Sights in Düsseldorf
Be inspired and discover Düsseldorf's classic tourist attractions. Walk through the alleys in the Altstadt (Old Town) or be astounded by the world-class architecture of the MedienHafen. How about a visit to a real fairy-tale castle? Düsseldorf offers an enormous variety of very special places to visit. Everything in the Rhine city is easy to reach; it’s all close at hand. Rheinturm (Rhine Tower), Königsallee, Schloss Benrath (Benrath Palace) – each of the sights tells its own story and is well worth a visit.
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Düsseldorf’s parks and green spaces
Düsseldorf is greener than any other city. Parks and green spaces leave a trail of green right through the Rhine metropolis. At the heart of the city are many oases: the Rheinwiesen, (Rhine meadows) Hofgarten (courtyard garden) and the Nordpark with its Japanischen Garten (Japanese Garden). The Volksgarten (public garden) which has been expanded and is host to the Federal Garden Show, is considered to be the ´green lung´ of Düsseldorf. A visit to the Botanische Garten (Botanical Gardens) is a real insider tip.
Sights in Düsseldorf
What looks like signal lights for the ships on the Rhine is actually the city’s biggest timepiece. This is a decimal clock, which allows you to tell the time to the exact second – if you know how to do it. Working from top to bottom, the lights display ten-hour blocks, single hours and blocks of ten minutes. By the way: soaring to a height of 240.5 metres, the Rhine Tower is the city’s tallest building. Apart from its viewing platform, it is also home to a restaurant.
This is where you can see how the city really lives. If you take the footpath or cycle path, you will regularly come across boules flying in all directions. Or you may see tango dancers twirling in front of the Johannes Rau Monument. It’s a beautiful two-kilometre walk from the MedienHafen to the Kunstakademie – or vice versa. Along the way, the sycamore trees that line the Rhine embankment add a special flair, and the leaf canopy is often photographed.
On the terrace of the Tonhalle, at the Kasematten (Casemates), or on the steps of the Rheintreppe on Burgplatz. The Rheintreppe is not only the best place on the Rhine to watch cargo and cruise ships pass by. You will also find yourself sitting in the middle of a huge work of art. Professor Hermann-Josef Kuhna, who himself studied at Düsseldorf’s Kunstakademie (art academy), spent 7,400 work hours painting the bare concrete walls with 20 art students. Today, “Rivertime” is made of coloured shards of pottery - the perfect backdrop for a portrait photo!
The Gehry buildings are extremely popular with Instagrammers, photographers and photography courses. In fact, there is always someone taking a picture there. The three swaying towers in white, silver and red are the most eye-catching feature of the MedienHafen. Tilted walls, crooked towers, windows jammed in the masonry – every detail is worth a photo. The Californian architect Frank O. Gehry, who previously designed the spectacular Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, bestowed a magnificent gift on Düsseldorf. There is not a single straight line in the three buildings which stand side by side. The ensemble known as the Neuer Zollhof is mainly home to advertisers, lawyers and architects.