Culture city walk Düsseldorf
Short of time or prefer to walk about on your own? In that case we recommend the following round tour, which is shown on the city map in the Culture Guide.
Start with the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and its famous "Beuys Stove Pipe". The four muses, the four roof figures on the old art museum, point the way to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20 Grabbeplatz, one of the leading museums of art of the 20th century. Proceed to Ratinger Straße, a favourite meeting place for artists and students past and present.
Just a few steps further will take you to the monumental building of the Kunstakademie (Art Academy), one of the leading universities of fine art in Europe – and once the place of work for Paul Klee, Joseph Beuys and Jörg Immendorff. It connects seamlessly to the cultural Ehrenhof complex, which is dominated by the impressive domed Tonhalle – home of Düsseldorf’s symphonic orchestra.
The park designed by Wilhelm Kreis will take you to the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and to the Museum Kunstpalast, which is famous for its major collection presenting Old Masters, works of classsical modernity and contemporary art. And if you do not wish to make the return trip on the subway (U78/U79, Nordstraße w H2), we can recommend two attractive walks: through the idyllic Hofgarten, once Germany’s first public park, or along the Rhine past Burgplatz with the Akademie-Galerie and KIT – Kunst im Tunnel.
The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21 Ständehaus (the former house of the estates) shows outstanding works of contemporary art of the 21st century on its impressive premises.