Here’s Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany
Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt are cities that are commonly on the radar for most travelers who travel to Germany, but beyond those destinations there are many more cities that are equally as charming, such as Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf sits on the banks of the River Rhine which flows from the Swiss Alps down to the North Sea. Also known as the city built in the Middle Ages of 13th century, the city is steeped in centuries of history, yet boasts cutting edge architecture and world-class shopping avenues.
Here’s a fun fact: did you know that the custom of turning cartwheels is credited to the children of Dusseldorf? According to globalblue.com, the image of Dusseldorfer Radschlager (boy who does cartwheels) can be found on many souvenirs and landmarks around the city.
With a population of under a million, this city is also big on business, with many advertising and international agencies based there, making the city a hotbed of creativity.
Besides that, here’s why you should explore Dusselforf:
BREATHTAKING VIEWS AT THE RHINE EMBANKMENT
The Rhine embankment promenade is regarded as one of the most beautiful of esplanades. Here is where it links the traditional Altstadt (Old town) to the modern MedienHafen lined by cafes. If you want to find a place to relax and watch the boats and ships pass by, here is the place. The Rhine is so significant to Dusseldorf because back then 55,000 motor vehicles used to drive directly along the Rhine everyday. Then someone came up with the idea of connecting the city to the Rhine. Now, many pedestrians stroll along the Rhine embankment. This is where you can really see how the city lives. Whether you are on foot or bicycle, there is a lot to explore here, as the views are pleasantly breathtaking.
Since the city is built in the Middle Ages of 13th century, there are many historical buildings around the city like the Benrath Palace. Known for its fairy-tale like architecture, the Benrath Palace was built in 1755. The rooms are richly ornamented with parquet, wall paneling and stucco. There’s a palace park which is open to public and it uniquely illustrates the history of European garden art. The palace regularly provides a distinctive setting for events. In Summer, classical concerts are often accompanied by light shows or firework displays which frequently take place in the palace park.
Other places to explore if you want to take a walk down history is Kaiserpfalz, which is the picturesque ruins of the legendary Emporer Friedrich Barbarossa’s Royal Palace. To this day, the castle has walls built up to 4.5 metres thick. The palace is accessible in summer daily from 9am to 6pm daily.
Flingern is a popular playground for graffiti artists. One can take a stroll and look at these works of art, most of which are freely accessible, which means there’s an Instagram worthy spot in every corner. In past time tourists were advised to avoid the street, but now it’s an open-air gallery, marking one of the city’s artistic attractions. Another way to experience art is head for the guided tour of the Wehrhahn Line. Here, a ride in the metro is unlike any other. The design concept for all six underground stations was developed and realised by artists and engineers. Each station has an individual character, which has painterly, sculptural, interactive or geometric qualities as noted by triposo.com. The New York Times even describes this amazing subway line as ‘Art and Magic in German Metro’.
Despite the city sprawled with gorgeous historic and modern architecture, the city is vastly green. You can easily spot greens everywhere with multiple parks here and there such as Benrath Park, Sudpark, Zoopark, Rheinpark and more. It’s nice to see the city maintain its green lungs amongst the buildings.