Duesseldorf Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Duesseldorf

The city situated in Western Germany has a very old history with the first documented reference dating back to 1135. At the same time it impresses with contemporary architecture. Düsseldorf is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of business, art, media and advertising. Find out more about its top attractions in the following guide.
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Duesseldorf Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Duesseldorf Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Duesseldorf (See other walking tours in Duesseldorf)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 17
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Old Town Hall (Rathaus)
  • Jan Wellem Reiterstandbild
  • Altstadt
  • Andreaskirche
  • Schifffahrtsmuseum
  • Burgplatz
  • Stadterhebungsmonument
  • Lambertuskirche
  • Tonhalle
  • Forum NRW Museum
  • Museum Kunst Palast
  • Hofgarten
  • Kunstakademie
  • Opernhaus
  • Königsallee
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal
  • Schadowstraße
Old Town Hall (Rathaus)

1) Old Town Hall (Rathaus)

The Old Town Hall in Düsseldorf is the wing located on the northern side of the market square and the oldest part of the town hall complex in Düsseldorf's old town . The building and utilization history of the town hall of the state capital Dusseldorf goes back to the years 1570/73 in the oldest buildings. Since that time, the town hall and the municipal administration , which is located in the middle of the old town and close to the river Rhine , is the seat of the city ​​council . Until 1806, the oldest buildings, the old town hall, also served as a meeting place for the estates of the duchies of Jülich-Berg . The main entrance and the representative view are on the market square enclosed by the town hall .
Sight description based on wikipedia
Jan Wellem Reiterstandbild

2) Jan Wellem Reiterstandbild

Jan Wellem Reiterstandbild, also known as “'The Rider”, is the oldest statue in Düsseldorf and its fame is due to it being one of the most relevant Baroque statues in Europe. The statue was created in 1711 by sculptor Gabriel de Grupello. Prince Jan Wellem himself was an excellent diplomat and under his leadership, Düsseldorf’s underwent impressive growth. During his government, many fascinating buildings were built, which survived the Second World War and managed to keep their initial appearance.

3) Altstadt

The Düsseldorfer Altstadt is known as "the longest bar in the world" because the small Old Town has more than 300 bars and discothèques; supposedly, each establishment's bar-counter connecting to one next door.
Main sights found here: Basilica St. Lambertus, Schlossturm - housing the shipping museum, The Old City Hall (Rathaus), Equestrian statue of Jan Wellem on the Market place.
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Andreaskirche

Andreaskirche is an impressive church in the Old Town of Dusseldorf. This Jesuit church was built in late Baroque style in 1629. Inside you will find an amazing and uniform stucco decoration and also the mausoleum, which contains the coffins of the Electors Palatine. It is considered one of the most beautiful and unique churches in Dusseldorf and it is a good example of Baroque architecture in allof Germany. Its unusual façade painted in bright yellow make this church easy to spot and a good landmark as well.

5) Schifffahrtsmuseum

Schifffahrtsmuseum is a navigation museum located in the Castle Tower in Dusseldorf. A long time ago this building was the castle of the Earls of Berg. Over the years, the castle was rebuilt in a Baroque palace, but in 1872 it was burned. Later in 1988, all ruins were removed and only a tower was left. Nowadays, this tower houses one of the oldest museums in Dusseldorf called Schifffahrtsmuseum. This museum features many exhibitions that reveal the history of navigation in this city.

6) Burgplatz

Burgplatz is a centaral square located directly on the bank of the Rhine in the Altstadt part of the city. The history of the square is almost as old as that of the city itself. The point of origin of the city of Düsseldorf is located only a few meters away to the north. After the fishing village was raised to the status of town in 1288, followed an urban expansion to the south. In relation to this on the bank of the river was built a castle which was to support the collection of taxes. From this castle (Burg) the square took its name. During the passing of time after many fires and destruction the ruins of the castle were removed in 1892 and only a castle tower remained.

The area around the castle tower was awarded as Germany's most beautiful square. Here you can enjoy some dark beer whilst watching the river Rhine run by. Also it is possible to stroll along the river up to the fair trade or historical area Kaiserwerth. Biking and in line skating is also possible.
Sight description based on wikipedia

7) Stadterhebungsmonument

The Stadterhebungsmonument is a monument commemorating the award of the city ​​rights to Düsseldorf . It is located at the Joseph-Wimmer-Gasse- Ecke Müller-Schlösser-Gasse . The sculpture was made by Bert Gerresheim . It was built in 1988 on the occasion of the 700th anniversary celebration. Among the motifs is the battle of Worringen , the seal of the decree of the city, and the elevation of St. Lambertus consecrated parish church to the Canonical station.
Sight description based on wikipedia

8) Lambertuskirche (must see)

Lambertuskirche is a Christian church located near river Rhine in Dusseldorf. The building was built in 1394, but due to a fire, it was rebuilt and it acquired the unusual shape of the roof only in 1815. Inside you will see an altar of the basilica which houses a shrine with relics of St. Apollinaris. On the façade is a big sculpture of the Crucifixion. An interesting feature of this church is the winding, twisted tower.

9) Tonhalle (must see)

In 1926, architect Wilhelm Kreis built the biggest planetarium in the world and in 1970 it was re-established into a concert hall named Tonhalle. From the very beginning, music of all genres and styles, from classical to jazz and chanson, was played. Thanks to a refined and sophisticated sound distortion, acoustics are really great. You will discover that this music hall is unique and that it is unlike others as they put on the best concerts with music written by famous composers.
Forum NRW Museum

10) Forum NRW Museum (must see)

Originally called "Museum for Industry and Economy" the museum has changed its name to Forum NRW. In the past it was presenting permanent exhibitions about the history and economy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Now the underlying concepts of the museum are different. It shows changing exhibitions illustrating topical issues against specific cultural backgrounds. These include exhibitions of photography, media, fashion, communications, architecture, mobility or lifestyle.
Museum Kunst Palast

11) Museum Kunst Palast (must see)

An art museum founded with the support of Anna Maria Louisa de Medici - wife of duke of Berg. The Museum Kunst Palast includes objects of fine arts from Classical antiquity to the present, including drawings, sculptures, a collection of more than 70,000 graphic exhibits and photographs. On the other side, there are a lot of examples of applied arts and design and one of the most outstanding glass collections.

12) Hofgarten

The Hofgarten is the central park in Düsseldorf. Numerous historical monuments and modern sculptures revive the park, which marked the transition from the baroque garden style to the English landscape garden . The oldest part of the public courtyard was already built in 1769. The Hofgarten is considered the "green lung" of the city of Düsseldorf. There is a large and two small children's playgrounds on the grounds, two dog outlets and two ponds with many ducks and swans. Because of its central location it is gladly used by employees of the surrounding companies as well as visitors of the inner city as a resting place.
Sight description based on wikipedia

13) Kunstakademie

The Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, formerly Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, is the Arts Academy of the city of Düsseldorf. It is well known for having produced many famous artists, such as: Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Demand and Andreas Gursky. In the stairway of its main entrance, are engraved the Words: "Für unsere Studenten nur das Beste" ("For our Students only the Best").

The school was founded by Lambert Krahe in 1762 as a school of drawing. In 1773, it became the "Kurfürstlich-Pfälzische Academie der Maler, Bildhauer- und Baukunst" (Elector of Palatine's Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture). During the Napoleonic Wars, the earl's art collection was inherited by the Wittelsbach family and moved to Munich, prompting the Prussian government—who had annexed the Düsseldorf region after Napoleon had surrendered—to change it into a Royal Arts Academy in Düsseldorf, in 1819.

In the 1850s, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf became internationally renowned, with many students coming from Scandinavia, Russia and the USA to learn, amongst other things, the genre and landscape painting associated with the "Düsseldorf school".
Sight description based on wikipedia

14) Opernhaus (must see)

Opernhaus Düsseldorf is located in Düsseldorf and is one of two opera houses where performances are given by the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The connection between the two cities’ opera houses existed between 1887 and 1920, and was not re-established until 1955 with the creation of the Deutsche Oper.

The original opernhaus was constructed between 1873 and 1875 as the City Theatre from a design by Ernst Giese (1832-1903). By its inauguration day, 29 November 1875, it was only partially completed due to cost overruns, but it continued to the operated by the city authorities. By 1891 an electric lighting system had been installed. The auditorium contained a parquet level, 2 levels of seating plus a gallery, providing a total of 1,260 seats.

By 1921 the city had transferred the ownership of the theatre to the opera company and, in 1925, it was renamed as the Operhaus to distinguish it from another theatre then presenting operettas. After bombs in January and November 1943 during the Second World War destroyed much of the auditorium, some performances did proceed for several months in 1944, but in an auditorium reduced to 1,000 seats. By September 1944 all theatres were closed, and regular performances did not begin again until October 1945 with Bizet's Carmen.

In the post-war years major renovations began in 1954 to improve the temporary wartime repairs. Between 1954 and its reopening on 22 April 1956, the house was restored and inaugurated with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. The house now seated 1,342 people.
Sight description based on wikipedia

15) Königsallee (must see)

The Königsallee is an urban boulevard in Düsseldorf. It is noted for both the landscaped canal that runs along its center, as well as for the fashion showrooms and luxury retail stores located along its sides. Nicknamed Kö by the locals, the Königsallee is by far Germany's busiest, upscale shopping street.

The canal and the boulevard were completed between 1802 and 1804. Hotel Breidenbacher Hof was opened in 1812; other buildings followed shortly after. The canal which runs through the center of the boulevard is 31 metres (102 ft) wide and up to 5 metres (16 ft) deep. The canal is fed by the Düssel, which was diverted to provide the necessary water. Two iron bridges cross the canal. On the suggestion of the landscape architect, Chestnut trees (in German Kastanien) were planted along the canal and the boulevard was therefore given the name "Kastanienallee" accordingly. After an incident in 1848, when horse manure was thrown at King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, the street was renamed "Königsallee" (meaning King's Avenue) as a gesture of reconciliation.

Many major designers have a presence on Königsallee, so that a roll call reads like a "who's who" of the international fashion industry. Products offered range from luxury fur coats to high-end electronics for audiophiles, and the gamut in between.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal

16) Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal (must see)

Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal is a monument located in Düsseldorf; it was built in memory of Wilhelm I, also known as Wilhelm the Great. He was the first German Emperor between 1871 and 1888. Under his government, Prussia was united with Germany and he was then established as the German Emperor. In 1814, the king was involved in Napoleonic Wars and thanks to his diplomat skills, his country was internationally renowned. In 1848, Wilhelm successfully avoided many local revolts that were initiated by his elder brother.

17) Schadowstraße

Schadowstraße is a shopping street in Düsseldorf, Germany, located in the districts of Stadtmitte and Pempelfort. The street cuts through downtown Düsseldorf, starting at Königsallee, passing the Tausendfüßler and reaching up to Berliner Allee. Schadowstraße is named after the German Romantic painter Wilhelm von Schadow. The Western section towards Königsallee is a pedestrian zone and has some landmark buildings, such as the Schadow Arkaden, a shopping mall designed by German architect Walter Brune in 1994, and the Peek & Cloppenburg flagship store, designed by American architect Richard Meier in 2001. It is one of the most frequented shopping streets in Düsseldorf.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Duesseldorf, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Duesseldorf

Create Your Own Walk in Duesseldorf

Creating your own self-guided walk in Duesseldorf is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Düsseldorf's Landmarks Tour

Düsseldorf's Landmarks Tour

Dusseldorf is one of the best destinations that boasts a great collection of unique and majestic landmarks built by famous architects. If you are interested in finding out more about the best landmarks in Dusseldorf, this self-walking tour will be useful.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Düsseldorf provides numerous cultural venues, as you probably already know. In this self-guided tour you will find famous museums, halls, galleries and educational institutions. Don’t miss the chance to see the most beautiful and relevant cultural places in Düsseldorf.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Düsseldorf's Top Museums and Galleries

Düsseldorf's Top Museums and Galleries

Dusseldorf has a large number of famous museums and tens of art galleries which attract many tourists from the entire world. Exhibitions may range from local to international, from small to large but all of them are very original. Take this walking tour to discover the most important museums and galleries in Dusseldorf.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings

Historical Religious Buildings

Dusseldorf boasts a big diversity of religious sights, most of them Christian. Among these religious places there are churches that were built to commemorate certain saints. Take this self guided tour and learn about the most beautiful and significant places of worship in Dusseldorf.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles