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Düsseldorf – a successful combination of traditions and trends, a city of five seasons: during the “foolish season”, i.e. carnival time, the city bubbles over with sheer zest for life. The city pulsates, it is palpable everywhere. Above all in the Altstadt (Old Town), the legendary square kilometre on the banks of the Rhine with its around 260 restaurants and inns, pubs, rustic breweries and cafés, which earned it the name “the longest bar in the world”. This is the home of the Altbier. Nowhere else does this topbrewed beer taste as delicious as at the historic microbreweries. But the Altstadt (Old Town) is more than that: Quiet lanes with cobblestones, the old palace tower saluting the ships passing by, the twisted spire of St. Lambertus church leaving its observer puzzled, the splendid old private houses a reminder of past glamour. A visit to the Altstadt is also an absolute must for art and culture lovers. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which shows 20th century painting, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg (both on Heinrich-Heine-Allee), the Kunsthalle (Grabbeplatz), Kunstakademie, Tonhalle and Ehrenhof (all on the Rhine embankment) are major elements of Düsseldorf’s art axis. The Rhine embankment promenade has drawn the city close to the Rhine again, it is an invitation to stroll and relax. The promenade leads all the way to where the city’s creative brains are at home, the MedienHafen. A feast for lovers of architecture: Ancient railway lines listed for preservation form an exciting contrast with the glass palaces of the present. Trendy bars, clubs and restaurants complete the ensemble. Night owls are able to choose between noble clubs on the “Kö”, dancing the night away at the ultramodern MedienHafen or on former shop floors in the district of Lierenfeld. “Ratinger Straße” in the Altstadt (Old Town) is hip – the whole road is one big open-air party in summer.
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.
MedienHafen

MedienHafen

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”.

Düsseldorf am Rhein is always abuzz and bristling. A full calendar of major events throughout the year, with several millions of visitors flocking to the city, adds to the status of NRW’s state capital as a main event metropolis in Germany.
The metropolis on the banks of the Rhine is famously regarded as one of the hotspots of international fashion. So much fashion competence concentrated in one area means that the opportunities to shop in Düsseldorf are just endless – it’s where “shopping at its best” can be enjoyed! Düsseldorf’s city centre is the ideal destination to savour the perfect shopping experience. From the Altstadt (Old Town) via Königsallee all the way to Schadowstraße, it is virtually one big connected shopping location. Individual districts such as Flingern or Unterbilk equally offer an innovative and unique range of small boutiques and designer stores, several of which can be found only in Düsseldorf. The city is a platform for the world’s major fashion designers to present the whole gamut of fashion alongside large flagship stores of well-known brands – but also budding fashion stars – to satisfy any taste.
The old saying that “food and drink keep body and soul together” has fallen on fertile ground in Düsseldorf. The gastronomic choice includes rustic breweries whose menus list local specialities such as marinated beef, knuckle of pork, black pudding or pea soup. This is the home of the “Halve Hahn” – not half a chicken, but a cheese speciality with cumin and onions, eaten with a small rye roll, a “Röggelchen” in the vernacular. For the gourmets, there are chefs conjuring up stars on the gastronomic sky. Some of them are indisputably amongst Germany’s best. It is recommended to reserve tables, and especially so during trade fair times! In recent years, the number of Restaurants in the MedienHafen has doubled. At night it is a hot spot for the trendy people, and after-work parties in the harbor have attained cult status. After leaving work, the question here is: a taste of Italy, Cuban atmosphere, designer restaurant or sushi?
Walking on the streets of Duesseldorf one cannot help but notice the café culture. Here you can find anything from a filling breakfast to homemade pastries in a cosy living room environment.
Almost weekly top acts and international DJs present class performances in Düsseldorf's clubs on the Königsallee and in the Altstadt. If you prefer a quieter night out, then you should take a stroll along the Ratinger Straße. Just north of the Altstadt, this is the place to meet for a relaxed drink. "In" parties and retro-clubs in backyard locations turn night into day in the alternative districts of the city!
Düsseldorf attaches great importance to promoting mobility in the city with as few restrictions as possible, so that all guests can enjoy their stay. This is expressed in numerous major and minor facilities – such as wheelchair-friendly low-floor vehicles, timetable information for visually impaired people, or guided tours in sign language. Even the Tourist Information Offices at the central station and in the Altstadt (Old Town) are designed without barriers, providing ramped entrances and lowered counters. On Rathausplatz (city hall square), a bronze model of the Altstadt (Old Town) makes it possible to explore the streets and sights by fingertip. The blind and visually impaired can orient themselves in the vicinity of the shopping boulevard using the bronze model on Königsallee, experiencing a variety of buildings by touch and strolling down the “Kö” on fingertips. Many hotels have adapted their facilities to meet the special requirements of people with special needs and provide suitable rooms, lifts and ramped entrances. Hotels with barrier-free facilities are indicated accordingly in the brochure “Düsseldorf Hotel Guide”. The brochure “Düsseldorf without Barriers” issued for the city offers further comprehensive information. It gives you a detailed description of the facilities and amenities of hotels, restaurants, cultural institutes and transport services to facilitate planning your trip to suit your individual requests and requirements. The range of information sources is complemented by the barrier-free Internet portal www.duesseldorf-barrierefrei.de . Order both brochures free by phoning T. +49 211 17202842 or e-mail [email protected]
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