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.
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.
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.
Nordpark is one of the largest and most picturesque public parks in Dusseldorf. Dappled with glistening ponds, fountains and sculptures, the park sprawls across 43055.64 square feet (4000 square meters). Arched gateways and pathways ornamented with a variety of flowers and verdant grass are a stunning sight to behold. The intricately landscaped flower beds, which are replanted twice a year, are a fine example of detailing. A tranquil Japanese garden was donated to the park by the Japanese community in 1975.
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.
St. Andreas is home and the final resting place of Johann Wilhelm II and his mausoleum is found here. The church is particularly interesting from an artistic point of view, as it depicts the change of style during the transition from renaissance to baroque. The altar was built by Ewald Mataré and sets a bizarre contrast to its baroque surroundings. The entire building was based on the design of the Jesuit church in Neuberg. The client, for whom both buildings were being built, was Count Palatine Wolfgang Wilhelm who changed his residence from the Danube to the Rhine.
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.