While most large cities have impressive sights and monuments, looking at the skyline from one of the bridges that cross the Rhine, Düsseldorf may initially seem rather modest.
The Burgturm (castle tower) marks the centre of the Altstadt (old town), which is known as the longest bar in the world due to the number of watering holes. The telecommunications tower hosts the largest digital clock in the world. Many puzzle over how to read the time. And the promenade between both offers tranquility on the upper and great places to sit on the lower level.
In the harbour one highlight of the modern architecture is the typically twisted Gehry collection of three buildings. Further buildings of note are Germany’s first skyscraper dating from the 1920’s on Heinrich Heine Allee and the stunning glass and crome of the former Thyssen Hochhaus (highrise) near to the Hofgarten. The theatre next door is possibly one of the prettiest structures in the city and beyond.
Various fine examples of street art can be found across the city, including Moore in the Hofgarten and many older sculptures.
Indoors, the most popular sights in Düsseldorf are the breweries. Traditionally dark beer (Altbier) has been brewed here and traditional places include Füchschen, Zum Schlüssel, Schumacher and Uerige. All offer a true experience of downing a beer while standing or seated in the crowded old ale houses.
Finally, the Königsallee (King’s Avenue), known lovingly by locals as the Kö, is Düsseldorf’s offering of retail therapy “par excellance”. Stores with some of the world’s finest fashion, accessories and fragrances can be found on and around this hive of luxury.