Düsseldorf is one of Germany's economic hubs, with a densely populated city centre housing over 10 million people. The city is lively, with a love of music and culture that is hard to resist. Düsseldorf is famous for its trade and fashion fairs and attracts visitors from all over the world to these big and exciting events. Streets like Bolkerstraße, Ratinger Straße and Kurze Straße are alive with nightlife in the evenings, and those looking for a quiet drink can sample the locally-produced Altbier (meaning old-style beer) for which Düsseldorf is known.
Because much of Düsseldorf was destroyed in World War II, the city is not as scenic as others in Germany despite the fact that it is an ancient city, the first mention of which dates back to 1135. Modern architecture enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, however, in Frank Gehry buildings and the colourful Colorium, all clustered in the media harbour. There are several pedestrian malls to stroll and plenty of museums and parks to enjoy, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a cleaner and more elegant city in Germany. There is a long-standing rivalry between Düsseldorf and Cologne but both cities are gems for visitors - just order the right beer in the right city!