Wide streets lined with elegant shops, beautiful squares, parks and gardens and a bustling nightlife - that sums up Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Also a university town, it is well known as a centre for art and fashion, whilst maintaining its reputation as an international industrial conference hub. Rarely can such an exciting city be found that offers this amount of diversity, including culture, events, fairs, festivals and historical sights, together with a chicness that other cities can only dream of.
Visitors come for many reasons, from sightseeing through to business conferences and all can benefit from the "DüsseldorfCard", which not only provides a cheap and simple method of travelling around the city, but also offers unlimited use of buses and trams and, as an added bonus, reduced or even free entry into museums and various other attractions. Hotel accommodation ranges from five star luxury through to affordable guest houses and the DüsseldorfCard is available from many hotels, museums and Tourist Information Offices.
Düsseldorf has 50 districts, each with their own individual charm and attractions. There are many museums and art galleries, including the 'North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection', which is to be found in three separate buildings around Düsseldorf, the largest of which is located in the ultra-modern Grabbeplatz. Visit also the The Schlossturm, which is situated on the Rhine embankment and is the only preserved section of Düsseldorf's city palace, a famous landmark. It is now home to one of the oldest inland shipping museums in Germany, providing a fascinating insight into the history of the River Rhine.
Enjoy the wonderful riverside walkways, perhaps stopping for a coffee or lunch, before going to Nordpark's Japanese Garden with its themed areas set in 90 acres, or the Hofgarten, a 68 acre site with English styled landscaping and stunning wooded areas. The wild flower meadow at Düsseldorf University's Botanical Garden is a must, as is the Court Gardener House, the former home of garden architect Maximilian Weyhe, which now is home to the Theatre Museum.
Düsseldorf provides everything from huge malls through to exclusive and unique boutiques. Head to the elegant Königsallee, otherwise known as the "Kö", where, after an exciting shopping experience, it is possible to sit at a restaurant or café and people watch. This extraordinary street stretches from Graf-Adolf-Platz in the south to the Hofgarten in the north, ending at the beautiful Triton Fountain.
Once the sun sets, head to Düsseldorf's Rhine Embankment Promenade for supper or an early evening drink before heading out to the "longest bar in the world". This does not refer to one particular bar, but around 260 pubs and breweries, all located within just one square kilometre of Düsseldorf's cobblestoned old town main street, Bolkerstrasse. Sample the local beer, some of which is brewed in-house, or the potent yet delicious elixir, Killepitsch; a 42 per cent liqueur which is made from 98 different berries and herbs. Take a stroll slightly away from Bolkerstrasse to discover cocktail and chanson bars, a jazz club and even an Elvis Presley museum.
Once visited, the incredible city of Düsseldorf will never be forgotten, ensuring return visits time and time again.