Dusseldorf is the capital city of the state or North Rhine-Westphalia. Elevated 45 meters above sea level, it is divided by the Rhine River. The Altstadt ( the Old Town) is situated on the east bank of the river and the modern, commercial part of the city is on the western bank. It was created as a subdivision of the Prussian Rhineland when Prussia reformed its administrative policies in 1815. In 1822 the Regierungsbezirk Kleve was incorporated into Regierungbezirk Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf was first established as a city in the early twelfth century under the emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, the north of which was a military outpost where soldiers looked over the Rhine. It became a part of Prussia in 1815. Despite suffering in the Thirty Years’ War and the War of the Spanish Succession, it has done remarkably well for itself, thanks to Elector Johann Wilhelm II. Most of the destruction caused by the World War II was reconstructed. It is now a banking center of the state with a huge wholesale market and many iron, steel, glass, chemical and textile industries.
Dusseldorf is a center of fashion and art. It has more than 100 art galleries and many museums. The city has wide streets which are lined with shops made for tourists. These become main tourist attractions along with many wide squares and riverside walkways. Dusseldorf has many places to visit. It has three harbors on the Rhine. With a rich past and history, there are many places worth visiting here. Monuments like the Lambertuskirche, the Old Town hall, Jagethof Castle, etc. are the testaments of its illustrious past.
Places to visit in Dusseldorf
- Konigsallee: Konigsallee is Dusseldorf’s most austere shopping arena. This long avenue of the posh area was designed in 1802 and even now continues to attract people and tourists with a brilliant collection of wonderful boutiques, luxurious shopping places, art galleries, along with numerous food joints. It extends up to 31 meters, along both sides of the old town moat. It starts from Graf-Adolf- Platz and stretches till the Hofgarten in north, where it ends at the Triton Fountain.
- Old Town: Altstadt or the Old Town Dusseldorf is on the east side of the Rhine. Rathaus (the Old Town Hall) and a large statue of Johann Wilhelm II in the Marktplatz are well preserved, dominant tourist attractions here.
- Castle Tower: Not much has remained of the old castle that once looked over the entire city, except the castle tower or Schlossturm in Burgplatz on the banks of the Rhine. The tower also has one of the country’s oldest and best marine museums – Schiffahrts Museum.
- North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection: Also known as Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfales spreads across three areas in Dusseldorf. K20,the largest cluster, is found in Grabbeplatz, and is a vast gallery with numerous examples of modern art. K21, in the Standehaus building, is the second collection with displays paintings,as well as sculptures and films of the modern style. The third one hosts temporary exhibits at Schmela Haus.
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