subsoil. The tower includes a revolving restaurant, self-service restaurant
and a viewing platform. This telecommunications tower is the highest
building of Dusseldorf.
The portholes of the tower form the world's largest digital clock.
Magnificently designed, its vertically arranged yellow lights separated by
horizontal red ones denotes decades of hours, single hours, decades of
minutes, single minutes, decades of seconds and single seconds.
Found in 1769, Hofgarten is Germanys first public gardens.
Undoubtedly it is the biggest and most beautiful Inner-city Park that was
originally designed in 16th century as for the royal family. Considered as
the oldest part of the citys lungs, the park contains
numerous statues and sculptures and is popular with joggers and sunbathers.
The park also contains a water basin and the Jagerhof Palace, built in 1772
that also houses the Goethe Museum.