The Top 5 Dusseldorf Landmarks

Located in the western portion of Germany, Dusseldorf is a historic city that boasts a great many famous landmarks. The city is perhaps best known these days for its massive trade shows – over a million people visit Dusseldorf each year on average, to stay in one of the Dusseldorf trade fair hotels.

Some of the more popular attractions around the city centre include the Gefallene war memorial, and the Rheinturm Tower – a 234 metre tower which features a revolving restaurant right at the top, and offers spectacular views out over the cityscape beyond.

1. The Rheinturm Tower is undeniably the most easily recognisable of the city’s landmarks. This colossal tower was built in 1982, as a mast for citywide telecommunications. With a view across the entire city, the tower’s revolving restaurant will make an unforgettable venue for a meal out! On the level below this, there is also a viewing platform open to the public.

2. The Landtag building houses the local state parliament, on the northern bank of the Rhine. Built in 1988, the building features an unusual round construction, and stands as a prime example of the innovative architecture of the city.

3. Gefallene der 39er is the name of a majestic war monument, built during World War II. It recognises the fallen 39th Fusilier Regiment, and stands on the site of an earlier monument that was destroyed by the Nazis.

4. Südbrücke Bridge crosses the Rhine, and this bold structure was the first heavy-duty bridge to be built in the city. It has stood on this site for 50 years, and connects the centre of Dusseldorf with the district of Neuss on the far bank.

5. The Radschlägerbrunnen, or ‘Cartwheel Fountain’ is one of the more iconic sites in the city. It is situated between the Old Town and the river, and dates back many years. The name is taken from the children who used to play and cartwheel in front of the statue during the 1950s.

So, no matter whether you’re staying at one of the Dusseldorf trade show hotels, or just checking into a city centre guesthouse for the weekend… there’s plenty to see and do in this fascinating city, along with a wealth of historic architecture to admire.

January 16, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel, Travel Tips


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