Photo: Philipp Schiwek
Most large cities have impressive sights and monuments. Chicago has the Sears Tower, Sydney the Opera House and Paris has the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. And Dusseldorf? Looking at the skyline from the Oberkassel Bridge, Oberkasseler Brücke, that crosses the Rhine River, Dusseldorf seems rather modest.
However the Castle Tower, Burgturm is older than Paris' Eiffel Tower and marks the centre of the old city, Altstadt - also known as the longest bar in the world because of the many interesting watering holes. Then there are the crazy shaped Gehry buildings on the edge of the harbour. Sculptured architecture pure.
Looking for statues there's the Child's cartwheel, Radschläger, which symbolizes a local tradition, the sculpure confrontation, Auseinandersetzung, which shows two older men and then there is Johann Wilhelm von Pfalz-Neuburg who was the Elector of Palatine and godfather of the city’s growth, found in front of the town hall, also in the old city.
Not far from Herr Pfalz-Neuburg are the famous brewery pubs Füchschen, Zum Schlüssel, and Uerige where the finest Dusseldorf specialty dark ale, Altbier is served. It's a true experience, for example, to taste this delicious dark, brown beer while standing in the crowded, old corridors of Uerige.
And then there's the The King’s Avenue, Königsallee or Kö, Dusseldorf’s boulevard of dreams. Outlets of the world's finest fashion, accessories or fragrances are found on this luxury mile.