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Coordinates: 51 ° 14 '  N , 6 ° 47'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Dusseldorf
Height : 38 m above sea level NHN
Area : 217.41 km 2
Residents: 621,877 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 2860 inhabitants per km 2
Postcodes : 40210-40629
Primaries : 0211, 0203, 02104
License plate : D.
Community key : 05 1 11 000
City structure: 10 districts
with 50 districts

City administration address :
Marktplatz 2
40213 Düsseldorf
Website : www.duesseldorf.de
Lord Mayor : Stephan Keller ( CDU )
Location of the state capital Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia and in the administrative district of Düsseldorf
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Audio file / audio sample Düsseldorf ? / i is thestate capital of North Rhine-Westphaliaand the official seat of theadministrative district of Düsseldorf. Theindependent cityon theRhineis the second largestcity ​​inthe statewith 621,877 inhabitants on December 31, 2019. InGermany, Düsseldorf is theseventh largest cityby population. Düsseldorf is part of theRhine-Ruhr metropolitan regionwith around ten million inhabitants and theRhineland metropolitan regionwith 8.6 million inhabitants. The city at the heart of thecentral European economicarea has long been in 6th place inMercerstudies on the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide.

In 1288 the place at the confluence of the river Düssel in the Rhine received the city charter . From the end of the 14th century to the beginning of the 19th century, the city was the seat of government of the countries of the Holy Roman Empire and the Confederation of the Rhine : the Duchy of Berg , the Duchy of Jülich-Berg and Jülich-Kleve-Berg and the Grand Duchy of Berg , from 1690 to 1716 also residence of the Count Palatine and Elector Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz . From the 19th century onwards, it was the seat of the administrative district of Düsseldorf and was the parliamentary seat of the Rhine Province in Prussia until the 20th century . In Empire to Dusseldorf developed in the course of industrialization in Germany for " desk of the Ruhr area " and was crossing the 100,000 mark  inhabitants in 1882 to big city .

The metropolis on the Rhine is one of the five most important, internationally strongly intertwined economic centers in Germany. Düsseldorf is a trade fair city and the seat of many listed companies, including the DAX- listed Henkel group . It is also the German location with the highest turnover for auditing , corporate and legal advice , advertising and clothing fashion as well as an important financial and stock market . It is also a leader in the art trade in Germany.

Düsseldorf has several Rhine ports . Its airport is the intercontinental hub of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is also home to 22 universities, including the renowned Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Heinrich Heine University . Düsseldorf is also well-known beyond the region for its old town (“longest bar in the world”), its Königsallee shopping boulevard (“Kö”), its Düsseldorf carnival , the Fortuna Düsseldorf football club and the Düsseldorfer EG ice hockey club . Other attractions are numerous museums and galleries as well as the Rhine promenade and the modern media harbor . The cityscape is also characterized by numerous skyscrapers and church towers , the 240 meter high Rhine tower , many monuments and seven bridges over the Rhine . The large number of East Asian residents is remarkable , including the Japanese community , which is the largest Japanese community and the only Japantown in Germany. The center of this Japanese community is Immermannstrasse, which attracts tourists and locals alike with its various Japanese restaurants, shops and supermarkets.


Spatial location

Settlement structure in North Rhine-Westphalia, centrally located in the Rhine-Ruhr conurbation with Düsseldorf in the center

Düsseldorf, which is predominantly on the right bank of the Rhine , is located in the central part of the Lower Rhine lowlands on a low terrace area with numerous branches of the Rhine . Only the districts of Oberkassel , Niederkassel , Heerdt and Lörick are on the left bank of the Rhine .

The city is part of the prosperous Rhine line and borders the Ruhr area to the southwest . It is located in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region and in the transition area between the Lower Rhine and the Bergisches Land , to which the city, historically speaking, belongs. The Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region is an economic region and an urban agglomeration in western Germany. It is one of the largest agglomerations within the European megalopolis and the largest in Germany. In the 20 independent cities and ten districts of the region, around eleven million people live on almost 10,000 km² (as of 2005); Around nine million people live within a radius of 50 kilometers from the Düsseldorf regional center alone .

The central location in the largest metropolitan area in Germany, the function of the capital for the populous federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the large number of important companies as well as the facilities with infrastructures and offers of all kinds give the city great contact and agglomeration advantages .

The highest point in the city, the Sandberg in the Hubbelrath district , already part of the Mettmanner Lößterrassen and thus the Bergisch-Sauerland lowlands , measures 165  m , the lowest point, the mouth of the Schwarzbach into the Rhine at Wittlaer , 28  m above sea level. NN .

The geographical center of Düsseldorf is in the Düsseltal , the point is marked with a bronze plaque.

Düsseldorf is in the center of the Central European Time zone .


The climate of the Düsseldorf area is characterized by the relief-related opening towards the North Sea oceanic / Atlantic . Düsseldorf lies in the Lower Rhine lowlands ; predominantly westerly wind currents bring humid air masses. The consequences are mild winters with little snow and moderately warm, humid and humid summers with changeable weather. With an annual mean temperature of 11.2 ° C, there is an average of around 790 mm of precipitation in the city . The Düsseldorf area is one of the areas with the mildest winters in Germany. Even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below freezing point. Occurring frosts usually stay in the upper range just below 0 ° C. According to the USDA classification of winter hardiness zones , Düsseldorf is in zone 8b, in inner-city microclimates even in zone 9a, which means that the average coldest annual temperature is above −6.6 ° C . With around 1550 hours of sunshine , Düsseldorf is one of the less sunny cities in Germany, which also ensures milder temperatures in winter due to the overcast sky and thus less temperature radiation . Because of the mild climate, many exotic and Mediterranean plants such as palm trees, olives, laurel , figs, pines and cypresses are cultivated outdoors in the Düsseldorf area .

Climate diagram
J F. M. A. M. J J A. S. O N D.
Temperature in ° Cprecipitation in mm
Source: DWD, data: 2015–2020
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Düsseldorf
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 6.5 8.5 11.1 15.8 20.1 23.9 25.9 24.7 20.8 15.6 10.4 8.6 O 16
Min. Temperature (° C) 0.9 1.0 2.5 4.3 8.5 12.7 14.1 13.6 10.4 7.7 4.0 3.4 O 7th
Temperature (° C) 3.7 4.8 6.8 10.0 14.3 18.3 20.0 19.1 15.6 11.6 7.2 6.0 O 11.5
Precipitation ( mm ) 61 67 57 35 55 65 38 73 51 45 63 68 Σ 678
Hours of sunshine ( h / d ) 1.6 3.2 4.0 5.8 6.9 7.1 7.1 6.8 5.4 3.3 2.0 1.6 O 4.6
Rainy days ( d ) 19th 15th 18th 13 13 14th 13 15th 14th 15th 17th 19th Σ 185
Humidity ( % ) 82 74 75 70 67 70 69 70 70 72 79 77 O 72.9
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Source: DWD, data: 2015–2020

Air quality and environmental protection

Energy production, industry and transport are the main causes of anthropogenic, ie man-made air pollution. Due to the high air pollution, the Düsseldorf district government is drawing up air pollution control plans . The first clean air plan for the entire urban area of ​​the state capital Düsseldorf came into force on November 1st, 2008. He combined all the plans drawn up up to that point into an overall plan. After the plan comes into force, the measures will be implemented by the relevant specialist authorities. The aim of this air pollution control strategy is to achieve compliance with the statutory limit values ​​for the protection of the health of the people living and working in Düsseldorf as quickly as possible.

In the context of the previous air pollution control planning, it has been possible to achieve considerable successes for almost all air pollutants, in particular for fine dust, which was still critical at the beginning of the 2000s, and the limit values ​​were observed. However, the limit value of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air (annual average) that has been in force for nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) since 2010 is still clearly exceeded in Düsseldorf. At the Corneliusstrasse measuring point, the 2017 annual mean value of 56 μg / m³ was still at a very high level of NO 2 pollution. For some time now, in addition to fine dust particle fractions, so-called ultra-fine dusts, especially in the vicinity of airports, have been the focus of attention.

The Düsseldorf NO 2 pollution area (" environmental zone ") covers a large part of the city area with around 420,000 inhabitants, which corresponds to 68% of the population. In this respect, there is a need for action to further reduce NO 2 pollution in the planning area.

Urban area

The urban area of ​​Düsseldorf consists of ten districts , which are divided into 50 districts .

The city districts with their associated districts

Map of the boroughs and districts of Düsseldorf

In contrast to other major cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, the city districts in Düsseldorf do not have their own names , but are numbered from 1 to 10. District 3 has the most inhabitants with around 109,000 inhabitants, with Bilk (around 37,000 people live there) the most populous district is also in district 3. The smallest population, however, is in district 10 with around 25,000 inhabitants; with 123 inhabitants the smallest population.

The city districts and city districts are in detail:

Further information on the subject can be found in the list of districts of Düsseldorf and the list of districts of Düsseldorf .

Neighboring cities

The city of Düsseldorf borders in the north on the independent city of Duisburg and the city of Ratingen , in the east on the cities of Mettmann , Erkrath and Hilden , in the south on the cities of Langenfeld (Rhineland) and Monheim am Rhein (all in the Mettmann district ) and in the west the cities of Dormagen , Neuss and Meerbusch (all Rhein-Kreis Neuss ).

Meerbusch Duisburg Ratingen
Neuss Neighboring communities Mettmann , Erkrath
Dormagen Langenfeld , Monheim am Rhein Hilden


From the beginning to the early modern city

Foot tournament on the market square , 1585

The medieval city of Düsseldorf was founded in the 12th and 13th centuries. Although it was founded in the 19th century near early medieval old settlements, it did not emerge directly from one of these old settlements as a new establishment - similar to, for example, in Alpen or Kalkar . The settlement was named after the small river Düssel , which flows into the Rhine south of the Altestadt street . The name Düssel probably originated from the Germanic term thusila and means the rushing one . Before the creation of the Grafschaft Berg, the landscape in which Düsseldorf was founded was originally a Franconian county belonging to Ripuarien , called Duisburg-Kaiserswerther Grafschaft in recent research , a territory of the Ezzone .

With the history painting Walter Dodde and the Bergischen farmers at the Battle of Worringen , the Düsseldorf painter Peter Janssen the Elder created a catchy picture for the founding myth of the city of Düsseldorf until 1893 . According to this, the founding of the city and its rise go back to the brave struggle of Bergisch farmers against the Archbishop of Cologne in the Battle of Worringen . In the eyes of Janssen's contemporaries, it also illustrated the rivalry between Cologne and Düsseldorf .

The first written mention of Dusseldorp in a shrine map cannot be dated with certainty and dates from 1135 at the earliest. The Battle of Worringen took place on June 5, 1288, followed by Count Adolf V von Berg Düsseldorf on August 14, 1288 City rights granted. The city of only 3.8 hectares was secured early on with a city ​​wall and a moat that marked the western border of the county of Berg .

1380 was Count Wilhelm II. Of King Wenceslas in the Imperial Prince collected. In the same year the new duke decided to express his imperial political function and position to give up the relatively remote castle on the Wupper as the seat of government and to develop Düsseldorf on the Rhine into a new residence . For the planned Bergisch capital Düsseldorf, a castle was first mentioned in 1382 , which was expanded into Düsseldorf's residential palace in the following centuries . The Duke and his wife Anna resided there since 1386 . Between 1384 and 1394 the city was expanded considerably; the construction of the brick Gothic hall church of St. Lambertus and its rich furnishings with relics and benefices date back to this time. Through a clever marriage policy , the Dukes of Berg united the Duchies of Jülich and Kleve with their own to form the Duchy of Jülich-Kleve-Berg . From 1538 to 1543, Düsseldorf was the capital of a network of territorial states which, in addition to Jülich-Kleve-Berg, also included the Duchy of Geldern , the counties of Mark , Ravensberg and Zutphen, and the rule of Ravenstein . Under William the Rich in particular , the region became a center of humanistic science and liberal catholicity . Under his rule, however, an anti-Judaic line prevailed against Jews with the police ordinance of 1554, which required the expulsion of all Jews . In 1585, when the Hereditary Prince Johann Wilhelm married Margravine Jakobe von Baden, what was probably the most splendid documented wedding of the 16th century. Under the title Orpheus und Amphion , an operatic theatrical drama with song and music was performed for the first time . Wilhelm the Rich took care of the reconstruction and expansion of the Düsseldorf Palace by the Renaissance master builder Alessandro Pasqualini . After the Jülich-Bergisch-Klevian regent tribe died out in 1609 and during an inheritance dispute between Brandenburg and Pfalz-Neuburg , the Spanish general Ambrosio Spinola occupied the city as imperial commissioner in 1614.

Bergische residence and state capital

Idealized city view by Matthäus Merian around 1647
Jan van der Heyden and Adriaen van de Velde - View of Düsseldorf with the Andreas Church in the middle

After the settlement of the Jülich-Cleves succession dispute Dusseldorf belonged to the Duchy of Jülich-Berg for the time initially Protestant house Neuburg , a branch of the noble family of the Wittelsbach family . In the first phase of Palatinate rule, there were serious disputes between Roman Catholic , Lutheran and Reformed officials at court and in the city. Under the influence of his wife, Magdalene von Bayern , Hereditary Prince Wolfgang Wilhelm converted to the Roman Catholic denomination in 1613 , which enabled him to secure the support of the Catholic League in the political disputes of his time . With the assumption of the dignity of Palatine and Duke in 1614, Wolfgang Wilhelm's conversion led to a repression of the Protestant denominations in his territories and to a favored Roman Catholic Church. The Jesuits who frequented the court played a key role in the Counter-Reformation that was now beginning .

Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz , called "Jan Wellem" by the Lower Franconian- speaking people of Düsseldorf, regent of Jülich-Berg as Palatine Hereditary Prince since 1679, and finally Elector of the Palatinate and Duke of Jülich-Berg from 1690 , also held Düsseldorf as sovereign Main residence fixed, especially since the former electoral main residence in Heidelberg had been destroyed by the War of the Palatinate Succession . During the reign of Johann Wilhelm, Düsseldorf experienced considerable economic, cultural and urban development due to the presence of the glamorous court , which continued under Elector Karl Theodor of the Palatinate , who founded palaces, collections and institutes and had Carlstadt built. Outstanding and famous was the picture gallery founded by Johann Wilhelm and also sponsored under Karl Theodor . However, Düsseldorf lost the status of an electoral main residence back to Heidelberg in 1718. In 1720 this function was transferred to Mannheim and in 1778 to Munich , from where Karl Theodor ruled the territories of Kurpfalz-Bavaria and Jülich-Berg. The city flourished again briefly under the electoral governor Johann Ludwig Franz Graf von Goltstein . In 1769, Düsseldorf became the seat of the Jülich-Bergischer Higher Appeal Court .

Fortified since 1732 , the city was occupied by the French in the Seven Years' War in 1757 and, after the Battle of Krefeld in 1758 , was captured by Duke Ferdinand von Braunschweig by surrender, but soon abandoned. Following the impetus of the French Revolution unleashed Napoleonic Wars Dusseldorf surrendered in 1795 the French revolutionary army and remained under French occupation until the Peace of Luneville in 1801 to the Palatinate and Bavaria was returned.

City map of Düsseldorf from 1809: Redesign of the former city fortifications by adding English gardens, avenues and promenades

This was followed by the contractually required razing of the fortifications . However, as a result of an exchange of territory, which was stipulated in the Treaty of Schönbrunn and the Treaty of Brno between the Electoral Palatinate of Bavaria, Prussia and France, the city came under French influence again from 1806. Before the exchange of territory, Elector Maximilian IV had the world-famous collection of paintings, which was state property of the Duchy of Jülich-Berg , removed and illegally incorporated into the Bavarian art collection. Düsseldorf became the state capital of the Grand Duchy of Berg . The Grand Duchy left the Holy Roman Empire on the basis of the Rhine Confederation Act as a sovereign state allied with France and existed in fact until the end of 1813. Joachim Murat was grand dukes until 1808, then Napoleon himself, and finally from 1809 under Napoleon's reign, his underage nephew Napoléon Louis Bonaparte . Significant social and administrative reforms took place under the new government. In 1810 Napoleon introduced the Bergische Code civil , which, among other things , brought about the breakthrough in the direction of equality for Jews, welcomed by Heinrich Heine . Demanding measures for urban renewal and beautification of Düsseldorf were carried out, in particular based on designs by the landscape architect Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe . So they planted the Neue Allee , the later Königsallee , and the boulevard Napoléon , the later Heinrich-Heine-Allee for the first time as elegant esplanades ; the courtyard garden was further expanded to become an English landscape garden . Nonetheless, the Grand Duchy was ultimately only of relevance for France in the context of its imperialist expansion as a satellite and buffer state and as a resource for financial income and troop raising. In addition, the Grand Duchy was increasingly falling into a severe economic crisis because the French tariffs that were levied on its western and northern state borders in the wake of the continental blockade cut it off from important market areas. The turning point brought the Battle of the Nations near Leipzig , as a result of which the French troops and top officials left the Grand Duchy of Berg .

Prussian provincial town and industrialization

The group image The pictures show the Dusseldorf artist in the gallery hall of Friedrich Boser shows protagonists of the Düsseldorf School in 1844 in preparation of the Annual Exhibition of the Art Association of the Rhineland and Westphalia in the gallery hall of Dusseldorf castle .

The Grand Duchy of Berg, abandoned by the French, was occupied by Prussian troops from the end of 1813 and administered on an interim basis by Prussian officials as the Berg Generalgouvernement . On the basis of the reorganization of Europe, which had been negotiated between 1814 and 1815 at the Congress of Vienna , the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. the territory and its capital Düsseldorf on April 5, 1815 finally in possession. From April 21, 1815 it was legally part of Prussia . Düsseldorf became the seat of the Düsseldorf district in 1816 . Düsseldorf itself was initially an independent city , but as early as 1820 the city was incorporated into the Düsseldorf district. On April 22, 1816, the district government of Düsseldorf began its work. With the creation of the Rhine Province Dusseldorf was in 1822 the seat of the provincial governor and in 1823 the seat of the county council .

As a result of its incorporation into Prussia, after more than 400 years, Düsseldorf had lost the status of a state capital and thus all of the state government authorities. Düsseldorf was thus only the center of a province and an official city, after the fortifications had been razed, it was surrounded by a closed ring of extensive parks, which was followed by the first urban expansion in the classical style. According to contemporary descriptions, the city offered a comparatively harmonious cityscape overall during the Biedermeier period , as Carl Julius Weber remarked : "The cheerful Düsseldorf is doubly pleasing when you come from the dark Cologne." However, the political and administrative importance of the city was due the loss of capital city functions was not as high as the rank of intellectual and artistic life at that time, which was largely based on the re-establishment of the Düsseldorf Art Academy (1819) and the Düsseldorf School of Painting (1819-1918) that emerged from it, and its reputation as an art and entered garden city . During the pre-March period and the German Revolution , the bourgeois milieus represented in the city with the personalities Lorenz Cantador , Ferdinand Freiligrath , Ferdinand Lassalle and Hugo Wesendonck were a focal point of the emerging democratic and labor movement .

Engraving from Düsseldorf around 1850 depicting the
ship bridge that has existed since 1839

From the mid-1830s, the social and economic upheaval triggered by industrialization affected the small Prussian provincial town. The replacement of the Cologne stacking right by the Mainz Act (1831), steam navigation on the increasingly regulated Rhine, the establishment of a free port (1831) and the establishment of the first West German railway lines (1838) created the prerequisites for Düsseldorf's development into an industrial city. The steamship company for the Lower and Middle Rhine , operating between Rotterdam and Mannheim, was founded in Düsseldorf in 1836. In 1837 the first trade exhibition took place in Flinger Strasse , in addition to the provincial trade exhibition for Rhineland and Westphalia in 1852, a basis for the later development into a trade fair city. From 1850 the first steelworks settled in Oberbilk, among other places . Numerous other industrial companies followed, such as the Gerresheimer Glashütte . However, the textile industry still dominated until 1870. Düsseldorf has had a professional fire brigade since 1872.

Düsseldorf on the Rhine before 1898

In 1872 Düsseldorf was again independent. Around 1880 it consisted of six districts: the old town (the original Düsseldorf) with narrow and irregular streets and the two mouths of the northern and southern Düssel, the Carlstadt on the south side of the old town (laid out in 1767), the new town some distance away, which was built 1690-1716, the Friedrichstadt at the southeast end, the Königstadt and finally Pempelfort in the north and northeast. In 1880 the Rhenish-Westphalian Trade Exhibition took place in Düsseldorf , which attracted over a million visitors and gave the city further impetus for growth. According to the census of December 1, 1880, 95,458 people lived in the city on 49 square kilometers. The easily accessible and geographically central Prussian city, which 50 years earlier had little to show from a political and economic point of view, stood thanks to advancing industrialization , developed transport infrastructure, rapid population growth and the removal of customs barriers, which came about with the creation of the German Customs Union from 1834 had revealed, on the threshold of development into one of the important large and industrial cities of the national state of the German Empire , founded in 1871 , whose federal framework now included Prussia as a member state. In the period from 1880 to 1900 the population more than doubled to 215,000 inhabitants.

Rise to the economic metropolis and decline

Rheinpromenade Düsseldorf around 1909, in the background the
Oberkassel Bridge, which opened in 1898
Loan for 1000 marks from the city of Düsseldorf from July 26, 1899 - representation of the city of Düsseldorf through allegories of industry and painting , illustration by Felix Schmidt

At the turn of the 20th century, Düsseldorf was a bustling and emerging industrial city . In 1902 a large trade, industrial and art exhibition with over 2500 exhibitors was organized on a 70 hectare site on the banks of the Rhine, which attracted worldwide attention. Good financial health, low taxes, and urban incentives attracted wealthy people and companies from across the empire. Thanks to the concentration of administrations and company-related services as well as the settlement of a stock exchange, large banks and a number of important industrial associations, the city established itself as the “ desk of the Ruhr area ” at the beginning of the 20th century . In 1909 a Zeppelin airfield was set up on the Golzheimer Heide. In the same year the first major incorporations took place since the Middle Ages. As a result, the city grew by 62.5 km² and reached a total population of 345,000 with an increase of around 63,000 inhabitants. The city took its new layout as an opportunity to hold an International Urban Development Exhibition in August 1910 , to the success of which, in addition to major German cities, Chicago, Boston, London, Zurich, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki also contributed urban planning exhibits. In the 1912 city ​​exhibition Düsseldorf for Rhineland, Westphalia and neighboring areas , plans for the “city of Düsseldorf” were presented. The American publicist and reformer Frederic C. Howe praised Düsseldorf's urban development as exemplary. The growth of the city seemed unstoppable to contemporaries. The outbreak of the First World War took Düsseldorf completely by surprise.

On July 31, 1914, the military took over the executive branch, and general mobilization was announced the following day. Life in the city soon changed noticeably. The Düsseldorf industry switched to war production and became one of the largest armories in the empire. The city turned into a replenishment center and hospital location. In 1915, 46,000 reservists were stationed in Düsseldorf; in 1917 there were around 8,000 hospital beds. Due to the economic decline, the port turnover fell to below 30% of the pre-war level. The birth rate decreased by 42%; there was a shortage of food and clothing; death rates rose massively; over 10,000 soldiers did not return. In June 1917 there were protests and the looting of shops because of the hunger in the population. The state of siege was proclaimed several times.

On November 8, 1918 contributed from Cologne coming sailors November Revolution in the city. A provisional workers 'and soldiers' council was formed which, in cooperation with the city administration, was able to maintain public order. As a result of the Armistice of Compiègne , the end of the First World War, Belgian troops occupied the districts on the left bank of the Rhine on December 4, 1918. Himmelgeist and the then independent Benrath were occupied by the British. The rest of the city was in the demilitarized zone according to Articles 42, 43 of the Versailles Treaty . The soldiers formally resigned from the workers' and soldiers' council, and the workers' council was reformed.

The Wilhelm-Marx-Haus , built in the 1920s, was the first high-rise building in West Germany.

From 7 to 9 January 1919, after strikes, the occupation of newspaper editors and a mass demonstration against the Ebert - Scheidemann government , an executive council of the workers' council made up of members of the Spartakusbund and the USPD took power. The aim of these groups was a revolution based on the Russian model. The main station, the police headquarters and the telephone exchange were occupied. Around 150 inmates were released from the Ulmer Höh prison . Lord Mayor Oehler , District President Kruse and several other public figures were able to escape to the Belgian-occupied Oberkassel , other respected citizens were taken hostage. City officials stopped work on January 10th in protest. An executive council of the workers' council declared the appointment of Karl Schmidtchen as Lord Mayor. There were strikes and bloody clashes with numerous dead and seriously injured in Graf-Adolf-Strasse. After five weeks, on February 28, 1919, the city was conquered by the Lichtschlag Freikorps and the Executive Council was deposed. Nevertheless, until mid-April 1919 there were repeated armed clashes between the Spartakists and the reactionary Freikorp troops, especially during the general strike movement on the Ruhr from April 8th to 13th. The district of Oberbilk was fiercely contested and could only be captured with artillery support. Until 1933, Düsseldorf remained largely a “red” city ​​in Prussia, shaped by the labor movement , which in 1918 had become a republic in the German Reich as the Free State of Prussia overturned the Hohenzollern Monarchy .

On March 8, 1921, around noon, French and Belgian troops marched into Düsseldorf and other cities in the Ruhr area and occupied them. The background was the refusal of the Reich government to recognize reparation payments from the Versailles Treaty in the amount of 269 billion gold marks. Two years later, the French began to occupy the Ruhr area from their bridgeheads in Duisburg and Düsseldorf . The occupation ended with the adoption of the Dawes Plan on September 1, 1925 by the German government. On this occasion, President Paul von Hindenburg came to Düsseldorf and gave a patriotic speech in the Rheinstadion in front of around 50,000 listeners.

In 1926, the GeSoLei, the largest trade fair in the Weimar Republic with 7.5 million visitors , took place in and around the courtyard designed for this purpose .

In 1929 the district of Düsseldorf was largely absorbed into the new district of Düsseldorf-Mettmann , the northern part was added to the cities of Duisburg and Mülheim . Düsseldorf-Mettmann was renamed the Mettmann district during the 1975 district reform .

On April 13, 1931, the criminal trial of one of the most spectacular criminal cases of the Weimar Republic began in Düsseldorf. The serial killer Peter Kürten , who had lived in Düsseldorf from 1894 to 1921 and had resided in Düsseldorf again since 1925, was in court. The tabloid press called him the “Vampire of Düsseldorf” because of his preference for the blood of his numerous victims. The trial, which also attracted great international attention - around ninety foreign correspondents had announced themselves - ended on April 21, 1931 with a death sentence, which was carried out on July 2, 1931 in Cologne. In Germany, the event sparked renewed debate about the admissibility of the death penalty . The criminal case inspired the director Fritz Lang to write his film M - A City Seeks a Murderer , one of the first sound films.

The time of National Socialism and World War II

After the handover of power to the National Socialists , the first incineration of “unwanted literature” by the German student body took place on April 11, 1933 in Düsseldorf , including books by Heinrich Heine . The NSDAP Gauleiter Friedrich Karl Florian promoted the mass memorial of Albert Leo Schlageter at the Schlageter National Monument , which was built in 1931, as well as the personnel restructuring of the city administration and authorities. The previous police chief Hans Langels (Center Party) was deposed and replaced by SS group leader Fritz Weitzel . Numerous opponents of the regime were arrested, ill-treated or killed. As the capital of the Gaus Düsseldorf (1930–1945), Düsseldorf was the seat of numerous NS associations and security police institutions: the State Police Headquarters Düsseldorf , the Higher SS and Police Leader West (from 1938), the inspector of the Security Police and the SD , the SS Upper Section West , the SD Upper Section West, the SA Group Lower Rhine, the 20th SS Standard, a HJ ban (No. 39, Upper Area West, Area Ruhr-Lower Rhine), from 1936 an army base administration and a military district command of the Wehrmacht . The propaganda shows of the Reich Exhibition Creative People (1937) and Degenerate Music (1938) were among the cultural-political “highlights” .

On November 10, 1938, during the pogrom night, the synagogues on Kasernenstrasse and in Benrath were burned down, the city's Jewish population was persecuted and at least 18 people were murdered. The deportation of almost 6,000 Jews from the entire administrative district was in the hands of the "Judenreferat" of the state police headquarters in Düsseldorf. On October 27, 1941, the first train with a total of 1003 Jews from Düsseldorf and Lower Rhine drove from the Derendorf freight yard to the German concentration camps in occupied Poland (see Jewish life in Düsseldorf ). Over 2200 Düsseldorf Jews were murdered. In 1944, around 35,000 foreign civilian workers, several thousand prisoners of war and concentration camp prisoners who had to do forced labor lived in the approximately 400 camps in Düsseldorf.

Since 1987 the Düsseldorf memorial in the former police headquarters on Mühlenstrasse ( town hall ) has been commemorating the victims of National Socialism in Düsseldorf . There are also numerous memorial sites in Düsseldorf for victims of National Socialism .

The first bombs fell on Düsseldorf in 1940 during the Second World War . The Düsseldorfers experienced the first major attack on the night of August 1, 1942. The Allied air raids claimed more than 5,000 civilians dead by 1945. Around half of the buildings were destroyed, around 90 percent were damaged. All Rhine bridges, most of the roads, flood dikes, underpasses and overpasses as well as the urban drainage network were largely destroyed. The amount of debris was estimated at around ten million cubic meters. From February 28, 1945, in the course of the formation of the Ruhr basin , Düsseldorf became a front-line city with continuous American fire from the left bank of the Rhine and in March more and more encircled.

In April, some Düsseldorf citizens of the resistance around attorney Karl August Wiedenhofen tried to secure the appointment of police chief August Korreng with the police commander Franz Juergens in order to hand over the city to the Allies without a fight. The coup attempt initially succeeded, but was then betrayed. After Korreng was liberated by forces loyal to the line of Gauleiter Friedrich Karl Florian , who had five of the resistance members shot dead (including Jürgens), the last two members, lawyer Wiedenhofen and architect Aloys Odenthal, managed to escape and reach the American armed forces advancing east of the city and avert the final destruction of the city by an already prepared large air raid.

Reconstruction and development into the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and in the background the Dreischeibenhaus are exemplary buildings from the 1950s and 1960s.

US Army units coming from Mettmann occupied Düsseldorf on April 17, 1945, almost without a fight. Only about half of the residents lived in the largely destroyed city, which came under British military administration in the course of the division of Germany into occupation zones , which a German local government set up as early as June 1945. At the end of the fighting there were still around 235,000 people in Düsseldorf; at the end of 1945, 394,765 people were already living in the city. After preliminary decisions at the London Foreign Ministers ' Conference, on August 23, 1946, the British founded the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with Düsseldorf as the capital as a successor state to the Free State of Prussia, which only existed de jure , in order to allocate the country's important industrial resources to the political influence of the Soviet Union and France revoke. The geographical centrality, in particular the increased function as an economic decision-making center (" desk of the Ruhr area "), and the existence of undamaged administrative buildings were the decisive factors in determining Düsseldorf as the political center of the new state . With housing emergency programs, around 70,000 apartments had been made available by 1947. In 1947 the first trade fair was held again in Düsseldorf. In 1949, the year the Federal Republic of Germany was founded, the population of Düsseldorf almost reached the pre-war level again, and systematic reconstruction began in the early 1950s. From 1949 to 1952, Düsseldorf was the seat of the International Ruhr Authority , a forerunner of the European Coal and Steel Community . Thanks to the Igedo marketing association and because of its proximity to the textile industry , the trade fair and exhibition grounds at the Ehrenhof were able to establish themselves as the new German location for the fashion trade with the Düsseldorf sales and fashion week .

The 1950 reorganization plan laid the foundations for further urban development over the next few decades, which was to decisively change the cityscape and traffic management, largely following the model of the car- friendly city . Numerous streets were widened and destroyed buildings were rebuilt two to three storeys higher. The first high-rise buildings were built in the mid-1950s. Düsseldorf developed into an administrative city. Nevertheless, Düsseldorf remained an important industrial location until the 1980s. Due to the proximity to the Ruhr area and the then federal capital Bonn , numerous associations and interest groups from the steel sector settled in the city. The 1960s and 1970s brought great changes. At this time the city had the highest population in its history. From 1961, Garath, a completely new district in the form of a satellite town, was built on the southern outskirts. In 1965 Düsseldorf became a university town . The opening of the new theater followed in 1970 , the New Fair in 1971 and the new Tonhalle in 1978 . The largest incorporation since 1929 took place in 1975. Two new bridges over the Rhine were built and the construction of an underground light rail line began, the first of which was inaugurated in 1981.

In the 1980s, the cityscape was again permanently changed with further urban development projects, the new building of the state parliament , the development of the media harbor and the construction of the Rhine bank tunnel , the completion of which took until the 1990s. Car traffic has been flowing underground since 1993 and the old town has moved back to the Rhine with the Rhine promenade . In the 1990s, a new office, business and leisure district developed in the Medienhafen. In 1996 a major fire destroyed a terminal at Düsseldorf Airport. The airport and the connection to the city were completely rescheduled. The work was completed in 2003.

On July 27, 2000, ten people were injured, some of them life-threateningly, in an explosive attack at Düsseldorf-Wehrhahn train station , and one pregnant woman lost her unborn child. After an arson attack on the New Synagogue in Düsseldorf on October 2, 2000, the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder made an appeal to the German public calling for a " revolt of the decent ". On May 25, 2009, the city received the title “ Place of Diversity ” awarded by the federal government .

On the part of the city administration, Düsseldorf is declared debt-free, but this is being questioned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and its statistical office. The different views result from different evaluations and are also motivated by party politics at the state and city level. As of December 31, 2013, the city had liabilities totaling 383 million euros. This makes Düsseldorf the least indebted independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia.


After Bilk, Derendorf and Golzheim had already been incorporated into Düsseldorf in 1384, Hamm in 1394 and Volmerswerth in 1487, there were regional reforms in the last century in 1909, 1929 and 1975 , which resulted in further urban development and more efficient administration due to the beginning of the second half of the 19th century Industrialization and again in the 1950s to 1970s strongly growing and merging region of Düsseldorf should ensure. In detail, the following cities , municipalities and parts of municipalities were incorporated into Düsseldorf from 1908 (the numbers in brackets indicate the increase in area):


1 The Hitdorf district of Monheim (5.30 km²) was incorporated into Leverkusen . Due to the law on territorial changes in the reorganization area of ​​Düsseldorf, Monheim was spun off again with effect from July 1, 1976 and declared an independent city. Only a small, barely inhabited part of the Urdenbacher Kämpe remained near Düsseldorf. The former Hitdorf district remained with Leverkusen.

Panoramic picture of the striking Düsseldorf skyline with the old town , Rhine Tower and Rheinkniebrücke .


Population development in Düsseldorf from 1871 to 2019
Most populous migrant groups in Düsseldorf by country of origin / reference country on December 31, 2017
rank Country population
1. TurkeyTurkey Turkey 12,707
2. GreeceGreece Greece 10,388
3. PolandPoland Poland 9,316
4th ItalyItaly Italy 7,799
5. JapanJapan Japan 5,829
6th SyriaSyria Syria 5,820
7th RomaniaRomania Romania 4,856
8th. SpainSpain Spain 4,477
9. MoroccoMorocco Morocco 4,541
10. RussiaRussia Russia 4,430
11. North MacedoniaNorth Macedonia North Macedonia 3,842
12th CroatiaCroatia Croatia 3,720
13th FranceFrance France 3,328
14th UkraineUkraine Ukraine 3,266
15th SerbiaSerbia Serbia 3,088
16. IraqIraq Iraq 3,079
17th IranIran Iran 2,962
18th IndiaIndia India 2,848
19th NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 2,542
20th United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 2,469

On December 31, 2012, the “ official population ” for Düsseldorf was 593,682 inhabitants based on the 2011 census. Of these, 308,014 were women (51.88%) and 285,668 men (48.11%). The proportion of foreigners was 16.55%, i. H. 98,235 inhabitants. According to the city census, the Turks made up the largest group of non-Germans with 15,191 people in 2006 , followed by the Greeks with 10,591 and the Italians with 6,890 people. Of the non-European countries of origin, Asians (excluding Turks) make up the largest group with 14,639, including Japanese with 4951, Iranians with 1419, Chinese with 1375 and Koreans with 1003 people. The number of Chinese residents in the state capital is rising sharply as a result of the settlement of around 300 Chinese companies (as of 2011). As of December 31, 2010, Düsseldorf had the largest proportion of foreigners compared to the other cities and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the State Statistical Office, 19.3 percent of Düsseldorf residents had a foreign passport. Not only did most of the Japanese (59 percent of all Japanese in North Rhine-Westphalia) live in Düsseldorf, but also most of the country's Swedes , Ghanaians , South Koreans , Irish , French and Moroccans .

With the beginning of industrialization in the 19th century, Düsseldorf began to experience strong population growth. While the population of the city was around 20,000 in 1834, it exceeded the limit of 100,000 in 1882, making Düsseldorf a major city . In 1905 the city had 250,000 inhabitants, by 1933 this number had doubled to 500,000. In 1962 the population reached its historic high of 705,391. In the following years, however, the population fell sharply again. This trend could not be reversed by the local reorganization in the 1970s, as a result of which some surrounding communities were incorporated into Düsseldorf. The move to the surrounding communities led to the fact that the population in the 1980s and 1990s leveled off at 570,000 inhabitants. Only at the turn of the millennium did the trend reverse. On June 30, 2005, the “official population” for Düsseldorf was 573,449 according to an update by the State Office for Information and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia (only main residences and after comparison with the other state offices ).

On July 20, 2014, the 600,000. Born in Düsseldorf. For the first time since 1978 there are more than 600,000 residents in Düsseldorf. That was determined by the Office of Statistics. For the year 2030, 611,970, 623,600 and 645,000 inhabitants are forecast. In terms of population density , Düsseldorf ranks second among the cities of North Rhine-Westphalia with 2,730.7 inhabitants per km² behind Herne and before Oberhausen (as of December 31, 2012).

According to the population register of the city of Düsseldorf, which has been generating its population since 2016 from the statistical deduction of the population register instead of the update of the census from 1987, the number as of December 31, 2016 was 635,704 inhabitants. On the same key date, the state statistical office determined the official population of 613,230, i.e. 22,474 fewer than the population register shows. According to the population register, the population as of December 31, 2018 was 642,304.


The dialect spoken in Düsseldorf only in a few milieus is part of Limburg , which is separated from Ripuarian , which is also spoken in parts of Düsseldorf , by the Benrather line (Maache-maake border) . The Uerdinger line (Isch-ick border) in the north distinguishes it from the northern Lower Franconian region . Nowadays, Platt is mostly spoken and understood only by the older generation. Instead of the original Düsseldorfer Platt , a so-called Regiolekt , called Rheinisches Deutsch , has been used in recent times .


Denomination statistics

At the end of 2018, 28.6 percent of the population were Roman Catholic and 16.9 percent Protestant. 54.5 percent belong to other denominations or religions or are non-denominational. With around 7,000 members, Düsseldorf has the third largest Jewish community in Germany after Berlin and Munich. According to the results of the census on May 9, 2011 , 202,370 residents of Düsseldorf belonged to the Catholic Church. 131,880 inhabitants were Protestant, 2,900 were Evangelical Free Churches, 20,260 Orthodox and 4,560 were Jewish. 220,790 inhabitants were assigned to the categories “other” or “not belonging to any public religious community”. According to a calculation from the census figures for people with a migration background, the proportion of Muslims in Düsseldorf in 2011 was 8.3 percent (around 48,900 people).


Roman Catholic

St. Lambertus with Apollinaris shrine

From the beginning, Düsseldorf belonged to the Archdiocese of Cologne and was subordinate to the archdeaconate of the cathedral dean. Although the majority of the Reformation initially gained a foothold, Catholics continued to live in the city. They belonged to the Neuss deanery until 1627 , before Düsseldorf itself became the seat of a deanery. The early fall of the Grand Duchy of Berg in 1813 prevented Napoléon from establishing a diocese of Düsseldorf. Duke Wolfgang Wilhelm von Pfalz-Neuburg had already strived for one for his main residence.

Since 1394 Apollinaris of Ravenna , whose relics rest in the Apollinaris shrine in the town church of St. Lambertus , has been venerated as the patron saint and town patron of Düsseldorf. On the occasion of his name day on July 23, the Düsseldorf rifle festival with the largest fair on the Rhine takes place. A lesser known highlight of these celebrations is the procession with the Apollinaris shrine. Significantly more people take part in the central Corpus Christi procession of all Düsseldorf parishes (with the exception of the Benrath deanery) through the old town and Carlstadt.

In 2013, around 191,000 Catholics lived in Düsseldorf, which corresponded to a population share of around 32%. At the end of 2018, 28.6 percent of the population were Roman Catholic. Because of the shortage of priests and the decline in church members, the cooperation between several parishes in pastoral care areas began in the 1980s . Today there are parish associations in Düsseldorf

Another nine of the 33 Düsseldorf parishes, i.e. St. Lambertus Düsseldorf, Holy Trinity , St. Antonius and Benedictus , Holy Family , St. Franziskus Xaverius , St. Margareta , St. Bonifatius , St. Antonius and Elisabeth as well as St. Matthew , originated from the merger of neighboring parishes and, like the pastoral care areas, extend over several parts of the city. All but one of the parishes belong to one of the five deaneries North, Mitte / Heerdt, Ost, Süd and Benrath in the city deanery of Düsseldorf. City dean is usually the pastor of St. Lambertus. A special case is the parish of St. Mary's Assumption in Unterbach , which has a branch in the neighboring Erkrath-Unterfeldhaus and, with St. John the Baptist in Erkrath, has formed a pastoral community in the Hilden dean's office, Mettmann district dean of the Archdiocese of Cologne , since January 1, 2010 .

In addition to the Maxkirche , the Catholic city association in Carlstadt has maintained the Maxhaus as a Catholic meeting and event center with religious, cultural and musical offers since 2006 .


The Reformation was able to prevail in part from 1527 onwards, favored above all by the Reform Catholicism of Duke Wilhelm V. In addition to the song of the psalms , communion was introduced in both forms in the collegiate church of St. Lambertus . This was the foundation of the Lutheran church. In 1571 there was another change at court, according to which the Protestants were suppressed. The Lutheran and Reformed congregations founded in 1573 then met in secret until the oppression ended in 1590. From 1609, the Protestants were initially able to hold their services in public: the Reformed in their preaching house on Andreasstrasse, the Lutherans on Berger Strasse. In 1614, suppression began again under the Roman Catholic ruler Wolfgang Wilhelm . Until the middle of the 17th century, Protestants could only hold their services in secret. Then they were given the right to practice their religion freely. The first evangelical sermon that has been handed down in Düsseldorf was given in the preaching house on Bolkerstraße , which has been preserved from 1651. In 1683 the Reformed congregation was able to build its own church, which was named Neander Church in 1916 . The tower was completed in 1687. In the same year the Lutheran church was built on Berger Strasse. While the Protestant congregation in Düsseldorf belonged initially to the Cologne class and later to the Bergische Synod (1589), Düsseldorf became the seat of its own class in 1611 (church administrative district).

After the transition to Prussia, the two Protestant parishes united in 1825 (→ about the unification to the Union in Prussia: agendas dispute ) to form the "Evangelical Community of Düsseldorf", which belonged to the superintendent of Düsseldorf. As early as 1815 Düsseldorf had become the seat of the Prussian senior consistory of the province of Jülich-Kleve-Berg , but this moved to Cologne in 1816 . In 1827 there was a synod in Düsseldorf.

The Protestant community in Düsseldorf grew steadily and other churches were built, such as the Johanneskirche on Martin-Luther-Platz (1881), the Christ Church (1899), the Friedenskirche (1899) and the old Matthäikirche (1899) as well as the Kreuzkirche (1910) . In 1905 the parish of Eller-Wersten was created from parts of the communities of Urdenbach and Gerresheim . Through incorporations there were other parishes in the city area. On October 1, 1934, the seat of the consistory of the Rhenish Provincial Church in Prussia and the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland was relocated from Koblenz to Düsseldorf. Today's church administration is in Hans-Böckler-Strasse in the Golzheim district . There is also a "House of the Church" in Bastionstrasse in Carlstadt. In 1936 a general association was founded for all of Düsseldorf's Protestant communities. In 1948 the parish in Düsseldorf was split up. There were also changes in the parishes in the outskirts.

In 1964, the Düsseldorf church district was divided into the Düsseldorf-Mettmann, Düsseldorf-Nord, Düsseldorf-Ost and Düsseldorf-Süd church districts, with the Düsseldorf-Mettmann church district mainly comprising parishes outside the city of Düsseldorf. The three church districts in the urban area formed the Düsseldorf Church District Association within the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland until mid-2007 . On June 16, 2007, the synod of the newly formed church district in Düsseldorf met for the first time. It emerged from the merger of the church districts Düsseldorf-Nord, Düsseldorf-Ost and Düsseldorf-Süd and represents 24 Protestant congregations and thus 116,550 Protestants in the state capital, who made up around 20 percent of the population in 2013. At the end of 2018, 16.9 percent of the population were Protestant.

Due to the decline in church members and church goers, more and more churches are being closed; since 2001, Protestants have de-dedicated 20 of the 49 churches.

Evangelical Lutheran

Church of the Redeemer in Stockum

In response to the union of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prussia and some Reformed churches to Uniate Evangelical Church in Prussia by cabinet order of King Friedrich Wilhelm III. In 1817 and 1830 the Evangelical Lutheran (Old Lutheran) Church of Prussia was formed . The Old Lutherans insisted on recognizing the Lutheran creed. They called for full Lutheran worship, constitution and teaching. After a period of severe persecution by the state and with the approval of the new Evangelical Church of the Union, they were able to be constituted in 1841 under King Friedrich Wilhelm IV and were recognized. From 1844, Lutheran services were celebrated again in Düsseldorf in a congregation made up of Lutherans from the congregation before the forced unification and immigrants from Saxony and Bavaria. In 1882 the congregation consecrated its own church in Kreuzstrasse, which was destroyed in an air raid on June 12, 1943. In 1884 the municipality was recognized as a legal person by the Prussian state. Since the property in Kreuzstrasse could no longer be built on after the war for urban planning reasons, the community acquired its current property and consecrated its Erlöserkirche on April 2, 1956 in Eichendorffstrasse in Stockum. The parish today belongs to the Rhineland church district of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK). In this parish also Silvia Sommerlath, who later became Queen Silvia of Sweden , was confirmed by Superintendent Nagel.

Orthodox churches

In Düsseldorf the commission of the Orthodox Church in Düsseldorf is based with parishes of the

Anglicans and Old Catholics

The Anglican Church , which is in full communion with the Old Catholic Church , has a parish in the Rotterdamer Straße at the Nordpark. The parish church of the old Catholic community in Düsseldorf is the Thomaskirche, the former Klarenbach chapel on Steubenstrasse in Reisholz.

Free Churches

Apostolic Congregation

In addition to the major Christian denominations, numerous free churches with parishes are also represented in Düsseldorf . This includes the

The Düsseldorf parishes organized a free church day in 1990 in the Robert Schumann Hall and in 2001 in the Südpark .

Jehovah's Witnesses

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

The special Christian communities also include Jehovah's Witnesses , who are represented with 18 assemblies (congregations) and four groups in Düsseldorf. The meetings (worship services) are held in five Kingdom Halls in the Düsseldorf city area. The largest hall center (with four halls) is in Flingern-Süd. In addition to several meetings in German (two meetings), meetings in English, Russian, Polish, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Croatian / Serbian, Tagalog, Chinese and German sign language are held here. In the Eller Kingdom Hall Center (with two halls), meetings are held in Russian, Spanish, Hindi and Twi in addition to German. Further Kingdom Halls are located in Oberkassel, Pempelfort and Hellerhof. Meetings are held here in German (three meetings), Japanese and Vietnamese. There are also several special events, such as B. a Bible exhibition, preferably held in the Kingdom Hall Flingern-Süd open to the public.

Other churches and special Christian communities

The Christian Community , the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and the New Apostolic Church are also represented in Düsseldorf with five congregations in Benrath, Derendorf, Eller, Flingern and Gerresheim. There is also the Russian-speaking Jewish messianic community of Beit Hesed in Düsseldorf , which also publishes the German-language magazine Kol Hesed .


The Jewish community Dusseldorf has about 7,500 members, the largest in North Rhine-Westphalia and the third largest in Germany. The new synagogue was inaugurated in 1958 and is located on Zietenstrasse in the Golzheim district . It is guarded by the police around the clock. The previous buildings were the old synagogue and the great synagogue in Kasernenstrasse on what is now the site of the Handelsblatt Verlag, which was set on fire during the November pogroms in 1938 and then demolished.

The municipality as a corporation under public law is a unified municipality according to its statutes . This means that all religious directions are respected. The services are in accordance with the Orthodox rite. Until July 2011, the rabbi was Julien Chaim Soussan , one of the youngest community rabbis in Germany. 90% of the parishioners come from the former Soviet Union . The community includes a kindergarten and a primary school, the Yitzhak Rabin School. It is a state-approved primary school and a Jewish denominational school that provides kosher nutrition for the children. In a nationwide comparative study, it turned out that the school is one of the 25 best primary schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. The community also has a sports club ( Makkabi ), a youth center and a cemetery .


There are also a number of Muslim communities in the state capital . These do not, however, form a uniform association, but are organized according to the national affiliation of their members as Turkish, Bosnian, Moroccan and other mosque associations. The largest Turkish association, the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion e. V., owns three mosques in Düsseldorf . You are in Lörick, Eller and Derendorf. There are around 20 mosques in total in Düsseldorf. The Friday prayers are visited according to the various supporting associations of around 4,000 faithful, the two largest mosques in Derendorf Flingern and up to 1000 participants can accommodate. Preaching is among other things. in Turkish, Arabic, Berber , Bosnian , Albanian , Romani and German.

Even Alevis in Dusseldorf with a community in the district Eller represented. The country of origin of almost all Alevis is Turkey . In addition to religious work, cultural and musical projects are also implemented in the Düsseldorf community. In North Rhine-Westphalia the Alevi Congregation Germany has the status of an independent religious community recognized according to the Basic Law and co-ordinates the Alevi religious instruction as a regular school subject. The Alevis in Düsseldorf also belong to this umbrella organization.


Ekō house

In the district of Niederkassel on the left bank of the Rhine, the only Buddhist temple in the tradition of Jōdo-Shinshū in Europe is located on the property of the Japanese Ekō house. It is built in the Japanese style as a concrete structure and is surrounded by a Japanese garden. The Japanese in Düsseldorf founded the Japanese cultural center with the Ekō house in 1993. It is also a traditional Japanese tea ceremony house, library and kindergarten.

There are also a number of Buddhist centers in Düsseldorf of all well-known traditions of Buddhism. A selection: Rigpa (Tibetan Buddhism, teacher Sogyal Rinpoche ), Amitabha Foundation (also Tibetan Buddhism) and Kanzeon Sangha ( Zen tradition) and Diamond Way Buddhism (Lama Ole Nydahl ) as well as other Buddhist groups and centers. Thus the Buddhist groups in Düsseldorf offer a wide range in North Rhine-Westphalia.


At the head of the city of Düsseldorf in the 13th century were the lay judges , who until 1806 represented the highest and most powerful class in the city administration. A mayor has been named since 1303 , who was also a lay judge at the beginning. In addition, there was also a council from 1358 , which was partly divided into an old and a young council. The members were either elected for life (Old Council) or determined annually (Young Council). As a ducal representative, a mayor was also involved in the administration of the city, who carried the title of "bailiff". Since around the 15th century there has been a community committee of 12 people ("twelve") in addition to the above-mentioned bodies, which participated in the election of the mayor and was called upon to make important decisions, but actually did not represent any real citizen participation. Only in French times there was a municipal council, from 1815 a municipal council with 30 members. Since 1856 it was the "city councilors", later councilors, whose total number changed several times. During the French era, the city was run by the mayor , who was supported by three aldermen . Since Prussian times, the mayor has held the title of mayor . In 1856, the Rhenish Town Code was introduced.

During the time of the National Socialists , the Lord Mayor was appointed by the NSDAP . After the Second World War , the military government of the British zone of occupation appointed a new mayor and in 1946 introduced the local constitution based on the British model . Afterwards there was a “city council” elected by the people, whose members were called “city councilors”. The council initially selected the mayor from among its members as chairman and representative of the city, who exercised his office on a voluntary basis. Furthermore, from 1946 the council also elected a full-time senior city director as head of the city administration. In 1999 the dual leadership in the city administration was given up. Since then there has only been the full-time mayor. He is chairman of the council, head of the city administration and representative of the city. He was elected directly by the citizens for the first time in 1999.

Lord Mayor since 1815

Lord Mayor: Stephan Keller (CDU)

The Lord Mayor is elected by the citizens in a general, direct, free, equal and secret ballot in accordance with the regulations of the municipal code for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The full-time Lord Mayor has been the head of the city since October 1st, 1999; he is chairman and representative of the council of the municipality. The Lord Mayor heads the city administration, with the support of the city director, the treasurer and five full-time councilors.

The city council elects three honorary deputies who are called “mayor”. The general representative of the Lord Mayor is called "City Director" in Düsseldorf.

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District Representation

In each city district there is a district council with 19 members. The chairperson bears the designation of district mayor. In 1975 these 'district parliaments' were brought into being in order to increase the citizens' ability to influence and shape. The district representatives are re-elected by the district residents at every local election for a period of five years.

The district representatives are to be heard on important matters affecting the city district. In matters of the city district that are not part of the day-to-day administration and for which the city council is not exclusively responsible, the district councils decide according to the municipal code, taking into account the concerns of the entire city and within the framework of the general guidelines issued by the council.

City administration

The city ​​administration is entrusted with all public tasks of the city and is led by the mayor. The full-time councilors and treasurers together with the mayor form the administrative board. The mayor presides and decides on differences of opinion. The councilors report directly to the mayor, they represent him in their department. The councilors are local election officials. They are elected by the council for a term of eight years.

The administration runs the operative business and implements the political goals on its own responsibility. The predictability, continuity and uniformity of decisions and administrative action must be guaranteed. The top of the administration must be accountable to the elected city council. The delimitation of competencies is laid down in the city constitution.

The Düsseldorf administration is divided into nine departments (departments). Various offices are assigned to the departments. The offices are the lowest organizational units of the administration. The largest locations where the many offices provide their services are the town hall complex around the market square in the old town, the service center on Willi-Becker-Allee at the main train station and the technical town hall in the Bilk district.


The total debt of the city of Düsseldorf (of the public sector) at the end of 2012 was 872.2 million euros. That is 1478 euros per inhabitant. Of the 103 independent cities in Germany, Düsseldorf was 100th in terms of per capita debt; that is, only in three other urban districts was the per capita debt lower.

For the 2014 budget year, the city of Düsseldorf has estimated a budget surplus in ordinary income and expenses (including financial income and expenses) of EUR 3.1 million (EUR 5 per inhabitant) in the overall result plan. The city of Düsseldorf is one of only three independent cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (along with Krefeld and Münster ) that did not show a budget deficit in the overall result plan in 2014 .

coat of arms

Coat of arms of the state capital Düsseldorf
Blazon : "In the silver shield, the erect, double-tailed, blue-crowned and blue-armored red lion of the Dukes of Berg , who holds a lowered blue anchor in his paws."
Foundation of the coat of arms: The original coat of arms of the city of Düsseldorf - only with the anchor  - was created at the same time as the city elevation. The anchor points to the relationship of the city and its citizens to the Rhine as well as to Rhine shipping and the Bergisch Rhine toll. Since the end of the 17th century, this simple coat of arms was joined by a second coat of arms, which was modeled on the seal of the Düsseldorf aldermen used since the middle of the 16th century by order of the sovereign. It shows the Bergische Löwen , the heraldic animal of the Bergische dukes, who holds the anchor in his paws. By the middle of the 18th century, this elaborately designed image had finally replaced the older city coat of arms. After numerous modifications in the 19th and 20th centuries, the heraldist Otto Hupp freed the coat of arms from later ingredients in 1938 and gave it the shape that is common today.

The associated city ​​flag is red and white, covered with the coat of arms.

Heraldic sign

Coat of arms for everyone

For private and business purposes, a city coat of arms was created in February 2002, which differs from the official city colors and can be used without the approval of the city administration. In the red and white divided shield there is a silver double-tailed, erect, silver-crowned and armored lion with a lowered black anchor in its paws.

City logo

In official correspondence and publications, the city of Düsseldorf uses a logo that indicates the Rhine loop in the Düsseldorf urban area in a square in the left half and shows the Bergisch lion with anchor in the upper right quadrant. The city logo is used in different colors, with each of the currently eight departments being assigned a color tone.

Umbrella brand

In 2011 the city started a process of developing an umbrella brand to improve its marketing and public awareness . A brand core analysis was followed by a public competition that resulted in over 2000 photo, video and text contributions. In March 2012, a process of expression of interest in a competition of creative agencies began. The subsequent competition to develop the umbrella brand was won by the BBDO Proximity agency , which presented the logo of the new umbrella brand, the Emoticon : D , to the public on November 26, 2012. The Düsseldorf “smiling: D” is executed in red, the color of the Bergisch lion, and in the Helvetica font . In particular, it has the task of conveying “the emotional, likeable Düsseldorf”. The procedures for the introduction of the new umbrella brand and its logo were accompanied by a public controversy.

Town twinning

Düsseldorf maintains eight classic city ​​partnerships :

There is still a friendly relationship with:

Culture and sights

Building of the Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum
New customs yard in the media harbor of Düsseldorf
The estate with a park

Düsseldorf also enjoys a reputation for culture, art and modern architecture. In addition to the large art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia and a number of other museums and galleries, there is also the internationally renowned Düsseldorf Art Academy , which produced the Düsseldorf Painting School in the 19th century and the Düsseldorf Photo School in the 20th century . Well-known stages are represented in the city with the Schauspielhaus and the Kom (m) ödchen . In addition, some of Germany's popular musicians and poets were born in the city or were based there. Important architects have not only implemented their projects in the Medienhafen .


Classic and modern spoken theater

Düsseldorf has a theater tradition that can be traced back to the 16th century. The first theatrical events are dated to 1585. Today's Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus with its modern curved architecture was completed in 1970. It is located on Gustaf-Gründgens -Platz, which is named after the former director. The largest stage in Düsseldorf is well known in German-speaking countries.

Other larger theaters in the North Rhine-Westphalian metropolis are the Forum Free Theater , consisting of Juta (youth theater) and chamber plays , which offers a wide range of theatrical art, the comedy Düsseldorf , a classic boulevard theater , the Theater an der Kö , which mainly offers comedies and has to offer modern theater plays and is run by the well-known Heinersdorff family , the Theater an der Luegallee in Oberkassel, the KaBARett FLiN in Flingern and the Savoy Theater . The Theater of Sounds is a frequent guest at JUTA . It is a touring theater that has existed since 1987, which, under the direction of Jörg Udo Lensing, goes on mostly short tours every year with a new production.

The Takelgarn theater atelier is particularly interesting for children with comedy , cabaret, puppet and children's theater . The puppet theater on Helmholtzstrasse , like the Düsseldorf Marionette Theater, is aimed at children and adults alike. The latter was founded in 1956 and is located in the Palais Wittgenstein, which is also home to other cultural projects.

Opera, musical theater and variety show

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein is also very traditional . It shows operas , operettas and ballet at its two locations in Düsseldorf and Duisburg .

The Apollo Varieté below the Rheinkniebrücke on the banks of the Rhine in Carlstadt offers classic variety theater in the style of the early 20th century.

The Tonhalle Düsseldorf , built as a planetarium in 1925, is the venue for concerts and other musical events from the fields of classical, jazz, pop and cabaret.

The Capitol Theater is the largest theater in the state capital and offers a stage for changing musicals and live entertainment.


The Kom (m) ödchen is the oldest still existing cabaret stage in Germany. It was founded in 1946 by Kay and Lore Lorentz . Many later important cabaret artists were able to prove themselves here for the first time.

Tanzhaus NRW

The Tanzhaus NRW is located in Düsseldorf , the institution offers not only a stage program but also numerous courses.

Museums, exhibition institutes and libraries

The city has a wide range of exhibitions. The 18 city museums alone have regularly attracted over a million visitors every year since 2001; in 2006 it was 1.34 million people. In addition, several private museums, collections and numerous galleries attract visitors. The most visited is the Aquazoo - Löbbecke Museum in the Nordpark.

Art museums

Düsseldorf has a long tradition as a city of art. The first large collection of paintings was created by the Elector Johann Wilhelm zu Pfalz-Neuburg , or Jan-Wellem for short, and his wife Anna Maria de Medici . The collection was housed in the Gemäldegalerie Düsseldorf , built between 1709 and 1714 , one of the earliest independent museum buildings in the world. Under Elector Maximilian IV , later King Maximilian I Joseph, the collection was largely brought to Munich in 1805 , where it formed the basis of the Alte Pinakothek .

The Düsseldorf Art Academy gained importance as one of the most important training centers for landscape and genre painters as early as the 19th century under the name of the Düsseldorf School of Painting . The Art Association for the Rhineland and Westphalia was founded in 1829 to offer painters trained in Düsseldorf the opportunity to present their works in changing exhibitions.

Some of the exhibits from the electoral painting gallery that remained in Düsseldorf, as well as several works from the Düsseldorf School of Painting, were transferred to the Museum Kunstpalast . It also includes graphics, drawings, paintings and sculptures from all style eras from antiquity to the 21st century. In addition to European exhibits, the collection also focuses on Japanese woodcuts and netsuke . It is integrated in the Ehrenhof complex , which is also home to the NRW Forum .

The second high point in the development of Düsseldorf as an art city followed in the second half of the 20th century when, among other things, Joseph Beuys taught at the art academy. As the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf is home to the North Rhine-Westphalia art collection . It is divided into the K20 on Grabbeplatz, the K21 in the Ständehaus and the Schmela-Haus on Mutter-Ey-Straße. It specializes primarily in art from the 20th and 21st centuries, according to the naming of the sub-collections, divided into locations. The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is located opposite the K20 on Grabbeplatz and focuses on contemporary national and international contemporary art. On the other hand, the KIT (Kunst im Tunnel), which is affiliated to the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, has a very unusual location . It is located on Mannesmannufer and is an underground exhibition space for contemporary art.

Museums for literature, theater and film

Two museums in Düsseldorf are dedicated to poets. The Goethe Museum , which is located in Jägerhof Palace in the northeastern part of the courtyard garden, deals with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe . The very extensive, now significantly expanded collection from private ownership is housed on several floors. It contains, among other things, the original fair copy of Goethe's famous poem Gingo biloba .

Heinrich Heine , probably the most famous son of the city, is the Heinrich Heine Institute in Carlstadt. It shows, inter alia. Original documents and writings by and about Heine, pieces from his estate and his death mask.

The Filmmuseum with its attached cinema is also located in Carlstadt . The theater museum with the Dumont - Lindemann archive is located in the Hofgärtnerhaus in the Hofgarten.

Natural history and garden art

The most visited museum in Düsseldorf, with over 400,000 visitors per year, is the Aquazoo . It has been in the north of the city in Nordpark since the late 1980s . It was previously housed in a bunker across from the zoo . In addition to aquatic life, molluscs and geological exhibits are also shown there. The Düsseldorf Zoological Garden was destroyed in World War II and not rebuilt.

Another attraction of the North Park is the Japanese Garden , donated by the Japanese community , which opened in 1976. However, as early as 1904, Düsseldorf was the first German city to have a Japanese garden, which was located roughly at the site of the courtyard of honor , also located on the Rhine .

Spread across the entire city, Düsseldorf is criss-crossed by gardens, which can be traced back to the model of urban development during industrialization, which in turn further developed the horticultural facilities of the 18th and 19th centuries and established Düsseldorf's reputation as a garden city. The Museum of European Garden Art, which belongs to the Benrath Palace and Park Foundation, takes this into account, as does the Natural History Museum, in which the various habitats in the region, from the Rhine to the Loess Plateau, are depicted in dioramas. In 1987 the Federal Garden Show (BUGA) took place in Düsseldorf, the area of ​​which today forms the Südpark .

Permanent historical exhibitions

The city ​​museum in the old town has a large exhibition that traces the development of the city of Düsseldorf historically and chronologically. The Düsseldorf memorial site commemorates the victims of Nazi rule in the 20th century. It is located in historical rooms that were used as offices, interrogation rooms and detention cells for the police during the Nazi era, and contains the permanent exhibition “Persecution and Resistance in Düsseldorf 1933–1945”.

Customs, technology and everyday things in the museum

Singer Campino as a motif in the Rose Monday procession

Carnival is one of the classic customs in Düsseldorf. The Carnival Museum in the old town is dedicated to him in the House of Carnival . The Maritime Museum in the castle tower is also located in the old town . It is located in the castle tower on the banks of the Rhine and shows the development of shipping on the Rhine from antiquity to modern times. The mustard museum pays tribute to the tradition of almost 300 years of mustard production. The Hetjens Museum ( German Ceramics Museum ) is located in Palais Nesselrode in Carlstadt and is the only institute in the world to show ceramic products from various cultures from all eras in a permanent exhibition. The Ehrenhof complex is home to the NRW Forum , which shows temporary exhibitions on various topics, especially photographic works.


For the third and, for the time being, the last time, the Quadriennale took place from April 5 to August 10, 2014 . Under the motto Beyond Tomorrow , several cultural institutes presented a cultural festival with special exhibitions and an accompanying program.


Central Library Düsseldorf

The University and State Library (ULB) Düsseldorf emerged from the library of the Medical Academy between 1965 and 1969 and was founded in 1970. The ULB has a central library and five other locations that hold a total of around 2.4 million media. There are around 23,000 regular users.

The city of Düsseldorf maintains a city ​​library with a central library, 14 district libraries and a car library . A total of around 800,000 media are offered. The more than 1.4 million visitors lent over 4.7 million items of media each year.


Düsseldorf has a rich musical tradition that began before the 19th century. Important musicians such as Johann Hugo von Wilderer , Friedrich August Burgmüller , Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and the couple Clara and Robert Schumann had temporarily found their place of work in the city.

But even in the 20th century, Düsseldorf played a leading role in styles as diverse as jazz, the Neue Deutsche Welle or punk rock.

Classical music

The most important concert hall in the state capital is the Tonhalle Düsseldorf with more than 200 events a year. The Tonhalle is also the seat of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker , which function as the concert orchestra of the state capital and as the opera orchestra of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. The concert hall , a former planetarium, was extensively renovated in 2005 and has had good acoustics ever since .

The Düsseldorf courts of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries produced a lively musical life. It is associated with the names Martin Peudargent , Giacomo Negri, Egidio Hennio, Giovanni Battista Mocchi, Georg Andreas Kraft , Sebastiano Moratelli , Stefano Pallavicini , Valeriano Pellegrini, Giorgio Maria Rapparini , Agostino Steffani and Francesco Maria Veracini . From 1807 the family of the musician Friedrich August Burgmüller worked in Düsseldorf , who produced two well-known composers of the Romantic period , Friedrich and Norbert Burgmüller . The Städtische Musikverein zu Düsseldorf was founded in 1818 and organized the first of many Lower Rhine music festivals that had international significance in the 19th century, also thanks to the participation of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Robert Schumann , both music directors in Düsseldorf. The Städtische Musikverein can refer to an unbroken and historically extraordinary history from 1818 to today and is considered the city's musical ambassador in all major concert halls in Germany and Europe. In Düsseldorf Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed the Vespergesang in 1833 , the oratorio Paulus from 1834 to 1836 , and in 1850 Robert Schumann composed his famous 3rd symphony ("Die Rheinische") .

There is also a lively and diverse choral scene in Düsseldorf, including the Bachverein Düsseldorf with an equally long tradition, or choirs and choir school at St. Margareta in Gerresheim .

With the Maxkirche there is a church music location in Düsseldorf's old town, the history of which goes back to the 17th century and where a.o. Norbert Burgmüller, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Robert Schumann worked.

From 1982 to 1987, Neue Töne organized a series of concerts for new music.


The jazz forge with the
Salzmannbau in the background

One of the most famous jazz musicians with roots in Düsseldorf is Klaus Doldinger , who is also known as the composer of film music ( Das Boot , Tatort ). He has been the patron of the Düsseldorf Jazz Rally for several years . The "Düsseldorfer Jazz-Rally" festival has been held in Düsseldorf since 1993 - initially as the Brussels Jazz Rally - and thus in 2020 for the 28th time.

In 1994 Jazz in Düsseldorf e. V., who presents modern jazz through concerts in the jazz forge with musicians from all over the world. With the jazz forge, jazz has again a permanent venue in Düsseldorf. Hundreds of visitors come to the Hofgarten concerts by the jazz forge on four Saturdays in the summer.

Light music

Kraftwerk performing in Ferrara , 2005

The folk singer Heino was born and raised in the Oberbilk district of Düsseldorf .

From the 1970s onwards, Düsseldorf was a leading center for electronic pop music in the popular music sector. Internationally known were and are above all Kraftwerk , whose historic Kling-Klang-Studio was in Düsseldorf's Friedrichstadt , but also New! and La Düsseldorf . In its title Trans-Europa-Express and the accompanying music video, the Kraftwerk group addresses the lifestyle of Düsseldorf business people in an avant-garde way who, thanks to the transnational rail network, enjoy a lifestyle with alternating stays in major European cities. In the tradition of these 'Düsseldorf schools' of the seventies, the internationally acclaimed band Kreidler still stands today . In the electropop sector , the band Susanne Blech, based in the Düsseldorf area, is currently attracting attention, in the deep house genre the Düsseldorf artist Loco Dice , in indie rock the band PDR . A well-known DJ from Düsseldorf is Lukas Langeheine, alias DJ Rafik .

At the beginning of the 1980s, Düsseldorf, along with West Berlin and Hamburg, was a stronghold of German punk and NDW music. The most important bands were and are Die Toten Hosen , Broilers , German American Friendship , Propaganda , Rheingold , Die Krupps , Fehlfarben , Der Plan , KFC , Male , lunch break , Asmodi Bizarr , Tommi Stumpff , Family 5 and Nachzehrer. Cryssis is the band of the drummer of Toten Hosen, from Ritchie . The "Beatlesons" offer trash polka, specifically without Beatles songs.

Marius Müller-Westernhagen was born in Düsseldorf and went to school (Humboldt-Gymnasium). In his title At 18 , the chicken Hugo from Düsseldorf's old town is mentioned. Alongside Heino, Die Toten Hosen and Kraftwerk, he is one of the most successful and well-known musicians of Düsseldorf origin.

A number of metal bands, some of which are internationally known , also come from Düsseldorf: Warlock (with Doro Pesch , who continued solo under Doro from 1989 ), Stormwind , Callejon , Warrant and Falkenbach .

The Düsseldorf dialect band Alt Schuss is one of the well-known in the greater Düsseldorf area. The band Halve Hahn also belongs to this genre of music . The roots of both groups lie in the Unterbacher Carnival.

With Farid Bang , Blumio , Antilopen Gang , NMZS , Plattenpapzt , Toony , Al-Gear and many others, Düsseldorf has produced an important scene of German-speaking rap ( gangsta rap , hip hop ). In the album Asphalt Massaka 2 , Farid Bang paid special tribute to his hometown with the title Ich bin Düsseldorf . His colleague Kollegah , known for his “ pimp rap ”, is also at home in Düsseldorf. In the electro-rap sector, JayJay is a well-known artist who lives in the Düsseldorf Fortunafans milieu , who, in the title Knüppel Klopp, presents his spoken vocals largely in Düsseldorf Rheinisch. Tbo and Glenn A. from DIU go beyond the gangsta rap scheme by treating social problems such as discrimination , violence, hatred, poverty, injustice, unemployment, materialism and stigmatization in a differentiated manner. DTC (D-Town Chillaz) represent an English-language version of Düsseldorf Rap . Nabil M. mixes German, Arabic and French in his rap. The roots of German-speaking rap are not far from Ratingen-West , where the Fresh Familee group created the title Ahmet Gündüz around 1990 and launched it as the first rap song in German. With Selfmade Records , Banger Musik and Alpha Music Empire , three of Germany's most important hip-hop labels are at home in Düsseldorf.

The city was themed in 1968 in the hit and evergreen If you had stayed in Düsseldorf , with which the German-Danish singer Dorthe Kollo won a gold record .

The Eurovision Song Contest took place on May 10, 12 and 14, 2011 in the ESPRIT arena . It was the 56th edition of this song competition, which was held in Germany for the third time in its history.

Visual arts

The city of Düsseldorf was just as popular as a place to stay and study for artists as it was as a location for art collections and museums. Some museums in Düsseldorf are primarily dedicated to the art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Establishment of the art tradition through the electoral collection

The existing small electoral collection of paintings in Düsseldorf was expanded into a famous art gallery under Elector Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz and his wife Anna Maria Luisa de 'Medici . In the early 19th century, however, the collection, including important works by Rubens , was transported to Munich, where it forms the core of today's Alte Pinakothek .

From the Düsseldorf school to the paint box

In the 19th century, the Düsseldorf School of Painting , from which a. Oswald Achenbach emerged , important influence on painting. The academy was founded in 1810 by Peter von Cornelius , who initially directed it; from 1826 Wilhelm von Schadow was director. The academy diversified and produced, in particular, socially critical genre painting and important landscape painters. Her students came not only from the Rhineland, Westphalia and Old Prussia, but also from other German countries as well as Poland, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and the United States of America. There is a special Düsseldorf era in Finnish art .

After the revolution of 1848, artists and scholars came together in the Kunstverein Malkasten in Düsseldorf. In 1846 the association for the establishment of a painting gallery in Düsseldorf, which mainly bought works from the Düsseldorf School of Painting, was founded. The Kunstpalast and finally the Museum Kunstpalast emerged from the initiative of this association .

From Rhenish Expressionism to the Center of Modernism

After the First World War , the group Das Junge Rheinland was the most active artist group in town. To her belonged inter alia. Otto Dix , Max Ernst and Walter Ophey . The center of the group of artists was the Altstadt-Galerie Junge Kunst - Frau Ey , which was run by Mother Ey , who is still known today in Düsseldorf . Many of the artists in the association were associated with Rhenish Expressionism .

After the Second World War, Joseph Beuys was formative and Düsseldorf was considered a “world art capital” in the 1970s and 1980s , not only because of his work at the Düsseldorf Art Academy . Today some Beuys students such as Katharina Sieverding and Anselm Kiefer have an influence on the development of the international art scene. The photographer Bernd Becher , who took over a professorship at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1976, together with his wife Hilla Becher trained many photographic personalities who are today outstanding representatives of German photography from an international perspective. Boris Becker , Laurenz Berges , Elger Esser , Andreas Gursky , Candida Höfer , Axel Hütte , Simone Nieweg, Thomas Ruff , Jörg Sasse , Thomas Struth and Peter Wunderlich belong to this “Düsseldorfer Photo School” .

Art in public space

In addition to traditional monuments and statues such as the Marian column or the Schadow monument , Düsseldorf has numerous other art objects to offer in public spaces. So the hosts South Park many artistic fountains, sculptures and other art objects, of which the best known, the time field of Klaus Rinke is likely to be. Also noticeable in the city center are the so-called column saints, sculptures of realistically reproduced everyday citizens on advertising pillars by Christoph Pöggeler . Some works of art have long been controversial, such as the Heine monument of Bert Gerresheim . The stations of the Wehrhahn Line also contribute to art in public space , each with their own artistic design.

See also: List of works of art in public spaces in Düsseldorf

Buildings and architecture

Bowl fountain on Corneliusplatz (2020)

The commercial street with the highest turnover and one of the most important shopping streets in Germany is Schadowstrasse . However, the Königsallee , or “the Kö” for short, is better known for its urban development and its exclusive shops . The city moat runs in the middle, at the northern end of which the Triton Group , a fountain from 1902, is the landmark of the Kö .

In the old town you will find many houses that are under monument protection . The districts of Kaiserswerth and Gerresheim have other preserved historical centers . The village character of the centers of Angermund , Kalkum , Oberlörick , Heerdt , Hamm , Himmelgeist and Urdenbach has largely been preserved.

Castles and Palaces

Possibly the oldest building in the city is the ruins of the Kaiserpfalz in Kaiserswerth . It goes back to a castle that was built in 1016. This in turn is due to a monastery that was built around the year 700. Expanded into a fortress around 1193, it was destroyed by French troops in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1702 .

The original Kalkum Castle is also very old . The castle developed from a Fronhof, which was first mentioned in the 9th century. It was rebuilt from 1810 to 1819. The origins of Heltorf Castle in Angermund are said to go back to the 11th century. A renovation took place in the years 1822 to 1827.

The castle tower on Burgplatz in the old town was originally part of Düsseldorf Castle , one of the city's landmarks, which was built in the 13th century and expanded into the 16th century. The tower was rebuilt in 1845 by the Düsseldorf architect Rudolf Wiegmann in the Italian Neo-Renaissance style. The tower is the only remaining part of the Düsseldorf Palace, which was destroyed by fire in 1872.

In the 14th century, Angermund Castle was built as the northernmost bastion of the Counts of Berg, just like the predecessor of Eller Castle . Today's Eller Castle, on the other hand, was built in 1826 and converted and expanded in 1902.

The baroque and rococo ages left their mark on horticulture and palaces in Düsseldorf. Garath Castle was built at the beginning of the Baroque era . It was built in the 16th century, alterations and additions were made until the 18th century. Jägerhof Palace was built north of the court garden between 1752 and 1763 . It was built by the architect Johann Joseph Couven . Today it houses the Goethe Museum. The Hofgärtnerhaus , which is located in the Hofgarten and includes the theater museum , has a similar architectural style . The architect of the court gardener's house was Nicolas de Pigage .

Benrath Castle also goes back to de Pigage . It was built from 1755 to 1773 on behalf of Elector Karl Theodor von der Pfalz . The listed ensemble of pleasure palace, hunting park, ponds and canal system is considered the most important architectural synthesis of the arts in Düsseldorf and was proposed by the city for inclusion in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 2012 , but was not considered by the jury.

The Mickeln Castle in Himmelgeist, built in 1843, was built on the model of Renaissance villas.

However, the Unterbach house is not part of the urban area , although it is the original cell of Unterbach , a district of the state capital Düsseldorf since the regional reform in 1975 . In contrast to the Unterbach district, the Unterbach house is located east of the confluence of Erkrather Strasse ( Kreisstrasse  7) and Gerresheimer Landstrasse, on the northeast side of the latter. Since today's city limits run along these two streets, the Unterbach house is still in the area of ​​the city of Erkrath . The Unterfeldhaus , which belonged to Unterbach before the regional reform in 1975 and which had only been extensively redesigned and expanded a few years earlier, remained with the city of Erkrath and became one of its districts, since then the Unterbach house has also been part of it.

Historic churches

Altstadt and Carlstadt
Old town panorama with St. Lambertus and castle tower

Within the Düsseldorf old town is St. Lambertus on Stiftsplatz one the oldest church. It was built from 1288 to 1394 in the Gothic style and was consecrated on July 13, 1394. St. Lambertus has been the papal minor basilica since 1974 . The Kreuzherrenkirche in Ursulinengasse, which was built between 1445 and 1455, is much younger .

The also Catholic Church of St. Andreas in Andreasstrasse, on the other hand, is a baroque building that was built as a court and Jesuit church during the Counter Reformation between 1622 and 1629 . The first church of the Lutheran congregation in Düsseldorf was the Berger Church in Berger Strasse, which was built from 1683 to 1687. At the same time, the Reformed Congregation built its first church in Düsseldorf, the Neanderkirche at Bolkerstraße 36. St. Maximilian , usually called “Maxkirche” for short, on Schulstraße, at the corner of Citadellstraße, was built between 1735 and 1743.

In the rest of the city
Johanneskirche around 1900

The oldest churches in the city are not located in the old town, but in the old districts of Bilk and Kaiserswerth: The parish church of Alt St. Martin in Bilk , also known as the Old Bilker Church, is considered the oldest church in Düsseldorf . In accordance with the time it was built, it is built in the Romanesque style . Alt St. Martin was also the parish church of the village of Düsseldorf before St. Lambertus was established . St. Suitbertus in Kaiserswerth , built between the 11th and 13th centuries, is the second oldest church and has been a papal minor basilica since 1967 . St. Suitbertus is a Romanesque church with two Gothic extensions, the apse and the side entrance. St. Nikolaus in Himmelgeist is just as old , also built in the 11th to 13th centuries. The St. Margareta Basilica in Gerresheim has been the third papal minor basilica in Düsseldorf since 1982. It was built from 1220 to 1240 as the collegiate church of the Gerresheimer Stift. The monastery building dates from the same era. Both churches are also examples of Romanesque architecture.

The largest Protestant church in the city is the Evangelical Lutheran Johanneskirche in the city center. It was built in the neo-Gothic style between 1875 and 1881 .

On the left bank of the Rhine, the Catholic Church of St. Antonius in Oberkassel is particularly interesting with its neo-Romanesque style, it was built from 1909 to 1911. The Protestant Oberkassel Church of the Resurrection from 1913–1914 in Rhenish brick architecture with Art Nouveau elements is also interesting in terms of architectural history .

Centrally located on the church square is St. Peter (Catholic) in Friedrichstadt . This church has neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque elements . It was built between 1887 and 1898.

Other interesting churches can be found in many parts of the city, for example St. Paulus (Catholic) in Düsseltal, St. Maria Rosenkranz (Catholic) from 1908 in Wersten and the St. Josef Church in Oberrath, all built in neo-Romanesque style . St. Paulus and St. Josef go back to the Düsseldorf architect Josef Kleesattel , as well as St. Blasius in Hamm, the row church St. Elisabeth and St. Vinzenz in the city center, Heilig Geist in Pempelfort, Herz Jesu in Derendorf and St. Ursula in Grafenberg. The architects Caspar Clemens Pickel (e.g. St. Adolfus and St. Apollinaris ), Paul and Wilhelm Sültenfuß designed other neo-Romanesque churches in the city area . St. Agnes in Angermund, St. Hubertus in Itter, St. Lambertus in Kalkum and St. Cäcilia in Hubbelrath date from earlier times .

Two churches should be emphasized as architectural features from the period of reconstruction after the Second World War: the bunker church of St. Sacrament in Heerdt , which was built in an air raid shelter, and the Rochus Church in Pempelfort. The Rochuskirche was a very large and splendid neo-Romanesque church until its destruction in World War II, which was built in 1897 by Josef Kleesattel. After devastating bombings, it was in ruins. In 1950 it was decided to save only the tower, but to replace the nave with a new building. This has the shape of a domed roof and was designed by Paul Schneider-Esleben . Other outstanding examples of modern church architecture are the Catholic churches of St. Bruno , St. Franziskus Xaverius , St. Matthäus , the St. Hildegardis old people's home chapel and the parabolic Katharinenkirche in Gerresheim from the 1960s as well as the Protestant Matthäikirche from the interwar period of the Weimar Republic .

Other historical buildings (before 1945)

Apart from castles and churches, the oldest buildings in Düsseldorf can be found in the old town:

The oldest secular building in the city is the Löwenhaus in Liefergasse in the old town. It dates from the year the town was raised in 1288. The Düsseldorf town hall , on the other hand, dates back to the 16th century. The oldest part was built by Heinrich Tussmann from 1570 to 1573 . In later centuries, additional building wings were added. Before the town hall, which extends marketplace with the Jan-Wellem - equestrian statue , the 1712 by de Gabriel Grupello was poured.

At the border of the old town, the Ratinger Tor was built by Adolph von Vagedes from 1811 to 1815 . The Ständehaus is located south of the old town, between Carlstadt, Friedrichstadt and Unterbilk . It was built by Julius Raschdorff from 1876 to 1880 and initially served as the seat of the Prussian provincial parliament, from 1949 to 1988 it then housed the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Today the art collection North Rhine-Westphalia K21 is located there .

The expansion and economic rise of the city up to the outbreak of the First World War also led to the establishment of department stores, so that Kaufhof an der Kö , formerly Leonhard Tietz AG, built 1906 to 1908 by Joseph Maria Olbrich , and the Carsch-Haus , built by 1914 to 1916 by Otto Engler, two department stores that are still in use today.

The former administration building of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG on Mannesmann-Ufer was built in 1912 by the architect Peter Behrens .

Right next to it on the banks of the Rhine, the architect Hermann vom Endt built the state house and the Villa Horion, named after the later governor, between 1909 and 1911 on behalf of the Rhenish Provincial Association .

One of the first skyscrapers in Germany is at today's Heinrich-Heine-Allee located Wilhelm Marx House , the 1922-1924 by Wilhelm Kreis was built. The Ehrenhof complex, including the Tonhalle originally intended as a planetarium, and the nearby Rheinterrasse also came from Kreis . Today the Ehrenhof is home to several museums and exhibition institutes, including of the NRW Forum and the Museum Kunstpalast . The complex was built as part of the Great Exhibition for Health Care, Social Care and Physical Exercise , “ GeSoLei ” for short, in 1926. The “ Aurora ” sculpture above the north portal was made by Arno Breker .

The main train station was built from 1932 to 1936 by the architects Krüger and Eduard Behne after the city's central railway station had been relocated from Graf-Adolf-Platz to a location on the edge of the inner-city districts. The renovation and modernization took place in the 1980s. Further modernizations are planned for 2021.

Modern and postmodern buildings

Rheinturm Düsseldorf - lighting for the 70th anniversary of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ( Rheinkomet )

Düsseldorf was partially rebuilt after the Second World War, but in many places modern buildings were chosen.

As head of the planning department, Friedrich Tamms played a key role in the redesign of the city from the 1950s to 1960s and was among other things. responsible for the new construction of the Berliner Allee . Architecturally, the skyscraper of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf stands out on the one hand , and the ensemble of the Thyssen skyscraper ("Dreischeibenhaus"), built between 1957 and 1960 by the architects Helmut Hentrich and Hubert Petschnigg , the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus , built between 1965 and 1970 by the architect Bernhard , on the other Peacock , and the centipede that was demolished in April 2013 . The reorganization of the inner-city area was highly controversial at the time, and the personnel policy of Department Head Tamms also led to the Düsseldorf architectural dispute . Today the area is planned again, in its center there is now the Kö-Bogen by Daniel Libeskind .

The Mannesmann high-rise in Carlstadt, built from 1956 to 1958 by Paul Schneider-Esleben , who also built for the Haniel garage , Germany's first multi -storey car park after the war, was built in 1949–1950, as well as that in the meantime, helped shape the cityscape on the Rhine front again demolished ARAG terrace house in Mörsenbroich is responsible.

In addition to the historical buildings, the cable-stayed bridges and the Mannesmann high-rise, other buildings form the Rhine front, the overall appearance of which is highly recognizable. Particularly striking are the Rheinturm (built 1979 to 1982) by the architect Harald Deilmann , with 240.5 m the highest landmark of the city and the state parliament building of North Rhine-Westphalia (built 1980 to 1988). The time display of the Rhine Tower is considered to be the world's largest digital clock. The Rheinpark Bilk has been attached to the Rheinturm since the 1990s. Behind the Rheinpark, an urban development and architectural collage of new and converted old buildings was created under the name Medienhafen in the front part of the old Rhine port on the Lausward , of which the Neue Zollhof with the three Gehry buildings , named after their architect Frank Gehry ( built 1996 to 1999), as well as the Colorium , a 17-storey office building (completed 2001), are particularly eye-catching. The ensemble created in this way, which is characterized by leaps in scale, a variety of shapes and materials as well as functional and aesthetic contrasts, not only forms a coveted office and hotel location in the state capital, but also functions as a new tourist destination.

Medienhafen with Rheinkniebrücke in the background

The new building of the broadcasting house and state studio of the West German Broadcasting Corporation on Stromstrasse is another striking postmodern building that borders the Rheinpark. The Stromstrasse then continues over the Gladbacher Strasse tunnel , above which the internationally awarded city ​​gate towers, which includes a. serves as the seat of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Chancellery.

Further towards the city center, the oval high-rise architecture of the 89 m high GAP 15 , which was built in 2005 according to plans by the architects JSK, catches the eye at Graf-Adolf-Platz . Near the Graf-Adolf-Platz, on Friedrichstrasse, is the DRV - skyscraper . It is 120 m high and has a typical 1970s architecture (completion: 1978). The architect responsible was Harald Deilmann. The facade was redesigned in 2006/2007. On the other hand, the WestLB building on Kirchplatz , at the corner of Fürstenwall and Friedrichstrasse , underwent a complete renovation . The original building from the late 1960s, built for the Bausparkasse Rheinprovinz , towered over the Church of St. Peter, but its successor has a lower eaves height. The other nearby WestLB building is a high-rise complex, the design of which is typical of the 1970s.

North of the Oberkasseler Brücke, behind the neoclassical Higher Regional Court, the Victoria Tower clearly appears as the tallest building in the insurance company's post-modern building complex on Fischerstrasse.

In the north of the city, the ARAG insurance company made its mark. The so-called Mörsenbroicher egg was and is surrounded by buildings belonging to this society. The old step house by Paul Schneider-Esleben had to give way to the 125 m high ARAG tower by the architect Sir Norman Foster , built from 1998 to 2000 , which is the tallest administrative building in the city.

The Rheinstadion , built between 1968 and 1975, also had to give way . The Merkur Spiel-Arena now stands in its place . It was built between 2002 and 2004 according to plans by the architects JSK . Also in the north of the city, in Rath, is the ISS dome . It was built between 2005 and 2006 by the architects Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky (RKW).

In the south of Düsseldorf, the dome greenhouse in the Düsseldorf Botanical Garden is also worth mentioning. The Heinrich Heine University itself was built in a construction typical of the 1960s and 1970s with a number of high-rise buildings for the institutes in exposed concrete with large glass windows, lecture hall buildings with exposed concrete and partly red brick and other buildings, some with red brick and some with exposed concrete. The scattered location of the buildings along a curved main axis of the site is somewhat atypical.

Düsseldorf bridge family

The Düsseldorf bridge family was originally a collective term for the three central cable-stayed bridges Theodor-Heuss-Brücke , Oberkasseler Brücke and Rheinkniebrücke , which had significantly influenced the development of this type of bridge for many years.

Between Golzheim and Niederkassel lying Theodor Heuss Bridge , formerly North Bridge called, is considered the first cable-stayed bridge in Germany. It was designed in 1952 on behalf of the Düsseldorf City Planning Office under the direction of the architect Friedrich Tamms by a group around the civil engineer and structural planner Fritz Leonhardt . Their slender, self-supporting pylon shafts and the harp-shaped, parallel arrangement of the ropes were arranged by Tamms. Soon after its completion in 1957, Tamms also commissioned the planning of the Oberkassel Bridge and the Rheinknie Bridge, with Fritz Leonhardt in charge of the Rheinknie Bridge and Hans Grassl for the Oberkassel Bridge.

The Oberkassel Bridge, a little further south between the city ​​center and Oberkassel, was the oldest and, for a long time, the only road bridge in Düsseldorf. From 1898 it replaced the pontoon bridge from 1839, which until then had been the only connection with the left bank of the Rhine, and was expanded in 1924. After the destruction in 1945, a temporary bridge was built again from 1948. For traffic reasons, the cable-stayed bridge designed by Hans Grassl could not be built next to it until 1973. In 1976 the new bridge was finally relocated to its historic location, which received much attention. It provides the connection from the old town to Oberkassel and carries the light rail lines that lead from Heinrich-Heine-Allee to the left bank of the Rhine.

The Rheinkniebrücke , which is still further south, connects Friedrichstadt with Oberkassel. For traffic reasons, it had to be built before the new Oberkasseler Bridge was built. It was built between 1965 and 1969 according to Leonhardt's plans and, like the Theodor Heuss Bridge and the Oberkasseler Bridge built after it, is a cable-stayed bridge.

These three cable-stayed bridges are characterized by the same stylistic elements - a flat steel bridge deck, slim vertical pylons and a few, harp-shaped stay cables. Due to their location a short distance from each other, they could also be represented together in models and drawings before they were completed. The Düsseldorf bridge family was nominated in 2007 for the award as a historical landmark of civil engineering in Germany .

Further south, three completely differently constructed bridges connect Düsseldorf with the neighboring city of Neuss . First comes the Hammer Railway Bridge , a truss bridge suspended from a steel arch from north to south , the predecessor of which dates from 1870. Remnants of this old bridge can still be seen in the form of the towers on the banks. Today's bridge was built in 1987 right next to the historic route as part of the construction of the east-west S-Bahn line S 8. In contrast to its predecessor, it carries four railway tracks. There is just as little a footpath or bike path as there is a roadway for cars.

In sight is the Josef-Kardinal-Frings-Brücke , formerly the Südbrücke , a new building from 1950 to 1951 after the old bridge from 1929 was destroyed in the last year of the war in 1945. It is the first box girder girder bridge that was made using welding technology. Bundesstrasse 1 and a tram line lead over the Josef-Kardinal-Frings-Brücke .

The southernmost Düsseldorf Rhine bridge is the Fleher Bridge , a cable-stayed bridge with the highest bridge pylon in Germany and a multitude of ropes arranged in a fan shape. It was built from 1976 to 1979. The federal highway 46 runs along it .

In the north of the city is the airport bridge , a cable-stayed bridge with pylons shortened to triangles, which leads from Düsseldorf-Stockum to Meerbusch and defines the course of the federal motorway 44 . It is the youngest Rhine bridge in Düsseldorf, it was built between 1998 and 2002.

Historic gas lanterns

Düsseldorf is one of the last cities in the world to have a large and intact network of gas lanterns (14,000 - with a downward trend, as of 2018). Since 1848, the lanterns with their golden-yellow light have shaped the atmosphere of the city. Gas lighting is linked to the city's history in many ways. The Mannesmann brothers wrote an important piece of industrial history in the Rhineland in the 19th century with the patent for seamless steel tubes. The technology of the hanging incandescent bodies was also developed by Mannesmann . Clara Schumann already wrote about the Düsseldorf gas lamps.

Top-mounted gas lights like these on Bueckstraße shape the image of many residential streets in Düsseldorf.

The gas lanterns are important witnesses of the historical development of the city and even the youngest are over half a century old. They illuminate large parts of the residential areas to this day. Well-known types of gas lanterns include those from Alt-Düsseldorfer, the add-on and post-top lights and row lights that have been used since the 1920s.

The famous and listed Düsseldorf Hofgarten was illuminated by gas lanterns until storm Ela in 2014. The Frankfurt model that was set up there in the 1950s is now believed to be unique in all of Europe. Countless trees were destroyed by the storm and also many gas lamps, but they survived the storm without any danger from leaking gas. So far the gas lanterns in the courtyard garden have not been replaced, there is currently still a provisional electric lighting on wooden pillars.

The city administration of Düsseldorf intends to replace almost all historical gas lanterns with LED lights. A petition from the citizens of Düsseldorf collected over 10,000 votes for the preservation and was the most successful petition in the city's history to date. A citizens' initiative is calling for gas lighting to be recognized as a “world cultural heritage” and an industrial monument.

In the opinion of the citizens' initiative, there are both cultural and financial reasons for maintaining the large-scale gas lamp network. It is supported, among other things, by the Taxpayers' Association, which commented on it in a press release. Even the BUND for the Environment and Nature Conservation does not consider the replacement of gas lanterns to be an effective means of reducing CO 2 emissions.

With a resolution dated December 10, 2015, the city council of Düsseldorf recognized gas lanterns as a cultural asset for the first time. For the Hofgarten, the administration has been asked to prepare an implementation and financing decision to restore the gas lighting. In the rest of the city, at least 4,000 gas lamps are to be retained. The determination of the conservation areas was entrusted to the district representatives.

The Stadtwerke Dusseldorf have declared in August 2016 that they are able to ensure continuous operation of the gaslights legally and technically perfect.

Parks and green spaces

Düsseldorf, which is often nicknamed the garden city , now has 1238 hectares of public green space, 641 hectares of which are parks that are spread across the city. With its large, largely undeveloped bank zones, the Rhine forms a green ribbon that connects different parks in a north-south direction. On the eastern edge of the city there are also extensive urban forest areas with 2180 hectares.

The courtyard garden

Its reputation as a garden city goes back to the second half of the 18th century. In 1769, the governor of Elector Karl-Theodor had the “Old Court Garden” laid out as the first public garden in Germany according to plans by Nicolas de Pigage as part of job creation measures. The facility became a landmark for similar parks in other cities. After the fortifications were razed in 1801, the park was redesigned by Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe and further developed in the form of an open garden landscape. This "New Court Garden " with its garden bars and entertainment offers was a social meeting point and a specialty of Düsseldorf. The Hofgarten remained the only green space within the built-up urban area until 1875.

The gardens of the big city

The strong urban expansion brought about by industrialization provided the basis for the creation of new parks. In 1875 the Flora Park and 1876 the Zoological Garden , both with ponds fed by the Düssel, were created on a private initiative . Heinrich Hillebrecht , who was the city gardener of Düsseldorf from 1879 to 1910 , had a major influence on the design of the green spaces . Since the middle of the 1880s, the city of Düsseldorf pursued the goal of acquiring land for the construction of parks and recreational areas. In 1892 the Oberbilker Volksgarten, today part of the Südpark , was laid out. The Ostpark followed in 1898 . In 1903 the city took over the Flora Park and in 1905 the Zoological Garden.

Exhibition gardens

In 1904 the big horticultural exhibition took place in Düsseldorf, the focus of which was on the reform of horticulture towards an architectural design. Proponents of these reforms were Peter Behrens and Walter von Engelhardt from the environment of the Düsseldorf School of Applied Arts . Reinhold Hoemann planned the Kaiser Wilhelm Park on the Rhine based on their ideas . As part of the GeSoLei 1926, parts of the banks of the Rhine were filled up and landscaped. Today's Rheinpark Golzheim , which is connected to the Hofgarten via the Museum Kunstpalast complex, emerged from the Kaiser Wilhelm Park and the new, heaped-up areas . As part of the Empire Exhibition Working People arose between the Rhine and the Kaiserswertherstrasse of North Park . The Volksgarten and the Südpark were part of the grounds of the Federal Horticultural Show 1987. To the south of this is the Botanical Garden .


The parks of several castles and mansions that are now part of the city are open to the public. The most famous is the park of Schloss Benrath in the south of the city. Furthermore, in the southern districts of the city, these are Park Elbroich and the parks of the castles Eller , Mickeln and Garath . Kalkum Castle and Lantz'sche Park are located in the north of the city . The Ständehauspark with the Spee'schen Graben , Kaiserteich and Schwanenspiegel are located between Carlstadt and Friedrichstadt . In Pempelfort, the grounds of the artists' association Malkasten and the Jacobi garden adjoin the court garden .

List of Düsseldorf parks

Japanese garden in the north park

Nine of the Düsseldorf parks were included in the street of garden art between the Rhine and the Maas in 2004 because of their quality and importance . They are marked with * in the following list.

Landscape and nature reserves

Trees in the Urdenbacher Kämpe

Düsseldorf has 43 natural monuments and twelve nature reserves with a total area of ​​1435 hectares in the city area.

In the past, through the meandering of the Rhine between the Old Rhine and the current course of the river, a large swamp and moor area stretched in the southeast of the city , the large parts of today's city districts 8 , 9 and 10 as well as the neighboring town of Hilden and some of the forests there enclosed. Many of today's nature reserves emerged from the various forms of this swamp. The sand-bearing part of this area called In den Benden has meanwhile been excavated and left the Unterbacher See (formerly Bendensee ), Elbsee , Menzelsee and Dreiecksweiher in Unterbach . The Urdenbacher Kämpe , the Eller Forst and the Himmelgeister Rheinbogen remained wet areas, and parts of the Elbsee and Dreiecksweiher were placed under nature protection. Due to the concentration of the water, large areas of the swamp could be drained and cultivated, among other things by breaking peat . Previously, the historical mouse path bypassed this area as a high-altitude path over the first foothills of the Bergisches Land at the transition to the Lower Rhine plain .

Today the Urdenbacher Kämpe is the largest nature reserve in Düsseldorf as a floodplain landscape with an area of ​​316 ha. It is characterized by the fruit trees in the alluvial forest that are common in the Lower Rhine region and is a FFH area. In the east of the city, transitioning into the district of Mettmann, there is the Rotthäuser Bachtal , which is also an FFH area and in which ponds and hedges as well as alluvial forests characterize the hilly landscape. The third FFH area is the Überanger Mark in northeast Düsseldorf, which mainly consists of alder and hornbeam forests.

The other nature reserves within the Düsseldorf city limits are:

Recreation areas and amusement parks

The most popular local recreation area in the city is the Unterbacher See . It is located on the city limits of Erkrath and Hilden and borders the Eller Forest. Numerous leisure and sports opportunities from sailing and pedal boating to mini golf and swimming are possible on it. There are also two campsites. The area around the lake is under nature protection. In addition, the Düsseldorf city forest serves as part of the green lung for local recreation.

The city established three amusement parks for children and families in the 1970s and 1980s, which have since been modernized. These are the Ulenbergstrasse leisure park in Bilk, the Heerdt leisure park in Heerdt on the left bank of the Rhine, and the Niederheid leisure park, which also includes a children's farm.

Intercultural references, international culture

A total of around 110,000 foreigners live in Düsseldorf and around 5,000 foreign companies have settled here and shape the city. Among other things, the company branches lead to an exceptionally high proportion of Japanese residents , as well as numerous Dutch, Americans, British, French, Chinese and Koreans. In addition, as in other comparable cities, there are large Turkish, Greek, Moroccan, Serbian, Italian and Polish communities. The city is home to numerous cultural and religious institutions of various nationalities and beliefs.

40 of 71 of the consular representations and branches located in North Rhine-Westphalia were in Düsseldorf at the beginning of 2013. There are also 33 foreign chambers of commerce and foreign trade organizations. The opening of a fourth Chinese Consulate General in Germany in Düsseldorf, announced in 2014 during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to North Rhine-Westphalia , took place on December 19, 2015 in the presence of Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft and Foreign Minister Wang Yi .

In 2015, English was elevated to the status of an administrative language alongside German . The accessibility and attractiveness of the city for z. B. Expatriates , highly qualified immigrants and international scientists should thus be increased.

Düsseldorf has an English-speaking international school in the north of the city with 950 students from 44 nations, and there is another international school in neighboring Neuss. In the district of Düsseltal there is a French school with approx. 430 students, on the left bank of the Rhine a Japanese international school with approx. 650 students and a Greek lyceum with approx. 820 students. The Yitzhak Rabin School is one of the few Jewish primary schools in Germany.

The cultural organizations include: the Institut français and the Instytut Polski, which has existed in Düsseldorf since 1950, should be mentioned. The Japanese Club is one of the largest clubs in the city with 5000 members. A Confucius Institute was located at Heinrich Heine University . The contract between Heinrich Heine University and the Confucius Institute was no longer extended and expired in April 2020.

The annual Japan Day , as well as the France Festival in July, are among the cultural highlights of city life. In addition, the Jewish Culture Days in the Rhineland are held every four years with different sections.

In the Gerresheim district there are some streets that are very strongly influenced by southern Italy, the Greek community in Düsseldorf is also strong. A Moroccan-Tunisian quarter has formed around Ellerstrasse in Oberbilk in recent years. In Düsseldorf, Christian home communities are among others. from South Korea , Poland and Vietnam , the Russian Orthodox Church maintains a patriarchate in Düsseldorf . The Coptic Orthodox Church has a parish and a church in the city. The so-called “Maghreb district” can also be found in the city center. It covers the area of ​​the districts that meet at the main train station (southeast) city center, Friedrichstadt, Flingern-Süd and (northern) Oberbilk and is characterized by a North African population structure.


The old town of Düsseldorf is known as the "longest bar in the world" because of its many pubs . The formulation goes back to the advertiser Carl Schweik in the 1960s. In addition to the Uerige Altbierkneipe, there are the “ Brauerei im Füchschen ”, “ Brauerei Schumacher ”, “ Brauerei zum Schlüssel ” and many more. There are hundreds of bars , restaurants , discos and pubs in an astonishingly narrow area. The area essentially comprises the historical part of the old town, bounded in the north by Ratinger Straße , in the west by the Rhine promenade , in the east by Heinrich-Heine-Allee and in the south by Carlsplatz . In November 2009, the curfew in the old town was lifted.

The Bolkerstraße in the old town

The old town faces competition from the modern media harbor with the architecturally significant Gehry buildings and the interesting clubs and discos, in which celebrities often frequent.

The left bank of the Rhine with the districts of Oberkassel and Niederkassel is also popular in terms of gastronomy . A student pub culture has tentatively developed in Bilk over the past few decades. In the districts of Derendorf , Flingern and Pempelfort there is more of a scene crowd. In Pempelfort in particular, a lively pub and restaurant scene has developed in the area around Tußmannstrasse and the former premises of the Derendorf freight station . In the above-mentioned entertainment centers and in the numerous pubs in the city districts, top-fermented Altbier is the main thing. Almost all pubs also offer other types of beer . In addition to Altbier, mustard ("Mostert") from the brands Löwensenf and ABB-Senf as well as the herbal liqueur Killepitsch are other specialties of the local gastronomy.

The Königsallee (Kö) is a popular promenade . “See and be seen” is the motto here. The numerous street cafes on the boulevard also invite you to linger. The Rhine embankment promenade, which connects the Medienhafen with the old town, also offers an abundance of cafés and restaurants with outdoor dining.

The Düsseldorf mustard roast is one of the local specialties .

regional customs

The most important elements of Düsseldorf customs are the carnival with the Rose Monday procession as the highlight, the rifle festivals in the districts and in July the great Düsseldorf rifle festival with the largest fair on the Rhine . The St. Sebastianus shooting club has existed since 1435 at the latest, but probably dates back to the 14th century. Wheel turning is also an old tradition . For “Eene Penning”, the Düsseldorf Radschläger - mostly school-age boys - demonstrated their art. The Martin parades in the old town and in the city districts are less touristy and economically important, but all the more important for the children of Düsseldorf . In honor of Saint Martin of Tours , in the first half of November, they sing along with hand-made lanterns behind a horseman portraying Saint Martin. After the parades, they “grip” sweets in shops and on front doors in return for a serenade . In addition to the carnival and rifle clubs , the local history club of the Düsseldorf Jonges maintains a special measure of customs and tradition .


The Merkur Spiel-Arena (formerly Esprit Arena), where Fortuna Düsseldorf plays its home games
Logo of the sports city Düsseldorf

Around 112,000 people in Düsseldorf participate in mass sports in 369 clubs, whose umbrella organization is the Stadtsportbund Düsseldorf. 36 clubs are represented in their respective sport in at least the regional league and represent competitive sport . The best-known Düsseldorf professional clubs are Fortuna Düsseldorf in football and in ice hockey the Düsseldorfer EG . Against the background of the ultimately unsuccessful application for the Olympic Games in Düsseldorf / Rhine-Ruhr for 2012, the city of Düsseldorf has invested heavily in the construction of new sports facilities for both professional and popular sports. A sports agency was attached to the city marketing, which draws national and international sporting events to the city and markets them under the slogan "Sportstadt Düsseldorf". From July 1, 2009, the LTU Arena was called ESPRIT Arena, and since August 3, 2018 it has been called Merkur Spiel-Arena .


The most famous sporting figurehead in the city is the traditional Fortuna Düsseldorf club . The greatest sporting successes are winning the German soccer championship in 1933, winning the DFB Cup in 1979 and 1980 and reaching the finals in the 1979 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Other well-known soccer clubs in the city are the soccer department of TuRU Düsseldorf , which played in the Oberliga Nordrhein from the 2004/2005 season to the 2007/08 season , and in 2012/13 it was promoted to this league, where SC Düsseldorf-West also played. the BV 04 Dusseldorf , which since 1963 aligns regularly at Easter an international junior soccer tournament (U19 Champions Trophy), and the VfL Benrath , the 1957 German amateur championship was and in the 1930s the two German international Karl Hohmann and Josef Rasselnberg presented .

ice Hockey

The Düsseldorfer EG is just as well known as the Fortuna soccer team . As an eight-time German champion since 1967, DEG is one of the most successful clubs in Germany. In 2006, the German Cup and the runner-up were also won for the first time . Again the runner-up was brought in the 08/09 season.

In Brehmstraße , venue DEG from 1935 to 2006, several European hockey competitions and World Cup matches were held. The DEG games have been held in the ISS Dome since September 2006 .

American football

The oldest American football club in Düsseldorf are the Düsseldorf Panthers , which have won the German championship of the German Football League six times since they were founded in 1978 , so that they were German record champions for many years until 2008 and are considered the oldest German American football team still in existence .

The Düsseldorf Bulldozer , founded in 1979, can look back on a long tradition and also played in the upper classes in the early years of the German leagues.

From 1994 until its dissolution in 2007, the Rhein Fire team was one of Düsseldorf's sporting highlights. In 2006, like in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005, Rhein Fire hosted the World Bowl and was able to win it in 1998 and 2000 after five finals.

Table tennis

The table tennis club Borussia Düsseldorf was last German champion in 2016 and, in addition to 28 national championship titles, has also won the German cup 24 times. Borussia won the European Champion Clubs' Cup six times and the ETTU Cup twice and won the Table Tennis Champions League in 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2011 . There is also a 3rd place at the first world championship for club teams.

The local competitor TuSa 06 Düsseldorf , founded in 1949, was German men's team champions five times between 1962 and 1967 and German cup champions three times in a row from 1964 to 1966. He was one of the founding members of the table tennis Bundesliga , in which he remained until 1971.

With Eberhard Schöler , Jörg Roßkopf , Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll, four of the most successful German table tennis players played for years in Düsseldorf.

In addition, the “Kids Open”, the largest table tennis youth tournament in Europe, takes place in Düsseldorf every year.


The most successful tennis club in town are the men of the Rochus Club in the 1st Bundesliga , while the women in the 1st Bundesliga are the most successful of the TC Benrath . The World Team Cup was held every year in May between 1978 and 2012 on the grounds of the Düsseldorf Rochus Club. After the World Team Cup there was an ATP 250 tennis tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Trampoline gymnastics

TV Unterbach 1905 was German team champion five times between 1978 and 1984 in the Olympic discipline of trampoline gymnastics . In addition, there were many participations and titles in the individual championships on Germany, Europe and world level. In addition, the club provided a large part of the German national team and the management of the trampoline Bundesliga for decades . The association did international pioneering work with the organization of the Unterbach Cup as the first and highest European competition for young people, most recently with global participation. In 1925 , the Hassels Gymnastics Association was one of the few sports clubs that offered trampoline gymnastics in Düsseldorf.

Dance sport

Dance event at the Untere Rheinwerft

The married couple Anneliese and Siegfried Krehn ran one of the first dance schools in Düsseldorf for decades. In the 1950s and 1960s they achieved countless top places in world, European and German championships, initially as amateurs for the Boston Club Düsseldorf, and later as professionals. Among other things, they won the German championships in the standard dances seven times in a row and in the Latin American dances three times in a row. In addition, they secured the vice-world championship title in 1966 in these two disciplines at the same time. In the course of these successes, they and their dance school were the focus of the first dance lessons on German television. The couple Ernst and Helga Fern also gave courses on German television in 1964–65 for the dance school that still exists today.


The best-known Düsseldorf basketball team are the Gloria Giants Düsseldorf , who play ProA in the second basketball division. In the 1980s, the DJK Agon 08 Düsseldorf team dominated German women's basketball (nine times German champions in a row from 1980 to 1988, also in 1975 as well as in 1990 and 1991) and also successfully represented in European competitions (two finals in 1983 and 1986). In addition, DJK Agon 08 Düsseldorf won the German women's cup seven times.

Handball and other sports

TuRU Düsseldorf , HSV Düsseldorf and HSG Düsseldorf played in the 1st and 2nd handball league from 1983 to 2012 . After the merger of the Neusser HV and ART Düsseldorf, since the 2017/2018 season there is again a team with the HSG Neuss / Düsseldorf that plays in the 2nd handball league. The team plays there under the name HC Rhein Vikings.

Other sports in which Düsseldorf is represented by teams in the top leagues are hockey (1st and 2nd Bundesliga), lacrosse (1st Bundesliga), baseball, dance, canoeing and fistball ( 2nd Bundesliga ).

International sporting events in Düsseldorf

The sport in Düsseldorf experienced and continues to experience various sporting events with national and international attention year after year. The aforementioned team world championship in tennis in the Rochus Club, the METRO Group Marathon , the cross-country skiing world cup on the banks of the Rhine , the youth football tournament of BV 04 , the cycling race around the Kö and the Kö-Lauf should be mentioned here.

In international football, Düsseldorf and its Rheinstadion hosted several games of the 1974 World Cup as well as the opening and group games of the 1988 European Football Championship . The ice rink on Brehmstrasse was the World Cup location for the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1955 , 1975 and 1983 . In 1977 the World Cup, a forerunner of today's World Athletics Championships , was held in the Rheinstadion .

In athletics, the city hosted the 1977 cross-country championships and has hosted the Düsseldorf indoor meeting since 2006.

Between 2000 and 2003, Düsseldorf applied at the national level to host the 2012 Olympic Games . In the national preliminary round, Düsseldorf came third behind Leipzig and Hamburg.

On July 1, 2017, the Tour de France started with an individual time trial in Düsseldorf. According to official information, around 500,000 spectators saw the Grand Depart along the route despite the bad weather. The next day, the second stage started in Düsseldorf and ended in Liège. A special feature of the stage was that it first led east through Mettmann and then back to Düsseldorf before the tour entourage finally left the city in the direction of Mönchengladbach. On this stage alone, around 800,000 spectators in the city of Düsseldorf are said to have watched the race along the route.

Regular events

Japan Day Fireworks 2009
China Festival in September 2016
  • July
  • August
    • Benrath Beer Exchange (beers from all over the world)
    • art points - open studios in Düsseldorf (on two weekends)
    • Gourmet Festival Düsseldorf
  • September
    • Chinafest Düsseldorf (since 2011)
    • International Kö-Lauf - Germany's largest city run
    • Altstadtherbst cultural festival düsseldorf
    • Harvest Festival in Urdenbach (1st Sunday after September 29th)
  • October
    • Rhine marathon rowing (from Cologne to Düsseldorf) since 1971
  • November
    • Art Düsseldorf , international art fair
    • St. Martin parades with lanterns and singing
    • Martinslauf in Düsseldorf-Hassels - Biggest fun run in Düsseldorf
    • Beginning of the carnival season - Hoppeditz awakening on 11.11. at 11:11 am.
  • December
    • Advent market on the 1st of Advent in Benrath
    • Nicholas and Christmas markets in the old town, on Schadowstrasse, Schadowplatz, Nordstrasse and in some other parts of the city

Economy and Infrastructure

In the Future Atlas 2016, the city of Düsseldorf was ranked 21st out of 402 rural districts and cities in Germany, making it one of the places with "very high future prospects". In the 2019 ranking, she improved to 12th place out of 401.

Düsseldorf is an economically strong , diversified and globally intensely intertwined city in the middle of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region , in which it has a functional primacy (→ Global City ). Among the metropolitan functions, the decision-making and control functions sector clearly dominates all districts and independent cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. In this sector, Düsseldorf ranks third in Germany after Munich and Berlin and ahead of Frankfurt am Main. Also as a gateway , i.e. with regard to its remote infrastructures and worldwide contacts, Düsseldorf is of an outstanding function in North Rhine-Westphalia. On the one hand, the central location in the most populous metropolitan area in Germany is decisive. On the other hand, Düsseldorf Airport, the third largest airport in Germany, and Messe Düsseldorf with 25 leading international trade fairs are important factors for the city's economic importance, especially with regard to its international ties . The strong position of the Düsseldorf labor market is manifested in the by far largest surplus of commuters among the districts and urban districts of North Rhine-Westphalia (on balance +151,387 employees subject to social insurance). The favorable location climate for economic innovation and business start-ups can be seen in the relatively high number of newly founded companies. In 2009, Düsseldorf was the leading city in Germany for start-ups, characterized by start-ups primarily in the field of research-intensive industries. In 2011 the city was the German place with the most direct investments from abroad. The number of jobs created through foreign investments was three times as high in 2011 as in 2010 and the highest within Germany. According to this parameter, Düsseldorf was thus the most popular location for foreign investments in Germany. According to a study by the consulting firm Ernst & Young , Düsseldorf was in 2013 - ahead of London and Paris - the metropolitan area with the highest number of direct investments from the People's Republic of China in Europe. In 2014, the Düsseldorf region recorded the most foreign direct investment in Europe after London and before Paris. The strong growth in Chinese investments is explained on the one hand by the location advantages offered by the technology companies in North Rhine-Westphalia, the central location in Europe and the trade fair location, on the other hand by the momentum of an already existing Chinese community that is setting up and establishing closer networks . Well-known Chinese companies that have established offices in Düsseldorf include Huawei Europe, Oppo Europe, Vivo Germany and Xiaomi Germany.

Düsseldorf is a leading location in the advertising, European patent system, telecommunications, management consultancy and art trade sectors, as well as Germany's “City of Fashion”. With the Igedo Fashion Fairs and the Collections Premieren Düsseldorf (CPD), Europe's leading fashion fairs took place here. With the new format The Gallery Düsseldorf , the trade fair organizer Igedo is trying to build on earlier successes. Over 600 showrooms from various manufacturers and large textile trading companies are concentrated in the state capital, and over 1,300 in the Düsseldorf agglomeration. The spatial focus is on a cluster of order offices around Kaiserswerther Strasse in the Golzheim district . In terms of sales, Düsseldorf is also Germany's number one fashion location: at around 18 billion euros, fashion sales in Düsseldorf were more than twice as high as in Munich and Berlin combined, according to a study by the Cologne Institute for Retail Research. The sobriety and business efficiency of the fashion location on the Rhine are valued.

The cultural and creative industries of the city included in the year 2011, about 4,100 companies with annual sales of about 7.4 billion euros, the share of creative class is subject to social insurance contributions according to a study in 2008 among the districts and cities of North Rhine- Westphalia's highest in Düsseldorf. Within Germany, the closely interwoven Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region is regarded as the leading center of the creative industries.

Alongside Frankfurt am Main , Munich and Stuttgart, Düsseldorf is one of the largest financial centers in Germany. In addition, Düsseldorf is an important traditional German stock exchange city ( Düsseldorf Stock Exchange ). As a banking location of national and international importance, 83 credit institutions are represented in Düsseldorf with a branch or their head office. These include the traditional bank HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt , NRW.BANK , Deutsche Apotheker- und Ärztebank , Deutsche Industriebank (IKB), Targobank , Sparda-Bank West , PSD-Bank Rhein Ruhr , Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf , but also many foreign banks such as BBVA , Wells Fargo and Crédit Mutuel . The major Japanese banks MUFG Bank , Mizuho Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation all have their German headquarters in Düsseldorf. After all, Düsseldorf is the seat of some large insurance companies such as the ERGO insurance group , ARAG group , Provinzial Rheinland and Deutsche Rück . Two well-known FinTechs from Düsseldorf are Auxmoney and Compeon. Düsseldorf is an important location for auditing. The large, globally active accounting firms, PwC , KPMG , Deloitte and EY have larger locations in the state capital. Warth & Klein Grant Thornton has its German headquarters in Düsseldorf. In the area of ​​management consulting, McKinsey has its German headquarters in Düsseldorf, Accenture , Boston Consulting Group , Kienbaum and Bain & Company are also represented in Düsseldorf. A total of around 880 auditors with around 9,900 employees work in Düsseldorf.

As a location for law firms, especially with a focus on commercial law, Düsseldorf is one of the most important locations in Germany. Hengeler Mueller , Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer , Clifford Chance and White & Case, among others , have law firms in Düsseldorf. Taylor Wessing is headquartered in Düsseldorf. A total of around 1,300 law firms have a location in Düsseldorf and employ around 6,000 people who are subject to social security contributions. In addition, Düsseldorf is the most important place of jurisdiction for European patent disputes.

Numerous international companies have their headquarters here: L'Oréal Germany, Komatsu Mining Germany, Air Liquide Germany, Nikon Germany, Vodafone Germany, Metro AG , Rheinmetall , Henkel , Tata Steel with Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes , E-Plus and Qiagen . In Düsseldorf, Daimler produces the closed model series of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter as well as the technically related Crafter for VW . Numerous medium-sized companies in the field of high technology, medical technology, special machine and plant construction as well as drive and production technology and food production have been an integral part of the Düsseldorf industrial landscape for decades. These include the companies Gerresheimer AG, Demag Cranes AG, Vossloh AG, GEA Group AG, AuK Müller GmbH & Co. KG, Walter Flender Group and Zamek . The largest Japanese colony in continental Europe has given Düsseldorf the nickname “ Nippon am Rhein ”. However, companies from other countries are also very active in the city - particularly from the Netherlands, Great Britain, France , Scandinavia and China.

Since the turn of the millennium, a lively start-up scene in the field of the Internet industry has developed in Düsseldorf, although it cannot yet compete with cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. The best-known Düsseldorf start-ups include the hotel search engine Trivago and Auxmoney in the FinTech sector.

The economic strength of Düsseldorf has given the city solid municipal finances with balanced budgets since 1999. In 2007 the city was the second major city in Germany to be debt-free. In 2005, Düsseldorf was the first German city to undergo a credit rating and was given an Aa1 rating by the rating agency Moody's , the second-best possible rating. The creditworthiness of Düsseldorf was therefore rated higher than that of North Rhine-Westphalia (Aa2), Deutsche Bank (Aa3) or Commerzbank (A2).

In 2012, the gross domestic product in Düsseldorf was 41.5 billion euros. That is 7.1 percent of the gross domestic product of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2012. The GDP per employed person in Düsseldorf was 82,667 euros in 2012 - 125.3 percent of the value in the whole of North Rhine-Westphalia. In a nationwide comparison of cities, the city, together with Frankfurt am Main , ranks first in Germany. In a long-term comparison, the purchasing power index for the state capital is around 20 percent above the national average. Despite the differentiated economy and the good framework conditions, unemployment has been higher than the national average for years, which is related to the loss of more than 50,000 jobs in industry and manufacturing over the past 30 years. In 2014, the city's debts amounted to 383 million euros.

The city's business, office and administrative locations have been distributed over the entire city area with the urban planning goals of relieving the inner city, unbundling traffic, taking advantage of lower land prices and creating urban development impulses. In addition to the city ​​center , the following areas are considered to be the most important office and administrative locations :

The real estate location Düsseldorf, which occupies the top position within the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, attracts high-quality real estate developments and investments, both in the commercial sector and in the residential real estate sector, due to its intrinsic value as well as its good demographic and economic prospects. The consulting firm bulwiengesa classifies the city in the group of so-called A-cities along with six other German metropolises due to its importance for the real estate market . According to a study by the CBRE , Düsseldorf was one of the ten leading investment markets for commercial real estate in Europe in the first half of 2013. In 2015, the total value of commercial properties sold exceeded the three billion euros mark for the first time. Population growth (mainly due to the influx of new residents) and increasing occupancy of living space by older people could increase the demand for living space by a total of 3.1 percent between 2006 and 2025. The gentrification promoted by individualization and metropolitanization , which is realizing in the housing market in high-demand neighborhoods as the displacement of low-income milieus by new residents with higher incomes, is increasingly leading to a housing policy debate in the city. The strong demand for apartments is offset by a small number of vacant apartments and a small number of new housing developments, which is driving up housing prices. In the opinion of housing market observers, this situation, which has persisted for the time being, leads to an optimal economic environment for high-yield investments, in particular for investments in modern, high-quality apartment buildings, especially since 81 percent of the housing stock is more than 30 years old due to the low level of new construction activity in recent decades. In terms of the average net household income of the people of Düsseldorf, rental prices in the city are low compared to other cities. A study by the Real Estate Association of Germany published in October 2012 showed, with reference to a three-room rental apartment with 70 square meters in a medium location, that a Düsseldorf household spends an average of 19.8 percent of its income on it, while an average Berlin household spends 23.0 percent Percent. In 2013, the Deutsche Bundesbank reported that price developments on the housing markets in major German cities, including Düsseldorf, might have led to “exaggerations”. As a result of the financial and global economic crisis , several trends have overlapped in Düsseldorf in recent years, which have generated exceptionally high increases in purchase and rental prices for residential properties, especially in inner-city locations: a trend back into the city ( reurbanization ), municipal liberalization efforts , negative Real interest rates , the “flight” of private investors into real assets , bad investment alternatives for low-risk investments by institutional investors and a certain population growth .


Düsseldorf has a dense transport infrastructure . The good equipment with local public transport and motorized private transport systems particularly contribute to this . In addition, the smaller city size and the location in a well-developed polycentric spatial structure reduce the probability of traffic jams considerably. In terms of accessibility potential in road and rail traffic, the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, in the center of which Düsseldorf is located, had the top position of the regions examined in Northwest Europe in 2001. On the other hand, there is, for example, a comparison by the management consultancy Arthur D. Little , which sees Düsseldorf in last place with regard to the coordination and networking of public transport systems in major German cities.

Air traffic

Departure level within Düsseldorf Airport

In terms of passenger numbers, Düsseldorf Airport is the third largest international airport in Germany after Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport . In 2012 around 20.8 million people flew with 60 different airlines to and from 200 destinations in over 50 countries worldwide. The airport is characterized by its proximity to the city center and the exhibition center in Stockum, its direct connection to the motorway network and its very good connection to the railway network, which is why short transfer times to the city and the region are possible.

Shipping traffic and ports

Düsseldorf harbor

With the inner-city port in the district of the same name and the Reisholzer Hafen, the expansion of which has been planned for a long time, Rhine shipping has two transshipment points for goods in the urban area. Via the Rhine , the associated canals and the Main-Danube Canal , Düsseldorf is extensively connected to the European inland waterway network - including the Ems , Weser , Elbe , Oder and Danube - and to important seaports on the North Sea and the Black Sea . For water sports enthusiasts, there is a sports port and marina at Rheinpark Golzheim .

Passenger ships of the Weisse Flotte Düsseldorf , which were operated by the Rheinbahn before 1993 , run regularly between the old town and Kaiserswerth . The Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschifffahrts AG (kd) also has moorings in the city area. Two car ferries are still in operation: the Rhine ferry Langst – Kaiserswerth and the ferry between Urdenbach and Zons . A third car ferry operated between Himmelgeist and Uedesheim until the opening of the Fleher Bridge in 1979 . Today a passenger ferry runs here on Sundays when the weather is nice, with the possibility of taking bicycles. Passenger ferries have also been running between the Rheinkirmes and the old town for several years .

Urban road traffic

The federal highways B 1 and B 8 cross the city in a north-south direction and the B 7 in an east-west direction. They owe their current course and character

The B 228 connects Benrath with Hilden , Haan and Wuppertal . Today, all federal highways in the urban area are primarily used for urban through traffic and traffic to and from the motorways that have taken over the role of federal highways in the trunk road network outside the urban area. With the exception of the B 7 and B 228 to Wuppertal, the signposting of the federal roads therefore ends in the city area or just behind it. One example is the former B 8 between Wersten and Hellerhof and on to Opladen . Parallel to it runs with the Münchener and Frankfurter Strasse a four-lane motor road between Bilk and Garath . Construction began as early as the 1960s in order to be able to cope with the increasing number of car traffic in the rapidly growing or new parts of the city in the south of Düsseldorf.

The traffic planning after the Second World War initially shaped Friedrich Tamms , an advocate of the car-friendly city . In addition to some of the construction projects already mentioned, the Rheinkniebrücke and the Oberkasseler Brücke , he planned a third high-performance north-south traffic axis between Golzheim and Wersten . The Berliner Allee and the north subsequent high street - even centipede called demolished in April 2013 and through tunnels under the K-arc replaced - were the key projects on this axis, and were built from 1954 to 1962.


The A3 between Frankfurt am Main and Oberhausen runs east outside the city area and was the closest motorway until the late 1960s. Your first section between Mettmann and Cologne-Mülheim was approved as early as 1936. It was initially only accessible via today's B 7 . The northern feeder was built between 1950 and 1960 with the new construction and expansion of the B 1 between today's Mörsenbroicher Ei and Breitscheid intersection to become a motor vehicle . The southern feeder - a motor road marked as the B 326 between Wersten and today's Hilden junction - was added in 1956.

The A 57 between Cologne and Nijmegen is the second north-south connection within reach of the city, has existed since 1986, the section between Neuss and Cologne has been around since 1966 (motorway from 1970) and was initially only via today's Josef-Kardinal-Frings -Bridge accessible.

The A 52 in the greater Düsseldorf area is divided into two sections. The northern section between the Düsseldorf- Rath junction and the Essen-Ost triangle corresponds to the northern feeder road up to the Breitscheid junction , which was upgraded to a motorway in 1971. The western section extends today between the Büderich junction and Roermond , is the continuation of the B 7 in a westerly direction and connects the city to the A 57 via the Kaarster junction . The first section to Kreuz Neersen was released in 1971 and upgraded to the motorway in 1973.

The A 59 between the Düsseldorf-Süd junction and the Leverkusen-West junction runs parallel to the A 3, relieves it, but also connects Monheim , Langenfeld and Leverkusen better to Düsseldorf and was built between 1968 and 1973.

The A 46 between Heinsberg and the Wuppertal-Nord junction touches the city center to the south, connects the Heinrich Heine University to the motorway network and has been providing a seamless cross-connection between the A 3, A 59 and A 57 since 1986. Sections were released in 1979 after completion of the Fleher Bridge and in 1983 with the opening of the university tunnel. In 1972 the southern feeder was upgraded to the motorway.

The A 44 between Aachen and Velbert runs through the northern parts of the city and since the airport bridge opened in 2002 it has provided a seamless cross connection between the A 3, A 52 and A 57. The direct connection of the trade fair , ESPRIT arena and the airport to the motorway network already took place in 1992, when an important section of the A 44 with connection to the A 52 at the Düsseldorf-Nord junction was opened.

The most recently built motorways A 44 and A 46 are the only supraregional motorways in the Düsseldorf area in an east-west direction. They cross the entire city area, which is why they relieve the rest of the Rhine bridges and urban thoroughfares, but also four motorway tunnels had to be built. Together with the A 3 and A 57, they have formed the Düsseldorf motorway ring since 2002 .

Driving bans

On September 13, 2016, the Düsseldorf District Government was sentenced by the Düsseldorf Administrative Court to change the clean air plan, which has been in effect since the beginning of 2013, so that it contains the necessary measures to comply with the limit value for NO 2 as quickly as possible . The state's duty to protect health requires compliance with the limit value as quickly as possible. The current clean air plan no longer does justice to this in view of the large proportion of emissions caused by diesel vehicles: It must therefore be updated within a year. In this context, driving bans for diesel vehicles in particular would have to be seriously examined and weighed up.

Rail transport

The railway lines run through the urban area

In the main train station - the central long-distance train station , which has been at its current location since 1891 - these railway lines are linked with each other, with the light rail and other local public transport , except for the freight railway line .

On the Cologne – Duisburg railway line near the airport is the Düsseldorf Airport train station , where some of the ICE and EC / IC trains that run here stop in addition to the S-Bahn trains and all seven Regional Express lines . The terminals, which are almost 2.5 km away, can be reached by passengers and visitors to the airport using the SkyTrain . There is a second connection between the airport and the rail network via the underground Düsseldorf-Flughafen Terminal terminus, via which a second S-Bahn line runs all day and individual journeys of several Regional Express and other S-Bahn lines are extended at night.

Also on the Cologne – Duisburg railway line but in the south of Düsseldorf is the Düsseldorf-Benrath regional train station , where two Regional Express lines and one S-Bahn line stop all day. Also worth mentioning is the Düsseldorf-Bilk train station on the Mönchengladbach-Düsseldorf railway line , which is a heavily frequented transfer station between three S-Bahn lines, the light rail vehicles on the Wehrhahn line and the bus connections to Heinrich Heine University and in the will be expanded into a regional station in the next few years.

Including the aforementioned stations, there are 25 S-Bahn stations in the city .

In the rail freight sector, however, after its shunting yard Düsseldorf-Derendorf was closed and demolished, Düsseldorf is no longer a rail hub ; the largest freight yard in the entire Düsseldorf railway complex is now in the station in neighboring Neuss .


Tram and light rail network Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf has a dense network of S-Bahn , light rail , tram and city ​​bus lines, which is part of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association (VRR) . Local public transport (ÖPNV) in the city is operated by the Rheinbahn , the Regiobahn and the Deutsche Bahn . The Düsseldorf main station is not only controlled by the operator Deutsche Bahn, but also by other rail companies such as Abellio Rail NRW . All lines can be used with VRR tickets here and also if destinations are outside the city but in the VRR area. In addition, the NRW tariff applies and the tariff of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) also applies to journeys to the greater Cologne area .

A tram network was built towards the end of the 19th century, initially with wagons that were pulled over the tracks by horses, and then electrically from 1896. This rail network also included overland routes to Krefeld ( K-Bahn ) and Duisburg ( D-Bahn ) as well as from Benrath to Solingen-Ohligs . The connections to Krefeld and Duisburg still exist today as city rail lines U 70 and U 76 (Krefeld) and U 79 (Duisburg). There are further cross-location lines to Neuss and Ratingen . With the gradual expansion of the light rail network, the tram network was reduced from 19 (1981) to seven (2018) lines and a route length of 70.2 kilometers.

The Düsseldorf Stadtbahn currently comprises eleven lines. Seven of them run through the inner city tunnel, which opened in 1988, between Heinrich-Heine-Allee underground station and the main train station. Another tunnel section for four new light rail lines, the Wehrhahn Line , was opened on February 20, 2016. The Heinrich-Heine-Allee underground station is the central transfer point between all light rail lines. All tunnel sections have above-ground access routes, which are only partially equipped with independent or special railway bodies.

Regular buses have also been running in Düsseldorf since 1924 . In addition to city ​​bus routes within the urban area, long-distance routes (cf. regional bus services ) established connections to other cities, especially after operations on some intercity tram lines were discontinued. In the meantime, the Rheinbahn has discontinued its line to Jülich and shortened other lines to Essen , Velbert , Solingen , Leichlingen , Opladen and Moers . Today there are still connections to Mülheim an der Ruhr , Mettmann , Erkrath , Solingen-Ohligs , Langenfeld and Monheim ; There are even express buses going to Haan . Today 42 city bus and seven express bus routes operate in the urban area. Bus routes are also an integral part of night traffic on the nights from Friday to Saturday, Saturday to Sunday and on the nights of public holidays. Eight NachtExpress lines run between midnight and 5 a.m. every 30 or 60 minutes. Operations on three Metrobus lines will begin on August 20, 2018 .

The first S-Bahn line outside the greater Berlin and Hamburg areas was opened in 1967 between Garath and Ratingen . This was followed by the connection of the airport to the S-Bahn network in 1975 with the opening of the train station under the terminal , the commissioning of the S8 - also known as the East-West S-Bahn - between the main stations of Hagen and Mönchengladbach on May 29, 1988 and the S28 between Kaarst and Mettmann on September 26, 1999. After further lines were extended, seven S-Bahn lines now operate in the city area.

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic

Pedestrian lights with yellow phase

Düsseldorf is connected to some national and international long-distance cycle routes, including to the Rhine Cycle Path .

Since 2008, downtown Düsseldorf has had a network-based bike rental system that is also suitable for one-way trips. The operator is the company nextbike . In 2011, 400 rental bikes are available at 58 marked stations in the city. Pedelecs are rented out at the bicycle station at the main train station.

The city of Düsseldorf is a member of the working group for pedestrian and bicycle-friendly cities, municipalities and districts in North Rhine-Westphalia , from which it was awarded the title “bicycle-friendly city” in 2007, even if many citizens consider the cycle path network to be very sketchy.

Düsseldorf is one of the few cities in Germany whose traffic light systems for pedestrians have a separate yellow phase. Here the yellow signal is indicated by a rectangular yellow bar. During this time, pedestrians have the opportunity to clear the intersection without having to face red, as in other cities. Immediately after the pedestrian signal changes from yellow to red, clearance for cross traffic is initiated. There is also a short red-yellow phase of less than a second for pedestrians before the green phase. Traffic lights in Düsseldorf have to a large extent already been converted to light-emitting diode technology, which should ensure lower maintenance costs, clearer visibility and also lower energy consumption compared to incandescent lamps .

In Düsseldorf, Call-a-Bike rental bikes have no longer been allowed to be parked in public streets, such as on sidewalks, since 2020. The city Dusseldorf had the operator by administrative order given to omit the entire fleet from the public streets to be removed and the parking of bicycles in the future.

Technology, industry and manufacturing

Mannesmann high-rise , since 2013 the seat of the NRW Ministry of Economics

Düsseldorf's rapid development into a large city was driven by the settlement of industrial companies in the 19th century. The state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is still an industrial city today. The 1129 manufacturing companies (excluding construction and energy and water supply) generated around 29% of the taxable turnover of all companies in the city in 2005 and thus only slightly less than trade (approx. 32%), but significantly more than the service industry ( approx. 9%). However, the importance of the manufacturing industry has declined significantly in recent years. While the Düsseldorf industrial companies still offered 90,000 jobs in 1979, the number of employees in this area fell to just 38,791 on average by 2006, with a falling trend.

The largest and best-known industrial company in Düsseldorf is the Henkel Group , a chemical company that manufactures detergents and cleaning agents, cosmetics and personal care products, as well as adhesives, sealants and products for surface technology, and continues to produce them in the Reisholz district to this day. In the field of cosmetics and hygiene products, L'Oréal Deutschland GmbH, Marbert AG and Hakle-Kimberly Deutschland GmbH ( Kimberly-Clark Corporation) are active in Düsseldorf . In the medical technology and pharmaceuticals sector, Gerresheimer AG is based, an MDAX-listed company that operates worldwide for high-performance glasses and biocompatible plastic products.

The metal processing industry has a long tradition. The best-known company in this area was Mannesmann , which after its break-up in parts continued to produce in Düsseldorf, including Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes (steel tubes). Also known is the Rheinmetall group, the largest German arms manufacturer based in Düsseldorf-Derendorf. Other metal processing companies are Schmolz + Bickenbach (stainless steel long products) and Hille & Müller GmbH. GEA Group AG, an international company in the field of special machine construction, has had its headquarters in Düsseldorf since 2011 .

In the field of vehicle technology, traffic and transport, the largest operation is the Mercedes-Benz plant in Derendorf, where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and VW Crafter are produced and assembled, and CKD vehicles are manufactured for the US Mercedes Freightliner brand . Demag Cranes produces port, terminal and railway cranes as well as automatically controlled transport vehicles in Benrath and develops the associated management and navigation software. Adjacent, the Komatsu Mining Germany GmbH Großhydraulik- and mine hydraulic excavators ago. Demag Cranes and Komatsu Mining Germany share a common origin from Carlshütte AG. Vossloh Kiepe GmbH also produces control and drive technology for trams and trolleybuses as well as hybrid drives and special vehicles. The Walther Flender Group produces drive and conveyor technology. From the past, Schiess AG and DUEWAG are worth mentioning.

The paper industry is represented in the city by the companies Julius Schulte Söhne GmbH & Co. and the Stora-Enso group (formerly Feldmühle ), which operated a production site in Reisholz until 2008 and now has its German headquarters in Düsseldorf. Guschky & Tönnesmann GmbH & Co. KG manufacture equipment for the paper and packaging industry.

Zamek Nahrungsmittel GmbH & Co. KG , Teekanne GmbH , Düsseldorfer Löwensenf GmbH as well as BASF Personal Care and Nutrition and Fortin Mühlenwerke are known from the food sector . The traditional Düsseldorf Altbier is no longer brewed in large breweries, except in house breweries. Instead, the large brewery locations in Derendorf and Heerdt are now conversion areas . Furthermore, with Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer , Germany's largest compound feed manufacturer is based in Düsseldorf.

Other well-known companies are SMS Siemag , which manufactures metallurgical and rolling mill technology, TELBA AG in the telecommunications and safety technology sector , behr Labor-Technik GmbH, AuK Müller GmbH & Co. KG, a company for solenoid valves, MHG Strahlanlagen GmbH as well as Carborundum-Dilumit Schleiftechnik GmbH (formerly Carbo Group) , which manufactures grinding wheels.

Trade and service industries

With the Metro Group and its subsidiary Metro Cash & Carry , one of the largest retail groups in the world is based in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. The headquarters of clothing stores such as Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf (P&C) and C&A are also located in the city. As the location of the fashion trade and through the igedo and CPD trade fairs , the city was able to acquire the reputation of a fashion city.

With around 1,500 companies and 24,000 employees, one focus of the urban economic structure is the information and communication technology sectors , in particular the mobile communications sector . More than half of German mobile phone and SIM card sales are controlled from Düsseldorf. The Vodafone GmbH in place of Mannesmann Mobilfunk is located just in the city such as E-Plus . Vodafone has also set up its German and European headquarters on the Vodafone campus in Düsseldorf-Heerdt on the left bank of the Rhine. In 2008 the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei relocated its European headquarters from London to Düsseldorf. Here the company is building its European headquarters and a research and development center for the needs of its European customers. The Chinese telecommunications supplier ZTE Deutschland GmbH had already established its headquarters in Düsseldorf in 2005 . The Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson did this for its German business as early as 1955.

Also have the Uniper SE and several of its subsidiaries headquartered in Dusseldorf. Other energy suppliers in the city are Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and Naturstrom AG .

Mister Minit , one of the largest franchise companies in Germany, has had its service center in the north of Düsseldorf since 2011.


WDR (front), Neuer Zollhof ( Gehry buildings) and part of the media harbor

The studios of the public television broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk ( WDR-Studio Düsseldorf ) and Second German Television ( ZDF-Landesstudio Düsseldorf) are located in Düsseldorf. The programs of NRW.TV and QVC also come from Düsseldorf . Formerly based in Düsseldorf from 1998 to 2006 NBC GIGA , from 1995 to its termination in 1998 Nickelodeon and from 1996 to its termination in 1998 Der Wetterkanal . In addition, a German program window was produced from the state capital on the news channel CNN by the end of 2003 .

DFA , based in Düsseldorf, has produced or produced for NBC GIGA, Der Wetterkanal, CNN D and NRW.TV, among others.

Center.tv, based in Düsseldorf, has been producing local news and events for the greater Düsseldorf / Neuss area since 2006 . In addition, there are various independent film production companies in Düsseldorf, such as Public Vision TV OHG and Busse & Halberschmidt.

The news agency ISQ.networks Press Agency with 24,000 employees worldwide also has its global headquarters in GAP 15 on Graf-Adolf-Platz . Although the company has more than 100 studios worldwide, there is no studio in Düsseldorf itself.

The nationwide TV learning channel nrwision bundles TV programs about Düsseldorf or from TV producers from Düsseldorf in its media library.

The city is also the seat of the Association of Operating Companies in North Rhine-Westphalia e. V. (BGNRW) , which represents the interests of 43 operating companies of the North Rhine-Westphalian local radio. The association is a member of the Private Broadcasting Working Group (APR) based in Munich. The private radio station, Antenne Düsseldorf, is based in Düsseldorf with a supporting program from Radio NRW . Hochschulradio düsseldorf makes radio for the Düsseldorf universities , a campus radio with its own 24-hour frequency.

As newspapers appearing in Dusseldorf West German newspaper , the Rheinische Post , a local edition of the Express , as well as in food appearing / New Neue Rhein Ruhr Zeitung . The regional pages in Die Welt Kompakt were last published on August 28, 2015. Important national publications include the Handelsblatt , Wirtschaftswoche and the now discontinued Junge Karriere . The Düsseldorf official gazette and the advertising papersDüsseldorfer Anzeiger ” and “ Rheinbote ” are also published weekly . In addition, the city is the seat of the nationwide content marketing magazine Wirtschaftsblatt .

Düsseldorf is also the advertising location with the highest turnover in Germany. In addition to the giants BBDO , Gray , Ogilvy & Mather , Havas and Publicis , a large number of small agencies have their headquarters or a German branch in Düsseldorf.

Information technology (IT) and data traffic

Düsseldorf is one of the leading IT locations in Germany. The city's IT infrastructure has international and regional Internet nodes . The LTE mobile network has been available in Düsseldorf since October 2011 . On January 9, 2012, the trial operation of the digital radio of the authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS) started in Düsseldorf. The company Wall GmbH offers in 55 locations in Dusseldorf Fi and free radio offers over 200 hotspots. Unitymedia maintains over 20 WLAN hotspots.

retail trade

Düsseldorf has developed into a versatile location for shopping centers and shops of all types and sizes. The total sales area in the city area is stated by the city administration as 834,215 m² and is therefore higher than in Munich and lower than in Frankfurt am Main in relation to the ratio of sales area to residents . The city plays a pioneering role in the area of ​​fashion in particular - thanks not least to the fashion fairs and the resident trading companies P&C and C&A - and it is Germany's leader in textile retailing. Düsseldorf is also a leader in the luxury clothing segment. The Kings is according to Jones Lang LaSalle to be most visited off Germany's luxury mile. In 2012, Jones Lang LaSalle found in an investigation that the Kö was able to extend its lead again. With 5,935 (2011: 5,800) pedestrians per hour, it is well ahead of Stiftstrasse in Stuttgart (2,310 pedestrians) and Goethestrasse in Frankfurt am Main (1,520 pedestrians). The Düsseldorfer Schadowstrasse is the shopping mile with the highest turnover in Europe. However, with the construction of a new underground line, the Wehrhahn Line, there has been a decline in visitor numbers, as the street is blocked in sections and access to the shops is restricted as a result. Nevertheless, Schadowstrasse retains its characteristic as the shopping street with the highest turnover in Europe.

Shopping centers

Futuristic shopping center - the Sevens Center in 2005, reopened at the end of 2011 after renovation.

In addition to the classic shopping streets such as the well-known , Schadowstrasse and Flinger Strasse , Düsseldorf has several shopping centers, some of which are adjacent to the shopping streets. Flinger Strasse, which is in the low to medium price category, has made it into the top 10 of the most popular shopping streets in Germany for the first time with 10,150 passers-by per hour.

On Königsallee these are primarily the Kö-Center on the northern avenue, the Kö-Galerie near the intersection with Steinstrasse with access to and through the Stadtsparkasse on Berliner Allee and the Sevens Center between the intersection with Steinstrasse and the Kö-Galerie.

The Schadow-Arkaden in the block Schadow-, Blumenstraße and Martin-Luther-Platz are close to the Königsallee .

Shopping centers can also be found in less lively parts of the city center, in particular the Stilwerk on Grünstraße and the Düsseldorf Arcaden at Bilker Bahnhof , which are also home to the district center, a public swimming pool and a branch of the Düsseldorf city ​​libraries.

Outside the city center there are other shopping centers such as the mall Westfalenstraße on the same street in Rath , in early 2010, newly opened B8 Center in Flingern and for conceived as well as other visitors for both travelers Airport Arcades in Dusseldorf Airport .

Public facilities

Institutions and corporations under public law :

Düsseldorf developed into an important administrative center, especially during the Prussian era in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The establishment of the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court promoted this development in particular. In addition to the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf hosts numerous other courts, the Office - and the District Court of Dusseldorf , the Social Court Dusseldorf , the Finance Court Dusseldorf , the Administrative Court of Dusseldorf , the Labor Court Dusseldorf and the Regional Labor Court of North Rhine-Westphalia . Decisions of nationwide importance were made by the Düsseldorf courts. In the area of patent litigation, the civil courts in Düsseldorf have meanwhile achieved international importance.

The Deutsche Rentenversicherung Rheinland (formerly LVA Rheinprovinz) has been based in Düsseldorf since it was founded in the 19th century. There is also a regional location for social insurance for agriculture, forestry and horticulture (SVLFG).

As a direct result of the administrative settlement by Prussia , the regional council for the Lower Rhine and the Bergisches Land was relocated to Düsseldorf during the reorganization of Prussia in the 19th century. The district government of Düsseldorf still has its seat here today . Until a few years ago , the regional tax office for the Rhineland had been based in Düsseldorf since the Prussian rule over the Rhineland.

The Düsseldorf Chamber of Skilled Crafts comprises the Düsseldorf administrative district as a chamber district and is also based there. The Düsseldorf-Mettmann district forms the district of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Düsseldorf) and the Mettmann district , which formerly formed the Düsseldorf-Mettmann district . The North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Architects , the largest institution of its kind in Germany, looks after the state's architects and town planners from the state capital. The Düsseldorf Bar Association represents the interests of 11,403 lawyers in the district of the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. It is thus the sixth largest of 28 bar associations in Germany.

The Prussian Provincial Parliament for the Rhineland also took its seat in Düsseldorf, in the Ständehaus , as did the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland .

By decision of the military government of the British occupation zone , Düsseldorf was designated the seat of government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1946 . Since then, the city has had the official, but not legally standardized, name of the state capital . The state parliament , the state chancellery , all state ministries and the state audit office are located in Düsseldorf; Over the past few decades, a government district has developed in the area of ​​the Rheinkniebrücke on the right bank of the Rhine . The directional decisions made there are considered indicators of developments in Germany. The formation of governments in North Rhine-Westphalia and government crises have signal effects for federal politics .

Other central facilities

In the Bonn republic, Düsseldorf was the city ​​of associations. The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) was based in Düsseldorf for a long time. Today the most important associations with their headquarters in Düsseldorf are:

Numerous smaller associations are also based in Düsseldorf, for example the German Association for Welding and Allied Processes (DVS), the Düsseldorf Architects and Engineers Association , the State Music Council of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Association of Turkish Entrepreneurs and Industrialists in Europe .

Education and Research

As a long-term residence city in the Bergisch region and later the administrative seat in the Rhine Province of Prussia, Düsseldorf has always fulfilled not only representative obligations but also central functions.

The first Latin school was mentioned in the 14th century. In 1545 the oldest grammar school , the tradition of which continues to this day, was founded. Düsseldorf has been an important academy location for the training of artists since the 18th century .

The Franciscans offered in Dusseldorf from 1673 theological courses. From 1728, courses in philosophy and theology were offered in Düsseldorf, which could be counted as components of a degree, a legal academy received the electoral confirmation of the training of senior civil servants in 1755, and in 1747 the Collegio anatomico-chirurgicum was established for the training of military and surgeons. From 1779 higher civil servants of the state administration had to study law in Düsseldorf for at least two years.

Due to its proximity to the Ruhr area, Düsseldorf became the seat of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Iron Research in 1917, today's Max Planck Institute for Iron Research .

A medical academy was added at the beginning of the 20th century. Nevertheless, Düsseldorf only became a university city in 1965.

In 1964, the city joined the “Institute for obtaining the university entrance qualification for craftsmen, skilled workers and other professionals with completed training e. V. ”and has been the sponsor of the Wilhelm-Heinrich-Riehl-Kolleg since then .

The following scientific and academic institutions are located in Düsseldorf:

In the field of foundations that promote education and research, the Düsseldorf-based Gerda Henkel Foundation enjoys a special reputation.

Primary schools and general education schools

In Düsseldorf there are 110 primary schools , 14 secondary schools , 13 secondary schools and 21 grammar schools . There are also 8 comprehensive and Waldorf schools as well as 6 foreign schools and the Wilhelm-Heinrich-Riehl-Kolleg as an institution for adult education.

The city of Düsseldorf has placed one focus on the quality of the school buildings. In 2000, for example, a real estate company was commissioned to record the defects in all school buildings and draw up a plan for their removal. Instead of the previous annual investment of <5 million euros, a requirement of 35 million euros per year was diagnosed. As a result, a “master plan school” was decided, with which a total of 600 million euros are to be invested in the years 2002-2020.

The long-term, broad-based musical support through the SingPause initiated by the Municipal Music Association at more than half of Düsseldorf's primary schools is unique in Germany .

Day care centers and childcare places for children under three years of age

By resolution of the city council, the Düsseldorf day-care centers are free of charge for all children from the age of three, while in North Rhine-Westphalia only the last year of kindergarten is normally free of charge.

In terms of the rate of childcare places for children under three years of age, Düsseldorf is at the top of the major cities in North Rhine-Westphalia with 38.4% at the beginning of 2013. This means that the childcare quota in Düsseldorf was already before the legal right to a childcare place anchored in the Child Promotion Act came into force August 1, 2013 above the state government's target of 32%. Nevertheless, the city is aiming for a care rate of 50% in the near future and 60% in the medium term.

Assessment of economic strength, sustainability and quality of life through rankings

In numerous Germany-wide and international city comparisons and rankings, Düsseldorf has mostly taken first place. Different indicators for the economic strength, the quality of the infrastructure and the quality of life were used. The international city comparisons in particular show that the state capital is included in the transnational network of global cities .

The good result in many rankings is based on the city's debt-free status with a high level of wealth, the international airport, the central location, the rich educational infrastructure and cultural life, the high average per capita income and the increasing population. Individual rankings also take into account factors such as the density of internationally active companies or the abundance of green spaces and local recreation areas.

The most important rankings are:

  • the research results of the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC), which list Düsseldorf as a World City in the Beta World Cities + category . Worldwide , 15 other cities, including the German cities of Hamburg and Berlin , and 47 cities, including Frankfurt am Main and Munich, are ranked higher on the basis of economic, cultural and social criteria that are indicative of the global significance of a city . In 2008 Düsseldorf was still in the Beta World Cities category . At the turn of the millennium, Düsseldorf was still represented in the next lower category, Gamma World Cities + .
  • the international ranking of the quality of life of the management consultancy Mercer , in which Düsseldorf ranks 6th out of 223 large cities worldwide. Of the German cities, only Munich achieved a better ranking in 4th place.
  • the ranking of INSM and Wirtschaftswoche , which assessed both the current economic strength and the dynamism, i.e. the development of the 50 largest cities, and in which Düsseldorf was the second city in North Rhine-Westphalia to move into the top ten after Münster and reached fourth place
  • the city ranking of the Hamburg World Economic Institute on behalf of the Berenberg Bank , in which the future viability of the 30 largest cities in Germany was examined. Düsseldorf achieved third place in 2010 and was thus able to improve significantly compared to 11th place in 2008. Based on the year 2008, the institute determined that the gross domestic product per employed person is not higher in any other German city.
  • the city ranking of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , carried out by the management consultancy Roland Berger , in which Düsseldorf received 7th place
  • an analysis by the Prognos Institute for all 413 independent cities and districts in Germany on future investments and growth potential, in which Düsseldorf came 8th
  • the ranking of the business magazine Capital , which rates the cities with the best economic prospects for the next few years; Düsseldorf came in 10th place in 2009, compared to 3rd place in 2007
  • the creative ranking of the magazine Focus , which is based on patents, the number of university graduates and technology companies, also carried out by the management consultancy Roland Berger , in which Düsseldorf came 7th
  • the comparison of salaries for engineers and IT specialists, commissioned by the Süddeutsche Zeitung , in which Düsseldorf took first place



In addition to honorary citizenship, the city of Düsseldorf awards other honors and awards.

Since 1972, every three years, since 1981 every two years, the Heinrich Heine Prize has been awarded to “personalities who, through their intellectual work, promote social and political progress, international understanding, in the sense of the fundamental rights of the people for whom Heinrich Heine campaigned serve or spread the knowledge of the togetherness of all people ”. The prize's predecessor was the Immermann Prize .

The Helmut Käutner Prize is a biennial award that is presented to personalities who "have emphatically supported and influenced the development of German film culture through their work, promoted their understanding and contributed to its recognition".

The State Capital Düsseldorf's Prize for Literature has been awarded annually since 1972 by the State Capital Council to artists and groups, in particular in the areas of poetry, writing, criticism and translation. The sponsorship prize is awarded for a single artistic achievement as well as for the previous overall achievement of a young artist whose further development deserves funding.

The Art Prize of the State Capital Düsseldorf is an annual award given to a visual artist whose work is "trend-setting for the development of contemporary art".

Other awards include the “Great Ring of Honor”, ​​the “Jan Wellem Ring” and the “Merit Plaque”.


Urban geography and economy

  • Harald Frater (Ed.) Among others: The Düsseldorf Atlas . Emons, Cologne 2004, ISBN 3-89705-355-1 .
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm Henning : Düsseldorf and its economy, for the history of a region . Droste, Düsseldorf 1981, In two volumes, ISBN 3-7700-0595-3 .
  • State capital Düsseldorf: Statistical yearbook 2007, 105th year . Office for Statistics and Elections, Düsseldorf 2008, without ISBN.


  • Michael Brockerhoff: The City of Rings: Düsseldorf's history re-excavated. Greven Verlag, Cologne 2016, ISBN 978-3-7743-0668-4 .
  • Michael Brockerhoff: Düsseldorf as it was. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 2018, ISBN 978-3-7700-2095-9 .
  • Fritz Dross: A brief history of the city of Düsseldorf. Verlag Friedrich Pustet, Regensburg 2007.
  • Commemorative publication for the 600th anniversary. Düsseldorf History Association. Printed by and published by C. Kraus, Düsseldorf 1888, ( archive.org ).
  • Film treasures Düsseldorf video documentation 1920s - 80s, Verlag Rheinische Post 2009.
  • Erich Keyser (Ed.): Rheinisches Städtebuch. Volume 3.3. Volume from: Deutsches Städtebuch. Urban History Handbook. On behalf of the working group of historical commissions and with the support of the German Association of Cities, the Association of German Cities and the Association of German Municipalities. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1956.
  • Maik Kopleck (Ed.), Alexander Scherer: PastFinder Düsseldorf. PastFinder-Verlag, Hong Kong 2008, ISBN 978-988-99780-5-1 .
  • Friedrich Lau: History of the city of Düsseldorf . Bagel, Düsseldorf 1921 in two volumes, reprint from the city archive from 1980.
  • Marcel Lesaar: Air raid on Düsseldorf and Neuss . Books on Demand, Norderstedt, ISBN 978-3-7460-9779-4 .
  • Hugo Weidenhaupt (ed.): Small history of the city of Düsseldorf . Triltsch-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1979, 1983, ISBN 3-7998-0000-X .
  • Hugo Weidenhaupt (ed.): Düsseldorf history from the origins to the 20th century. Volume 1 From the first settlement to the early modern city (until 1614). Schwann 1988, ISBN 3-491-34221-X .
  • Hugo Weidenhaupt (ed.): Düsseldorf history from the origins to the 20th century. Volume 2 From the royal seat to the official city (1614–1900). Schwann 1988, ISBN 3-491-34222-8 .
  • Hugo Weidenhaupt (ed.): Düsseldorf history from the origins to the 20th century. Volume 3 The industrial and administrative city (20th century). Schwann 1989, ISBN 3-491-34223-6 .
  • Hugo Weidenhaupt (ed.): Düsseldorf history from the origins to the 20th century. Volume 4 Timetable and Register. Schwann 1990, ISBN 3-491-34224-4 .

Architecture and art


  • Udo Acht et al: Düsseldorf on foot. 19 city tours through history and the present . Klartext, Essen 2009, ISBN 978-3-89861-564-8 .
  • Oswald Gerhard, Wilhelm Kleeblatt: Düsseldorf legends from town and country . Verlag der Goethe-Buchhandlung Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf 1982.
  • Christine Krieb: CityTrip Düsseldorf. 3rd, revised and updated edition. Reise Know-How, Bielefeld 2016, ISBN 978-3-8317-2734-6 . (With free web app and folding plans 1: 8,000 and 1: 25,000)
  • Annette Krus-Bonazza: Düsseldorf. Michael Müller, Erlangen 2015, ISBN 978-3-95654-039-4 . (City guide with color photos and removable map 1: 15,000)
  • State capital Düsseldorf (Ed.): 125 years of the Düsseldorf professional fire service. Düsseldorf 1997.
  • Heinz Stolz: Düsseldorf - a house and reading book . Schwann, Düsseldorf 1959.
  • Rudi vom Endt: Düsseldorf - The way it was… . Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1962, ISBN 3-7700-0075-7 , p. 20.

See also

Web links

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  1. results from adding 68.2 km according to the 2016 annual report of Rheinbahn and 2 km for the length of the extension of line 701

Individual evidence

The following are cited in abbreviated form:

Abbreviation Full title
Becker-Huberti Manfred Becker-Huberti (Ed.): Düsseldorfer Kirchen - The Catholic Churches in the Deanery of Düsseldorf , JP Bachem-Verlag, Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-7616-2219-3 .
Dross Fritz Dross: Small Düsseldorf City History , Verlag Friedrich Pustet, Regensburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-7917-2051-7 .
Purpar Rolf Purpar: Art City Düsseldorf - Objects and monuments in the cityscape. GrupelloVerlag, Düsseldorf 2009, ISBN 978-3-89978-044-4 .
Wentz Paul Ernst Wentz: Architecture Guide Düsseldorf. A guide to 95 selected buildings , Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 1975, ISBN 3-7700-0408-6 .
Willow head Hugo Weidenhaupt: Small history of the city of Düsseldorf , Triltsch-Verlag, Düsseldorf 1979, ISBN 3-7998-0000-X .
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