Six European moments

Europe in the City


Here Düsseldorf is particularly European

Düsseldorf is located in the heart of Europe, and not just on the map: Europe shaped the city centuries ago and continues to shape its character today. International togetherness is just as palpable when walking through the old town as it is - and will certainly be again soon - at the big festivals. We have collected the places in Düsseldorf where there is a lot of Europe:

Europe's great river

Düsseldorfers know how to appreciate the banks of the Rhine and the expansive view across the water. But they owe much more to their location on the river: long before the European idea, the important waterways brought economic prosperity to the city and fostered good relations with its neighbors. 1,230 kilometers of the Rhine flow through six European countries - and here it is particularly beautiful.

From the father in law of Europe

Anyone visiting Düsseldorf quickly gets to know Jan Wellem. That's what Rhinelanders call Elector Johan-Wilhelm II of Palatinate-Neuburg, who with his wife Ana-Maria di Medici made Düsseldorf what it still is today: a prosperous international city with a lot of art. Jan Wellem's network was strong throughout Europe, thanks to 13 siblings married across the continent. His father Philipp-Wilhelm is also called "the father-in-law of Europe." Jan Wellem thus had great influence and made his residential city of Düsseldorf an important location on the European stage early on.

Vive la France - a celebration of friendship

Living like God in Düsseldorf - the France Festival has long been one of the favorites in Düsseldorf's calendar: Around the French national holiday on July 14, benches and wine stands line the Rhine promenade, there is the finest food and plenty of practice for true savoir vivre.

Napoleon and the "Retematäng

In 1811 Napoleon came to Düsseldorf and coined several legends including the designation of Düsseldorf as "Little Paris" and the creation of the Kö. One of the longest-lived creations lies behind the old town. Ratinger Straße, still an important nightlife area between the Rhine and the Hofgarten, was called the "Street of the Morning" - Rue du Matin - by French soldiers thanks to its generous opening hours. For Rhinelanders, it has since been called "Retematäng" onomatopoeically. In the meantime, there is also a restaurant there with the same name. Cheers.

Revolution, Romanticism and Heinrich Heine

Not only the university is named after the city's most famous son. Heine also left his mark on the "Street of Romanticism and Revolution" in the middle of Carlstadt: the Heinrich Heine Institute is located here on Bilker Strasse, and he went to school around the corner. As one of the great European intellectuals and visionaries, he rendered outstanding services to intercultural understanding as well as to the affectionate view of his homeland with a famous quote: "The city of Düsseldorf is very beautiful, and if you think of it in the distance and happen to have been born there, it makes you wonder."

Art city forever

Düsseldorf's great name for art also goes back to Mrs. Ana-Maria di Medici, Jan Wellem's wife. As lovers, the couple brought art and artists to their residential city. In 1709, the Picture Gallery was built as one of the first pure museum buildings in Europe. When it was moved to Munich after almost 100 years, the Kunsthalle was built as a replacement. Later, the Prussian government founded the Kunstakademie, which has enjoyed an excellent international reputation from the "Düsseldorf School of Painting" through Beuys to the present day.

Normally Düsseldorf celebrates Europe Day in May - this year there is more info and Europe experiences online: City of Düsseldorf.

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