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An international business hub and financial centre, Duesseldorf is one of the smartest and sleekest cities in Germany. The fashion, advertising, telecommunications and banking industries all have a strong presences in the city, making it a great destination for anyone who wants to be at the heart of world business. Outside office hours, the city boasts a lively nightlife, vibrant arts scene and choice of shopping areas, perfect for exploring during an action-packed city break, business trip or a romantic weekend away.
Altstadt – The Altstadt is made up of atmospheric streets and historic buildings. Though the Altstadt is a great place for sightseeing, eating and meandering, it’s best known for its nightlife with over 300 pubs and clubs found in its tiny area. According to local legend, the bar-counter of each watering hole connects with the next, giving the area the nickname “the longest bar in the world”.
Medienhafen – This redeveloped harbour area, located to the west of the Altstadt along the Rhine, is fast becoming a dynamic alternative to the older part of the city when it comes to nightlife. As well as a choice of restaurants, bars and clubs, the area boasts a number of buildings by famous architects including Frank Gehry, David Chipperfield and Joe Coenen.
Flingern – Once a quiet residential suburb, Flingern has been transformed in recent years by an influx of young, arty residents. Home to a burgeoning creative scene, a number of trendy bars and some interesting boutiques, the area has plenty to keep visitors busy for an afternoon of culture or a night of alternative partying.
Stadtmitte – The city centre of Duesseldorf is home to the main station, a selection of theatres and one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe. The perfect place to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, take in a show or soak up a bit of local culture, Stadtmitte is the commercial heart of the city.
Duesseldorf’s most prominent sight is the Rheinturm, a high telecommunications tower in the heart of the city. Visible from across Duesseldorf, the tower is home to a high altitude bar and lounge with panoramic views of the city. Other famous sights include Koenigsallee, an elegant tree lined boulevard with a pretty canal running along its centre, and the Schloss Benrath, an imposing 18th century palace on the outskirts of Duesseldorf that houses a museum and event space.
Two of the most popular activities in Duesseldorf are shopping and drinking. Schadowstrasse, one of the city’s main commercial streets, is among the most frequented shopping areas in Europe, while Koenigsallee also offers a wide selection of designer outlets. One of the best places for a night out is the Altstadt, which transforms into one enormous bar come the weekend. Visitors who want to soak up a bit of culture during their stay in Duesseldorf should visit the iconic Schauspielhaus, the Deutsche Oper am Rhine or Kunsthalle Duesseldorf.