I just loved the nightlife of Dusseldorf. Not for nothing is it known as "the longest bar in the world" - the streets of the town centre are crammed with bar after bar (broken here and there by the odd curry wurst or doner shop).
The atmosphere is lively, but always friendly.
Dusseldorf by walk, by bike, by bus
The Geschichtswerkstatt is an institution, where some people take care about the history of Düsseldorf. They do offer you various tours through Düsseldorf by walk, by bike and by bus.
Their internet site do also offer many interesting news and historical pictures.
The people are very friendly and are far from the standard tourist programme.
Huge rotisseries loaded with meat slowly spin waiting for the beinging of the noon hour crowds. Extensive menu to select from: Mixed Grill, Grillfeller, Pfeffersteak, Rumpsteak, Huftsteak, Cordon bleu, Putensteak, Zwiebelsteak, Champignonsteak, Zigeunersteak, Schnitzel, Raznjki, Pijeskavico, Cepapcki, Schweinebraten, Schweinehaxe, Eisbein, Schweineieber, Lamm, Jagerspiess, Leberkase, Filetspiess, Debreciner, Hahnchen, Schweinebrotchen, Cevapcicibrotchen, Pijeskavicabrotchen, Hamburger, Currywurst, Bratwurst, Bohnensuppe, Rinderkraftbruhe, Kraut Bohnensalat, Pommes Frites. Outstanding pork roll.
Above the City
The 234 m tall (768 ft) Rheinturm (Rhine tower), built from 1979 to 1981, is Düsseldorf's TV tower. It’s also the city’s tallest building and provides the best views of the city and its surroundings; I've actually been told that on a clear day it’s possible to the see the cathedral in Cologne. An elevator travelling with the speed of 4 m/second will take you up. At the top of the tower there’s a nice but pretty expensive restaurant, which during opening hours revolves around the axis of the tower. One lap is completed in an hour, thus the speed is not overwhelming! Below the restaurant there’s an open viewing platform (good for proposals...) and a cafeteria.
Another popular feature of the Rheinturm is the digital clock along the shaft of the tower. It was designed and developed by a light artist named Horst Baumann, and supposedly it’s the largest digital clock in the world. The time is displayed by lit and blinking lamps at the shaft of the tower. There’s some kind of logic behind it, but personally I've never been able to figure the time out!
The Germans take great pride in their TV-towers, naturally the Rheinturm is, according to the Düsseldorfer; "Germany's most beautiful TV-tower". However, I've also met quite a few Germans from other cities, sharing this opinion!
The Rheinturm is Düsseldorf's most popular landmark; during the day admired because of its graceful shape, and by night appreciated for its fascinating purple-blue light, illuminating the Rhine promenade.
The romantic ideals that host the spiritis of many Germans have threatened the Burgplatz with the reconstruction (an idealised one) of the former palace. Fortunately, none of these plans has ever succeeded and citizens along with visitors can still enjoy this beautiful open space without the constraints of a long gone past.