Rhine embankment promenade
It is regarded as one of the most beautiful of esplanades – Düsseldorf's Rhine embankment promenade. Planned by Niklaus Fritschi and buildt between 1990 and 1997, it once again has joined the city to its river. It symbolises Düsseldorfers' Rhenish joie-de-vivre and particularly in summer is an expression of the city's Mediterranean lifestyle. The traffic that roars through the tunnel beneath its bluish, wave-patterned pavement remains unnoticed above. Here, the boule balls roll, Düsseldorfers relax and cultivate the art of dolce far niente.
On our special guided tour "Düsseldorf - City by the River Rhine" you can learn more about the special relationship between city and river.
History of the Rhine embankment promenade
The construction of the new Rhine embankment promenade along the inner city fulfilled an old dream of the Düsseldorfers: the return of the city to the Rhine. This was made possible by putting the Rheinuferstraße under ground. For several decades, the B1, a traffic artery used by more than 55.000 motor vehicles daily, had become an almost unsuperable barrier between the city and the river. With this background, the urban century project had been based right from the beginning on considerations for the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction in traffic for large parts of the city centre.
Over a length of 1,928 m, the most important north-south connection in the city was put under ground in a technical and financial tour de force. 570 million DM went into the project. The promenade was constructed on the cover of the tunnel, stretching over 1,5 km from Oberkassel bridge along the Altstadt to the parliament houses of North Rhine-Westphalia. Foot and bicycle paths, 600 plane trees and a lot of space for strolling and leisure characterize the new Rhine frontage of the North Rhine-Westphalian capital. When the promenade was officially opened in June 1995, one million people celebrated. The wide steps on Burgplatz have by now become the ultimate meeting point, a wonderful place to watch the ships passing by and see the sun setting over Oberkassel on the lefthand side of the river. With 1,2 million single coloured dots, Professor Hermann-Josef Kuhna has painted the side walls of the steps and of the neighbouring bastion.