Capital of Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state, the modern and vibrant city that is Dusseldorf (Düsseldorf) retains plenty of traditional character beneath its glamour, glitz and enormous trade fairs. Today, Dusseldorf is bursting with culture, plenty of culinary regional delights, and many exciting nightspots. This is especially the case around the Old Town area of Dusseldorf, better known as the Altstadt district, where fine architecture lines much of the Rhine River.
Much of Dusseldorf's Altstadt quarter is well pedestrianised and a great place to begin your sightseeing, with many historical sights, boutiques, museums and tourist attractions being within walking distance of each other. The true heart of the Altstadt is the Marktplatz, while nearby, a popular tourist information centre can be found on the Burgplatz, dispensing plenty of useful tourism advice. For some of the best shopping within Dusseldorf, pay a visit to Königsallee, known simply as the 'Ko'.
Dusseldorf - lively provincial capital and the centre of the Rhineland. It is home to the seat of government and the Königsallee, one of the most beautiful German shopping avenues. The enchanting Altstadt (Old Town) is known as the world's longest bar!
The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf lies on the bank of the Rhine, and is the main centre for industry and culture in the Ruhr-Rhine area. First off it seems like any other German business metro, wealthy businessmen walking purposefully briefcase in hand but scratch the surface and you will discover Düsseldorf’s many faces.
A city that is cosmopolitan and rich in culture, with historical buildings that were damaged during the Second World War now beautifully restored to their past glory, Düsseldorf has become fashion hub and culture capital. Renowned for its many bars and throbbing nightlife Düsseldorf is not called the ‘world’s biggest bar’ for nothing. Yes, with some 500 clubs and bars in the Aldstadt area downtown its one big party in the evenings in Düsseldorf. Offsetting this is the rich art in the many museums in the same area.
The city lies on the right bank of the river Rhine. Back then it was known as Dusseldorp. Dating back to the Roman times, Dusseldorf’s history goes back to the time when a few Germanic tribes were standing in way of the Holy Roman Empire to capture this marshy part of Rhineland. The Germanic tribe successfully repelled the attached of the Romans. However, until the year 1135 there were no written record of Dusseldorf.
In the year 1186, the Bergs conquered the city and by 1280 it was made the centre of the Berg kingdom. On August 14, 1288, Dusseldorf was officially granted city status by Count Adolf V. The city continued to develop thereafter and eventually a market formed within the city. This market made Dusseldorf an important location for business and was made the regional capital of the Duchy of Berg in the year 1380. During this time the church of Saint Lambertus was built which still can be visited.
In the year 1500, Duke Wilhelm took control of the Duchy of Berg, and erected his castle within the city. Dusseldorf became the location of Germany''s first public park, when the Hofgarten was built in the
year 1700. In the year 1803, Napoleonic Wars took place and put a stop to the prosperity of the city and the city continued to spiral downward through the end of World War II in 1945.
It suffered huge damage and most of the people started living in poverty. However, with the end of the World War II, the city regained its lost glory and most of the buildings were restored. Commerce moved back into the city, and currently the city has once again become a bustling city centre.
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