Like most cities of Germany, Dusseldorf features an Altstadt, with a Gothic Rathaus, a marketplace and several old buildings and churches. Located close to the Rathaus are two of the most renowned landmarks of the city, the Schlossturm and St. Lambertus Church, both tracing their origins back to the XIII century. A short walk to the east will take you to St Andreas Church, regarded as one of the most famous in the city.
Because of over 200 restaurants and bars found in the Altstadt, this place has been known as the longest bar in the world. Walking up Konigsallee offers visitors an overview of Dusseldorf and its residents. The street flanks a canal, crossed by bridges and shaded by trees. One bank is lined with restaurants, cafes and shops, while the other features office buildings. The city is also famous for its Fashion Weeks attracting designers from all across Europe. While enjoying your Dusseldorf holidays, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Hofgarten, a large rambling park located in the city center and featuring walks, shade trees, statues, fountains and gardens. It is also a great central point for viewing major attractions of the city, as nearly all cultural attractions and museums can be found on its perimeter. Towering over Hofgarten is the most impressive skyscraper in the city, the Thyssen-House, called by locals the Dreischeibenhaus. Located northeast of Hofgarten is St Rochus - one of Dusseldorf's finest churches.
For many travelers Dusseldorf holidays are associated with the stay in its fashionable MedienHafen district - a showcase for modern architecture, particularly in office buildings of Frank O. Gehry, the winner of the Nobel Prize of architecture. Art connoisseurs consider Dusseldorf holidays as a wonderful chance to enjoy the city's noteworthy museums and art galleries with extensive collections of works of art. One of these, Goethe-Museum Dusseldorf is dedicated to life and work of Goethe, the world-famous genius. The museum emerged from the private collection of 35,000 items, including books, paintings, busts, autographs, medals and coins. Some 1,000 pieces are displayed in the permanent exhibition. Among those enjoying the widest popularity is Heinrich Heine Institut housing over 10,000 volumes and the manuscript bequest of the Germany's greatest lyric poet. The author of the renowned Die Lorelei, many of his poems were set to music by Hugo Wolf, Schumann and Schubert.
Another popular cultural venue worth a visit during Dusseldorf short breaks and longer stays, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf is seen as one of the biggest and most comprehensive museum in Rhineland, whose painting collection features works by Caspar David Friedrich and Rubens. The sculpture collection is composed of works ranging from the Middle Ages to the XX century. The museum is also home to 80,000 drawings and prints, as well as Persian bronzes and ceramics, a design collection and a glass collection. Alternatively, travelers enjoying their Dusseldorf holidays can visit Kunsthalle Dusseldorf devoted to the contemporary art from Rhineland and across Europe. It is the only museum in Dusseldorf that keeps up with the constantly changing trends in art.