Explore the natural wonders of Dusseldorf
As Germany's fashion hub and multinational corporation base, the wealthy city of Dusseldorf with a population of 571 000 residents, crawls with German participants and would-be aristocrats. The nation's Hautstadt - a joke on Hauptstadt (capital) and the French haute, as in haute couture - is a stately metropolis with an Altstadt that features the finest nightlife along the Rhine.
When the Roman Empire was strengthening its position throughout Europe, a few Germanic tribes clung on to their swampy territory off the eastern banks of the Rhine River.
In the 7th and 8th centuries, the odd farming or fishing settlement could be found at the point where the small river Dussel flows into the Rhine. It was from such settlements that the city of Dusseldorf amplified.
The earliest written mention of the town of Dusseldorf dates back to the year 1135 (then called Dusseldorp). It was said that under Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa of the small town of Kaiserswerth, lying to the North of Dusseldorf, became a well equipped outpost, where soldiers kept their vigilant eyes over every movement on the Rhine. Kaiserswerth eventually became a suburb of Dusseldorf in 1929.
Dusseldorf is not only broadly known as a stronghold of the German advertising and fashion industry. In the last few years the city on the Rhine has become a top telecommunications center in Germany. Today, there are 18 internet providers located in the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia. With two of the four big German providers of mobile frequencies, D2 Vodafone and E-Plus, Dusseldorf is leading the German mobile phone market. This found position is being demonstrated by the presence of the many foreign trading centers in Dusseldorf such as NTT, Ericsson, Nokia or GTS.
Dusseldorf International Airport, also referred to as Rhein-Ruhr Airport, is situated eight kilometers from the city centre and can without difficulty be reached by train or urban railway (S-Bahn). After Frankfurt and Munich, Dusseldorf International Airport is Germany's third largest profitable airport, with about 16 million passengers per annum. The airport offers 180 destinations on 4 continents, and is served by 70 airlines.
The city is a major hub in the Deutsche Bahn (DB) network. More than 1,000 trains stop in Dusseldorf every day. The central railway station at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz is positioned in Dusseldorf's city centre.
Dusseldorf is Germany's party and fashion capital with more than 500 pubs and many cosmopolitan hotels. Duesseldorf will not fail to meet any of your expectations.