Düsseldorf – pop. 592,000
Düsseldorf, the capital of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is located in the middle of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, a major center of economic activity in Europe. First mention of Düsseldorf dates back to 1135. Today, Düsseldorf is responsible for the lion's share of revenues generated by Germany's consulting, accounting, advertising, and fashion industries. Among German cities, Düsseldorf has a top-five rank in several categories: economic development, transportation, culture, and politics.
Some 50 trade fairs are held each year in Düsseldorf, many of which are leading industry events, making Düsseldorf a key platform for global trade.
Aside from Düsseldorf's importance as a location for business, the city features a number of historic landmarks and attractions, as well as diverse districts, each with its own unique charm. The legendary Old Town (Altstadt) is a particular favorite among tourists. Particularly in the summer, visitors strolling the Old Town's streets, squares, and river promenade will find an atmosphere resembling that of a large-scale social gathering. The Old Town is home to numerous coffee shops and beer gardens, as well as many churches, historic buildings, and museums. Constantly evolving, the Old Town always knows how to excite visitors anew.
Königsallee, also known as the "Kö," is considered one of the world's most beautiful boulevards. Over 200 trees line this exclusive shopping street, which is divided in the middle by the city's old moat. Numerous pedestrian bridges connect the two sides of the street, which are decorated with sculptures and fountains. The eastern side of the street features a large number of galleries and shops, while the western side of the street is home to numerous banks. The Kö is an absolute must when visiting Düsseldorf; one option to consider is a guided tour.
An additional highlight in Düsseldorf is the MedienHafen (MediaHarbor). An excellent example of successful modern architecture, the MedienHafen offers a diverse range of restaurants, perfect for recharging your batteries after a walking tour of the harbor. The nearby Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) is a worthwhile attraction in the immediate vicinity, and provides breathtaking views of the city.
Düsseldorf has a long reputation as a city of the arts on account of the famous collection of paintings owned by Johann Wilhelm II. Today, Düsseldorf is home to many artists, many of whom study at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Düsseldorf's numerous museums underscore its reputation as a city of the arts.
Benrath Palace, located to the south of Düsseldorf, is a tourist magnet. Built by Prince-Elector Karl Theodor, the château de plaisance and hunting retreat was completed in 1773.
With its diverse attractions Düsseldorf is an inspiring city just waiting to be discovered!