Extensively restored and rebuilt in the aftermath of World War II, Dusseldorf’s skyline comprises ultramodern and historic architectural styles. Here are a few of the top landmarks in Dusseldorf—and Germany—to look out for during your city tour.
This iconic TV and communications tower stands 787 feet (240 meters) high, dominating the Dusseldorf skyline as the city’s tallest building. Enjoy sweeping views from the observation deck, or dine in one of the lofty cafés, bars, or revolving restaurant.
City Hall (Dusseldorf Rathaus)
Dating back to the 16th century, Dusseldorf’s City Hall (Rathaus) is one of the North Rhine-Westphalia’s oldest buildings. Once a meeting place for the duchies of Julich-Berg, today City Hall—whose architecture represents three distinct periods—is the seat of the city council.
St. Lambertus Church
Thirteenth-century St. Lambertus Church was once the site of a Roman court chapel. Today it is one of four Roman Catholic churches in the Old Town (Altstadt) district of Dusseldorf. With a history inextricably linked to that of the city itself, St. Lambertus Church is a top Altstadt attraction.
The K20 Grabbeplatz
With a distinctive façade of black Bornholm granite, the K20 Grabbeplatz opened in 1986 and now houses part of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen regional museum’s art collection. It is considered by many to be among the finest 20th-century galleries in Europe, thanks in part to its major works by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, and other greats.
Media Harbor (MedienHafen)
Designed by futurist architect Frank Gehry, Media Harbor grew following the decay of Dusseldorf’s historic dockyards. Today the site is dominated by design, fashion, and media companies, while the city’s local radio station, Antenne Dusseldorf, also broadcasts from the area.
King’s Alley (Konigsallee)
Famous for its landscaped canal, luxury retail outlets, and contemporary fashion showrooms, Konigsallee ranks among Germany’s busiest and most stylish shopping districts.