Media Port - Medienhafen, Düsseldorf
Another popular area of Düsseldorf is the Mediahafen (Media Port). It is a nice area to look at the water and the many boats. In this area, there are also buildings designed by famous modern architects like Frank Gehry. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Gehry's style -- but I know that others are.
Walking with VTers Sabs and Thomas, I did find one building in the Media Port that I like -- the restaurant Curry which serves excellent currywurst and fries! In the restaurants section, I have included a tip on this place.
This was one of the few places I knew about in Düsseldorf and I was eager to see it so Sabsi took us here and I was not disappointed with it - just the weather as a November afternoon did nothing to all those fascinating buildings when photographing of course. The Media Harbour is a bit of Docklands goes Germany as it is an old Rhineside harbour area which has been developed into offices and where new fascinating buildings have also sprung up (see next tip). The little climbing men became just one of my favourites (see third picture). You can see from the people and cars that you meet here that this is an area full of big business and especially advertising agencies and the like, but it is quite lively and has several interesting-looking restaurants I'd like to try upon return.
Dusseldorf's Media Harbour, or Media Port depending on the translation, is easily my favourite part of the city. It has so many cool buildings, designed by great architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl and David Chipperfield, and it sits under the shadow of the imposing Rheintower. There are also many lower profile buildings, both old and new, that add to the effect, as well as a number of bars, cafes and even a beach to lie on in the summer. Despite all the development, however, the Media Harbour just didn't feel alive. While the Kö was packed with holiday shoppers on a fine sunny winter's day, the Media Harbour appeared to be closed down, and as quiet as a small town on a rainy Sunday morning. This meant I had the whole place to myself, which was great, but it felt like such a shame that the place wasn't getting as much love as it should.
This once derelict area has now blossomed into a small media town - production studios for film, TV and radio companies and the European Media Institute being located here.
Most of the buildings here are modern - the occassional old building is squeezed in amongst them. One building has these strange creatures crawling up it!
Dusseldorf's harbour was begun in the 16th century but not completed until the 19th century. It was regarded as one of the most modern inland ports in the country but despite this the harbour has never achieved the importance that other inland ports have. In the 1970's some of the harbour was filled in and the provincial parliament built.
Media Port ("Medienhafen") is our little Docklands. A former port full of modern architecture, little bars and restaurants and business people. It's one of my favourite parts of town, there's no nice buildings than the Stadttor and the Gehry Buildings in Düsseldorf for me, there's no better place to sit at night admiring the lights and there's no better view than crossing Rheinkniebrücke at night driving towards the port. It's beautiful. If you like modern architecture that is!