Hövels Hausbrauerei is a brewery in Dortmund, Germany, not far from Dusseldorf. I've never been to the brewery, but they do export their excellent beer. On RateBeer.Com, their beer doesn't get great reviews, but people rave about visits to the brewery. While similar in flavor to an atlbier, Hövels tends to be sweeter and less bitter than traditional altbiers from Dusseldorf.
Hövels is a moderately sweet beer brewed from a 100+ year old recipe. On 2 July 1854, Baron Heinrich von Hövel began brewing his namesake beer
Another very striking building in the Media Harbour, on the opposite side of the water to Gehry's Neuer Zollhof, is the Colorium, by British architects Alsop of London. What I like most about this building is how they turned a relatively boring 17 story, 62 meter high office block into a thing of impressive beauty by the simple use of coloured blocks on the sides. Without the need for flamboyant (and expensive) alterations of the basic building's design, the architects produced a wonderful addition to the harbour that serves as an object lesson to town planners everywhere.
Over the years I have seen a number of operas at the Düsseldorf Opera House, for instance Die Walküre by Richard Wagner in 2002 (with Cyndee Szymkowicz as Helmwige, by the way) and Carmen by Georges Bizet in 2003.
In 2009 I could have had free tickets for five different operas by the Czech composer Leos Janacek (1854-1928) on five consecutive evenings, but unfortunately I had to teach in Frankfurt that week so I could only come to one of them, namely Katja Kabanowa in an impressive staging by Stein Winge.
Back in 1956 the Düsseldorf and Duisburg operas were merged into one company called the Deutsche Oper am Rhein = German Opera on the Rhine. Since then, all the Düsseldorf opera productions are also shown in Duisburg, and visa versa.
1. In the lobby of the Düsseldorf Opera House
2. Seating in the Düsseldorf Opera House
4. Program of Carmen by Georges Bizet, Düsseldorf 2003
Esprit Arena (originally LTU Arena) is a multi-functional football stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium holds 54,600 and has a closable roof. The special heating system allows comfortable events at the height of winter.
1. The Düsseldorf Opera House
2. View of the park from the lobby of the Opera House
3. Bicycles at the stage entrance
The Düsseldorf Opera House is located on a major street which is now called Heinrich-Heine-Allee, a name it received in 1963. Before that it had several different names, depending on who was in power at the time. Under the Nazis it was called Hindenburgwall.
The opera house in Düsseldorf is described on the Rhine Opera website as a "charming jewel of the fifties bordering the historic center".
I agree with two-thirds of that statement. The opera house definitely was built in the 1950s and is just across the street from the historic Old Town. I wouldn't exactly call it a "charming jewel", but it's quite pleasant and unobtrusive, and actually I shouldn't talk since the Frankfurt Opera House is also from the 1950s and is also not an architectural masterpiece.
I once took a very interesting tour of the Düsseldorf Opera House, but that was before I got my digital camera so I can't show you any backstage photos. But if you would like to see some backstage photos from behind-the-scenes tours of other opera houses, please have a look at my Paris, Karlsruhe, Gelsenkirchen, Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main pages.
Old ports once had been busy places, then became neglected areas with any peculiar future. It was like that in Buenos Aires or London. But if a city wants to get back the area of old docks it must invest in a completely modern district designed and built from the scrap in the place of former docks taking advantages of some remnants of an old port. I think Düsseldorf’s authority did with the area which now is packed with extremely modern and fancy buildings and what’s more the area is accessible to the public.
It was an extremely fabulous place not only for afternoon stroll but for admiring the architecture and the overall urbanism idea of place. We took some nice photos and staying there left us some very nice memories. As many other places in the city we had visited vanished in our memory, and I can hardly identify them on the map, the old docks converted in a modern district is a place I remember very well in Düsseldorf.
The most popular part of Dusseldorf is where Altstad is, Koningsallee, all the museums, etc that are located on the right side of Rheine. But not less interesting is the left one, where you can enjoy the churches, architecture and the lovely parks
Dusseldorf means "the village on Dussel". And Dussel is one of the rivers that crosses the city. It's a small river but it's meaningful for the city. Dussel flow into Rhein somewhere between Burgplatz and The TV tower.
In my previous visit in Dusseldorf, I understood that there is situated one of the biggest Japanese communities out of Japan. I searched for some more information about it and I found out they have a Cultural Eco House at the west coast of Rhein in the nice area of Niederkassel (buses 833, 834 and close to U-bahn - U74, U76, U77). Curious to take a look around I went one early evening and of course it was closed. There were some announcements about concerts but with my luck they were for other days. At least I peeped through the fence and saw some parts of their beautiful garden.
I firstly entered the glass dome, where the climate was Mediterranean and are growing plants, brought from The Canaries, New Zeland, Australia and Asia. I felt as I was in a tropical forest. There is also a new house - orangery with plants from South Africa and a small garden, called Pharmacy Garden - probably some pharmacy herbs.
Luckily, there is no entrance fee (probably because it was of the University).
The best way is to take U79 or tram 707 to their last station, then you pass through the Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf and reach the Botanical Garden.
You can also take anything to Sudpark but then maybe you have to ask somebody about the directions as the station is a little bit far from the garden.
On my way back from the Botanical Garden, I saw the jazz tram - a touristic tram playing jazz music and going around the city. The last stop was at tHeinrich Hainee University. They told me that the ticket cost 14 EUR
In the Old Town, just to the right of the Goldenen Ring, under a tree grove, you will find a fountain called The Radschlägerbrunnen . It was built in 1954.
It has a inscription which translated from the German means "Radschläger we want to stay, as well as drive the people crazy it".
The fountain depicts a scene in which two boys a beat wheel .
The reconstructed Castle Keep of Dusseldorf Castle.
The Castle or Schloss was home to the Count of Berg and later Dukes of Julich - Kleve - Berg. It stood here until 1872, when it was burned down, the ruins being completely demolished in 1888.
The old Castle Tower now houses the SchifffahrtMuseum (shipping museum) which gives some history about the 2000 years of the navigation of the mighty Rhine River.
The Apollo Variety is a widely known variety with monthly changing programme.
The Apollo has a great history in the city night life. So they build a big amusement building at the Kö.
There is a little exhibition about that Apollo, with old pictures and how it was looking like. The theme might be interesting for people, who wish to know more about Duesseldorf.
The Düsseldorf Tourist Office in the Old Town is a good source of maps and tourist information. The Tourist Office also offers a range of guided coach tours and walks. Also available for sale within the office are the usual souvenirs including the WelcomeCard and Art:card.
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