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Düsseldorf  is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. 

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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.
Neuer Zollhof, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine Wesphalia), Germany, Europe
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Music and nightlife

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.
Fashion Shops on Konigsallee Street, Dusseldorf, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany
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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.

Special 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 (Opera; Ballet)
  • Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; the theater started with theatralic performances in 1585
  • FFT - Forum Freies Theater (Juta and Kammerspiele)
  • Kom(m)ödchen (political cabaret)
  • Komödie Düsseldorf
  • Tonhalle Düsseldorf (classical music, jazz, pop, cabaret)
  • Theater an der Kö
  • Capitol (musicals)
  • Apollo (varieté, circus; shows do not require knowledge of German language)
Medienhafen and Rhein Tower, Dusseldorf, Rhineland-Westphalia, Germany
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Museums and arts institutes

  • Aquazoo-Löbbecke-Museum (aquarium and zoological museum)
  • Forum NRW
  • Goethe-Museum
  • Heinrich-Heine-Institut
  • Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
  • Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20 (Grabbeplatz) and K21 (Ständehaus)
  • Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen
  • Museum kunst palast
  • Stadtmuseum (City history museum)
  • Schloss und Park Benrath (Palace and park of Benrath) - Museum of European Garden Design
  • Hetjens-Museum (German museum of ceramics)
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Holiday Inn Düsseldorf
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.
Holiday 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 atmosphere.. 
Holiday 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
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 facilities. 
Mercure 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 City Center.
Relexa 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. 
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