Home to historic architecture, modern art, and endless altbier in ‘the longest bar in the world’, Dusseldorf packs a lot in.
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Food lovers will relish browsing the stalls of its street markets, while aesthetes will appreciate the Art Nouveau architecture of Oberkassel and the modern masterpieces of the Kunstsammlung gallery.
This pastel-pink mansion should feature on every Dusseldorf itinerary. Built by the German Prince Charles Theodore in the mid-1700s, it’s in remarkable condition and exhibits an ornate, Baroque style. The house is split into three wings: the residential palace, a natural history museum, and a museum dedicated to European garden art.
One of Europe’s finest collections of modern art can be found at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, housed in three museums dotted across the city. K20, in Grabbeplatz, displays works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, while K21, to the south on Ständehausstrasse, is dedicated to works from 1980 onwards.
Having got your fix of modern culture at the Kunstsammlung, step back in time at the fascinating Neanderthal Museum to the east of the city. Multimedia exhibits tell the story of human evolution and culture stretching back four million years, not far from where the first Neanderthal remains were discovered 160 years ago.
Undoubtedly Dusseldorf’s most recognisable landmark, the Rhine Tower soars above the city’s skyline at a dizzying 789 feet tall. Its revolving restaurant offers some great views of Dusseldorf and the Rhine snaking into the distance. On a clear day, you can even see Cologne’s famous cathedral.
The beautiful Nordpark is a lovely place to relax and get away from Dusseldorf’s urban buzz. Around 90 acres of lawns, fountains and trees make the perfect backdrop for an afternoon’s walk, while the park is also home to a serene Japanese garden.