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The Kö, or Konigsallee, is a prime piece of retailing real estate stretching from Karl-Theodor-Str. to the Landskrone. On both sides of the waterway there are many exclusive and expensive shops, as well as huge department stores and shopping complexes, like the Galeria Kaufhof and Seven. The kinds of shopping on offer include much in the way of luxury clothes and electronics, like fur coats for many thousands of euros. While the walk along the waterway is pleasant, the crowds can be enormous, like Konigstr. in Stuttgart, and the architecture is not all that much to shout about for the most part. There are some pleasant monument, like Triton pictured, and a few buildings of note, like the Galeria Kaufhof itself, but mostly it is just a gorge of capitalistic extravagance.
Triton on the Kö
Along Königsallee there is an elaborate sculpture/fountain dedicated to Triton - the God of the Sea. It looks a little too large for this smallish stretch of water but it was getting a lot of attention from tourists and ducks!!
The link is pretty good - one of those 360 panormas of the fountain and the area around it.
Kaufhof an der Ko
Pretty much every town in Germany has a Galeria Kaufhof, but I doubt any are quite as big and impressive as the Kaufhof an der Kö in Düsseldorf. Built by the famous Art Nouveau architect, Joseph Maria Olbrich, the building was built between 1907 and 1909 and is an imperious, stately and imposing addition to the shops on the Konigsallee. Being as most the Galeria Kaufhof shops in Germany have close to everything you could possibly want, you can be sure that the one in Düsseldorf has that, and then some.
The city centre
The city centre has lots of stores. It's look as it should be as a regional business centre but even here you can take a break by the canal, find a nice silent spot to walk around or maybe to relax from the rush.
Probably the most popular street in Dusseldorf. In the middle there is a channel and beautiful bridges over it. At one of it ends there is a fountain. The boulevard is famous with its shops. Actually this is the place where people go shopping; there isn’t anything you can’t find here.
Visit the Königsallee
In Düsseldorf, the Königsallee (or "the Ko" for short) is a high-end shopping district like New York's 5th Avenue. There are many high-end luxury stores. There are many trees lining the street, and there is also a stagnant body of water separating the two sides. During shopping hours, this street is packed with luxury cars -- and the sidewalks are filled with well-dressed consumers. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, this area is a nice place to take a stroll and watch the busy shoppers.
from hauptbahnhof get a ubahn to konigsallee and they have amazing shops. i cannot afford anything there, but i do like to put my nos up on the window at louis vuitton and make a dirty mark until i get sent away. warning - there are police men who will kill you if you drop a cigarette.
Exclusive shopping street
The Koeningsallee is the most exclusive shopping street in Duesseldorf. It's a nice street to stroll along the exclusive designer shops and along the water lined by Chestnut trees.
In former days the Koenigsallee used to be called "Kastanienallee" (Chestnut Alley). One day in 1848, however, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV came to visit Duesseldorf. It seemed that he wasn't very popular, because when he was driving along the Kastanienallee people threw horse poop at him. The city of Duesseldorf was so embarrassed that they changed the name of the street into Koenigsallee (King's alley) to try to make it good.
The recession is still biting
The Konigsallee is generally regarded as one of the finest shopping streets in Germany. The upmarket shops line both sides of the street and a number of medium-sized shopping centres and arcades are scattered along its' length.
The trees and canal in the centre also make the experience feel less crowded than in other similar places. It may also be the fact that Germany is still coming out of recession that the queues were shorter here than in places like Woolworth's in the old town where they were 30 or 40 deep !
By the way, the road is apparantly known as 'king's alley' due to an incident many years back (I promise I'm not making this up). The king of that area of Germany at the time was visiting Dusseldorf, but was pelted with a load of dung, crap, s h i t, muck, turds by some locals. One of the ways amends was made was to rename the street. I think this is rather a pity, it would be quite cool to shop along 'crap throwers road' or 'one in the face avenue' or
's h i t creek'. !!!
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Upmarket shops for the discerning...
Nothing unusual in having a shopping centre in Dusseldorf, but this place showcases much that is best in German design.
The range of furniture in particular is quite extraordinary.
I especially liked the ground floor where you could sit and have coffee on seats and sofas worth hundreds of pounds. As I looked up into the oval shaped atrium with flying staircases strung across it, I tried not to spill my coffee, although a few crumbs may have fallen down the back of the pristine blemish-free leather - sorry.
The "Shopping guide" also amused me. Unlike in the UK where such a guide is filled with adverts and vouchers this was just one photocopied sheet of a massively detailed Excel spreadsheet - detailing all the stores and exactly what they sold - how incredibly Germanic.
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This lovely fountain built in 1882 by von L Muesch is on Corneliusplatz near the exclusive shopping street, Koenigsallee. It's a very pleasant spot to sit and cool off but when the wind blows in your direction prepare to get wet! I think the name roughly translates as *The shell bowl* but I am open to correction!
Walking along Königsalle
I think its the one used to be Düsseldorf's internationally best known trademark, the Königsallee ('Kö'). Its built to be Germany's most sophisticated mile, and considered as one of the world's grand luxurious boulevards. Is it still in this level? I dont know. I was here, but this 'river' seems not flowing properly, and not that well maintained. Or maybe because its in winter, who knows. Not me, for sure.
The boulevard with its generous stretch of water down the centre was commissioned from the court master builder Huschberger in the place of the existing fortifications, when the area was redeveloped in 1802. It was completed in 1804. The excavation of a moat of 31 m width and 5 m depth required the Düssel to be diverted to provide the nececessary water. Two wooden bridges crossing the moat were provided with toll huts. On the suggestion of the landscape architect Weyhe, trees were planted alongside, and the boulevard was later on named Kastanienallee (Chestnut Avenue).
After the legendary incident when horse manure was thrown at King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. (1848), it was renamed Königsallee (King's Avenue) as a gesture of goodwill.
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Similar in style, but more difficult to photograph, the Carschhaus is tucked behind the Kö on Heinrich-Heine-Platz in the Altstadt. This department store was built a little later than the Kaufhof an der Kö, in 1916, but it has a similar Art Nouveau style. It is an exclusive store, selling almost nothing but luxury goods. Probably the most interesting aspect of its history was that it had to be moved 23 meters from its original location to make way for the Düsseldorf underground, but they retained its Art Nouveau facade.
The Königsallee (King's Alley) or as the locals say "The Kö" is the most famous street of the city. The street name is dedicated to King to Frederic William IV of Prussia. Before the Foundation of Germany Düsseldorf was a part of Prussia.
For half a mile, exclusive shops, street cafes, fashion houses, galleries and restaurants present themselves.
At the end of the moat in Königsallee you can find the sculptural group of Triton. It was placed in the beginning of the XX century, but the bulevard is a bit older: it will be celebrating its 200 aniversary in 2004.
Behind this scultural group, you can find the Hofgarten, the most important park in the centre of the city.
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