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is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
It is an economic centre
of Germany. The city is situated on the River Rhine and also has a high
population density - the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area has over 10 million
inhabitants alone. The city is renowned for its many events and also for
its fashion and trade fairs. Every July more than 4.5 million people visit
the Große Düsseldorfer Kirmes fair.
Culture and recreation
|Art-loving Elector Jan Wellem
and his wife Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici of Tuscany, were the patrons of
Düsseldorf's first significant cultural activities in the 17th and
18th centuries. Heinrich Heine, whose 200th birthday was celebrated in
1997, Clara and Robert Schumann as well as Felix Mendelssohn are the most
prominent artists related to the city. Artistic impulses were often born
in the Academy of Fine Arts and the names of Paul Klee, Joseph Beuys, Gerhard
Richter as well as Albert Bierstadt are associated with the institution
(Düsseldorf School). The Düsseldorf cultural scene comprises
traditional and avant-garde, classical and glamorous. The world famous
state art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, the highly acclaimed Deutsche
Oper am Rhein (opera), and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (theatre),
artistic home of Gustaf Gründgens, are major elements of Düsseldorf's
reputation as a centre of the fine arts.
Since the 1950s the "Kom(m)ödchen"
has been one of the most prominent political cabarets of Germany. Düsseldorf's
most famous contribution to the culture of modern popular music is beyond
doubt the avant-garde electronic music band Kraftwerk. Formed by a few
Düsseldorf-born musicians, Kraftwerk have often been regarded as the
most significant band in the history of post-war German music and as pioneers
in electronic music. Internationally-known power metal band Warlock was
formed in Düsseldorf in 1982. Their frontwoman, Doro Pesch, has had
a successful solo career in Europe and Asia since Warlock ended. The punk
band Die Toten Hosen, which is famous around the world, also the most popular
singers in Germany Westernhagen and Heino come from Düsseldorf. The
influential electronic act D.A.F. was formed in the city in 1978. In The
Oldtown (Altstadt) German and international tourists go out on the main
street Bolkerstraße, while the local scene (students and creative
people) prefers the bars on Ratinger Straße.
Düsseldorf is also famous
for its traditional football team, Fortuna Düsseldorf, the German
Champion of 1933. Today, Fortuna competes in the Regionalliga (3rd Division)
and their new stadium, the LTU arena opened in January 2005 and has a capacity
of 51,500. Düsseldorf is one of nine 1974 FIFA World Cup cities and
the Rochusclub Düsseldorf hosted the tennis world team cup since 1978.
Other sports in Düsseldorf
are ice hockey (the DEG Metro Stars, former DEG - Düsseldorfer Eislauf
Gemeinschaft, which play in the new ISS-Dome) and American football. The
Düsseldorf Panther are the most successful team in Germany with six
national champion trophies and the Eurobowl 1995.
In addition the Junior-Programm
is the most successful youth-football programm in Germany with thirteen
national championchip titles.Rhine Fire Düsseldorf was an established
team of the NFL Europe and won the world bowl two times in 1998 and 2000.
Table tennis is also played (Borussia Düsseldorf), as are handball
(HSG Düsseldorf), basketball (Düsseldorf Magics), baseball (Düsseldorf
Senators) and dancing (Rot-Weiß Düsseldorf).
One of the biggest cultural
events in Düsseldorf is the Düsseldorfer Karneval (also referred
to as the "fifth season") which starts every year on 11 November at 11:11
a.m., and reaches its climax on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), featuring a
huge parade through the streets of Düsseldorf. Karneval ends on Aschermittwoch
(Ash Wednesday). The Düsseldorf carnival is part of the traditional
carnival festivities in the Rhineland.
drinks and meals
Düsseldorf is well-known
for its Altbier, a dark beer, which is brewed only in the region of Düsseldorf.
Other traditional drinks are the liqueurs Killepitsch and Samtkragen.
Traditional meals in the
region are Rheinischer Sauerbraten (horsemeat or beef pickled for a few
days) and Sky and Earth (Himmel on Ähd) (black pudding with stewed
apples mixed with mashed potatoes). In winter the people like to eat Muscheln
Rheinischer Art (Rhenish-style mussels). Also a special meal: Düsseldorfer
Senfrostbraten (Steaks roasted with mustard).
|Together with the French
city of Dijon Düsseldorf is famous for its Mustard served in a traditional
pot called "Mostertpöttche", which was even eternalized in a still
life by Vincent van Gogh in 1884.
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
the theater started with theatralic performances in 1585
FFT - Forum Freies Theater
music, jazz, pop, cabaret)
Theater an der Kö
circus; shows do not require knowledge of German language)
Museums and arts institutes
(aquarium and zoological museum)
- K20 (Grabbeplatz) and K21 (Ständehaus)
Kunstverein für die
Rheinlande und Westfalen
Museum kunst palast
Stadtmuseum (City history
Schloss und Park Benrath
(Palace and park of Benrath) - Museum of European Garden Design
museum of ceramics)
FEATURED HOTELS, NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, GERMANY
browsing Düsseldorf hotels
The Holiday Inn Düsseldorf
is situated in the heart of the city, near the main railway station. As
a result of its central location, the Inn is an ideal starting point to
explore the city and its attractions. The hotel has 134 rooms that
are comfortable, well furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
The restaurant is furnished in an elegant, English style, serving international
and regional specialities. Whether you prefer a dark Altbeer, typical from
Düsseldorf, a cocktail or a cup of coffee at daytime, the cosy bar
is open for you.
Inn Hotel Düsseldorf Airport Ratingen
The Holiday Inn Hotel is
located at the city boundary of Düsseldorf with excellent traffic
connections to the A3, A44 and A52 motorways, Düsseldorf International
Airport, the exhibition and congress-centre of Düsseldorf. All
the 199 air-conditioned and spacious guestrooms at the hotel are equipped
with the latest in modern conveniences. Physically challenged guests can
opt for the special rooms designed for their comfort. Start off a
successful day with a sumptuous breakfast and later savour a variety of
delicacies for lunch and dinner at the Terra Mia Restaurant. The onsite
cocktail bar invites you to enjoy a fine drink and relax in a pleasant
Inn Koenigsallee Düsseldorf
Centrally located, the Holiday
Inn Koenigsallee Düsseldorf is located close to famous shopping
boulevard Konigsallee, the international business district as well as the
shopping areas of the city. The hotel is situated 2 kilometres from the
main Train Station and 9 kilometres from the Duesseldorf International
Airport. This property offers 253 well-appointed accommodation units
that have been beautifully furnished with contemporary amenities.
The Williams Restaurant serves regional and international specialities
in a modern and stylish atmosphere. You can also enjoy some light snack
and a fine drink at the cocktail bar.
Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf
is a business-friendly hotel located in central Dusseldorf, close to Goethe
Museum, City Hall, and Museum Kunst Palast. Additional points of interest
include Rhine Tower and Der Neue Zollhoff. Dining options at Hotel Nikko
Düsseldorf include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is
available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor
pool, a health club, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Spa
amenities include massage/treatment rooms, facials, beauty services, and
a hair salon. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional
property amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and laundry
Düsseldorf City Center
Situated in Dusseldorf,
this business-friendly hotel is near Wilhelm Marx House. Additional attractions
include City Hall. Dining options at Mercure Düsseldorf City Center
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during
limited hours. This 4.5-star property has a business center. Wireless Internet
access is available in public areas. This Dusseldorf property has event
space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Guest
parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include
a library and currency exchange. There are 164 guestrooms at Mercure Düsseldorf
Hotel Airport Düsseldorf-Ratingen
Relexa Hotel Airport Duesseldorf-Ratingen
is located in Ratingen and near the airport. Esprit Arena, City Hall, and
Museum Kunst Palast are local attractions. Other points of interest are
Rhine Tower and Der Neue Zollhoff. Dining options at relexa Hotel Airport
Duesseldorf-Ratingen include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna
and a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms
and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public
areas. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include
valet parking, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff.