Düsseldorf: shopping, dining and trading

Düsseldorf is the capital city of the state North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany. The city lies beautifully on the river Rhine. Its metropolitan area is populated by around 10 million people. Over 40 different conventions and trade fairs are arranged in Düsseldorf every year.

Attractions and things to do
  • Old town (Altstadt), with cobblestone streets and old churches. The abundance of pubs and bars gave Altstadt the epithet “the longest bar in Europe”.
  • Benrath Palace (Schloss Benrath): this park and palace in late baroque style is considered one of the most important of its kind.
  • Long Night of Museums  gives a chance to visit  all famous museums and galleries, not only on the renown “art-axis”.
  • Königsallee (the ”Kö”): an impressive boulevard with exclusive shops, shopping arcades, restaurants and bars.
  • Düsseldorf´s architecture: Media Harbour (der MedienHafen), and buildings in Art Nouveau style.
  • The Rhine promenade – is the most beautiful walk along the Rhine.
  • Japan Day & Japanese fireworks
    on the Rhine (in May every year).
  • Carnival (November).
  • Cart wheeler tournament on Königsallee (June).
  • Kirmes Fun fair (July) - the biggest public festival on the Lower Rhine.

Dining out
Besides trying the typical Blootwosch, or Sauerbraten - pickled roast beef with apples; or thick pea soup, it is worth to taste some of the Japanese dishes served in Düsseldorf. The city has namely the third biggest Japanese population in Europe, and the Japanese chefs take good care of their fellow-countrymen. There are about 260 restaurants in Altstadt; many choose also to dine in Media Harbour.

Being a business and fair city, Dusseldorf offers a great variety of mid range and first class hotels. Cheap accommodations are to be found f in the southern part of the city centre, or for instance on Graf-Adolf-Strasse. 

Getting here and getting around
Düsseldorf has a large international airport (DUS). The alternative can be the Cologne/Bonn airport (CGN; the journey to Düsseldorf will take ca 1 hour) or the smaller airport Weeze (NRN; 1.5 hour drive). 
Düsseldorf is connected to one of the densest motorway networks in Europe, so the access to the city is very easy. Also the railway connections – about 300 per day – give an easy choice of getting here. From central station, situated about 10 minutes walk from the old town and Königsallee, you can comfortably travel by U-Bahn or S-Bahn to all the districts of the city.
Boats, bikes and buses, or even carriage – all these are great means for exploring the city, if you do not want to do it by foot of course.

The first written reference to the today´s city can be dated back to the 12th century. In 1380 Düsseldorf was made the regional capital of the Duchy of Berg, and slowly grew into an important European city. In the mid 19th century the industrial revolution transformed the city into a major industrial center. 1882 Düsseldorf counted 100.000 inhabitants.

In 1902 a major exhibition of industry, trade and arts took place here.  During the WWII the city was heavily bombed. Restored in the post-war era, Düsseldorf quickly re-established its strong economical position, and well as an important congress- and trade centre. Today, there are fairs in Düsseldorf that attract over 4 million visitors each year.

Climate & weather
Seasonal and day-to-day changes, the best weather - sunny and pleasantly warm - is during the period between May and September. The hottest month is July, the coldest one – February. The average summer temperature is 20 °C / 70 °F, and 0°C /30 °F during winter (December to March); snow is rare. 

Time zone: UTC (GMT)+1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.
Currency: Euro (EUR, €).

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