The Hound | Jan 18, 2011
Famous for trade shows, fairs, conferences, and conventions, Düsseldorf is a truly modern city. Located on the Rhine River and an economic center of Western Germany, this city is a powerhouse that hosts at least 50 international trade fairs yearly. The CCD (Congress Center Düsseldorf) is the most popular in Germany and it’s easy to see why. With idyllic river promenades, sleek architecture, a rich history, and host of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, let’s get your trip started!
Düsseldorf’s modern vision is easy to see with the MediaHarbor, a transformative project along the river by famous architects such as Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Joe Coenen, Steven Holl and Claude Vasconi. Old warehouses and properties are given new life in these unique docklands, hosting media companies, world-class restaurants, and a club scene at night. Get around city center by foot or take the easy to navigate bus, subway, and tram Rheinbahn network to go farther afield.
Don’t have a lot of time? Check out the top 6 must-sees in less than a day. Hopefully you’ll have more time to visit the world-class Museum Kunst Palast, hosting a variety of exhibitions as well as its own extensive art collection or one of the many other art museums. Shopping more to your taste? Königsallee (also known as the “Kö”) is the Champs-Élysées of Germany and famous for high-end shopping and people watching. Make sure to take the time to stroll along the Rhine promenade, just like the locals do. Want to catch a game? Head to Esprit Arena to watch Fortuna Düsseldorf, the local soccer team.
The variety of food makes it easy to find a delicious meal anywhere in the city no matter your budget – there’s a full range from traditional food to modern fusion. Beer lovers should be sure to order Altbier, a dark beer and the local specialty. The Altstadt (downtown) area is even known as “the longest bar in the world,” but be careful about the beer you order – the long-stranding rivalry with Cologne makes ordering Kölsch (a light beer) a bad idea.
With so much to see and do, Düsseldorf will be a city you’ll never forget. Search Conference Hound for Düsseldorf conferences for something in your industry – you’ll be glad you did!
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