In addition to the Old Town, Düsseldorf has some unexpected spots which are worth exploring:
- The Japanese Garden: In addition to the Japanese neighbourhood - mostly the street where Hotel Nikko is located - this is a pleasant little garden that surrounds the Japanese culture center.
- Kirmes am Rhein: Drawing more than 4 million visitors annually, this fair is the largest in the Rhein-Ruhr region and one of the largest in Germany (Oktoberfest in Munich is 6.7M).
- Medienhafen: The newest area of the city starts in the Rhine tower and is filled with cool buildings from renowned architects like Frank Gehry.
Kirmes am Rhein
Reminding a lot of any big festivity in Spain, a temporary them park along with beer houses and clubs is set up during the week of the fair. Notable is the age mix, where retired people party together with teenagers - in the same club I mean - until the wee hours. Beer runs freely and one wonders where did the Deutsche ordnung go.
As a sucker for long walks and big buildings, this was one of my favourite things in Düsseldorf. We walked all the way from the fair and back to Hansaallee where Enrique's staying, it was awesome. Bonus for the drinks by the riverbank on the way back - after all these beautiful pictures, I owed Enrique a beer. Also featured in Atlas Obscura the twisted Gehry buildings are the star of the modern harbour area, there are 3 buildings with the same structure but different materials (white painted concrete, metallic plates and bricks)