City Centre, Düsseldorf
Duesseldorf's outdoor food market is open every day except Sunday and well worth a visit. Its held in Carlsplatz , to the south of the Altstadt, just as it has been for the past 500 years or so.
You'll find fresh fruit and vegetables galore, a myriad of sausages (of course) and preserved meats, flowers, breads, cheeses and a whole range of places both within the market itself and in the surrounding buildings which offer drinks and snacks, with ethnic foods (including Indian dishes and sushi) on offer as well as German staples.
Carlsplatz is not a massive square but the market is so well laid-out that it crams a huge variety into quite a small space.
Definitely a 'must', especially if you are hungry! :-)
If you plan to go to Düsseldorf, why not take a convenient virtual guided tour by car around the city center? Have a look at my video here:
This tour will take you into Düsseldorf from the Kniebrücke-bridge, you will see the provincial parliament, the TV tower, the wonderful Rhine-Park, Medienhafen, the Gehry-Buildings, Museum Ehrenhof and Düsseldorf's iconic steel rope suspension bridges. Actually, you will drive through most of these sites as a passenger aboard a car.
I really liked the design of this "monument". We came across it by accident and it has taken me ages to find any info on it until recently.
Mack-Brunnen (named after it's creator)
Standort: Platz der Deutschen Einheit
Künstler: Heinz Mack (1988)
Material: Beton / Edelstahl / Naturstein (Concrete/high grade steel/natural stone)
Die 3 dreieckigen großen Brunnen-Segel (3,6,9m hoch)
sind von Wasserfontänen umgeben.
Interesting fact: (well... that's debatable :)) The 3 large triangular sails (3,6,9m high) are surrounded by a water fountain.
Many thanks to my VT friend pieter-jan v for helping me find this information!
Fine, you may have every edition of guide book on Düsseldorf. But give yourself a freedom to follow your own instinct. Many alleys and corners will touch your sense and enrich you on whats the meaning of nice, with capital N. No need to worry to get lost in Düsseldorf. After all, its you that know what you want.
I am not sure wheres it located, i think its in the side of The North-Rhine/Westphalia forum culture and economics points contextual exhibitions. All i remember, its close to some kind of modern art museum or exhibition hall.
Another example of great modern architecture in Düsseldorf is the Dreischeibenhaus, a classified historic monument and an excellent example of post-war German office buildings. The building, headquarters of Thyssen-Krupp AG, was completed in 1960 and comprises of three staggered parallel buildings. It is a distinguished looking building, and looks great from a number of viewpoints around the city, such as the one in the picture over the Landskrone park from Heinrich-Heine-Allee.
This was my first sight in Düsseldorf outside of the station, and I found it somewhat of a regular hub on my walks around the city. Carlsplatz is a busy market, and easily reached from the station, walking straight up the Friedrich-Ebert-Str directly in front of the main exit to the station, and just walking until you reach the market place. The market place itself used to be for the local farmers, but is now, as you might expect of a city like Düsseldorf, a "gourmet's paradise", as the tourist blurb states.
Apart from being a good place to buy fresh food, it is also conveniently close to a number of good places to eat and drink, like Uerige's traditional brewery.
Look out for these two lifesize male bronze sculptures having a "Conflict" in the sreet.
I suppose the shopping just got too much for them!
Erected in 1984 by Karl Henning Seemann
The district is full of Japanese company offices, hotels and restaurants. It's a place where Japanese take together in Duesseldorf.
The statues in the Centre were remarkable. This, as you can see ( I hope ), is a fountain that pours down perfectly.
This building, on the verge of the Altstadt, is said to be the first skyscraper ever built in Germany. It dates back to the early 1920s.
The Wilhelm-Marx-Haus is Germany's first office "skyscraper". It was built in 1924 and back then it was a revolutionary idea to build a 56 metre high building full of offices!