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Sightseeing in Düsseldorf

Sightseeing in Düsseldorf

The Rhine is generally a straight-flowing river, but it literally meanders through Düsseldorf giving the city a natural beauty advantage over others such as Cologne or Bonn. The Rhine averages 300m (980 feet) wide here. In the 1990s, a major road was diverted through a tunnel, giving pedestrians free access to the two-km (1.2-mile) Rhine Promenade at the edge of the old town. It is a popular area to walk and cycle, with views of the Rhine, the opposite bank, and the old town.

  • St. Lambertuskirche (St. Lambert’s Church)
    • Along the Rhine Promenade is the round, white Schlossturm (Castle Tower), the only part of the former Elector’s palace that survived World War II. Behind it is the 14th-century Gothic St. Lambertuskirche (St. Lambert’s Church). It was severely damaged during the war, but rebuilt true to the original – the famous twisted spire included. The twisted spire came into being when wet wood was used during the original construction – amazingly the whole spire twisted without collapsing.

      On the Marktplatz (Market Square) is an equestrian statue of Jan Wellem made in 1711. Behind it is the 16th-century Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). The rest of the old town consists mainly of bars, cafés, and restaurants.

  • Königsallee
    • A few blocks inland is the Königsallee, often simply referred to as the Kö. It has some of the most expensive shops in Germany. Most well-known fashion houses have shops here, or in various elegant malls leading from the street. The street is about a km (0.6 mile) long and runs on both sides of the former water-filled moat. It is lined with chestnut trees and was known up to 1851 as Chestnut Street. However, in 1848, when much of Europe and Germany saw popular uprisings, someone threw horse manure here at King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and, to restore goodwill, the street was renamed in his honor. At the north end of the street are the Triton Fountains.

    Düsseldorf's Art Museums

    Düsseldorf is proud of its well-developed arts scene and, in addition to many galleries and studios, has several excellent art museums.

  • Kunstmuseum (Museum of Fine Arts)
    • Kunstmuseum has art from the Middle Ages to the present. Particularly impressive is the collection of Dutch paintings and works by local artists. The museum also has a large collection of glassware ranging from Roman times to the present... See more

  • Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

    • The impressive Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Art Collection of North Rhine Westphalia), is spread over two buildings at opposite ends of the old town. The K20, Grabbeplatz 5, exhibits 20th-century paintings. It has a noteworthy Paul Klee collection of 92 paintings shown in rotation. The K21, Ständehausstra ße 1, exhibits 21st-century art. Both museums are open from Tuesday to Friday, and free bicycles are available to cycle between the two... See more

  • Kunsthalle (Art Hall)
    • Near the K20 is the Kunsthalle (Art Hall) which has temporary exhibitions, mostly of modern art... See more

  • Hetjens-Museum Deutsches Keramik-Museum (German Ceramics Museum)
    • The Hetjens-Museum Deutsches Keramik-Museum is the only museum in the German-speaking world dedicated exclusively to ceramics. It uses its collection of 12,000 items to explain the use and development of ceramics over 8,000 years in different regions and cultures... See more

    Last updated October 13, 2011
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