Düsseldorf (map) is the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. This city at the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region covers 217 sq km (84 sq mi) and has a population of 589,000 (2011 estimate) within a metropolitan area with some 7.3 million inhabitants.
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More on DüsseldorfDüsseldorf is a business and financial center for the Ruhr region. It is also renowned as an exhibition and trade fair venue. Messe Düsseldorf holds some 20% of all the major trade shows in the world.
View of Rheinturm in Düsseldorf at night
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Düsseldorf is located at the center of the Lower Rhine basin, through which the Düssel River flows into the Rhine. The land here comprises alluvium, mud, sand, clay and gravel. The highest point in the city is the 165-meter (541-ft) Sandberg.
Neuer Zollhof, Düsseldorf
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The warmest months in Düsseldorf are July and August, with average high temperatures of 22°C (72°F). Coldest months are January and February, with average lows of 0°C (32°F). June is the wettest month with 96.5 mm (3.799 in) of precipitation.
Düsseldorf traces its roots to Germanic settlements on the eastern banks of the Rhine River, at the confluence with the Düssel River. It was first mentioned in AD 1135, where it was called Dusseldorp. The town was ruled by the Dukes of Berg from 1186. A power struggle pitted the Count of Berg against the Archbishop of Cologne in the Battle of Worringen in 1288. The defeat of Cologne paved the way for Düsseldorf to be given city status, but it soured relationship with Cologne, and long-standing rivalry between the two cities have remained since.
Düsseldorf went through a patch of hard times following the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon made Berg a Grand Duch with Düsseldorf serving as its capital. After Napoleon was defeated, the entire Rhineland including Berg became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815.
The Industrial Revolution gave a new lease of life to Düsseldorf, which doubled its population between 1882 and 1892. The city was heavily bombarded by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as it targeted German oil facilities, much of which are located in the Düsseldorf area.
Following the war, Düsseldorf was made the capital of the newly created federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. During the period of reconstruction, it transformed into a developed city centered on trade, administration and service industries.
Visiting Düsseldorf, GermanyDüsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is presently the third largest airport in Germany, receiving flights from 175 destinations worldwide. Arriving at the airport, you can take the subway trains S7 and S11 to reach the Düsseldorf Railway Station in the city center. The fare for the 12-minute journey is €2.20. The same journey by taxi will set you back €22.00.
Other airports in the vicinity include the Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN) and Weeze Airport (NRN). Arriving at Weeze Airport, 80 km from downtown Düsseldorf, you can catch a bus that takes you to the Düsseldorf Railway Station. It takes an hour and the fare is €13.00.
Düsseldorf Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
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Places of Interest in Düsseldorf
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