The Schloss Benrath is surrounded by a lush green baroque park that is stylistically designed with a circular alley and two crossing diagonal alleys. Dating back to the 17th-Century, the park was designed for the amusement of Charles Theodor, who was the Elector Palatine and his spouse Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach. Stretching to an area of 61 hectares (150 acres), approximately 45 hectares (111 acres) is regarded as a natural reserve. A former hunting park, the park houses over three hundred species of beetles and over eighty species of birds.
With its tree-covered hills and lush meadows, Grafenberger Wald is the perfect spot for a long, relaxing walk. It is also great for kids: the deer park contains a host of different species of deer and the forestry school offers an insight into the region's flora and fauna. Dusseldorf's race track, which is regarded as the prettiest in Germany, is situated on the edge of the forest. Grafenberger Wald is a perfect place to spend quality time with your family and friends amidst the luscious green forest. However, the one thing while visiting this place is that opening times vary.
If you are a vintage car enthusiast, then Classic Remise Dusseldorf is a must-visit stop. This Oberbilk museum opened in 2006 and is nestled in a roundhouse that was built between 1929 and 1931. It was restored in 2005 and features an impressive collection of classic automobiles. From collector's items to refurbished vehicles, get to know these beauties at their permanent exhibition. You can also service or remodel your cars at their workshop. Its industrial air-conditioned hall is used for galas and auto exhibits. Refresh yourself at their Bistro Hebmüller.
A masterpiece of modern engineering, Rheinufer Promenade was newly designed in 1995 to help ease traffic congestion in the city center. With pedestrian and cycle paths stretching 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometers) along the bank of the Rhine from Oberkasseler Bridge to the State Parliament, the street is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll. Rheinufer Promenade has also turned into a popular meeting place, lending the area a holiday-like feel on warm summer evenings. Numerous bars have outdoor terraces—the perfect place to sample an altbier (black beer) and watch the sun slowly set over the Rhine.
Located next to Oberkassel Bridge on the Rhine, Tonhalle is a fascinating building. It used to be a planetarium, but the only evidence left of its former incarnation is the dome-shaped roof. The Tonhalle is now the city's premier concert hall and hosts classical, jazz, rock and pop concerts by top international artists. Readings and recitals take place in the rotunda.
The Botanischer Garten belongs to The University of Düsseldorf and is primarily used for teaching and research purposes, although it is also open to the general public. The focal point is the 18 meter (59 feet) high green-house which accommodates plants from the Mediterranean and regions with a similar climate. Other parts of the garden are arranged according to ecological origins. The garden is well worth the trip out to the southern suburbs and is not just a place for die-hard botany fans.
A prosperous city sitting astride the Rhine River, Düsseldorf is West Germany's high-octane capital that combines a love for fashion, commerce and arts with the undeniable passion for excellent Altbier. Altstadt, Düsseldorf's picturesque historic neighborhood packs in a wide berth of significant landmarks like the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the riverside Schlossturm or Castle Tower, while the Neue Zollhof, with its slew of Frank Gehry-designed modernist structures provide a compelling antithesis to Altstadt's old-guard soul. Altstadt is also where the best dark beer is found, with a furious jumble of cafes, biergartens and historic brewing houses crowding its leafy streets. Art, an extension of Düsseldorf's aesthetic tenor finds meaning in several enviable museums, while the tree-lined Königsallee is a superb haven to fish for luxury items.
With nearly 300 events a year, the FFT, or Forum Freies Theater, offers the city of Dusseldorf a dose of culture. The performances vary and many are produced by the independent theater themselves. They do not have an established troupe of actors so the players rotate with the show. Once the theater held mostly cabaret shows, but today the acts have a more sophisticated quality. Speech theater, videos, comedy, the expected, and the unexpected can all be discovered at the FFT JUTA
Constructed in 1924, Wilhelm Marx House was one of the first skyscrapers to be built in Germany, erected at the height of the German economic depression, and was seen as a ground-breaking feat at the time. The building is named after a former Mayor of Dusseldorf and now majestically presides over the hustle and bustle of the city center.
This unique sculpture, titled 'Confrontation', never fails to invite a second glance in the city's Old Town. Featuring two men, one pot-bellied character and another young stooping figure who appear to be arguing, this sculpture is meant to highlight the conflict between members of different generations.
Lauded as one of Germany’s most significant poets, Heinrich Heine, who was born in Düsseldorf in 1797, has always been one of the city’s most beloved sons. Located in the old town, Heine’s birthplace is marked by a commemorative plaque above the door. Today the historical house is home to the bookstore and literature café Müller & Böhm. Organized by the bookstore, in cooperation with the society for further development of the Heinrich Heine birthplace, regular readings and discussions by eminent authors, poets and experts take place in the cafe.
Located in the historic center of the city in Altstadt, Zum Schlüssel established in 1850 is one of the first breweries in the region. As of today, this charming old brewery offers not only tours of its facility and informative talks on the art of brewing but also a wondrous dining venue which features a beautiful beer-garden overlooking Neanderkirche. With their list of freshly drafted beers brewed on-site, they offer delicious home-style food that couples wonderfully with the likes of the Original Schlüssel. Moreover, this venue can also be booked for private events and celebrations.