A work of architectural art in itself, the K20 Kunstsammlung NRW also contains a large collection of artwork of its own. Starting in 1960 the state government bought a collection by the painter Paul Klee, and added to that a great number of post-war works, including examples from Abstract Expressionism and Cubism. There are also plenty of other pieces of art in the collection, and not just post-war, like Bauhaus, Dadaist and Surrealist works. Along with Klee there are works from the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Pollock. The collection is also augmented by numerous special exhibitions, such as Rebecca Horn's Bodylandscapes when I visited.
On weekends opens an hour later in the morning, and on Wednesdays it closes later at 10pm.
Entry: €6.50 adults (free after 6pm on Wednesdays).
The K20 is twinned with the K21 art collection across the other side of town and you can buy a kombi-ticket that gives entry to both for €10.
What most distinguished this building for me was the large neon Persil sign on Grabenstr. side of the tower. It made it look like something straight out of Time Square in New York, only in miniature. That was likely the intention when it was built, being one of the first (if not the first) multi-storey office towers in Germany. According to the German press at the time it was built, the tower was, at 57 meters and 13 floors, the largest reinforced concrete building in Europe.
This is a square in the heart of Dusseldorf. Years ago there have been a castle there, that’s why is has that name too - Castle Keep. Now it is a very pleasant place for walking and chilling, the river Rhein passes nearby. The Maritime Museum is situated there.
Last time there was a musician with a grand piano, playing nice classical music. People around were applauding after every song and a dog was barking in harmony with the them.
This beautiful Medieval church in the old town, built in 1288 is the oldest building in the city - the slightly twisted steeple was an accident caused by builders using damp timbers! Unfortunately I didn't have time to go inside!
Until 1882 there was a castle here - but it burnt down and all that remains is the castle tower (Schloßturm). It is now a multimedia museum called "Leben am Strom" (Life on the river) and there is also a cafe at the top where you can enjoy a coffee while watching the river roll by.
This is the old area of Dusseldorf. It is really interesting with its streets and buildings. Some streets are full with shops, some with restaurants. It is told that there is situated “the longest bar on the world” because of so many bars and restaurants along the streets.
1. Bookshop and literary café in the Heine House
2. In the bookshop
This is where the author Heinrich Heine was born in 1797 -- not in this house but at this address.
In one of his early books Heine imagined that some day "elegant English women with green veils" would generously tip the maid in his birth house so she would show them "the room where I first saw the light of day and the corner of the henhouse where my father used to lock me up when he caught me eating grapes, and also the brown door upon which my mother taught me to write the letters of the alphabet with chalk -- oh God, Madame, if I become a famous writer it will certainly have cost my poor mother enough toil."
He addressed this entire book, Das Buch Le Grand (1827), to this mysterious "Madame".
Speaking of Düsseldorf, he said: "Yes, Madame, I was born there, and I note this explicitly just in case it should happen, by any chance, that after my death seven cities -- Schilda, Krähwinkel, Polkwitz, Bokum, Dülken, Göttingen and Schöppenstädt -- all vie for the honor of being my birthplace."
The Düsseldorfer Altstadt is known as the longest bar in the world because this small area of the city contains over 300 bars, pubs, and nightclubs. VTers Sabs and Thomas gave me a tour of the area during the daytime when it is much less crowded. In addition to the nightlife, the Altstadt also has some notable landmarks including the Basilica St. Lambertus and the old Rathaus (city hall). There are also some residences with interesting ornamentation like the one in the photo.
This century old masterpiece may have been destroyed during WWII but its re-creation must be the city's crowning achievement. With lots of adjoining rooms and one indoor area that resembles a beer garden this place oozes tradition and one can't help feel a part of another era just sitting here watching the waiters bustle by. The world renowned alt bier is is dispensed from wooden casks with brass taps on display in the main pub of the sprawling complex. If there is one thing you cannot miss in Düsseldorf, this is it
This is the most beautiful Barroque church in Düsseldorf. It was modelled after the typical churches of Bavaria. for this reason, it looks a bit out of place in this Rhineland city with Prussian influence.
The church is also known as Saint Andrew's.
Jan-Willem, that guy who let erect a statue in his own honour on the Marquet Square, is buried here with his vanity as only companion for eternity.
The art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia started when the regional government purchased a collection of pictures by the famous painter Paul Klee in 1960. This Klee collection is still the core of the museum, but with the course of time the museum has gained in importance and it currently displays works of almost all the so called "modern classics": Picasso, Kandinsky, Braque, Miró, Mondrian and many others.
In its origins, the art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia was displayed ath the Jägerhof castle. In the 1980s it moved to this elegant modern building with a polished facade on the Grabbeplatz, in the very heart of the Old city. The collection has become so big, that an enlargement of the building is currently planned.
The Altstadt (old town) is a nice area to visit. It has those typical German pastel houses of which I liked this one with the bells a lot. Duesseldorf is also called the longest bar of the world because of its many bars that you will find in the Altstadt.
The Burgplatz is a lovely square near the river. It is here where the little river Duessel flows into the Rhine, where there is a lovely statue of children playing and a shipping museum located in the only remaining tower of a 13th century castle that was burned down in 1872.
A statue of Tailor Wibbel (Duesseldorf's famous figure) is on the wall near the cinema. Touch him and your wish may come true.
I am still waiting.
Please read Tailormaster Wibbel's story on my travel page.
Just in front of St Lambertus church in the old town is a rather fine monument to the history of the town that depicts a number of scenes. With a little thought and the 'potted' history given in the free city-leaflet we could work out some of the points of history depicted. Unfortunately my German was not up to reading about it in detail from the neaby plaque.
I hope they put one up in other languages soon, as this fine monument deserves a wider audience.