Volume 37, Issue 9, September 2002
Planner Prepared by USGlass
A Guide to Düsseldorf
by Kristine Tunney
Welcome to Düsseldorf!
Thousands of exhibitors and even more visitors will be heading to Düsseldorf, Germany, October 28 – November 1, 2002, for the latest and greatest in glass products, machinery, technology and more. Whether you’re a glass manufacturer or fabricator you’re sure to find something at glasstec ’02 to fit your niche.
If this year’s event marks your first glasstec experience, as well as your first trip to Germany, don’t despair. Through the next seven pages you’ll find a wealth of information about Düsseldorf that will help make your trip a bit easier.
Whatever your world-traveler tastes seek, Düsseldorf has it all. Whether you’re drawn to delicious restaurants, lavish shopping venues or historical sites and landmarks, we’ve compiled a few selections that you may not want to miss.
To better understand all of the different sights and attractions Düsseldorf has to offer, here’s a short synopsis of the difficult history that transformed an insignificant farming settlement into the charming, cosmopolitan city that it is today.
The Evolution of “Düsseldorp”
The first written reference of what is now Düsseldorf dates back to 1135, alluding to a small farming and fishing settlement called “Düsseldorp,” located in the area where the small river Düssel flows into the Rhine. In 1288, after a bloody power struggle that culminated in the battle of Worringen, Count Adolf V von Berg elevated the small town of Düsseldorf to city status.
A market square, protected by city walls on each side, promptly sprung up on the banks of the Rhine, quickly leading the area to be named regional capital of the Duchy of Berg. The city then began to grow at a rapid pace, accelerated further during the construction of a magnificent castle and town hall by Duke Wilhelm in the 16th century.
Under the leadership of Johann Wilhelm II, the growth of Düsseldorf’s trade and infrastructure continued to flourish until the leader’s death. After his reign, the nobility decided to move its courts to Munich, causing the city to lose much of the building momentum to which it had become
After the Seven-Year War and Napoleonic wars, Düsseldorf soon began rebuilding itself, due in part to the vision of architect Maximilian Weyhe. Weyhe designed the Hofgarten, a beautiful landscaped English garden and the magnificent boulevard that would eventually become the city’s premier shopping district, the Königsallee. With the addition of the Kunstakademie and the Düsseldorf School, renowned for its artistic reputation, the 19th century brought a period a tremendous growth and evolution to the city.
By 1882, the city had a population of more than 100,000 residents, which doubled within the next decade. The Gründerjahre (founder years) brought new excitement to the city as it developed in an industrial metropolis, following the Industrial Revolution. The city was destroyed again during the continual air attacks that took place during World War II. The seven-week-long bombardment in 1945 destroyed more than half of the industrial and residential areas, claiming many civilian casualties in the process.
Following the war, the British occupied the Rhineland and Westphalia, quickly naming Düsseldorf the capital of the county of Nordrhein-Westfalia and rebuilding the damaged area at a rapid pace. The new buildings and new companies that came to inhabit them quickly turned what had been a war-torn wreck into a metropolis of trade, administration and service industries.
Düsseldorf is now the wealthiest city in Germany, boasting an economic-center full of banks, industrial offices and the country’s first skyscrapers. Connected by five bridges, the city has expanded since its inception, to cover areas on both sides of the Rhine, the older, original part on the left and the modern, commercial areas on the right. After a tumultuous history, it is the continual persistence of the city’s inhabitants that have repeatedly turned Düsseldorf into one of the most beautiful metropolises in the Rhine Valley.
While in Düsseldorf, take some time to visit some of the city’s historic sites.
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The Sights and Sounds of Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf has grown to be one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.
With all there is to do and see and eat and buy in Düsseldorf, how do you know where to start? Whether you’re planning on sampling the traditional German fare and hitting up the world-famous Düsseldorf bar scene, spending your free time learning about this fascinating city’s history at a few of the historical landmarks or shopping until you drop at some of Germany’s chicest boutiques, we’ve done the hard work for you and have pulled together some of the best the city has to offer.
Düsseldorf is the perfect city for anyone who loves to shop. Known as Germany’s center for style and fashion, the development of the Königsallee, or Kö, as the locals call it, has transformed Düsseldorf into one of Europe’s major fashion centers. Now the city’s number-one shopping street, you’ll find the trendiest and most stylish fashions are sold in Königsallee’s boutiques and shops.
The two largest concentrations of shops are located at the Kö Center, Königsallee 30, and the Kö Galerie, Königsallee 60. Both areas are a shopper’s paradise, boasting more than 100 shops. Just off Schadowplatz, at the recently opened Schadow Arcade, offers shopping options to those looking for something a little less trendy and a lot less expensive. But don’t rule out spending quite a bit of money in this area either, as shoppers spend more money in the shops on Schadowstrasse annually than they spend on any street in the country.
With all there is to do and see in Düsseldorf, there’s no reason to hide away in your hotel. Whether you choose to view the city from the top of a tower or from a bench in a garden, the following are a few recommendations.
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – The museum’s architectural beauty on the exterior pales in comparison to the outstanding collection of modern art found within its walls. The museum boasts a fantastic collection of works by major German, French and American artists, including Paul Klee and Julius Bissier.
St. Lambertus Church - One of the city’s most popular attractions, St. Lambertus Church was built in the 14th century, immediately after Düsseldorf officially was granted its cityship. Although it looks much the same as it did when it was built, it was struck by lightning in 1815, necessitating renovation on the roof. The tension on the wood following the re-roofing was so great that the beam construction was twisted in the process, leading the church to its look today.
Hofgarten – If you need a break from the break-neck pace of city life, Hofgarten will have you relaxed in no time. Whether jogging amongst the many fountains, gardens and statues or sitting under a shady tree, you may almost forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city.
Altstadt – Often considered “the longest bar in the world,” Düsseldorf’s Altstadt (the Old Town), is home to more than 200 bars, restaurants and cafés. During the day the area is a fashionable shopping area, but at night the Altstadt’s main attraction becomes the wide variety of bars and nightlife open until the early morning.
The Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) – Experience one of the best views of the city by going to the top of Düsseldorf’s highest building. The Rheinturm also houses a revolving restaurant and the largest decimal clock in the world.
Parish Church of St. Maximilian – Originally a Franciscan monastery, this church is decorated much the same as it originally was, complete with alter paintings and choir stalls from the 17th century and a lectern that dates back to 1449.
Düsseldorf offers many choices in dining, site-seeing and shopping.
Victorian Restaurant- Regulars know what a treasure they have in this restaurant. Considered by many to be the finest restaurant in the city center, market-fresh ingredients and a steady hand in the kitchen produce award-winning traditional and modern food.
Address: Königstrasse 3A, tel. 0211/8-65-50-22.
Im Schiffchen – Known for its ever-changing menu due to availability of the freshest ingredients, “the chefs at Im Schiffchen deliver a refined, brilliantly realized repertoire of the finest cuisine you’ll find in any city along the Rhine.” From lobster cooked in chamomile tea or pike-perch cooked aromatically in puff pastry, to the abundance of luscious desserts offered daily, your dinner at Im Schiffchen is one meal you won’t forget.
Address: Kaiserswerther Markt 6, tel. 0211/40-10-50.
Rheinturm – Top 180 Restaurant – Although the food here is said to be divine, it’s the view that attracts most of the diners to this futuristic restaurant. Set atop the spool-shaped summit of the city’s tallest tower, the Rheinturm offers a 360 degree panoramic view of Düsseldorf’s skyline. The menu features game dishes, grills, fish, soups and vegetarian dishes.
Address: Stromstrasse 20 tel. 0211/84-85-80.
Zum Csikos – Translated as “the Hungarian cowboy,” Zum Csikos offers a refreshing change of pace to the typical German fare. Set on three levels of a narrow town house built originally in 1697, the restaurant offers delicious, home-style Hungarian food in hefty portions. The highlights of Zum Csikos include the beef goulash, chopped liver and a dining room that stays open until 2 a.m.
Address: Andreastrasse 9, tel. 0211/32-97-71.
Zum Schlüssel – Located on the original site of the famous Gatzweilers Alt brewery, Zum Schlüssel offers traditional German fare in the setting of a classic German gasthaus. With the feel of a country inn, the hefty portions will make you feel right at home. Wash down whichever entrée you choose with a glass of the house beer, Gatzweilers Alt.
Address: Bölkerstrasse 43-47, tel. 0211/32-61-55.
Zum Schiffchen – Located in the heart of the Altstadt, ZumSchiffchen is Düsseldorf’s oldest restaurant. Previous host to a range of famous personalities ranging from Napoleon and Heinrich Heine to Arthur Miller, the rustic tavern interior provides the perfect setting to enjoy traditional regional cuisine. Sample Düsseldorf’s local beer while relaxing in the restaurant’s casual, yet hectic, surroundings. Find the golden model ship on top of the 17th-century step-gabled building and you’ll know you’re at Zum Schiffchen!
Address: Hafenstrasse 5, tel. 0211/13-24-21.
Restaurant Savini – If you’re ready to venture outside the city’s center, don’t miss Restaurant Savini, offering one of the best Italian wine cellars in all of Germany. Said to be the finest Italian cuisine in Düsseldorf, the Italian dishes utilize only the freshest produce and ingredients. Menu highlights include carpaccio of beef with warm king prawns, sea bass with risotto of mushrooms and black spaghetti with scallops.
Address: Stromstrasse 47, tel. 0211/39-39-31.
*Source: Frommer’s Germany 2002
Getting Around at Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is a big, sprawling city, so you'll probably want to rely on public transportation. The city and environs are served by a network of S-Bahn railways that fan out to the suburbs, along with buses and trams (Strassenbahn) and a U-Bahn system. Ask at the tourist office (call 0211/17-20-20) about purchasing a Tagesnetzkarte, a whole day visitor's ticket, for approximately 6 Euro ($5.88 USD).
Taxi meters begin at around 2.50 Euro ($2.44 USD), after which you'll be billed between 1.17 Euro ($1.14 USD) and 1.27 Euro ($1.24 USD) per kilometer, depending on the time of day. To call for a taxi in Düsseldorf, call 0211/3-33-33.
The messe (fairgrounds) in Düsseldorf will be the site of glasstec 2002.
Getting To the Fairgrounds (at no charge):
•Show organizers recommend public transportation to get to the fairgrounds. From downtown, tram No. U78 goes to the north entrance; tram No. U79 goes to the east entrance; and bus No. 722 goes to the east and south entrances. If you’re coming from the airport, bus No. 896 connects to all fairground entrances. Visitor, exhibitor and press passes to glasstec 2002 allow you free access to all public transportation during the days of the show. The passes can be used as a public transportation ticket on all buses, streetcars, underground trams (U-Bahn), urban railways (S-Bahn) and German rail service within the Rhine-Ruhr regional network (VRR). The region extends north to south from Dorsten to Langenfeld and east to west from Dortmund to Monchengladbach;
•Taxi fares are made up of a basic flat rate plus a charge per kilometer, and generally fares are higher than those of the United States. For tips, round up to the next full Euro (maximum 10 percent);
•If you prefer, rental cars are available from Autohansa, Avia, Europa Service Hertz, Sixt-Budget, as well as others. Offices can be found in the Düsseldorf airport, the main train station and several downtown locations. You will see on the main streets Messe Düsseldorf signs that show the way to the fairgrounds.
Glasstec 2002 will be held in halls nine through 17.
At the Show
•Entrance passes can be purchased either in advance or at the show; at a German show, visitors do not usually wear badges;
•The KATI computerized catalog display systems, which can be found in each hall, allow visitors to find the exact location of every exhibitor and product category;
•Exhibit halls are linked to protected walkways, moving sidewalks and shuttle buses;
•In the middle of the service center you will find a shopping arcade, post office, banks, travel service, and train reservation desk, as well as other services.
•Show programs must be purchased separately. Cost is $29.
Germany in General
Shops are open generally from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays;
Banks are generally open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and on Thursdays until 5:30 p.m. The Euro, the single currency for 12 European countries, comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 bills. Euro 1 and 2 and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents coins are
In restaurants, water does not come with the meal, but can be ordered by the bottle. As far as tipping goes, a service charge is included in the bill, and a small tip should be handed to the server directly. Also, asking for quick service in a non-fast food restaurant is considered rude.
More than 50, 000 attendees are expected to take part in glasstec ’02, which will take place at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf.
at glasstec 2002
After all the sights you’ll be seeing around the city, don’t forget one of the city’s other important attractions—the USGlass magazine glasstec booth! Several members of the USGlass team will be on hand at glasstec 2002. Stop by and visit us in hall 12 at booth #12 B2 9, and pick up free copies of USGlass magazine, as well as our sister publications, Door & Window Maker, AGRR, Window Film and SHELTER. We’ll also have information on our Glass Expos USA™ conferences and expos.
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