For the city of Düsseldorf, art and fashion has defined its culture for centuries. This German city, as quiet as it may seem upon first glance, is actually considered to be one of the more important cultural centers in Europe. It is home to hundreds of art galleries and fashion shows that are sure to please even the more discerning guests. Located near the Rhine, Düsseldorf is the place to be to enjoy creativity in the most vivid of flavors.
As a starting point in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf, Schloss Benrath is the place all tourists must go to at least once. It is easy to reach as well, since it is only ten kilometers from the center of the city. Schloss Benrath is an ancient Baroque palace that was built somewhere between 1756 to 1773.
Even though Carl Theodor the Elector was the initial owner of this palace, it ended up becoming a collection of rich history. This palace contains a number of museums, which reflect the living style of 18th century citizens, putting a great deal of emphasis on the architectural structures that existed around that time. The Museum Corps de Logis, the Museum for Landscape Arts and the Natural Museum for Science are all located near Schloss Benrath, so this should be considered a four-in-one deal for tourists and historians alike.
At the north of Düsseldorf, the enchanting park called Hofgarten can be found. Built in 1770, it is quite large, taking up space all the way from the Rhine to the old town of Königsallee. Wooden areas and large fields of pastures surround the area as this 68-acre park stands tall with all its beauty and splendor. This park exemplifies the English style of landscaping, and contains many famous buildings such as the Baroque Hofgärtnerhaus, which was named after the court gardener. This house previously belonged to the architect of the garden – Maximilian Weyhe. Meanwhile, it is currently being used to house the Theatre Museum. Schloss Jägerhof, which is near the place, is also relatively close.
In 1763, Napoleon Bonaparte actually lived in a hunting lodge around this area, which was designed ornately. Nowadays you can find the world famous Goethe-Museum here, which is the place for wonderful artifacts, mind-blowing exhibitions and tributes to the greatest of German writers and poets. The Hofgarten Park can also be visited to view its collection of modern sculptures, legendary artworks, and memorials. Among these, the fairytale-like Märchenbrunnen and one of Henry Moore’s famous sculptures can be found here.
Old Town Düsseldorf
As far as attractions in Düsseldorf are concerned, the ‘Old Town’ remains as ‘the place to visit’. Now listening to the name Altstadt, the town contains numerous older location that are going to be very interesting for most people. Among these are the Marktzplatz, Rathaus (the Town Hall), Schlosstum (the Castle Tower), and even the Schiffahrt (shipping museum). Here, John William II can be found in the form of a statue, which was created in 1711. The tower, which is located in Burgplatz, can be found near the Rhine River, while being a home to a number of marine museums. It is possible to learn a great deal about old German ships and sea trade here.
With all these museums, the Hetjens Museum also warrants a mention, since it is among the oldest structures filled with ancient tools that we know of. The visit to Altstadt is not complete unless you travel to Ehrenhof, which is the neighboring district. The impressive Tonhalle, built in 1926, is situated here as well. It was a concert hall constructed to perform great concerts that listen to the moniker Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.
Kaiserswerth is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest (and most exclusive) neighborhoods. It is a wonderful place to explore due to its picture-perfect position on the Rhine. Tracing its roots back to the 13th century, the Church of St. Suitbertus is certainly worth a mention here. The church is renowned for its lovely Saint repository. Older still is the Kaiserpfalz or Barbarossa, the grand stronghold of Emperor Frederick I. It certainly demands attention in Kaiserswerth. It may be in ruins, but the sheer size is still quite impressive.
Düsseldorf’s most spectacular shopping street is Königsallee, also known to residents as the “Kö.” Similar to Avenue Montaigne in Paris, this long stretch of posh marvel was built in 1802 and it has since been attracting crowds with its wide-ranging mix of shopping malls, art galleries, restaurants, and cafés. Königsallee runs from southern Graf-Adolf-Platz to the northern Hofgarten, where it ends at the remarkable Triton Fountain.
Staying in luxury
If you want to make sure that you fully appreciate your stay in Düsseldorf, we highly recommend that you make a reservation at the Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel. The hotel is located on the Königsallee Boulevard and comes with stylish spa facilities, a classical décor style, and soundproof rooms. It is possible to enjoy international, creative cuisine at the hotel’s Brasserie 1806, offering an amazing culinary experience.