Dusseldorf is a welcoming city where everything is close together. Dusseldorf is the only major German city that still has the word ‘dorf’ (village) in its name – although it has long since become a global village. And that’s entirely in tune with the welcoming, cosmopolitan way of life that is cultivated everywhere in the city. This is why people feel completely at home in Dusseldorf. People who take a seat in one of the famous brewery inns or sit for a while on the steps of the Rheintreppe, the Rhine Terrace Steps, will quickly find out that locals love to chat.

A walk through the alleys in the Altstadt, the Old Town, or a visit to the world-class architecture of the MedienHafen, will give visitors an idea of the outstanding sights of the city. Dusseldorf even proposes the visit of a real fairy tale castle. Everything in the Rhine city is within easy reach, the Rheinturm – the Rhine Tower, Königsallee, Schloss Benrath – Benrath Palace. Each telling a story and each well worth a visit.

Whether it’s art, architecture, theatre, ballet or music – Dusseldorf is definitely in the international premier league when it comes to culture. The concentration of museums in the Rhine metropolis is unique, and not just in Germany. The city is also brimming with world-class architecture. The Gehry buildings in the MedienHafen and the Kö-Bogen by Daniel Libeskind are just two of these outstanding examples.

Dusseldorf and fashion are two of a kind. And no wonder, anyone who is anyone among the elite has a flagship store in Königsallee, the famous luxury-shopping street. The style-conscious scurry down the side streets and passages of the Königsallee and the tranquil Carlstadt, where immaculately presented Concept Stores and other fashion shops can be discovered.

Dr Stephan Keller Mayor
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