Dusseldorf is one of Germany's economic hubs, with a densely populated city centre housing about 600,000 people. The city is lively, with a love of music and culture that is hard to resist. Dusseldorf is famous for its trade and fashion fairs and attracts visitors from all over the world to these big and exciting events. Streets like Bolkerstraße, Ratinger Straße and Kurze Straße are alive with entertainment in the evenings. Those looking for an authentic drink can sample the locally-produced Altbier (meaning old-style beer) for which Dusseldorf is known.
Much of Dusseldorf was destroyed in World War II. The city is therefore not as scenic as others in Germany despite its ancient history, the first mention of which dates back to 1135. Modern architecture enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, however, in Frank Gehry buildings and the colourful Colorium, all clustered in the harbour district.
There are several pedestrian malls to stroll through and plenty of museums and parks to enjoy. Visitors will be hard-pressed to find a cleaner and more elegant city in Germany, even if there are fewer historic buildings than may be expected. There is a long-standing rivalry between Dusseldorf and Cologne but both cities are gems for visitors - just order the right beer in the right city!
Dusseldorf is located within easy distance of Bonn and Cologne, and due to its proximity to the border also makes a good base for weekend trips to Amsterdam, Paris, or Brussels.