Düsseldorf’s Altstadt (Old Town)

Düsseldorf’s Altstadt (Old Town)

Nowhere else in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia will you be so close to the city’s heartbeat as in the area sized not even half a square kilometre and located between the Rhine and Heinrich-Heine-Allee. Everything is here!

Those wanting to party will find themselves as well catered for in the Altstadt as the culture vultures and historians. This variety is difficult to describe in a single sentence. Around 260 pubs, bars, discotheques and restaurants are concentrated in such close proximity to each other – more so than in hardly any other city. The food on offer here ranges from cuisine local to the Rhine region to Far Eastern specialities. But the art and culture also make a stroll through the alleys unique. And furniture stores and boutiques are just as much at home in the Altstadt as are small shops catering to everyday needs, and specialist retailers of all kinds. 

If you want a night out in Düsseldorf, you can’t ignore the Altstadt. Restaurants ranging from gourmet temples to Lebanese falafel takeaways have the right food for all budgets and tastes. And you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Altstadt if you just want a coffee or cappuccino. Countless bars and cafés invite people in to spend time and relax. The fashionable cafés at Stadtbrückchen, Marktplatz and on Mittelstraße are the place to meet – and to see and be seen. Düsseldorf’s nightlife enjoys a special reputation that extends far beyond the city. The Altstadt is home to the hottest clubs, the best cocktail bars, Irish pubs and the most famous local breweries. Bolkerstraße, Kurze Straße and Berger Straße make up the "longest bar in the world", which has often been praised in songs by the cult Düsseldorf band, "Die Toten Hosen". Wednesday is the day when people meet just behind the Grabbeplatz for a dance or a cosy Altbier (a dark, top-fermented beer) on Ratinger Straße.

Shopping is a must in Düsseldorf – as is a quick detour to the Altstadt. Because this is where, in contrast to the exclusive Königsallee, both fashion victims and bargain hunters will find what they’re looking for. Luxury boutiques, well-known fashion chain stores and even second-hand shops – the full gamut of retail is represented here.

This is where the latest trends and stylish fashion can be found – from street wear to the major high-end brands. The freshest fruit and vegetables and the tastiest specialities are on sale at the Carlsplatz market. The many small shops, antique stores and restaurants along the historic cobblestone alleys in the Carlstadt district remain an insider’s tip away from the hustle and bustle. The best place to relax is the Rhine embankment promenade, where the best views of the Rhine, Oberkassel and the MedienHafen are to be had in the shade

of Schlossturm (the palace tower). Of course, it’s also possible to take a seat in one of the cafés right next to the landing stages and watch the many rollerbladers, cyclists and people just out for a walk and having fun on the banks of the Rhine.

A visit to the Altstadt is also an absolute must for art and culture enthusiasts. Kunstsammlung NRW – North Rhine-Westphalia’s collection of 20th century paintings – and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein opera house (both on Heinrich-Heine-Allee), Kunsthalle (the art gallery on Grabbeplatz), Kunstakademie (the art academy), Tonhalle (the concert hall), NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and Museum Kunstpalast – all located on the banks of the Rhine – are important components within Düsseldorf’s axis of art.

Stadtmuseum and Filmmuseum (the city and film museums), the various galleries and small theatres round off the things to do in Düsseldorf’s Altstadt. Are you interested in the roots of Düsseldorf? Lambertus Basilica, Schlossturm, the historic Rathaus (city hall) with the Jan Wellem statue, The Rider, in front and the Düssel comprise the original heart of the Altstadt.

The little river that gave the city its name can only be seen between Liefergasse and Burgplatz. This is where a monument commemorates the Battle of Worringen, which resulted in the village being awarded its town charter.

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