The capital city in the German Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, urban Düsseldorf is one of the largest centers of cultural and business life in Germany. The Rhine River divides the city into two contrasting parts - the eastern bank with the historic Old Town (Altstadt) and the western bank, dotted with commercial centers, banks, and dizzying skyscrapers.
A former fishing village in the mouth of a quiet river Dussel has more than 800 years of history. In 1609, Wilhelm V declared Düsseldorf a scientific humanitarian center and all the nobility started to gather here.
Nowadays, the majority of travelers start their acquaintance with the city from the Old Town, home to such gems as the 16th-century Gothic Town Hall situated on the Market Square and having the monument of Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz just in front.
Dusseldorf has also preserved a number of interesting religious monuments. One of the most iconic sights is the Basilica of St. Lambert, the construction of which began in the 8th century. The basilica is notable primarily for the 12th-century works of art stored within its walls, and the relics of the saints, which are considered miraculous.
One more religious landmark worth your attention is the Church of St. Andreas. Located in the heart of Düsseldorf, the Church was built in the first half of the 17th century and houses the tombs of the royal dynasty of Wittelsbach within its walls.
Those, fond of long walks, can discover the lush green expanses of the biggest park in Düsseldorf, Hofgarten.
Art lovers, in their turn, are welcome to pay a visit to:
- Museum Kunstpalast
- Goethe Museum
- Hetjens Museum