Short guide to Düsseldorf
As one of the most beautiful German cities, Düsseldorf is a fantastic tourist destination if you visit the western part of the country. The city is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Besides being attractive for tourists, Düsseldorf also welcomes numerous businessmen every year, as the city is an internationally important financial centre. In order to help you find the best sights in the city, I present you the following guide. It will serve as a short guide to Düsseldorf, including the major landmarks and attractions. Some of the best sights are museums, palaces, churches, art galleries, parks and so on. Read on to find out more about them.
The Altstadt (Old Town) of Düsseldorf is a main spot of the city, dragging large number of tourists. It is packed of beautiful architectural jewels and landmarks, including the Basilica St. Lambertus, the Old City Hall, the Schlossturm and others. Besides, it is home to about 300 bars and discos, being known as the world’s “longest bar”. Düsseldorf is famous for its beer named the Altbier. You’ll find it in many bars on the Altstadt.
One of the most beautiful architectural landmarks of the city, Schloss Benrath is another important tourist attraction of Düsseldorf. The Rococo and Baroque castle was completed in 1770. It is located in the city’s nearby area, but it is worth visiting it. Besides, it houses several museums like the Museum of European Garden History, the Corps de Logis and Museum for Natural History. All are open to the public.
Museum Kunst Palast
The Museum Kunst Palast is a fantastic arts museum including large collections of paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs dating from the antiquity to modern times. Besides these, the museum is home to about 10,000 pieces of Italian Baroque graphics. The museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays from 11:00 to 21:00. (January 2014)
Another important spot of Düsseldorf is the Königsallee. The boulevard is famous for its canal which runs along its central part. It is also well-known for its luxurious shops. The Königsallee is considered to be the country’s busiest shopping street. If you are looking for great shops, don’t miss it!
One of the best-known landmarks of the city is a telecommunications tower. It is known as the Rheinturm. It is a 240 m tall building which was constructed between 1979 and 1981. The city’s tallest building presents an observation deck and a revolving restaurant which are very attractive to visitors. The clock on the shaft of Rheinturm is considered to be the largest digital clock of the world. The observation deck can be visited daily from 10:00 to 23:30. (January 2014)