Friday, August 3, 2012

In Düsseldorf I met a clown

His nose, it was red!

I just got back from a two-week trip to Germany with my grandma and sister.  Since I've been living in Madrid since September, they came and visited for a few days before I went with them to Germany.  We stayed in four main cities during the trip: Königsbrunn (near Augsburg), Baden-Baden, Cologne, and... Düsseldorf!  Yes, that is indeed a destination from Project Düsseldorf.

Before we drove to Düsseldorf we had been staying in Cologne.  On our last day in Cologne my grandma was chatting with a German man in charge of the cuckoo clock shop we were in.  Apparently he really turned her off to Düsseldorf, though later on I read via wiki that there's a rivalry between the two cities.  So perhaps that's why after talking to a man from Cologne, my grandma had a bad impression of Düsseldorf.

I, on the other hand, had high hopes for Düsseldorf; despite not knowing what to expect.  And I wasn't disappointed.

Rheinturm

One of the first sites we visited in Düsseldorf was the Rheinturm, a 240.5-meter-tall telecommunications tower.  We weren't there at night, but apparently this tower is also the largest digital clock in the world, thanks to a light-clock sculpture along the cylinder. 

Rheinturm in Düsseldorf, Germany

For 4 euros you could take an elevator 168 meters up for a great view of the city, which we did.  Many of the windows were labelled in faint white text with the buildings and landmarks that could be seen from each panel.

View from 168 meters high in Rheinturm

There was plenty of neat architecture nearby to look at from above:



Old Town (AltstadtDüsseldorf

From the Rheinturm we walked north along the river, later leaving the riverside to explore Altstadt, the old town area of Düsseldorf.







Solar clock

This area of the city is filled with restaurants and bars, so we ate in Altstadt before walking to Hofgarten.


Hofgarten

Hofgarten was the first public park in this city, and it was a pleasure to walk through that afternoon.






Südpark

The next day we only had the morning to see something more in Düsseldorf.  While searching online for things to do in Düsseldorf, I had seen a picture of Zeitfeld (Time Field) in Südpark and really wanted to see it in person.  Südpark it was!

The sculpture Zeitfeld consists of 24 railway clocks, and was made by German artist Klaus Rinke.  I haven't quite placed it yet, but something draws me to this piece.

Zeitfeld

We spent a couple of hours walking through more of the park that morning.  While walking I thought to myself, if I lived in Düsseldorf, this is a place I would go to often.  It wasn't crowded like Retiro Park, and there were pedestrian and bike paths all over - the majority shaded by trees.  A perfect place to run.






I'll close with one more photo of Zeitfeld, because I like it that much:

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