Breidenbacher HofThe most uber glitzy of all Dusseldorf’s five-star hotels opened in 2008, though it harks back to the original of 1812. For nearly 200 years, Breidenbacher Hof has epitomized the ultimate in European luxury and hospitality, hosting the international “who’s who” of high society, including royal guests such as Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia. Located right on the Konigsallee in historic downtown Dusseldorf, the hotel features 106 luxurious guest rooms and suites which feature L’Occitane bath products, rainmist showers, plush king sized bed and a mini bar stocked with sot drinks free of charge. Elements of art deco and the empire style inspire the interior design, exuding a feeling of timeless elegance. Sculpted marble meets rich hardwoods in spaces evocative of a prestigious past, while entirely suiting the needs of today’s modern traveler.
The Spa at Breidenbacher HofThe Spa and Beauty Lounge at Breidenbacher Hof offers a chic urban oasis for those in the city looking to treat themselves to a little rest and relaxation. Guests are free to use the hotel’s state of the art fitness facility, intimate indoor heated pool, dry sauna and steam room. The hotel’s new Schnitzler Beauty Lounge melds time-honored tradition with current trends. Guests are pampered via extensive menu of spa treatments which combine eastern and western traditions and are based on the five elements wood, fire, metal, earth and water. I lulled myself to sleep during a one hour signature massage treatment featuring bright mint oil which unravelled on a comfy table in the spa’s tranquil Water Room.
Carlsplatz MarketPop by Carlsplatz, the city’s Farmers Market, during the lunch hour to swoon over all the cute boys in dapper suits who come here to enjoy a fresh al fresco feast. Take the time to wander through the markets various alleyways and you’ll discover lush floral bouquets, smoky Butcher, swoon-worthy cheese shop, fresh rye at the bakery and pretty produce.
Currywurst with FriesCarlsplatz is also the city’s best bet for serious street food. There are a few restaurants within the market that offer proper seating but most are nothing more than a few high tables where strangers stand together in communion while wolfing down their meal. I opted to sample one of Germany’s most iconic street snacks, Currywurst with Fries. Germany’s most popular fast food dish consists of steamed, then fried pork sausage, cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup served alongside crispy fries which locals like to dip in creamy mayonnaise.
K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-WestfalenA visit to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is an unforgettable encounter with outstanding art works of the 20th and 21st century. Three houses – K20, K21 and F3 – are united under a common “roof”: available here for the permanent presentation of one of the most important European art collections, ranging from classic modernism to the present day. Facing the Kunsthalle across Grabbeplatz is the sinuous, glossy black facade of the K20 Museum, which houses an outstanding collection of modern art including around a hundred works by Paul Klee as well as work by Joseph Beuys, a substantial Cubist collection including work by Braque, Leger and Picasso, and postwar American art from Pollock to Warhol.
Uerige BreweryNo trip to Dusseldorf is complete without a visit to the city’s famed Uerige Brewery. Beer enthusiasts should book themselves a tour here which offers a detailed review of the brewing, cooling, maturing and bottling process. After the tour guests are served crispy fried knuckles of pork with coleslaw and Treberbrötchen, a roll made of spent grains as well as ice cold glasses of fresh Uerige Alt, the breweries signature move. Of all German beers, Uerige Alt has the highest content of bitter constituents. Uerige’s top-fermented speciality has been brewered here since 1862, and is made of barley malt, caramel malt, roasted malt, umbel hops, water and a proprietary yeast. I also sampled a bottle of Fassbrause (literally: fizzy cask lemonade), which comes in two flavours: elderberry flower and rhubarb. The tart rhubarb brew pours a pretty pink and was so easily sippable it would be an absolute danger to have a few bottles laying around the inside of your fridge on a hot summers day.
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Lambertus ChurchThe distinctive spire of St Lambertus forms the visual focus of the agreeably walkable Altstadt. The church’s spire owes its twisted shape to the use of unseasoned timber when it was rebuilt after a lightening strike in 1815. Inside, the highlights are the rocket-like fifteenth-century Gothic tabernacle and the splendid Renaissance memorial to Duke Wilhelm V.
Frank Gehry at Media HarbourOver the past decade, the redundant harbour south of the parliament has been reinvented as the hip Medienhafen, with advertising agencies alongside slick nightclubs, restaurants and eye catching buildings by celebrity architects. Particularly distinctive are the wobbly silver-and-white Neuer Zollhof towers by Frank Gehry. If you enjoy an agreeable day of weather this is Dusseldorf’s best hood for strolling, bar hopping and people watching.
Cocktail Sips at Meerbar
Located on the main floor of one of Frank Gehry’s iconic Neuer Zollhof towers, hip Meerbar offers a chic interior and sun drenched patio for those looking to sip the city’s top cocktail creations. The extensive cocktail list offers classic concoctions, creative spins and champagne infused sippers. I ordered a trilogy of thirst quenchers: mint muddled Sour Rhubarb Mojito, peach perfect Bellini and lemon twist finessed Gimlet.
I missed all this while passing through the city last September while returning from France and going back to Kiel. But would surely be visiting Dusseldorf again in near future and keep the list handy.