From the Rhine out into the world 

The sound of Düsseldorf  

Düsseldorf’s artists and musicians tend to gravitate towards the same places, where it’s easy to meet and talk. The perfect sounding board for new ideas, especially in music. In the Altstadt (Old Town), between the Academy of Arts and the Kunsthalle art gallery, bands like Kraftwerk and NEU! launched a futuristic sound in the 1970s that is still influencing pop music today. Punk, electro punk and techno found a home in Ratinger Hof, where ZK – who would later become Die Toten Hosen, one of Germany’s most famous bands – graced the stage. These days, club-goers head to the Salon des Amateurs, the home of alternative music in the city, or to the new Ratinger Hof, which has been resurrected as a community and cultural hub.