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Dusseldorf is a quick train ride from Kassel, the site of Documenta 14, and well worth a visit while you’re there.
Dusseldorf, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a thriving international metropolis. Although the city was largely destroyed in WWII, those interested in modern architecture will have a great deal to see. The promenade on the bank of the Rhine is one of the most beautiful in Germany and the harbor hosts some spectacular post-modern architecture, the centerpiece being Frank Gehry’s Spiral Constructions.
The Dusseldorf Academy, founded in 1762 as a school of drawing, is internationally renowned for its graduates, such artists as Sigmar Polke, Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys. The School of Photography is equally notable for the teachers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and their students that include Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth.
A former factory curated by art collector Gil Bronner, the Philara combines a permanent exhibition of Bronner’s personal collection along with 4 temporary exhibitions featuring the works of both established and new artists working in almost every format. This combination allows the participant to enjoy a cornucopia of experiences. The collection also offers numerous interdisciplinary events with concerts, readings and lectures planned throughout the year.
NRW- Forum Dusseldorf
Considered more of a cultural center than a museum, the NRW-Forum attempts to blur the line between art and culture. Divided into 3 different exhibitions, the Forum allows you to explore multiple mediums and collections ranging from photography featuring Ralf Brueck, a graduate of the renowned Dusseldorf School of Photography (with the collection exploring digital image manipulation) to a mixed media collection from Olaf Breuning. Futurists will love Planet B, an installation focusing on relocation and establishment on a new planet.
Setareh Gallery on Konigsallee
A contemporary art collection in Dusseldorf, the Setarah (which translates to “star” in Farsi) Gallery is the place to go to see some of the best curated exhibitions. The current show, “The shadow does not avoid the sun” includes works by such marvelous German artists as Per Kirkeby, Markus Lupertz and Wolfgang Betke.
Great food and drink are always a mainstay for the Germans and the lucky visitors who need to rest and dine during their busy art viewing. Here are a few of the many delicious restaurants in Dusseldorf. None of them will fracture your wallet, but they all will leave you satisfied.
– View of the Rhine
Boasting exquisite panoramic views over the Rhine River from its perch on Media Harbor, Sandbar is a high-class lounge-come-bar that offers a multitude of international dishes. From juicy steaks to sushi, oysters, fresh fish and the traditional German curry-wurst, this joint by Breuninger is a smorgasbord of flavors. What’s more, great wines abound, with more than 350 types on offer from the cellar. Located on the first floor of the Breuninger Center, Sansibar is a delight for all palates.
– Award winning gourmet dining
Victorian is a multiple award-winning restaurant that’s hailed for its gourmet dishes, cooking methods and innovative combinations that change daily. Expect a menu that ranges from fresh fish in the main to delicious starters, such as radish, cucumber and mustard that manage to challenge tasters’ perceptions. The restaurant has a major focus on lunch, but also has delightful dinner options and an impressive collection of wines from all over the world.
An Old Fashioned German Tavern( A common German name for German taverns or pubs is Kneipe)
Uber-traditional Dorfstube is a complete timber restaurant with a nostalgic hint of the old-fashioned German village tavern. The restaurant is quirky with curious pieces of décor, like the grand old Alkoda stove, accompanied by home-made wood grinders, cook-clocks and lines of classic tea cups with reindeer prints, specifically designed in line with the original Black Forest kitchen. But Dorfstube offers far more than just traditional design, it also impresses with extravagant dishes, such as warm oxtail pralines and coq-au-vin from local farmers, followed up by a crispy rhubarb crumble.
Why not stop at a brewery?
Breweries are typical places for Germans to meet and chat after a hard day at work, but characterful Uerige is not only a local meeting places but also home to some of the best regional German beer in the country. With a friendly and cozy atmosphere spread across six major rooms, patrons have plenty of space to celebrate German cuisine, beer or just being in Düsseldorf. On the menu, distinctive types of sausages, soups, tartare, and red beet carpaccio with goats’ cheese rub shoulders, while for dessert try the super-light and creamy panna cotta.
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