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Land Nordrhein-Westfalen Things to Do

  • Old Town - Altstadt

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    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...

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  • Cologne Cathedral/ Kölner Dom

    Cologne Things to Do

    Cologne's cathedral (Kölner Dom) is one of the most impressive and also biggest churches in Germany. It may even be the biggest one if consider its size and not its height, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, it was built in Gothic style but has basically been a construction site ever since. Even today, parts of it are constantly being refurbished...

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  • Beethoven House

    Bonn Things to Do

    Beethoven was born in a small room at the back of this house in 1770. The front part, at that time, was a pub called Im Mohren, which is why that is written across the front of the building. The twelve rooms of the original house are now a museum about Beethoven's life and times. Off to one side there is also a new building which houses a computer...

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  • Königsallee

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    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...

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  • Old Town

    Cologne Things to Do

    I just loved walking around Old Town Cologne; it's just so beautiful! There are so many colorful buildings, plazas and little streets to wander around and I would keep finding one area or building that I found to be cuter than the last! What I liked most it's not overrun with souvenir shops and/or other "touristy" attractions that would take away...

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  • Bonner Munster

    Bonn Things to Do

    Bonn's most imposing church is also one of Germany's oldest. It was originally dedicated to St. Cassius and St. Florentius, two soldiers in the Theben legion, legendary soldiers of Rome who martyred themselves en masse. According to the legend they were beheaded where Bonn Minster now stands. Their heads lie as giant statues in front of the church,...

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  • Rheinturm

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    Düsseldorf's slightly surreal municipal Rheinturm, towers above the city like an electric blue funnel standing on a stretched stem in a similar mould to Berlin's Fernsehturm. The tower was completed in 1982 and is located away from the old town, near the state parliament and casting an inescapable shadow over the Media Harbour. The views from the...

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  • Rhine/ Rhein

    Cologne Things to Do

    Photos: 1. Boats on the Rhine River 2. Boats and the railroad bridge 3. Barge going under the Deutzer Bridge From Cologne there are plenty of opportunities to take excursion boats on the Rhine River. To avoid misunderstandings, however, I should point out that this is not the really famous part of the Rhine will all the old castles like the...

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  • Beethoven Monument

    Bonn Things to Do

    This amazing concrete sculpture is the work of Klaus Kammerichs and was unveiled in 1986. The sculpture is called Beethon and from a distance appears to be Beethovens face but the light casts artistic shadows on the sculpture making it a photographers dream.

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  • Rhine - Rhein

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    After the war, in 1946, Düsseldorf was granted the status as state capital of the newly created region of North Rhine-Westphalia. The state parliament would meet at the Ständehaus, on the other side of the Kniebrücke from the modern buildings that were built between 1982 and 1988 by architects Eller, Maier and Walter. I personally loved the curved...

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  • Imhoff-Stollwerck Chocolate Museum

    Cologne Things to Do

    &CBThe Imhof Schokoladen museum was opened by Hans Imhof in 1993. It is situated in the quarter of Altstadt - Sud on the Rheinauhafen peninsula. The museum exibits show of the entire history of chocolate, from its beginning with the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs to the contemporary methods of the production. The special attraction of the museum is the 3...

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  • University

    Bonn Things to Do

    Bonn is a university city, and the students of Bonn University make up a tenth of the population. Founded in 1818, the university is one of the most esteemed in the world. It has produced such luminaries as the current Vatican incumbent, Pope Benedict XVI, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and seven Nobel Laureates. The main part of the university is...

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  • Town Hall - Rathaus

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    German town halls, or Rathaus, are always worth a visit to for their architectural grandeur. The town hall in Dusseldorf dates back to 1573 and can be found on Marktplatz, in the heart of the old town. I am told that it looks much the same as when it eas originally built. It has the statue of Jan Wellem on his horse and the square at the front.

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  • Zoo and Aquarium

    Cologne Things to Do

    Cologne's zoo is a about a mile outside of the city center, but it's well worth a taxi/tram ride for those exploring the city on foot. They have a great selection of animals, and all of them seem happy and content in their environments. One thing that really impressed me was that in the event that the animals couldn't be outside (during winter...

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  • Poppelsdorf Castle

    Bonn Things to Do

    These two buildings share one garden where rise different plants and flowers. In the castle take place classical concerts from time to time and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bonn. A long alley starts from the Castle and reaches the University of Bonn.

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  • Benrath Palace - Schloss Benrath

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    Benrath Palace consist of 3 main buildings (museums) and a huge park - garden with a lake. The museums are of European Garden History, Corps de Logis, and Museum of Natural History. I visited only the first one and I'm so sorry it was forbidden to take pictures inside as there were amazing exponents. It has 2 floors and shows paintings, models,...

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  • Town Hall/ Rathaus

    Cologne Things to Do

    Cologne's city hall is the oldest functioning building of its kind in Germany. It's certainly one of the most distinctive. The rathaus was built in the 12th century. Its Renaissance arcade loggia was added three centuries later along with the ground rectangular tower. It's very Italianate, and could have been plucked straight out of Milan.

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  • Altes Rathaus - Old City Hall

    Bonn Things to Do

    This is the old city hall on the market place (Markt). It was built in 1737/38, badly damaged by bombs on October 18, 1944, and reconstructed in its original form in 1949/1950. Second photo: A painting by Carl Nunn (1876-1949) showing the Market Square and old city hall in Bonn as they looked after the wartime destruction in 1944. This painting...

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  • City Centre

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7to3xneqhiI 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...

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  • Museums

    Cologne Things to Do

    I was flabbergasted by this museum. The building, the collection, the lay-out, the sounds, - please take time to listen to the noise -, rooms in one word amazing. Visitors become part of the collection, the environment. Most stunning was the Armarium, this dark room with its glass displays on the first floor. Worth the trip to Köln. The museum is...

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  • Museum Alexander König

    Bonn Things to Do

    We spend about two hours on a rainy Sunday in this educative museum. It's full with stuffed animals placed in their habitats. Many interactive things for children, all in German however. Entrance was only 3 euros for adults, 1.50 euro for students. See the website for up-to-date info.

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  • Gehry Buildings

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    This very modern architecture is just a short walk from the Rhine Tower. Judging by the apparent lack of occupancy, these offices/appartments are not to everyone's taste - but in my opinion they are really quite fabulous and definitely well worth a look if you are visiting this city - a wonderful 21st century landmark on the Rhine. For more info,...

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  • Römisch-Germanisches Museum

    Cologne Things to Do

    Explore the past at the Roman/Germanic Museum. This museum houses an impressive collection of Roman artifacts ranging from dinnerware to weaponry, and everything in between. There are statues, tile mosaics, road markers and jewelry... It's hard to think of something that can't be found there. My favorite exhibit showed a reconstruction of a Roman...

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  • Sterntor

    Bonn Things to Do

    Much of medieval Bonn is long gone, but one part that still stands in the Sterntor, a gate from the 13th century city walls. But even this is a bit faked: it's the original design and bricks alright, but it's been moved. The original location, at the end of Sternstrasse, caused traffic flow problems, and so they moved it, brick by brick, to its...

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  • Nordpark

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful parks I’ve visited,especially the Japanese garden. I haven’t been in Japan but I felt like this. The park is full with flower gardens, fountains and walking area. There is also a huge green area where people play different sports, mainly baseball.

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  • City gates and walls

    Cologne Things to Do

    According to a (badly written) sign at the tower: "It was the north-western tower of the Roman fortifications. The only tower of the city wall built from 50 A.D. following the elevation of Cologne to a Roman colony, that is almost completely preserved, Elaborate, primarily original preserved decoration of mosaic-style different coloured natural...

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  • Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik

    Bonn Things to Do

    For anyone who has lived in Germany for the past several decades, this House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany brings back lots of personal memories. For instance this water truck, which was used by the police in the 1960s and 70s (and still is today, as far as I know) to disperse illegal demonstrations. Second photo: No, this...

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  • St. Lambertus Church

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    The St Lambertus church with its 14th century brick architecture and grand, tall and twisting spire (reminiscent of the Parish Church of Chesterfield in England) is a real icon for the city. The foundation of the church dates back to 1380, when the city of Düsseldorf was named the capital of the Duchy of Berg and a period of rapid development...

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  • 4711 House

    Cologne Things to Do

    The 4711 house is where the perfume 4711 started, originally a health drink. A carillon plays at regular times. The number 4711 is the house number from when houses did not have street names in the address. Now you can browse or buy in the shop.

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  • Modern Art Museum

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    This museum offers you modern art of the 21th century. Don't miss the upper floor with the glass cupola where you'll have a nice view of Duesseldorf. Opening hours: Tuesday -Friday: 10 am to 6 pm; weekends and public holidays: 11 am to 6 pm. Admission: 6.5 EUR

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  • Bridges of Cologne

    Cologne Things to Do

    The Bridge of love is the easiest way to reach the Cathedral if you are n the other side of Rheine, it's also the railway bridge. Why it's called Love bridge – because of the many love padlocks hanging from the fence! There are thousands of them in different colours and sizes. The lovers had written their names and the date of their anniversary or...

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  • Hofgarten

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    Hofgarten is the most central and biggest park in Dusseldorf. What made me the biggest impression was an alley with illuminated benches. Actually there were fluorescent lights in each edge of the bench and also it was keeping warm. Later I was told that there was some art project few years ago and they left the benches. Then I stopped near a lake...

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  • City Centre Shopping

    Cologne Things to Do

    It is crowded in and outside the shops. It's full with Malls, shopping centers, little and bigger shops for quality clothes and different stuff. There are also many places for fast food like classic pommes frites with mustard and of course musicians that play some eastern rhythms.

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  • Stadttor - City Gate

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    I wasn't able to take a good photograph of the Stadttor due to the bright sunlight when I was there, but it is a fantastic structure. You can see the top half of it here, framed between two of the twisted Gehry office buildings. It is easily one of the most impressive buildings in the city and looks even better lit up at night than it does during...

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  • Wallraff-Richartz Museum/ Museum Ludwig

    Cologne Things to Do

    Museum Ludwig is a modern art museum with a very impressive collection. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Salvador Dali, among many others. I loved my visit here, and would recommend it to almost everyone. It might not be a good idea to bring very small children, but everybody else should find something to enjoy....

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  • Media Port - Medienhafen

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    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...

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  • Seilbahn (Cable Car)

    Cologne Things to Do

    Open from April to October each year - the service begins at 10.00 and continues to 18.00 each evening. It was an excellent experience and although a little windy, the service was comfortable and enjoyable. A great opportunity to take photographs when above the Rhine. Buy a return ticket; and iof you have used the tourist train, their ticket gets...

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  • Film Museum

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    Photos: 1. Old movie cameras 2. More modern than the one my father had 3. Projector just like the one we had at home 4. An early attempt to add sound to movies It always seems strange to go to a museum and see things you used to use yourself. Some of the old 8 mm movie cameras and projectors at the film museum were just like the ones we used to...

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  • Churches

    Cologne Things to Do

    St. Maria Himmelfarht (Assumption of Mary Church), the only big Baroque styled church in Cologne was built by Christoph Wamser for the Jesuit order and first completed in 1715. The interior of the church is decorated in Gothic style as appropriate to the Counterreformation. After the Jesuits were dissolved in 1773, the church was used by the French...

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  • Neuer Zollhof - New Customshouse

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    The Neuer Zollhof (New Customs House) is such a fantastically outlandish piece of office architecture it has to be my favourite set of buildings in the whole city, and one of my all-time favourites. The imaginative work by world famous American architect Frank O. Gehry (Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao) is just so photogenic, and fits in perfectly with...

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  • Hohenzollern Brücke

    Cologne Things to Do

    The Hohenzollernbrucke is easily the most memorable bridge in Cologne. It is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as it is utilized by the countless incoming/outgoing trains. On the rails of the bridge hang thousands of locks left by visitors as a symbol of their love. Most locks are hung by lovers, but we spotted some from families,...

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  • Aquazoo – Löbbecke Museum

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    The Aquazoo – Löbbecke Museum is an extensive collection of water life and animals from around the world, at the centre is a replica of a small tropical rainforest, complete with butterflies and insects. Below the rainforest are various crocodiles and alligators. The Aquazoo – Löbbecke Museum is also a natural science museum which includes over...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Cologne Things to Do

    The origin of the Melaten cemetery is a medieval leper asylum - the deceased were buried here. Also, an executioners square in the vicinity supplying the cemetery with more corpses. In the late 18th century a real cemetery was established here for hygienic reasons. Among the the most famous dead here are the inventor of Eau de Cologne, Johann...

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  • Stadt Museum

    Düsseldorf Things to Do

    I visited the Dusseldorf Stadt Museum during a brief visit to the city in July 2006. This museum, with exhibits housed on two floors, is located in the Palais Spee building close to the banks of the Rhine. I paid 3 Euros to enter the museum. However, I believe that entry to the ground floor exhibits is free and the entry fee that I paid was...

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  • Food and Drink

    Cologne Things to Do

    The Frueh is a very well known local brewery-pub where the local beer "Koelsch" is served to throngs of hot tired weary tourists in summer and the more appreciative locals the rest of the year! It's a good central place to wait for your party to arrive.

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