Situated on the River Rhine, D sseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is one of the largest economic centres in Germany. Not only widely known as the centre of the German advertising and fashion industries, D sseldorf has also recently become one of the top telecommunication centres in Germany. D sseldorf is also home to approximately 170 national and international financial institutions and 130 insurance agencies and one of the biggest German stock exchanges.
Dusseldorf is a city that offers something to please everyone. Shopaholics must be sure to visit the "K ", which stands for Konigsallee (King's Avenue) which is a popular shopping destination, boasting some of the most reputed jewellery shops, designer labels, and galleries. Culture lovers will be thrilled by the city s 19 museums including medieval, natural history, theater history, ceramic, and contemporary museums. Save money by purchasing the ArtCard for about 60 Euros and obtain entry into all of Dusseldorf's museums for a full year. If visiting in the fall, be sure to stop by the D sseldorf Karneval (also referred to as the "fifth season") which starts every year on 11 November.
If you would like to sample some traditional D sseldorf food and drink, be sure to try the Altbier, a dark beer, which is brewed only in the region of D sseldorf. Traditional meals include Rheinischer Sauerbraten (horsemeat or beef pickled for a few days) and Sky and Earth (Himmel on hd) (black pudding with stewed apples mixed with mashed potatoes).