Reflections on Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf has a population of around 600,000 making it the seventh largest city in Germany. Wikipedia struggles to find much for Dusseldorf that comes under ” culture and recreation”. I might agree. One of the highlights of my visit was sampling the local Altbier. Düsseldorf is well known for Altbier a hoppy beer . The name “altbier” first appeared in the 19th century to differentiate the beers of Düsseldorf from the new pale lager that was gaining a hold on Germany. Dusseldorf however is famous as the origins of the band Kraftwerk. The final claim to fame is that after Frankfurt and Munich, Dusseldorf is the third largest airport in Germany. Did the place excite me? Not really. Lonely Planet however disagrees with me citing that
“Düsseldorf dazzles with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities”.
The city to me was very industrial with an overdose of traffic lights that meant walking anywhere was complex. Bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways and cycle lanes seemed interchangeable meaning that if the trams did not get you as one crossed the road the cycles certainly would. A not unpleasant city but one that is far from being a holiday destination. The train station was massive and larger even than Amsterdam Central.