MOST TREASURES ARE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK / Düsseldorf – Germany.
A small city, in the Western part of the country. Bursting with energy, the home of pop-culture and best to explore with a beer in your hand. Düsseldorf taught me many things this weekend, but it mostly put a smile on my face.
For the entire 22 years I’ve been living in The Netherlands Düsseldorf had only been an inch away. The drive was 52 minutes, and while the international airport of Düsseldorf is one I’ve seen so many times before, I’ve never stepped into the city itself.
Who knew that, when walking through the airport, I was so close to such a wonderful, vibrant city? One I grew to love within just a matter of hours.
I’ve spent two nights and three days in Düsseldorf – enough for a quick introduction to the city. Enough to learn that treasures are closer than you’d think.
Here’s my weekend in Düsseldorf: feast your eyes on this perfect German city you’ve probably never heard of.
Close to the hauptbahnhof of Düsseldorf I park my car. My phone tells me I need to go this way, but in no way I imagined Hotel Friends to be the hotel it is. A big white building, hidden behind the parasols of a nearby restaurant, makes the entrance for Hotel Friends. Quirky items decorate the inside of the hotel. A friendly staff member waves. The interior of my room is even better. I can’t believe my eyes when I open my room. The theme of my room is forest. It’s perfect.
THE OLD TOWN / Düsseldorf – Germany.
Filled with bars, pubs and restaurants that are mainly about one thing: alt bier. Where ever you look in the old town of Düsseldorf you’ll see bars that dominate the streets. Guest of the bars dominate the streets actually: it’s almost a habit to stand in the middle of the street drinking your freshly bought local Alt Bier (old beer).
While the old town isn’t big, it’s large enough to wander through. You’ll trip over the old pavement, you’ll bump into a person here and there and you’ll stare at the countless number of houses, painted in different shades and decorated with different types of wood.
WANDER FAR ENOUGH and you’ll stumble upon the beautiful sight of the river Rijn, reflecting the large television tower of Düsseldorf and the modern buildings of the Media Harbor.
Old never is far from new in Düsseldorf.
Nacht der Museen
Düsseldorf is the capital of culture and art – something that all comes to life during the Nacht Der Museen. I was lucky enough to visit Düsseldorf during the weekend it was organized.
Street photographers, drawers, painters and artists come together during the Nacht der Museen to show their projects.
The city is vibrant, bars are opened, music is playing and for me it’s the perfect night to learn to understand the city a bit more. Until 2 am I walk round in the city, entering musea, abandoned buildings, pop up galleries and maybe the strangest thing yet: the parliamentary building.
K21 / Düsseldorf – Germany
Acting like a spider in a 31 meters high ‘spiderweb’ was something I never expected of doing. It sounds unrealistic, so it’s probably something nobody thinks of doing.
However, I got the oppertunity at the K21 museum in Düsseldorf. The In Orbit installation, that is built at the top of the building, makes you experience what it’s like to crawl on a web like a spider.
When I stand on top of the installation it feels safe. I look down, 31 meters below me. There is nothing in between me and the ground but air and a thin, iron ‘wire’. The weirdest thing – I’m not even scared.