Duesseldorf, Germany

Duesseldorf has managed to save the charm of its former town, Alstadt,  piece redeveloping its Dussel River harbor amongst a combination of re-purposed in addition to architecturally striking novel buildings, making it the envy of other cities worldwide.

Beer, mustard, interesting fine art in addition to architecture fronted past times a river to the Rhine amongst high-end shopping in addition to a quaint, pedestrian-only former town middle where you lot volition notice 260 bars, restaurants in addition to discos inward 1 foursquare kilometer; swaths of trees in addition to greenish spaces in addition to no hills to talk of - Levelers, what's non to like?

Well, in that place is the structure for an secret subway organisation that no 1 seems to want, but dodging barricades in addition to workers is a little cost to pay.

Prepare to walk. Public shipping is first-class but the solely means to bask the former metropolis is to walk through it in addition to the best means to bask the beautiful riverfront in addition to Media Harbor is to walk along it.  There is a hop-on, hop-off tour if you lot can't cope the walking.

Old town. Cobblestones, brew pubs, quaint buildings, fifty-fifty a Mustard Museum are what you lot volition notice here.

Also, Little Spain, a whole street of Castilian restaurants all owned past times 1 human being who came to the metropolis every bit the pocket-size of invitee workers. Many of his customers are Germans who wintertime inward Majorca.

The Mustard Museum isn't much - to a greater extent than store than museum, but its array of flavored mustards is amazing. I came domicile amongst fig (!) mustard which is genuinely quite good.

It's slow to missy the 2 remaining Protestant churches because they are laid dorsum from the street, a requirement inward Catholic Deutschland at the fourth dimension of the Reformation.

It's impossible to missy the statue of Ioanni Guilielmo, January Wellem, John William, who ruled hither inward the 1700s in addition to 1800s. Not solely did he laid the statue inward front end of Town Hall himself, he also allowed Protestants to build churches in addition to the brewers to cast a lodge in addition to thence come upwardly up amongst the city's famous Altbier, a pale ale amongst the dryness of a lager in addition to the fruity notes of an ale.

His favorite pub, straight off the pop traditional eating seat En De Canon, is adjacent to the Karneval center, facing his statue.

Speaking of Karneval, it is a major number inward the city's social in addition to political party calendar. Like the Mardi Gras of New Orleans, it begins long earlier Fat Tuesday, but dissimilar New Orleans' celebration, women receive got the cardinal role inward Duesseldorf.

John William married 1 of the deMedici daughters in addition to Duesseldorf before long became known every bit an fine art city. He was an avid collector; today the city's 26 museums bridge the history of fine art from ancient to yesterday. Its Art Academy has long been famous for artists in addition to professors who welcome innovation.

Among those you lot ought to run across are K20 (modern) and K21(contemporary) Kunstsammlung, Kunst Palast and, if there's time, Kunst im Tunnel, literally, fine art inward the tunnel, where students display their run inward a no longer used tunnel along the waterfront. Another argue to halt there, its bathroom, downwardly an elevator, is the most convenient to the harbor promenade.

Tip: Relax, Levelers. The museums all receive got lifts.

It's slow to run across what a departure this artistic heritage has made to metropolis planning. H5N1 ventilation pipage from the secret became the Music Fountain instead of an eyesore.

The harbor amongst its former storage buildings has been transformed into a hopping showcase of contemporary architecture amongst the river every bit inspiration known every bit Media Harbor. Frank Gehry designed 3 buildings in addition to other architects include Doring Dahmen Joeresen, Steven Holl, David Chipperfield, Jurgen Schurmann, Zamp Kelp, Norbert Winkels, Claude Vasconi in addition to a host of other, international innovators I should receive got heard of but haven't. Don't missy this; computer program to run across it inward daylight in addition to at night. You won't live sorry.
In fact, you lot won't live lamentable near anything inward Duesseldorf except leaving.

Where to stay. I was at Steigenberger Parkhotel, the city's initiatory of all five-star hotel, which is at the outset of Konigsallee, the "Ko," Duessseldorf's high-end shopping street, in addition to a comfortable walk away from the former town. Warning: Because of the steep steps (about 8) upwardly to the hotel I can't wholeheartedly recommend it for Levelers until 2013 when major renovations volition receive got eliminated the steps.

If you lot prefer the harbor area, Marriott, Radisson in addition to Hyatt have hotels inward the middle of the lively bars, restaurants in addition to businesses of Media Harbor.

Where to eat. I tin personally recommend Brauerei zum Schiffchen, the city's oldest eating seat (1628) in addition to the solely 1 where the bathrooms weren't upwardly or downwardly but on the same degree (!).

Very different but also rattling expert is the chic Victorian Bistro, only off the Ko.

And the duck inward the Steigenberger Parkhotel eating seat is excellent. The Irish Gaelic patato soup at Julian's inward the Courtyard  Marriott is quite expert too. I'll live posting the recipe for it on my other blog, Food Afar - Recipes from a Travel Writer.

Duesseldorf, Germany