Dusseldorf, capital city of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, is located at the confluence of the D'ssel and Rhine Rivers; and it is one of the Rhineland's most dynamic cities, boasting a strong economic and cultural foundation. After Frankfurt, Dusseldorf is the largest financial center in Germany and is home to a large and wealthy elite class. Its hallmark is the upmarket nigsallee.
Dusseldorf is internationally renowned for its cosmopolitan culture and is one of Europe's main fashion and fair hubs. It is big and commercial; full of banks and industrial offices and skyscrapers, but it's also refreshingly clean. Dusseldorf is also residence to the largest Japanese population in Europe and boasts a number of excellent Japanese restaurants and shops and a striking Buddhist temple.
Dusseldorf is known for its many bars in the downtown (Altstadt) area. In fact, many visitors refer to the Altstadt as the "world's biggest bar," so called for the more than 500 clubs and discos that line the cobbled streets. Modern Dusseldorf, on the left of the city, is represented by the Gehry buildings in Media Harbor while in the old quarter, obviously on the right, there are quaint passageways, old churches, traditional brewpubs, bars and restaurants. The two sections are connected by five bridges, being the most impressive the Oberkassel.
It is a handsome and elegant, modern city on the banks of the Rhine River. Dusseldorf is a city where everything is close together: just near the wellknown shoppingstreet K'nigsallee is the Altstadt, the old quarter of the city. With its 260 cosy pubs and home-brew taverns it is well known as "the longest bar in the world".
A little further on in your trip, you can find renewed proof that the citizens of Dusseldorf love to promenade, go for walks,: the traditional has recently acquired a new companion promenade, which is even two kilometers long. Now that the new Rhine embankment tunnel has diverted the through traffic, the Altstadt has taken back its traditional place by the Rhine. While the traffic races along underground, strollers on the Rhine embankment promenade can admire the outlook over the Rhine and the art nouveau facades of Oberkassel. The view swings to the Rhine tower, which rises above the North Rhine-Westphalia government building. From a bird's-eye perspective you can see the city, the countryside, the industrialized river. You can enjoy a romantic view of the city by exploring it from one of the many white pleasure steamersÂ´of the "Weisse Flotte" (the "white fleet"). Immediately south of Altstadt are some the most important museums and galleries, K20 is famous for its masterpieces by Klee, Picasso and Dal. K21 is the city's newest contemporary art museum, containing works by Nam June Paik and Bill Viola, and showcasing the latest photographic, sculptural and painting talent.