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The Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus is a theatre building in Düsseldorf, with four auditoria.
Botanical Garden of Düsseldorf
The Botanischer Garten Düsseldorf (8 hectares), also known as the Botanischer Garten der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and the Botanischer Garten der Universität Düsseldorf, is a botanical garden maintained by the University of Düsseldorf. It is located at Universitätsstraße 1, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and open daily in the warmer months; admission is free.
[ source: Düsseldorf Tourist Bureau ]
Aquazoo and Löbbecke Museum
The aim of the Aquazoo and Löbbecke Museum in the northern part of Düsseldorf is to scientifically document flora and fauna and convey the fascination which it involves. Don't miss the Gentoo Penguin exhibit. The combination of animal shows and scientific collections and the extraordinary exhibition concept in customized architecture make the museum one of the most well-loved destinations in the City for a day out.
Hours: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Dec. 24, 25, and 31. Jan. 1, Jan. 5.
Admission: 6 € Adults, 4 € Children 6-18, Family Card 12 €
The Goethe Museum in the Schloss Jägerhof palace is dedicated to the life and works of the great poet. The museum is home to 1,000 exhibits and is sponsored by the Anton and Katharina Kippenberg Foundation. Kippenberg donated his private collection to the museum, including autographs; books; busts; paintings; coins; medals; plaques; and china.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 1pm to 5pm.
Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries (Kunstsammlung K20, K21)
K20this museum concentrates on the art of the 20th century. Important works from Picasso to Beuys can be admired here in the permanent exhibition. Temporary exhibitions with works of famous artists also attract many visitors. Since 2002, the Kunstsammlung also runs
K21, which is based in the historical Ständehaus and is dedicated to art from the 21st century. Guided tours in English are available.
Please Note: K20 is closed for renovations until Summer 2010.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am- 6pm. Saturday and Sunday 11am -6.pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission: 6.50 € Adults, $4.50 € Concessions, 15 € Family Card.
The Film Museum opened in 1993 and is located in Düsseldorf's Old Town. Apart from different traveling exhibitions, it has a permanent exhibition on the history of films and cinema. The ground floor of the Film Museum is the Black Box Theater which shows historic and current art films. Tours and Workshops are offered.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm.
Admission: 3 € Adults, 1.5 € Concessions.
Art Museum Kunst Palast
The Museum Kunst Palast includes objects of fine arts from Classical antiquity to the present, including drawings, sculptures, a collection of more than 70,000 graphic exhibits and photographs. On the other side, there are a lot of examples of applied arts and design and one of the most outstanding glass collections. There is a great arts library too. The graphic collection includes 14,000 Italian baroque graphics. The Archive for artistical photography of the rhenanian artscene (AFORK) is part of the Modern Department.
The collection presents several works from Europe, Japan, Persia/Iran and some other places, beginning with the 3rd century B.C.. The art collection also include works from other periods such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, the time of Goethe, the 19th century, the 20th century and the present.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm.
Admission: from 6 €
Benrath Palace (Schloss Benrath)
The most famous of Düsseldorf's palaces is in the borough of Benrath and was built in the 18th century as a palace for the Elector Carl Theodor von der Pfalz. Today it is one of Düsseldorf's most popular excursion spots and houses various museums, such as the European Horticultural Art Museum. The court architect Nicolas de Pigage (1723 1798) designed the magnificent building and the rolling parklands in which you can promenade even today. The ensemble at Benrath has been proposed for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hours: April 16 - October 31: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm. November 1 - April 15: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm. Closed Monday.
Admission: A combined ticket for all museum in Benrath Palace is 10.50 € Adults, 7.50 € Concessions; Children under 18 free.
Schadowstraße is a shopping street in Düsseldorf, Germany, located in the districts of Stadtmitte and Pempelfort. The street cuts through downtown Düsseldorf, starting at Königsallee, passing the Tausendfüßler and reaching up to Berliner Allee. Schadowstraße is named after the German Romantic painter Wilhelm von Schadow.
The Western section towards Königsallee is a pedestrian zone and has some landmark buildings, such as the Schadow Arkaden, a shopping mall designed by German architect Walter Brune in 1994, and the Peek & Cloppenburg flagship store, designed by American architect Richard Meier in 2001. A new underground station named "Schadowstraße" is currently under construction at the junction with Berliner Allee and scheduled to open in 2014. It's one of the most frequented shopping streets in Düsseldorf.
Wunderland Kalkar is an amusement park in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, just north of Düsseldorf. It is built on the former site of SNR-300, a nuclear power plant that never went online because of construction problems and protests. The park was constructed by Dutch entrepreneuer Hennie van der Most, who purchased the site for a rumored price of USD$3 billion. Wunderland Kalkar receives around 600,000 visitors each year.
Many of the facilities constructed for the plant have been integrated into the park and its attractions, including the cooling tower, which features a swing ride and a climbing wall. The park also features four restaurants, eight bars, and six hotels.
The NRW Forum Wirtschaft und Kultur or Forum NRW is a museum in Düsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine-Westfalia, dealing with the development and the economy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia or regions within it, e.g. the Rhine-Ruhr-region. It is located in the Ehrenhof complex, built by Wilhelm Kreis in 1925-26, which also houses the museum kunst palast.
In the 1970s it was opened as the Museum für Industrie und Wirtschaft ("Museum for Industry and Economy"). In the 1990s it changed its name, and also the underlying concept behind the displays. Originally, more than 50% of the display was permanent, but nowadays there are changing exhibitions on several themes. For example, in 1998 there was an exhibition on design in the 1960s for three months, followed by one on the history of the VW Beetle. In 2000 there was a project showing the history, present and future scenarios of the Rhine-Ruhr region; and so on. The exhibitions are mostly based on political, historical, social or economical themes or phenomena, seen from a particular point of view. The museum specialises in photographic and new media collections.
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is an exhibition hall for contemporary art in Düsseldorf.
The present art centre was built in 1967 in Brutalist architecture by the architects Konrad Beckmann and Brockes. They used commercially available precast concrete for the construction work.
Kunst im Tunnel
Kunst im Tunnel or KIT is a contemporary art museum in Düsseldorf. It is the new exhibition space of Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, located within the Rheinufertunnel - hence the name. It has an underground exhibition area of 850m².
The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is the art collection of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, located in Düsseldorf. United by this institution are three different exhibition venues: the K20 at Grabbeplatz, the K21 in the Ständehaus and the Schmela Haus. The Kunstsammlung was founded in 1961 by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia as a foundation under private law for the purpose of displaying the art collection and expanding it through new acquisitions.
During its 50 year history, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen has earned an international reputation as a museum for the art of the 20th century. For some time now, however, the chronological spectrum of the collection - which was initiated through the purchase of works by Paul Klee - has extended up to the immediate present. The building at Grabbeplatz (K20), with its characteristic black granite façade, was inaugurated in 1986. An extension building was completed in 2010.
With major works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Piet Mondrian, among others, as well as a wide-ranging ensemble of circa 100 drawings and paintings by Paul Klee, the permanent collection of the Kunstsammlung offers a singular perspective of classical modernism. The collection of postwar American art includes works by Jackson Pollock and Frank Stella and by Pop artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol; other high points of the collection are works by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Tony Cragg, Sarah Morris, Katharina Fritsch, Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell and Imi Knoebel.
Opened in spring of 2002 as an additional venue of the Kunstsammlung was the Ständehaus (K21) set alongside the Kaiserteich, a building which formerly served as the seat of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Among the highlights on view there are a number of artist’s rooms and large-scale installations, a special focus of this portion of the collection.
The Schmela Haus, located in Düsseldorf’s historic district, joined the Kunstsammlung in 2009 as a "rehearsal stage" and lecture venue. When it first opened in 1971, this protected landmark by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck (1918–1999) was home to the Galerie Alfred Schmela, and was the first building to be erected in the Federal Republic of Germany expressly as an art gallery. Since spring of 2011, the Schmela Haus is also used again for exhibitions.
The Museum Kunstpalast is an art museum in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Museum Kunst Palast was founded as Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, a typical communal arts collection in Germany. The first exhibits were given by the popular regent Jan Wellem, Duke of Palatinate, and his wife Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici and some rich citizens of Düsseldorf. The number of exhibits was expanded in the 19th century by the collection of Lambert Krahe, formerly a collection for educational reasons of the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. The Düsseldorfer Gallerieverein, founded in 19th century, collected many drawings of the Düsseldorfer Malerschule, later given to that collection. The museum for advanced arts, whose opening was in 1883, merged with that museum later. The Kunstmuseum in its actual form opened in 1913, it became a foundation (in private-public partnership) called: "Stiftung museum kunst palast" in 2000.
Tonhalle Düsseldorf is a concert hall in Düsseldorf. It was built by the architect Wilhelm Kreis.
It was built in 1926 as a planetarium, the biggest in the world at the point of construction. During the 1970s it was converted into a concert hall.
The Arag-Tower or ARAG-Tower is a skyscraper office tower, which houses the headquarters of the European insurance group Arag. It is located in Mörsenbroich, the northern district of Düsseldorf.
Two architect offices — Foster and Partners and Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky — collaborated on the project, and project management was entrusted to Hochtief AG. The construction took place between 1998 and 2001 with the final cost of the building being 46 million euros.
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) is an opera company based in Düsseldorf and Duisburg. The opera also has an associated classical ballet company.
After the 1875 construction of what became the Düsseldorf Opernhaus, a strong connection between the two cities’ opera houses existed from 1887 to 1920, and was not re-established until 1955 with the creation of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
The company performs in the Opernhaus Düsseldorf, built in 1875. It was partially destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed to officially re-open in 1956. Theater Duisburg, built in 1912, was completely destroyed, and rebuilt in 1950.
The current general manager is Christoph Meyer; the chief conductor is John Fiore.
In 2006 and 2007, a major reorganization and renovation of the Opera House in Duesseldorf took place. The first opera performance in the newly renovated theater was La traviata, conducted by the American John Fiore.
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Düsseldorf is one of the economic centers of Western Germany and is located in the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, with more than 10 million inhabitants.
The city is famous for its nightlife, carnival, events, shopping, also for fashion and trade fairs, like the Boot Messe (famous for boats and watersports) and Igedo (fashion). Every year more than 4 Million people visit the big fun fair (Kirmes) during 9 days in summer.
Things to See
The tourist information office (across the street from the train station) has free maps with walking routes designed around a specific theme (e.g.,
Düsseldorf in 1 Hour).
- Old City, (U-Bahn stop: Heinrich-Heine-Allee). 16-1. The place where everyone can get drunk and party because there are so many bars and pubs. Sometimes called the longest bar in the world because of all the bars and pubs. Other than that, it's just enjoyable to walk around. Some notable buildings: Heinrich Heine's birthplace, the Schlossturm (Castle Tower), St. Andreas Church, Neander Church.
- Rhine Promenade - along the river bordering the Old City, it leads all the way down to the Media Harbor.
- Media Harbor, (Tram stop: Platz des Landtages) - has several interesting buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Claude Vasconi, and David Chipperfield.
- Rhine Tower, (Tram stop: Platz des Landtages). Adults: € 3.40. editThe 240-meter high Rhine Tower is right on the Rhine river, near the Media Harbor. It offers a 360-degree view from the restaurant, at 172 m. Amazing views. The restaurant serves food and overpriced beverages, but it is worth a trip for the view.
- Once a year, like in many other German cities, a Night of Museums is organized by the City of Dusseldorf and the consulting firm Ernst (Ernst vacation rentals | Ernst travel guide) & Young.
- The annual Christmas market, which centres around the Altstadt.
- Once a year, there is a carnival-Kilmes-along the Rhein during summer. In the park, there are roller coasters, Ferris wheel, flying jinny and also beer garden. And Watermelons are sold everywhere in this park. You may get it as soon as possible. The extent of this theme park is not so big, but many people want to go there and enjoy it.
- Benrath Palace and Park, (Tram stop: Schloss Benrath, S-Bahn stop: Benrath S) - the Corps de Logis is the central building of the three-wing maison de plaisance which was erected for the Palatine Elector Carl Theodor by his garden and building director Nicolas de Pigage. Construction was completed in 1770 - a complete work of art that unites architecture and nature in one overlapping concept, one that is today rated as one of the most beautiful palaces of the rococo epoch. The park besides the Palace has nearly 62.000 square meters.
Things to Do
- Altstadt - meaning
old city,of Düsseldorf is very beautiful. You can find the Alt beer in a lot of traditional breweries like the
Schumacher(tourists and local citizens like these places).
- Königsallee, (U-Bahn stop: Steinstr./Kö) - internationally well-known, called the "Kö". Many high level fashion stores are at the Kö. It is sometimes referred to as the "Champs-Élysées of Germany".
- Film-Museum, Schulstraße 4. Tues-Sun 11-17, Wed 11-21. 3 €, Reduced, 1.50 €,; Students under 18 free.
- Hetjens Museum/Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Schulstrasse 4. Tues-Sun 11-17, Wed 11-21.
- Theatermuseum, Hofgärtnerhaus, Jägerhofstrasse 1. Tues-Sun 13-20:30.
- Stadtmuseum, Berger Allee 2. Tues-Sun 11-18.
Trips to Do
- Bonn, the former capital of Germany is located due south and easy to reach by train or S-Bahn.
- Königswinter - a small town reachable by train.
- Brühl, a nearby suburb of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) contains the Augustusburg (Augustusburg vacation rentals | Augustusburg travel guide) Palace which has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List (List vacation rentals | List travel guide). The palace is one of the key works of Balthasar Neuman, and contains one of the finest Rococco interiors in the world, the highlight being the main staircase. Also in the grounds is the magnificent hunting Lodge of Falkenslust. Brühl (Brühl vacation rentals | Brühl travel guide) can be easily reached by train. The theme park Phantasialand is also in Brühl.
- Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) - if you are interested in heavy industry and/or industrial culture this might be a worthwhile trip. It is located about 50 km north of Düsseldorf. The region, which was the center of montan (coal and steel) industry in Germany is going through a structural transformation and presents their industrial heritage with pride on the Industrial Heritage Trail
- Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is the third largest airport in Germany and offers connections to 175 destinations worldwide. The main airport of Düsseldorf is located about 15 kilometers away from the main railway station. It takes 12 minutes by city railway "S7" to the main railway station, by car, bus or taxi about 20 minutes. The costs are € 2,20 for city railway or bus ("Preisstufe A"), about € 20/ € 22 for taxi-taxis are located in front of the airport terminals.
- Airport Weeze (NRN) - Frequented by smaller, low-cost airlines flying into Düsseldorf. The airport is 80 kilometers away from Düsseldorf main railway station, by car or bus a 90 minutes drive (bus: 5-6 departures per day, € 14 fare).
- Düsseldorf-Mönchengladbach Airport (MGL) - This airport is about 40 minutes away from Düsseldorf, although not currently served.
The Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (main station) is a major stop for Deutsche Bahn (German state railway).
Düsseldorf is connected to the highways A3, A44, A46, A52, A57 (via Neuss) and A59.
- By bus, tramway or subway: network operated by Rheinbahn AG
- By suburban railway (S-Bahn)
More specifically, for timetables of buses, trams, etc. use:
- bahn.de (German, English, French and Italian)
- vrr.de (German, English and French)
- Net Plan of regional transfer service
Most spots of Dusseldorf can be reached by local transportation. Tickets must be purchased and postmarked before using the transportation service. After postmarking you usually have 90 Minutes to reach your final destination. Ticket Class
A is adequate to reach your destinations within Düsseldorf.
[ source: Wikitravel ]
More about the History of Düsseldorf
In the 7th and 8th centuries, the odd farming or fishing settlement could be found at the point where the small river Düssel flows into the Rhine. It was from such settlements that the city of Düsseldorf grew. The first written mention of the town of Düsseldorf dates back to 1135 (then called Dusseldorp). It was told that under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa the small town of Kaiserswerth, lying to the North of Düsseldorf, became a well fortified outpost, where soldiers kept their watchful eyes over every movement on the Rhine. Kaiserswerth eventually became a suburb of Düsseldorf in 1929.
By the mid-19th century, Düsseldorf enjoyed a revival thanks to the Industrial Revolution as the city boasted 100,000 inhabitants by 1882; the figure doubled in 1892. It was a target of strategic bombing during World War II, particularly during the RAF bombing campaign against the Ruhr industry in 1943 when over 700 bombers would be used in a single night.
In 1946 Düsseldorf was made capital of the new federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city's reconstruction proceeded at a frantic pace and the economic transformation saw Düsseldorf growing into the wealthy city of trade, administration and service industries as it is known today.
Düsseldorf is one of the economic centers of Western Germany, located in the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, which has more than 10 million inhabitants. The city is famous for its nightlife, carnival, events, shopping, fashion, and trade fairs, like the Boot Messe (famous for boats and watersports). Every year more than 4 million people visit the Kirmes summer festival. Noteworthy destinations include the old city, which features Heinrich Heine's birthplace, the Schlossturm (Castle Tower), St. Andreas Church, and Neander Church. There is also the Rhine Promenade, a river walk bordering the old city, and the Media Harbor, which offers some architectural points of interest. Additionally, Dusseldorf boasts an array of other things to do and see ranging from breweries to museums.
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