THE HISTORY OF THE CITY
Düsseldorf is more than 700 years old and received the city rights in 1288. At that time, there was only one street, one church, the Lambertus church, and a few houses. Around the gothic hall church with its leaning tower, this small-town atmosphere is still well preserved today. At this point, Düsseldorf slowly started to develop, and when the city became the residence of the duchy of Berg 600 years ago, the development increased rapidly. The dukes built a castle at the mouth of the Düssel and the tower, which is located at the Burgplatz and now houses the maritime museum, is the only remnant of the castle that was destroyed by a fire in 1872.
Today, anyone who strolls through the old city with an attentive eye will still find many examples of exemplary preservation of historical monuments. In Düsseldorf, the historical heritage that was left over from war, destruction, and a lot of unscrupulous city planning is preserved. Those visiting Düsseldorf should take time to go on a discovery tour. For example, the 200-year-old Karlstadt has a lot to offer. The cityscape seems to be made in one piece, the streets are right-angled, and many facades are also classical. Even today, the city district between the old city and the government district is inhabited.
THE OLD CITY
The old city is one of the most convivial places in Düsseldorf. There, consumption does not predominate, but the communication. The atmosphere there has a calming and soothing effect – but not at all boring or soporific. Time is not a factor here, especially not in the evening when people go from one bar to another, listen to a jazz band, or dance to the current disco hits.