In search of fashion, art, food and music in Dusseldorf
I knew almost immediately that Dusseldorf was a place I wanted to visit again. With only two days to explore, it seemed I had only scratched the surface of this city with its old and new contrasts. Dusseldorf is a destination that offers your typical European charm, but the bigger find is that it is also a city on the edge of the fashion, music, food and impressive art scene.
With over 26 museums and 100 galleries, it wasn’t hard to get my art fix – even when I found myself underground. The Kunst im Tunnel (KIT) gallery leverages an unused tunnel along the Rhine to display the works of local art students. Just off the Rhine promenade, this gallery is a must see for only 4 Euro per person.
As dusk starts to set, the city really comes alive at night and crowds fill the pubs and bars along the Altstadt, the old town. With the “longest bar in the world,” there were plenty of places to sample the local brew variety, Alt. At the suggestion of our tour guide, we also sampled some Killepitsch, a local liquor that has been around since 1848. With 42% alcohol content, this is the drink that’s sure to warm you up on a cold winter evening.
The highlight of my time in Dusseldorf was getting to go backstage at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (aka. the opera house) before a performance of La Boheme. As a guest of the media director, we also got to explore the costumer archive and dine with performers before the show. Getting to explore the 50,000+ costumes was an awesome experience and I was secretly hoping they’d let me take my pick – the black swan perhaps? With daily performances, the Oper am Rhein is a great way to spend an evening.
If you are planning a trip to this wonderful city, here are some recommendations based on my experience this trip:
Where to stay
Monkey’s Restaurant Group
Monkey’s East – I dined at this location and enjoyed all of the Asian fusion dishes and hands down some of the best curry
Traditional German eats
November 22nd – December 23rd, the city center will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with hundreds of vendors offering local treats for the holiday season.
Escape the cold and head into the Kunstpalast to explore the paintings and modern art exhibits. The Andreas Gursky exhibit is on display until January 13, 2013.
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Daily opera and ballet performances.
District of Dusseldorf along the harbor with Gehry buildings.
Airberlin offers daily flights from the US directly to Dusseldorf.
By Allison Tebbe