Behind the border Düsseldorf, the biggest european industry area starts with many old industry buildings getting demolished or transfered for other occasions.
As best example see an old steel mill in Duisburg.
When night falls in Duisburg, the blast furnaces flash up. Neon green and other bright colors - art(ificial) light - illuminate the sky, as Park & Light comes into action. Jonathan Park, the British light artist, has created a spectacular event.
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Like any other self-respecting German city, Düsseldorf has a comprehensive Adult Education Center (VHS) with a full selection of courses in languages, social sciences, culture, vocational training and much more.
An unusual feature of the VHS in Düsseldorf is that they have a great location right behind the main railroad station. In earlier years I used to come here on business sometimes, and I have just seen from their website that after all this time they are still using our series of textbooks for their English courses -- bravo!
Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 1, 40227 Düsseldorf
GPS 51°13'8.34" North; 6°47'46.48" East
Bert Gerresheim: Battle or Worringen
A beautiful, yet graphic monument to the foundation of the city of Duesseldorf at the Burgplatz in Old Town Aldst Duesseldorf. It was donated by the 'Duesseldorfer Jonges' (an association taking care of local traditions) on the occasion of the 700th city jubilee in the year of 1988 depicting the Battle of Worringen and was designed by sculptor Bert Gerresheim. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Yes, you are right. Come to the right place to the right time and you can see frogs.
It is forbidden to catch and eat the frogs!
If you wanna see them, head for the Botanic Garden.
Take tram 707 from rail station towards university.
One of the neat things about Düsseldorf is the way that it combines the allure of a big city with the charms of a small town. For example, you can be walking in the middle of the bustling old city, and then only a hundred meters away you can stroll into a dense canopy of forest that makes you feel as if you far far away from the urban bustle. I especially liked the thickly forested "Spee's Graben," a rustic enclave in the heart of the city, created in the early 19th century from one of the ditches that surrounded the main battlements of the fortress. It's just off Berger Allee, behind the Stadtmuseum.
I found a memorial tablet at this house by chance and didn't even know about that before.
Inside this house there was a branch of the SS (Schutzstaffel) starting from 1933. Enemies of the Nationalsocialism were mistreated in cruelsomest manner HERE inside the torturing-cellars and taken to concentration camps afterwards.
Nowadays a part of the academy of art is accomodated inside this building.
Reuterkaserne, corner Eiskellerstrasse (academy of art).
Walk along the Rhine from old town northward (follow the direction of the water. Turn right into Reuterkaserne when you see grass with large stones. go straight to the end.
Residents incl. kids (males and females) who use a train southward only at times they got customized to the following habit:
When they take a train leaving central station and going to the South (Benrath, Cologne, Frankfurt) they watch out to the left side. Half a minute after a train left central station you see a house in the 1950's style named 'Bahndamm' on the left hand side in driving direction. All windows have numbers, some of them even a girl-name additionatly. The ladies like to stand in the open windows presenting their courageous underwear to the people in the trains.
The attached photo was taken in January at freezing weather conditions. That's why all windows are closed. But if you look into window 36 (middle floor - left of red) you will discover such a lady.
I found this sign outside a large stadium in Dusseldorf. Apparently, after soccer games, when the visiting fans leave, sometimes they leave "gifts" in the nearby woods for the home team.... making this sign necessary!!!! LOL
In the south part of Düsseldorf, not too far from Schloss Benrath (Castle), there is one of my favourite spots in Düsseldorf for a nice walk. The river rhine flows by there and there is quite a big area which is not being build on for every year the river expands and open space is flooded. There are no dams here. But for the nature it is really good, this is one of the largest open spaces in Düsseldorf, its is nature reserve, and I highly recommend going there. There are surprisingly litte people, sometimes if the weather isnt too great and on weekdays there is almost nobody there. Maybe some sheep. You can get there by going to the Castle and then through the park to the river. When you reach the river follow the road to the left for about 500 or 600 meters. Pass a white house on the right site of the road. It is the only house, its a restaurant. Behind the house turn right, it goes down steeply then you just go where you want.
On Saturdays there is a fleamarket on the Aachener Platz. (See Shopping Tips for more detail). There is a huge tent on the middle of the square where there is cafe called "Spermüll" and they play life Jazz there. The atmosphere is always really cool, as there are lots of people eating, drinking beer or coffee, talking, just enjoying a cigarette and listening to Jazz. And the best thing, its for free, you can bring your own drinks.
Announcing a settlement to become a city is a great thing - but why build such an ugly monument? you see it's built by a genius, an artist, including a huge number of details, history, stories, symbols, you can learn a lot about our city by letting someone explain the monument to you.
in my opinion it's just dark and messy and an unnecessary piece of art...
With the Rhine on its banks its easy to forget that the Dussel flows through Dusseldorf - this was just on the outskirts near where we were staying with our VT host - a pleasant tree-lined avenue, yet just a short tram ride away from the centre.
After living in D?sseldorf for 2 1/2 years I discovered this beautiful little rose garden behind the city museum.
There are benches around where people relax and read the newspapers, others make plans to change their lives (not me, yet...).
Really off the beaten path!
Our Nessy is not really a piece of art, but it has something to do with air ventilation. Nessy can blow up to 70.000 cubic meters air per hour into the gully below to provide the gully workers with fresh air.
It's located at the entrance of Volksgarten.
(more "arty" pictures coming in a travelogue!)
This little museum is virtually off all paths! There are no opening hours but you have to arrange a visit with the owner. It was open this your during the night of the museums, and I was overwhelmed! A whole building full of clocks! Clock next to clock!
The time is different on all of them, so every couple of minuits you hear a different one chiming. There are plain ones and ones with lots of decorations, old ones and really old ones, all very fascinating.
The owner repairs clocks and collects these special comtoise clocks, and he is a great storyteller!
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