Sunday, May 23, 2010

GERMANY - Düsseldorf am Rhein (multiviews)


Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. Düsseldorf is an important international business and financial centre and also renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Even though only among theten most populous cities in Germany by population within city limits, Düsseldorf ranks as one of the country's five global cities.


The Königsallee (nicknamed "Kö" by the locals) is a boulevard in Düsseldorf, Germany noted for both the canal that runs along the boulevard's center, as well as for the luxury retail shopping venues located along its length.

The Königsallee stretches from Karl-Theodor-Straße to the Landskrone, a peninsula in the central Hofgarten-lake. A variety of exclusive and expensive shops can be found on both sides of the waterway, as well as huge department stores and shopping complexes. The products available range from luxury fur coats to high-end electronics for audiophiles, and the gamut in between. Some of the most reputed jewelry shops, designer labels and galleries have their stores here, such as Cartier, Aigner, Lacoste, Eickhoff, Jil Sander, Benetton, Gucci, Esprit, Laurel, Armani, Chanel, Escada, Hugo Boss, Joop, Kookaï, Prada and many more.


Built in 1998, the Stadttor or City Gate is perhaps Dusseldorf's finest example of contemporary architecture. Towering 80m over the harbor and media district, the glass building houses numerous offices, media centres and lawyers' practices. The huge, round steel columns have been intentionally left visible, and the design has won several awards.

The Rhine Tower, in the centre of Dusseldorf, is one of the city's most popular attractions. This communications tower, built in 1979, is now open to the public for views of the city. Two elevators transport you at a speed of 4 meters per second.
The observation deck, with cafeteria at an altitude of 170 meters, offers an impressive view over the city and outskirts of Dusseldorf.
The windows that go all the way to the floor, are tilted so you can look straight down at the base of the tower.


Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (usually translated from German as Düsseldorf Central Station, short form : Düsseldorf Hbf) is the railway station for the city of Düsseldorf.

The station was opened on 1 October 1891 as Düsseldorf Central Station, replacing the three older stations.


Dusseldorf Town Hall, Rathaus, is situated about 0.9 miles north of the Rihne Tower, just off the promenade, in the Alstadt, the Old Town.
The Town Hall was built in the 16th century. In the 18th century, it was slightly re-designed, and after World War II, it was reconstructed.
In spite of this back and forth, it nevertheless, kept its special charm.
The building actually consists of three buildings: the old town hall at the northern side, the Wilhelmine building and the Grupello-House.


The Protestant St. John's Church is an open city church. Its programme and regular opening hours are designed for people who are passing through the city and would like to step into a church again.
The impressive brick building with its various stylistic elements was planned by the Berlin architects Kyllmann and Heyden in the tradition of Schinkel's buildings in Berlin. While the Rhenish Romanesque is visible in the round arched style of the windows and the dwarf galleries, elements of the Tuscan-Umbrian Gothic style show in the facades of the transept. The layout suggests the form of a cross. As you walk around the building you will notice the different window glazings, which are external evidence of the separation of the building into church and parish hall. The tower, with its height of 85.7 m, was the highest structure in Düsseldorf for a long time, and it is longer than the width of the entire building.


The Rhine river embankment promenade is situated a short distance northeast of the Rhine Tower.
This is considered the most beautiful walk along the River Rhine.
The promenade borders the Altstadt along the Rhine, one of Dusseldorf‘s most popular meeting places for taking a stroll or just relaxing, particularly in summer. Also the many famous breweries are situated in the Altstadt.
People enjoy the sunshine in one of the many bistros and restaurants or board a boat for a trip on the Rhine.
St Lambertus Church is the most prominet building on the promenade.


Postcard sent by Norbert , as "nordbaer"
Postcrossing - Reference DE-582521

DÜSSELDORF : Königsallee, Stadttor, Hauptbahnhof,
Rathaus, Johanneskirche, Rheinpromenade


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