The art and fashion university town of Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s important cultural centers, which is why it’s home to a wide variety of museums and galleries like then astounding Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia to name but one. The city boasts dozens of squares and riverside walks (seeing as it lies on the banks of the Rhine), Düsseldorf is truly a relaxing escape if there ever was one.
Top Attractions in Düsseldorf
Germany’s most elegant avenue, Königsallee, is affectionately called "Kö" by the locals, and you’d understand why if we said it’s comparable with Paris’ Avenue Montaigne. This is where you’ll find some of the best boutiques, art galleries and shopping arcades with restaurants and cafés being abundant. The street stretches along both sides of the old town moat, running all the way from Graf-Adolf-Platz in the south to the Hofgarten in the north, ending with the breathtaking Triton Fountain.
The 17th century Baroque castle - Schloss Benrath - lies conveniently just 10km outside of the city center, and it’s the sumptuous interior you’ll be amazed at. The castle is also famed for its huge park and gardens, but it takes you back to a place that time forgot. Schloss Benrath also houses three great museums; Museum Corps de Logis (the castle’s architectural history), the Museum for Landscape Art and the Natural Science Museum.
If you’re keen on seeing some of Düsseldorf's best preserved old buildings and bask in the glorious landscapes along the Rhine, Kaiserwerth would be the best place to do it. The area is the city’s oldest and most high-end suburbs, dating back to the 13th century. Some of the top attractions include the Church of St. Suitbertus, and the Kaiserpfalz.
If you’re heading towards Düsseldorf, then a visit to the Old Town is definitely in order. Marktplatz is the central focus point of the Old Town, and it’s where you’ll find the Town Hall that dates back to 1711. Other notable sights include the Castle Tower in Burgplatz that houses the Schiffahrts Museum, a fascinating marine museum. But there’s also the Hetjens Museum with its ceramics and earthenware. After you’re done strolling through Old Town, make sure you head to the Ehrenhof district to see the domed concert hall of 1962 (the city’s orchestra’s home), the Tonhalle.
The Japanese Garden
Nordpark, covering 90 acres of land, is a wonderful place to soak up natural beauty. Düsseldorf's most popular park is where you’ll want to go for a leisurely stroll down the pathways and find tranquility in the Japanese Garden. The Horse-Tamers Statue and Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum, are two of the other great sites you might want to check out, the latter being a must-see if you’re traveling with kids.
The Hofgarten is a large park in central Düsseldorf that covers 68 acres of land, stretching from the Old Town to the banks of the River Rhine. The park dates back to 1770 and has a distinct English landscape style that comprises of meadows and wooded areas that are complemented by the streams and ponds of the park. Make sure you see the Hofgärtnerhaus (that houses the Theatre Museum), Schloss Jägerhof (that houses the Goethe-Museum) and the amazing sculpture and historic monuments like the Märchenbrunnen.
The Rhine Embankment Promenade
Düsseldorf’s star is the River Rhine, which is why the promenade is the best way to soak up the wonderful atmosphere that the river lends to the city. The promenade actually covers the city’s busiest street and dates back to 1997, but the genius design has a distinct Mediterranean flair to it thanks to the cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops on the one side and the rowdy Rhine on the other. The promenade extends all the way from the Oberkassel Bridge and connects the Old Town with the state’s Parliament buildings, giving you more than enough space and opportunity for kicking back and relaxing.