Welcome to the InterContinental Dusseldorf, located in one of the most elegant streets in Germany, the famous Koenigsallee. My name is Joachim von Bandemer and we are proud to offer you a stunning choice of activities and for sure: Insider-Knowledge of this great city.
Step out of the hotel and step on Koenigsallee, the famous shopping and business boulevard. Start across the street from the hotel and find all the flagship stores for international designer labels. The smaller side streets like Breite Straße and Benrather Straße are always good if you are looking to discover small, new fashion boutiques and young designer labels. After the shopping tour, continue your day in the Altstadt. The historic centre of the city is lined with boutiques, shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.
Stroll through the Altstadt and go to Grabbeplatz where two great art museums face each other: explore the K20, art from the 20th century or the Kunsthalle with its changing exhibitions of contemporary art. Walk down Muehlenstrasse until you reach the Burgplatz for there walk along the riverside and take a break in one of the many cafés is old town.
Start your evening with a stroll down to the Medienhafen and enjoy an aperitif and an early dinner at one of the restaurants there. For evening entertainment, the Apollo Varieté present frequently changing shows - our Concierge will be happy to arrange tickets for you. If you like it more classical the city's symphonic orchestra resides in the Tonhalle, which used to be a plantetarium, a very unique concerthall indeed. Or enjoy our Opera, the Rhein Oper.
Tomás Saraceno - in orbit at K21 Ständehaus
Suspended more than 25 meters above the piazza of the K21 is Tomás Saraceno‘s gigantic installation in orbit. This steel wire construction spans the museum‘s vast glass cupola on three different levels. Positioned within this net structure, which encompasses altogether 2500 m², are half a dozen „spheres“ – inflated spheres having diameters up to 8.5 meters. Visitors have access to this transparent installation, and can move freely between the spheres on all three levels. in orbit resembles a surreal landscape, is reminiscent of a sea of clouds. Those bold enough to clamber high into the work set beneath the glass cupola perceive the museum visitors far below them from the lofty heights as tiny figures in a model world. Viewed from below or from intermediate levels of the Ständehaus, conversely, the people enmeshed in this net seem to be swimming in the sky. This floating spatial configuration becomes an oscillating network of relationships, resonances, and synchronous communication. When several people enter the audacious construction simultaneously, their presence sets it into motion, altering the tension of the steel wires and the intervals between the three meshwork levels. Visitors can coordinate their activities within the space, and are able – not unlike spiders in a web – to perceive space through the medium of vibration. Saraceno himself speaks of a new hybrid form of communication. By virtue of its magnitude and radicality, in orbit has no precedent in Saraceno‘s oeuvre to date. Even visitors who do not wish to climb the net or hang suspended above the abyss, but who choose instead to explore the installation in exclusively visual terms are confronted with themes of flight, falling, and floating, are inevitably gripped by the archetypal emotions associated with these states. „To describe the work means to describe the people who use it – and their emotions,“ explains Saraceno. Rarely his any work of art zeroed in so directly on the emotional lives – the fears and desires – of beholders or intervened with such immediacy into the experiences of those who expose themselves to adventure. in orbit was planned by Saraceno over a period of three years in collaboration with engineers, architects, and biologists, and is his most elaborate installation to date. And although the mesh construction alone weighs 3 tons, and the largest of the „spheres“ 300 kilos, this work – which was adapted with precision to the unique setting of the Ständehaus – seems decidedly lightweight, its fineness and stability calling to mind the structure of a spider‘s web. For many years, the artist has studied the methods by which various species of spider construct their webs, and he incorporates insights into their functionality, beauty, and strength into his own artistic praxis. While the precise observation of nature and the conceptual development of its phenomena form the bases of Saraceno‘s work, art-historical references ranging from Jules Verne to the American architecture and visionary Richard Buckminster Fuller are noticeable as well. The worldwide realization of utopian architecture has been Saraceno‘s guiding theme in recent years. Each of his projects – including „in orbit“ – is an element of the utopian large-scale project Air-Port-City, a floating city of the future. Saraceno regards the cloud city as a socialist and utopian dream, and as a response to the growing uninhabitability of the earth, to worldwide population growth, and to dramatic ecological crises. For further information, e.g. opening hours please contact our Concierge team. http://www.kunstsammlung.de/en/discover/exhibitions/tomas-saraceno.html
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The establishment of an art academy in the 17th century was the beginning of the Art-city Dusseldorf where the federal collection 'Kunstsammlung NRW', outstanding art collections and other museums in addition to over 80 galleries are located. There is a continuous occurrence of internationally renowned exhibitions as well as the presentation of local artists in the city. Ask the Concierge for some more recommendations regarding exhibitions in and around Dusseldorf.
Fashion Hot Spot
Dusseldorf is famous for fashion- that is why many designers present their new collections at their showrooms a couple of times per year. You can also find all big Brands on boulevard Königsallee.
Media Harbour (Medienhafen)
Seven architects from all over Europe (including Frank O Gehry, Claude Vasconi and David Chipperfield) designed several company headquarters in the Media Harbour, making the area an architectural landmark in the city. You will find a great mix of industrial, heritage buildings and most modern architecture. This is an interesting contrast to the oldtown. Walking distance 20min.
The 234 metre-high viewing platform has the best view over the city and the Rhine. On a clear day you can see all the way to the cathedral in Cologne (more than 40km away) and the Post Tower in Bonn (more than 80km away)!
The Bolkerstrasse brewery mile
In the very heart of the old historical city centre you will find 'the longest bar in the world', a small alley called Bolkerstrasse where one brewery follows another. You should try the different kind of homemade "Altbier" to see and taste the differences between the century old breweries.
Clothing for day trips
The surrounding area is full of castles, like Schloss Benrath or Schloss Dyke worth exploring. Bring some suitable clothes for day trips; casual wear and a backpack are helpful.
The city has one of the biggest indoor ski tracks in Europe nearby. Allrounder Skihalle / Neuss. You can rent or buy a complete set of ski or snowboard gear, but it is always better to bring your own pair of gloves.
The InterContinental Dusseldorf is located right in the heart of Dusseldorf, just at the famous shopping street "Koenigsallee". It does not matter from which direction you come from, ZENTRUM and "Koenigsallee" are always signed. To go to the main entrance, adress "Koenigsallee 59" is correct for your navigation, to go to the parking Qpark "Koe 59" directly, type "Breite Strasse 69" in your navigation system.