The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf is the economic center of Germany with its banking, telecommunications, advertising companies and of course with its trade fairs. This posh city is one of the wealthiest cities in Germany but not only being the economic center of Germany, the city also offers great cultural activities and fashion! Like the fashion fair, which is organized by Igedo every year is a must see fair for fashion lovers. This high-profile city is located along the River Rhine and can be reached by its airport, Düsseldorf International Airport, or by train. You can also reach the city from Köln Bonn airport which is an hour drive away from Düsseldorf. The public transportation system consists of bus, tram, subway, and S-Bahn and most of the city attractions can be reached by public transport. All you have to do is a get a Day Ticket for 5.90€ and travel like a local till 2 am of the following day! You can get the ticket from vending machines at every stop but you can also take a walk since the city center is not that big!
This modern city was almost completely destroyed during the World War II (like every other German cities), so there are few old buildings left, but what makes this city more interesting for tourists is the modern architecture of the new buildings. I mean look at the picture above! Isn't that amazing?!
Starting your trip from Old Town or Altstadt is highly recommended since it is very famous. Sadly the whole town was destroyed but it was rebuilt according to its old plans and today it looks exactly like its old times. The Old Town is a great shopping center and it has more than 250 bars and cafes! The nightlife is pretty amazing in here as well. Don't forget to drink "Altbier" -which is a top-fermented dark beer- in here since it is very famous in Düsseldorf. If you are hungry you can also eat traditional dishes like Rheinisher Sauerbraten -which is marinated beef with raisins- or Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten -which is roasted pork with mustard- in Old Town. But don't forget to have Ähzezupp as well as starters which is a delicious pea soup. And last but not least, you can buy mustard with lots of flavors from the many shops in the Old Town.
The second stop must be the promenade, where you can take a walk on the bank of Rhine, soak the sunshine in your bones, have a coffee from the many coffee shops in here and enjoy the artsy designs reflecting the waves on the river.
If you want history with the touch of green, you have to check out the Benrath Palace and Park. This palace was constructed in 1770 and its rococo style is amazing. After being mesmerized by the palace, you can hang out in the massive 62,000 square meters park!
And more fashion of course. You can slide your credit card like you are sliding into your crushes DM and have fun shopping time at Königsallee. This street is the main street of Düsseldorf which is actually two street divided by a canal. This street has all the high-level international stores which is why people called here the Champs-Élysées of Germany!
If you want a 360-degree view of Düsseldorf with your not very cheap but delicious dinner, you have to visit the Rhine Tower. This tower is 240 meters high and at the 172 meter, there is a restaurant. The entry of the tower is 9 €.
Culture and art and more cultural activities! The first museum that I want to mention is the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. You can find many well-respected collections with a modern touch in this amazing museum. Don't forget to check out the temporary exhibitions from its website! For contemporary art and more interesting exhibitions, you should visit Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. The third stop must be Kunstsammlung NRW. NRW has two buildings, K20 in Old Town which has 20th Century art from Picasso, Richter, Warhol and many more and K21 is located in downtown which has modern art collection from local artists starting from the 1960s.
Not very far away from Düsseldorf, you can check out cute animals, have a fun family time at Natur and Tierpark in Brüggen! The Zoo opens every day from 9 am till 18.00. You can even celebrate your child's birthday in here!
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