A city where fashion trends are created, avant-grade fine-art scene is exhibited and has invented it's own beer, Dusseldorf is a metropolis that can have it's cake and eat it too. This economic powerhouse is not only the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia but is also a global business and financial centre, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the planet. If classic historical structures and countless museums and art galleries remind us of Dusseldorf 's rich heritage and cultural legacy then the metropolis is also home to endless high-end restaurants and eating joints, trendy dance clubs to groove until the crack of dawn, sleek skyscrapers and a plethora of luxurious shopping complexes that showcases how modern the city has become.
Shop-a-holics will have a gala time strolling around the most elegant street of Germany, Konigsallee. Fondly referred as simply 'Ko' by the locals, this affluent boulevard is packed with luxurious boutiques, high-end shopping centres, an array of art galleries and several upscale restaurants and cafes. Famous for being the city's poshest neighbourhood, this double-sided avenue has a 31-meter-wide canal of water flowing down the centre with trees lined on both the sides, thereby giving it a picture-perfect postcard look. Enjoy the city by foot by sauntering around the 10km (6 miles) stretch of the Rhine Promenade. This pedestrian street is buzzing with sporting activities such cycling and roller-blading as well as is jam-packed with cafes and restaurants.
Representing contemporary architecture and modern Dusseldorf, the MedienHafen (Media Harbour) offers eye-catching and striking high-rise buildings. Designed by Frank Gehry, the riverside Neuer Zollhof is a fascinating cluster of three seemingly randomly shaped skyscrapers and they are likened to leaning towers. Nearby is the iconic symbol of Dusseldorf, the Rheinturm (Rhine Tower). Standing tall at 240m-high (786ft), this prominent structure is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city as well as dominates the skyline. The observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of the cosmopolitan hub.
Move beyond the modernity to experience the old-world charm of the metropolis by heading over to Dusseldorf's Altstadt (Old Town) and walk around the Marktplatz to witness the majestic Town Hall (Rathaus) as well as view the imposing Castle Tower (Schlossturm) in Burgplatz, residing on the banks of the river Rhine. One of the notable highlights in the Castle is the Castle Tower Shipping Museum (Schifffarht-Museum Schlossturm) that holds a tiny collection on Rhineland river transport and also learn a little more about the city's past glories with an audio visual guide (in English). The Old Town is popular for being the 'longest bar in the world' since the locality houses over 300 bars and discotheques.
Brimming with several museums and art-galleries, Dusseldorf is a haven for art & artifact enthusiasts such as the Nordrhein-Westfalen Art Collection which houses two buildings - K20 encompasses 20th-century masterpieces and K21 is home to 19th-century architecture. Other notable museums include the Classic Remise Dusseldorf ( vast collection of classic and vintage cars), German Ceramics Museum ( assortment of pottery, earthenware and porcelain wartes) and Museum Kunst Palast ( a wide variety of art collections from the Middle Ages to contemporary work; one of Europe's most exquisite collection of glass art). Feel closer to nature and unwind with the many parks housed in the metropolis like the Nordpark's Japanese Garden and the Hofgarten.
Dusseldorf is a shoppers paradise particularly for those who stay up-to-date with the latest fashion trends. Take a walk around the main shopping street in the city - Konigsallee to take a look at the top designer outlets such as Cartier, Lacoste, Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Joop and Prada. Another famous shopping neighborhood is the Schadowstrasse that houses plenty of department stores especially trendy shoe shops. For purchasing affordable goods and local merchandise, stop by the many flea markets and street markets housed in the city. No trip to the metropolis is complete without sipping on it's native beer, Altbier. This dark beer that is served in small glasses is not only available in any restaurant or pub/bar in the city but is also only brewed in breweries around Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf is home to a plethora of stay options and caters to the luxury-craving tourists who are seeking high-end hotels suitable to their extravagant lifestyle as well as provides modest and cheap accommodations and apartments to the budget travellers and backpackers.
Dusseldorf experiences temperate climate with warm winters and cold winters. The best time to holiday in this metropolis is during July and August when the climate lends itself for a great vacation for the temperatures are pleasant.