It would be probably a good idea to start the blog by telling a little bit about the city where I currently live in. I moved to Düsseldorf at the end of February 2014, so I have been living here for about four months now. Düsseldorf might not be the first option when you start planning a trip to Germany, but there is no reason to skip it either.
Düsseldorf has actually quite a lot to offer. The river Rhine is flowing through the city bringing a fresh breeze to the city centre. One way of spending a sunny summer day is to go cruising along the Rhine. There are some sandy beaches along the river, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend swimming in the Rhine; I haven’t confirmed this fact, but I’ve heard there is so much blue-green alga in the water that you’d better get a vaccination after a swim.
Besides the Rhine, the most well-known landmark of Düsseldorf is Rheinturm, a radio and TV tower approximately 240 meters high. You can visit the tower for 5 euros (entrance fee in 2014). The view over the city is pretty amazing, so it will be money well spent. On the top floor of the tower there is a restaurant that is turning one full round every hour, constantly giving you new sights and telling you the direction of your view.
At dark hours the colourful lights in the tower look pretty nice. They actually have a real purpose; Rheinturm is the biggest digital clock in the world. Once I was able to take a photo exactly at midnight, when the tower is showing its’ multi-coloured lights. Unfortunately the camera of my crappy cell phone didn’t quite understand that there was a chance for an amazing shot.
Altstadt a.k.a. the old town is obviously the heart of the city. Even though the original Altstadt was nearly completely destroyed in the bombings of the World War II, most of the buildings have been restored. This means Düsseldorf has an old old town and a new old town. In Altstadt you can find the most of the city’s attractions, shopping possibilities and museums (which they have a lot, starting from a film museum all the way to a carnival museum – and everything possible between).
Altstadt is also called as ‘the longest bar in the world’, due to the fact that on the streets of Altstadt there are more than 300 bars and nightclubs right next to each other. Oh, not to forget to mention the local breweries and Alt beer.
So many wonderful things were created in Düsseldorf, including Die Toten Hosen, a legendary punk band from the 80’s that was founded in one of Altstadt’s numerous bars.
In case you are interested in architecture, or just like funny looking buildings, Düsseldorf is definitely worth visiting.
Before I finish my very first post, I have to add some mandatory church pictures. No matter what do you believe and why, churches are always nice to look at – and visit, especially when there happens to be an ongoing mass when you peak in to a Catholic Church.
I can guarantee there will be more posts about Düsseldorf. This was a short presentation about the city I live in and about its’ most important and well-known attractions and characters, as a starting post for the blog.
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