Düsseldorf is a cosmopolitan city with a playful vibe. A symbol for the city is the Düsseldorfer Radschläger (boy who does cartwheels) and his image can be seen throughout the city on souvenirs and statues. The works of architect greats like Ghery and Chipperfield also mark the cityscape.
Düsseldorf is known for its rich art scene which has produced many greats. It is home to composers Robert Schumann and Mendelssohn and the Düsseldorf Art Academy is responsible for well known graduates like Joseph Beuys, Jörg Immendorff, and Gerhard Richter.
A center for trade, Düsseldorf hosts shows throughout the year. Gallery Düsseldorf is the world’s biggest fashion trade fair that takes place every January. But buyers can shop year-round on Königsallee (King’s Avenue), known as Kö by locals. Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities
After some serious shopping, settle down with an Altbier, a German-style brown ale. It is top-fermenting like British pale ales and can be enjoyed in classic pubs like Fuechschen, Schumacher, Schluessel, or Uerige. The altstadt (old town) has been referred to as the “longest bar in the world” with the party truly never stopping during Carnival.
Stuttgart in southwest Germany is undeservedly underrated. But it is a car lovers’ dream, features modern architecture, and has some of the biggest beer festivals in Germany (outside of Oktoberfest).
Stuttgart is home to two of the greatest car brands in the world, Mercedes and Porsche. Production takes place nearby and there are world-class car museums for both companies.
The city itself has a great blend of architecture with a baroque center in Schlossplatz with the Neues Schloss (New Palace) from the early 1800s. Against the classic landscape, there are contemporary elements like staircases of metal and glass. This city had the world’s first TV tower, Fernsehturm Stuttgart (TV Tower) and that still dominates the skyline. Stuttgart even has a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the buildings of famed architect Le Corbusier. Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities Cities
One of its most exciting structures is open to the public. Stuttgart’s public library is a haven for readers and architect fans alike. Its luminescent, state-of-the-art design is instagram ready and it is a great service for its citizens with over 500,000 media units.