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Rhine promenade in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf as a tourist destination

Düsseldorf is the city in which people always feel connected – with the world and with each other. Because this is where a sense of great closeness and community melds with the charm and virtually unlimited opportunities of a metropolis to produce a unique urban quality of life. In this way Düsseldorf meets two of people’s key needs and expresses this in its slogan “Live close, Feel free”. As a leading economic centre in the heart of Europe, it is a vibrant, modern city with over 640,000 inhabitants. An important factor for this destination is the Messe Düsseldorf which stages some 50 trade fairs here, 24 of which are global leaders in their respective industries. Düsseldorf International Airport is one of the most modern in the world and handled more than 24.3 million passengers in 2018.

The equestrian statue of Jan Wellem in front of Düsseldorf's city hall

With fashion, shopping, culture and exceptional events, the city on the Rhine offers particularly high quality of life. From Königsallee, affectionately called the "Kö", one of Europe’s most attractive luxury shopping boulevards, it's not far to the historic Altstadt (Old Town) with its 260 bars and restaurants. The narrow streets here pulsate with life, and people from every country and class get chatting here irrespective of supposed social barriers. The Altstadt is a veritable marketplace of communication. A rich and varied cultural scene offers spectacular events and exhibitions in major galleries as well as in independent alternative venues or urban art in public space. The Kunstakademie (art academy) and more than two dozen museums and exhibition venues, Schloss Benrath (Benrath Palace), the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus theatre, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein opera company, the Tonhalle concert hall, over 100 galleries, numerous stages, cabarets and variety theatres and many concert halls make Düsseldorf a vibrant centre of culture. Major annual events, including Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW, the "biggest funfair on the Rhine", the Christmas Market and the Jazz Rally attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Gehry buildings in the MediaHarbour

The Rhine embankment promenade, one of Düsseldorf's most popular meeting places, leads to the MedienHafen with innovative buildings by such international star architects as Frank O. Gehry. The MedienHafen is however not only a walk-through permanent exhibition of modern architecture but also a highly trendy area. Any number of bars, bistros and restaurants are open until late into the night, inviting visitors to savour the atmosphere with all five of their senses.

Metro Group Marathon Düsseldorf

The state capital is also a great place for top-class and mass sports, bringing many people together: top clubs and long-established associations for such sports as football, ice hockey and table tennis participate in Germany's top leagues. The countless sports clubs and various types of sports practised here mean there’s a sport for every taste.

For many years Düsseldorf’s high quality of life has been officially confirmed in international rankings (placed sixth worldwide by Mercer Human Resource Consulting in 2018). In terms of quality of life, Düsseldorf is one of the world’s most attractive cities. That is why both a constantly growing number of residents and an equally increasing number of visitors feel so at home here. With over 4.8 million overnight stays and many day trippers, Düsseldorf is one of the most popular city destinations in Germany.