Dusseldorf (pop. 576,700) is a handsome, modern city along
the Rhine River. It can be seen on foot in onelong day. Attractions
include Die Tonhalle (home to excellent cultural performances), the 200-year-old
Academy of Art, the Art History Musem and the Rhine Tower (765 ft/234
m tall, with a revolving restaurant). The city parks—built on orders from
Napoleon—provide a pleasant haven when your feet get weary. End your wanderings
in Old Town (adjacent to downtown), which has been turned into a large,
open-air pedestrian mall with restaurants, clubs and stores. Don’t miss
the marionette theater. Other sights to see include Minidomm, which houses
miniature models of German architectural achievements, and a zoo with
Dusseldorf is also home to the largest Japanese population
in Europe and boasts a number of excellent Japanese restaurants and shops
and a striking Buddhist temple.
There are several old castles and churches in the area.
Some are on pretty lake settings, some contain museums and others are
in ruin. 20 mi/35 km northwest of Cologne.
to and around Dusseldorf
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