Please make yourself comfortable, not only at the Kastens Hotel, but also in our beautiful city. For your support we provide you with several tips and links, which we think might be helpful or interesting. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. They will be happy to assist you at any time.
Düsseldorf, capital of North Rhine-Westfalia, is a city where big trade fairs take place, the home of international companies, the Heinrich-Heine-Universität, the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts and several other colleges.
Düsseldorf is also a first adress when it comes to fashion, advertising industry, shopping, eating out, art and culture, leisure and many more - the quality of living here is very high! The city is located close to the Rhine and is home oft he most important airport in North Rine-Westfalia. The city can easily be reached by car, train, or plane.
Come visit us and take a closer look at our beautiful and vibrant town. Whether it is for businnes or leisure time - you will feel at home!
Between 40 and 50 trade fairs and many regional, national and international events take place at the trade fair and exhibition centre each year, for example the "Boot", "Kunstoffmesse K", "Medica" and "Drupa".
Because of the huge economical importance of Düsseldorf Messe, some of the biggest trade fairs take place in Düsseldorf, spreading the name of the city itself all over the world. Düsseldorf welcomes many international guests and is proud to be a perfectly friendly host.
Where, if not here? You love to go shopping and strolling - in Düsseldorf you'll get anything you can possibly dream of. In the world famous Königsallee, an avenue lined with old trees, you'll find everything from classic fashion labels to latest avant-garde designers. Between the glittering displays of boutiques and stylish shopping malls you're sure to find a nice place for having a coffee or more.
Just one corner away, the traditional shops and departement stores of Schadowstraße add more choices to what's on offer. If you like it a bit more trendy, you'll like the alleys of the old town. The terraces of plenty bars and cafes, shadowy corners and the nearby Rhine invite you to take a welcome break from shopping. You might want to have a nice Alt beer, to gain new strength before you continue your walk. There are many breweries to give you the opportunity to do so!
Don`t miss trendy and vibrant quarters such as Flingern, Bilk, Oberbilk, Pempelfort and Derendorf with its young designers, crazy ideas and creative shops. The city changes with every day - it's alive!
"Alt" - the famous Düsseldorf dark beer. WOn your visit in Düsseldorf be sure to try an Alt beer, tenderly called "een leckeres Dröppke" in local dialect. This top-fermented dark beer made of several malts, hops, water and yeast is very popular. Düsseldorfers drink it along with a solid meal or enjoy it while sitting in the sun. Highly recommended are the old, traditional craft breweries, which brew their Alt beer according to an established recipe and with dedicated craftsmanship.
Most oft he breweries offer guided tours and the "Köbes" - that's how we call the waiter in a brewery - will surely tell you the one or other anecdote. But careful! "Dat dröppke" goes down well - but the alcohol content of 5 % vol. is rather high.
Düsseldorf mustard: Another well-known trademark is the "Düsseldorf Löwensenf". Made of different mustard seeds and other aromas, this paste is also a popular souvenir. The first Düsseldorf mustard was produced by AAB Senf in the early 18th century, later to be followed by the milder Radschläger mustard.
Meanwhile all sorts of mustard are produced and sold by Löwensenf. Visit the mustard shop with its small museum in Berger Straße 28 (old town) to get an insight into the history of Düsseldorf mustard
Eating and drinking - from down-to-earth brewery dish to ambitious and creative trendy-pub meal or "Haute Cuisine" - Düssseldorf leaves nothing to wish for. It offers an unending variety of restaurants to fit everyone's taste and wallet. You'll find them in the old town and the neighbouring quarters, and as well in Düsseldorfs oldest quarter, the historic Kaiserswerth. A special mention should go to the numerous Japanese noodle and Sushi restaurants. No wonder: Düsseldorf is home to the biggest Japanese community in Germany.
The old town - so-called "longest bar in the world" - is the starting point for most of the nighthawks. If from there you follow the splendid Rhine promenade, you'll get to the TV tower and the Düsseldorf MediaHarbour. It recently developed into a stylish quarter of its own right, with many clubs and even a Cologne brewery, despite the legendary rivalry between Düsseldorf and Cologne. In the end, the Düsseldorfer is a liberal! On the opposite side of the Rhine, the chic Oberkassel offers many locations for going out, too. For orientation, take a look at the following links.
Theatre, cinema, music & more. The cultural life of Düsseldorf is overwhelming. The big stages bring to you famous operettas, renowned musicians and literary masterpieces, the smaller ones a manifold offering of cabaret and theatre. Not to forget the smaller studios, which are well worth your support. Some successful artists started their careers right there!
Of course there are also lots of concerts, ranging from big stadium to small, intimate club. Last but not least there are many cinemas, from modern gigantic motion-picture theater to small independent arthouse cinema.
Düsseldorf and the Arts: Becher, Mack, Beuys, Uecker, Immendorff, Lüpertz, Gursky, Ruff… This list of renowned artists, which taught or learned at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, is to be continued.
Those artists left an imprint on the Düsseldorf art scene and boosted the reputation of Düsseldorf with all its museums and galleries as a city of art. Co-existing you find the multi-faceted scene of art studios by aspiring young artists as well as an alternative and urban art movement.
Literatur is very present in Düsseldorf, too, mostly through Heinrich Heine, poet and journalist, probably the most famous son of our city. For those interested, a visit oft he Heinrich-Heine-Institut with archive, library and museum is a definite must
The multi-function Esprit-Arena offers a stadium for 54.600 visitors, who can see the long-standing football team of Fortuna Düsseldorf stage their home matches every second week. Besides, there are rock concerts and lots of other events like the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 throughout the year.
The ISS Dome is another big venue with a capacity of 13.000. Here the DEG, Düsseldorf's ice-hockey team, plays their home matches. Apart from the local matadors, the fun-punk band "Die Toten Hosen" ("The Dead Trousers""), lots of other well-known bands have been playing shows at the ISS Dome. It can easily be reached using public transport.