An international business and communications hub and a renowned art, fashion and trade fair location, Düsseldorf is a multi-faceted city. The Rhine metropolis is home to listed companies such as Henkel and Metro as well as 22 higher education institutions, including the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf arts academy and Heinrich Heine University. The numerous cultural venues, such as the Kunstpalast art museum, the K 20 and K 21 art galleries, the NRW-Forum exhibition centre, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein opera house, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus theatre and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf concert hall, attract countless aficionados of art and culture. Modern architecture, such as the 240-metre Rheinturm tower, the MedienHafen district, the GAP 15, Kö-Bogen and Gehry-Bauten buildings, along with numerous historical structures, define the urban landscape of Düsseldorf.
Typical of the Rhineland, Düsseldorf’s Old Town with more than 260 taverns boasts the “longest bar in the world” and is a magnet for locals and tourists alike during the carnival season and throughout the year. Whether you're enjoying a glass of the local “Altbier” brew or a shopping spree along the Königsallee, you’re guaranteed to experience the Rhenish zest for life.
Or, for pure relaxation, Düsseldorf offers green spaces such as the Hofgarten and the Rheinpark, numerous oases in the city centre and popular destinations for leisure and recreation in the surrounding region. The Neanderland tourist region between the Rhineland, the Ruhr region and the Bergisches Land mountains, invites visitors to enjoy its swimming lakes, moors, heaths and forests.