Located in the village of Benrath, a suburb of Dusseldorf established in 1929, Schloss Benrath was erected in 1756 to 1773, in the middle of a spacious park bordered by the Rhine. The castle was constructed by order of the electoral Prince Carl Theodor von Pfalz-Sulzbach. Designed by Nicolas de Pigage, the residence is a fine example of the transition from late baroque to classical architecture. Its striking, salmon pink facade is embellished with ornately carved grey colored roof. The main building contains some exquisite furniture and 18th-century paintings, while the west wing is home to the Benrath Natural History Museum. Visitors can take guided tours of this fascinating castle to get a deeper insight into the history of Benrath.
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.
With its tree-covered hills and lush meadows, Grafenberger Forest 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. The Forestry school is open 9 am-5 pm daily and admission is free. Grafenberger Wald is a perfect place to spend quality time with your family and friends amidst the luscious green forest.
The Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord is a local park in Duisburg. The design of the park brings about a beautiful amalgamation of nature and industrialization as its ironworks pay homage to the city's industrial past while the flora and fauna are such that visitors are coaxed to take a moment and appreciate them. Moreover, this vast park hosts a plethora of events at its venues including the Gießhalle, Gasometer, Hochofen 5 and more.
Humble warehouses outlined this historic harbor but today, it is adorned by modern buildings and artistic structures designed by international architects. World-renowned companies from industries such as architecture, media, science and technology, fashion and so forth have their spectacular office at MedienHafen. Though a lot of modernization has defined the old harbor, it still bears a vintage charm owning to the historic walls of older buildings. This area is also famous for its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and bistros that delight their patrons with international as well as regional cuisine and drinks. The beautiful juxtaposition of the modern and traditional architecture, as well as culture, can be witnessed at the MedienHafen. MedienHafen also offers guided, segway, yacht as well as photo and gastronomy tours.
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 place that housed abandoned storage halls and old buildings is now an epitome of Modernization, this is MedienHafen. Dusseldorf boasts of its immaculate development and state-of-the-art architecture through MedienHafen and a tour will be a testimony of this fact. The district is home to a number of international and domestic companies and it is one of the most liveliest place is the city. A part of the tour will show you the architectural wonders such as Frank O.Gehry's twisted buildings, Landtag which is the state parliament and the Rhine Tower. Various restaurant, cafes and bars find their address here, hence after a long tour there is always some place around where you can grab a dark beer and gorge on delicious food.
One of the most popular pubs in the old town, Uerige is famous for its Altbier, a strong, dark concoction which is brewed on the premises. The ambiance is friendly and informal, so don't be surprised if the waiter joins you for a beer. All beer are automatically replenished when the glass is empty, so if you don't want any more, you will have to tell the waiter. With its huge copper beer vats and long wooden tables, the decor is rustic and extremely typical for this part of the world.
Düsseldorf is well known for its mustard, so the Düsseldorfer Senfladen & Museum is a must visit for all lovers of the condiment. Started in 2004 and operated by the popular brand Löwensenf, here you will learn of the many interesting facts about this spice. Sample the many unique varieties such as honey-dill, coconut-curry, white wine and African banana, cranberry and more. Learn how mustard is made and buy a bottle or more as a gift or souvenir.
Galerie Ludorff situated in the heart of Düsseldorf is known for promoting German expressionism, modern and post second world-war contemporary art. The expert panel here curates the art collections with extreme care and makes sure only the best artwork is displayed in their gallery. Apart from promoting and exhibiting amazing artworks, art consultation service including designing, conceptualization is also provided for those who wish to expand their personal art collection. Head straight to Galerie Ludorff if you wish to explore spectacular exhibitions featuring artworks of talented local, as well as, international artists.
If you wish to take a quick download about the city and its major hot spots then a visit to the Tourist Information Buero of Dusseldorf comes most recommended. From information related to events to best restaurants, bars as well as booking your tours, everything can be taken care of at the Tourist Information Buero. The office is run by a highly knowledgeable staff who are known to go out of their way to make travelers feel at home.
Instead of a permanent exhibition, the Kunsthalle specializes in putting on a variety of temporary exhibitions of modern art. Founded in 1964, the gallery is also home to the Art Society of the Rhineland and Westphalia districts. The program is internationally orientated and includes contemporary as well as classical modern art. It is also known for its retrospectives of avant-garde artists and special exhibitions dealing with the world's major contemporary artists.