Dusseldorf Tourist Attractions
Konigsallee View slideshowCapital of the Land of North Rhine-WestphaliaDüsseldorf, capital of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia and administrative center of the industrial area of North Rhineland-Westphalia, lies on the Lower Rhine, here some 310m/340yd wide. It is a university town, a center of art and fashion, a city of congresses and trade fairs. This old electoral capital is a town of wide streets crowded with traffic and lined by elegant shops, with a ring of parks and gardens encircling the city center.
Düsseldorf's elegant shopping street and promenade is the Königsallee (familiarly known as the "Kö"), lined by exclusive shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes. It extends on both sides of the old town moat from Graf-Adolf-Platz in the south to the Hofgarten in the north. There are two new shopping arcades, the Kö-Galerie and the Kö-Karree, opened in 1985. At the north end of the Kö is the Triton Fountain.
North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection
In Düsseldorf's Grabbeplatz, on the left of the Heinrich-Heine-Allee, which runs parallel to the Kö, can be found a new building (1986) with a facade of polished dark-colored stone which houses the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection, with a notable collection of works by Paul Klee, numerous works of modern art and the Julius Bissier Collection.
Address: Grabbeplatz 5, D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Opposite Düsseldorf's Art Collection, on the south side of the Heinrich-Heine-Allee in Grabbeplatz, is the Kunsthalle (periodic exhibitions), with a piece of sculpture by Max Ernst, "Habakkuk".
Address: Ehrenhof 4/5, D-40479 Düsseldorf, Germany
St Andrew's Church
Adjoining the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf is the Baroque Andreaskirche, with the mausoleum of the princely house of Pfalz-Neuburg.
The Düsseldorf old town lies to the west of the Heinrich-Heine-Allee and south of the Andreaskirche.
In the Marktplatz in Düsseldorf stands the imposing Town Hall, with a large equestrian statue of Elector John William II (by Gabriel Grupello, 1711) in front of it.
In Burgplatz, north of the Düsseldorf Town Hall, stands the Schlossturm, all that remains of the old Schloss. It now houses the Shipping Museum (Schiffahrt-Museum; ship models).
To the south of the Marktplatz in Düsseldorf's Altstadt, in the Palais Nesselrode, is the Hetjens Museum (ceramics of eight millennia).The Ceramic Museum features pottery from around the world and traces its development.
Address: Palais Nesselrode, Schulstrasse 4, D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
The Düsseldorf Municipal Museum is housed in the Spee'sches Palais, situated on the edge of a park.
Address: Berger Allee 2, D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Southwest of the Municipal Museum in Düsseldorf, on the edge of the old town, are the high-rise Mannesmann Building (1956-58) and the old Mannesmann offices (1911-12). In front of the Mannesmann Building are a fountain and a piece of sculpture, both in high-grade stainless steel.
On the banks of the Rhine in Düsseldorf lies the recently laid out Rheinpark Bilk. In the park are the 234 m/768ft high Rheinturm, with a restaurant (views), and the new Landtag (the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia), on a ground-plan of intersecting circles. Here the Rhine is spanned by the Rheinkniebrücke, opened to traffic in 1969.
The Düsseldorf city center is bounded on the north by the large Hofgarten, a park originally laid out around 1770. On its south side are the Academy of Art (Kunstakademie), the Opera Haus (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), the Theater (Schauspielhaus; 1968-70) and the high-rise Thyssen Building (Thyssen-Hochhaus).
On Düsseldorf's Jägerhofstrasse is the Dumont-Lindemann Archives (Municipal Museum of the Theater).
At the east end of Jägerhofstrasse in Düsseldorf is the Baroque Schloss Jägerhof, with the Goethe Museum (Kippenberg Foundation) and a collection of porcelain.
TonhalleOn the northwest side of the Hofgarten in Düsseldorf is the Ehrenhof (1925-26), a group of buildings designed to house exhibitions, museums, concerts and other events. The first of these is the domed rotunda of the Tonhalle, a concert hall that also contains the Museum of Art's collection of glass in the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault)
Landesmuseum Volk und Wirtschaft
Adjoining the Ehrenhof in Düsseldorf is the Landesmuseum Volk und Wirtschaft ("People and the Economy"), with a variety of displays, dioramas, working models, etc. In the basement can be seen a reproduction of a coal-mine.
Address: Ehrenhof 2, D-40479 Düsseldorf, Germany
Museum of Art
The most northerly museum in Düsseldorf's Ehrenhof complex is the Museum of Art: European art from the Middle Ages to the present day, with special emphasis on German art of the 19th and 20th centuries; drawings and graphic art; fine collection of glass.
Address: Ehrenhof 4-5, D-40479 Düsseldorf, Germany
The Nordpark in Düsseldorf was laid out for an exhibition in 1937.
At the north entrance (with two figures of Horse-Tamers) to Düsseldorf's Nordpark is the Löbbecke Museum of Natural History, with an Aqua-Zoo.
At the west end of the Nordpark is the Japanese Garden, presented to Düsseldorf by the city's Japanese community. Within a relatively small area it presents an astonishing variety of landscapes.
In Düsseldorf's Immermannstrasse is the Japanese Center, built in 1977-79, with a massive entrance front of polished stone (Japanese shops, restaurants, hotel, offices).
The Südpark in Düsseldorf was considerably enlarged for the Federal Garden Show of 1987, and is now the largest continuous open space within the city.
A bridge links the Südpark with the campus of Düsseldorf University (founded 1965). The University Botanic Garden (open to the public) has a domed hothouse and an Alpine garden.
Address: Universitätsstrasse 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
The Neanderthal Museum tells the story of the original discovery of the famous Neanderthal skeleton. A number of animals, supposedly reverse evolutionized, are present at the museum. Exhibits at the Neanderthal Museum trace humans throughout history. The valley itself where the discovery has been made is now a pleasant nature preserve.
Address: Talstrasse 300, D-40822 Mettmann, Germany
Rhineland Music Festival
The Rhineland Music Festival is an annual 10-day event that takes place in early June and includes a wide array of events.Since its inception in 1984, the festival has offered daily performances of symphonic, chamber and choral performances, film screenings, organ recitals, ballets, theater performances and jazz concerts. These are complemented with lectures on various topics.The three Rhineland cities (Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf) take turns hosting the festival and the performances take place in the most prominent buildings of each city.
Address: Postfach 1210, D-52062 Aachen, Germany
This 17th C. moated castle is to be found in the Ruhr valley within easy reaching distance from either Essen of Dusseldorf. Throughout its halls can be found valuable paintings and antique furnishings.On the grounds are a castle chapel, a terrace and tennis court.
Address: August Thyssenstrasse 51, D-45219 Essen, Germany
Kaiserswerth was incorporated in Düsseldorf in 1929. In the 13th C. church of St Suitbertus can be seen the beautiful reliquary of the saint (13th-14th C.). Nearby are the ruins of an imperial stronghold (Kaiserpfalz) of the Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa).
10km/6mi east of Düsseldorf is the Neander valley, in which the skull of Neanderthal Man was discovered. In the valley are a prehistoric museum and a game park.
At the Breitscheid motorway junction, 16km/10mi northeast of Düsseldorf, is Minidomm, a miniature city with models of both historic and modern buildings.
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