At­trac­tions in and Near Düs­sel­dorf

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As an in­ter­na­tional head­quar­ters for fash­ion, Düs­sel­dorf’s streets, es­pe­cially the shop­ping boule­vard Königsallee, are lined with up­scale stores and bou­tiques. Lux­ury ho­tels such as the Brei­den­bacher Hof are here, as are restau­rants with re­gional spe­cial­ties, and brew­eries with Düs­sel­dorf’s fa­mous Alt­bier. Düs­sel­dorf also has an art academy rich in tra­di­tion, and many gal­leries. Cas­tles such as Schloss Ben­rath, built in 1755, and churches such as St. Lam­ber­tus, built in 1159, are rem­i­nis­cent of past epochs.

Düs­sel­dorf is lo­cated in the cen­ter of Europe, so vis­i­tors can reach most Euro­pean cap­i­tals and the alpine re­gions of Aus­tria in a max­i­mum of two hours’ flight time. Also nearby is the Sauer­land high­land re­gion with small ski­ing vil­lages. In Düs­sel­dorf’s neigh­bor city of Neuss, one of Europe’s largest in­door halls of­fers ski­ing and snow­board­ing on real pow­der snow. Other cities close to Düs­sel­dorf in­clude Cologne, whose cathe­dral from the Mid­dle Ages is a great tour. Bonn is Lud­wig van Beethoven’s birth­place.

BE­LOW: Big boats must be trans­ported over­land from the Rhine River.

ABOVE: The show fea­tures a pool it calls The Wave, which al­lows at­ten­dees to try board sports.

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