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Dusseldorf is a business orientated city with an exciting twist. The Rheinufer promenade has numerous cafes and seating areas to allow you to enjoy the fine weather. If you’re looking for a livelier trip you can go bar-hopping around the historical quarter or Alstadt or visit bars in the Medienhafen harbour, while enjoying its quirky, avant-garde architecture. Additionally, Dusseldorf recently won an award for the most beautiful square in Germany, Burgplatz, so there are plenty picturesque locations at your fingertips in Dusseldorf.
You can reach Dusseldorf in a few hours from our ports in Dunkirk, Calais and Kiel. Our ferry to Amsterdam from Newcastle is also a convenient way of reaching Dusseldorf seeing as it only takes a couple of hours to reach Germany, via Europe’s excellent motorway system.
There are numerous art museums and cultural institutions around the city. The recently revamped Nordrhein-Westfalen art museum has a diverse collection and is spread throughout three buildings and deftly spans the arc of 20th-century art history. It includes the work of local artists, as well as the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Rauschenberg. The other two buildings are a 19th-century parliament house, holding an incongruous array of photographs, installations and video art and the Schmela Haus, designed by Aldo van Eyck, which is a pile of blocks, resembling a Lego tower.
The twisted tower of the 14th-century St Lambertuskirche is an interesting sight to visit. It overlooks the Gothic tabernacle, as well as a number of marble tombs and baroque altars. For a more intimate experience, visit the historic Marktplatz, shadowed by the Renaissance Rathau town hall and adorned with a regal statue of Jan Wellem. Then afterwards you visit where he’s buried in the gleaming white Andreaskirch. You can find the six saint sculptures that survived from the original altar, or, if you go on Sunday at 4.30pm, be treated to a free organ concert in the upstairs gallery.
There are fashion and trade fairs like the Boot Messe (a must for boat and watersport enthusiasts), as well as the immensely popular Kirmes fair, the Largest Fair on the Rhine, which runs for nine days in summer and attracts more than 4 million visitors annually.