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About the city

Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. Well known for its international business connections and its partymood, Düsseldorf ranks top five in Germany's global city's list.As well as Cologne, Düsseldorf is a stronghold for Rhenish carnival celebrations. However, Düsseldorf has never beaten the amount of visitors of Cologne Carnival yet. Düsseldorf has other events, e.g. every year in July more than 4.5 million people visit the city's  funfair "Größte Kirmes am Rhein".

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About the economy

Düsseldorf is widely known as a center of German advertising and fashion industries. There are also many foreign trading centres in Düsseldorf such as GTS, NTT and Ericsson . Before its dissolution LTU International, an airline, was headquartered in the city.The "Kö", which stands for Königsallee ("King's Avenue"), is a popular shopping destination. Some of the most reputed jewellery shops, designer labels, and galleries have their stores here. The Kö has about the highest rents for shops and bureaus in Germany.Messe Düsseldorf organizes several international congresses and trade fairs throughout the year, most notably  Düsseldorf Boat Show, Rehacare, and Interpack.

What Düsseldorf is known for

Here: "Kö" and Japan - Duesseldorf Relationship

The "Kö"
As mentioned before, the "Königsallee" or "Kö" is well known as the shopping district in Germany. Instead of the usual tourist stuff you get from every German city, the "Kö" is completely different. It is noted for both the canal that runs along the boulevard's center, as well as for the luxury retail shopping venues located along its length. The Königsallee stretches from Karl-Theodor-Straße to the Landskrone, a peninsula in the central Hofgarten-lake. A variety of exclusive and expensive shops can be found on both sides of the waterway, as well as huge department stores and shopping complexes. The products available range from luxurious clothing to high-end electronics for audiophiles. Some of the most reputed jewelry shops, designer labels and galleries have their stores here, such as Cartier, Aigner, Lacoste, Eickhoff and many many more.

Designed by Caspar Anton Huschberger in 1802 the "Kö" replaced pre-existing fortifications. It was completed in 1804. In 1812 Breidenbacher Hof was openend. The canal which runs through the center of the boulevard is 31 m (102 ft) wide and 5 m (16 ft) deep. The canal is fed by the Düssel, which was diverted to provide the nececessary water. Historically, the "Kö" was named "Chestnut Avenue", and got renamed after an "attack" with horse manure against "Friedrich Wilhelm the IV"  King of Prussia.

Japan - Düsseldorf Relationship

Since the 1960s, there has been a strong relationship between the city and Japan. Many Japanese banks and corporations have their European headquarters in Düsseldorf - so many that Düsseldorf has the third largest Japanese community in Europe, after London and Paris. One might get the impression, that within the Japanese area, located at Immermannstraße, that one is in Japan, instead of Germany. And those who actually speak Japanese, might get around easier. Right now, about 10.000 Japanese inhabitants call Düsseldorf home, which makes a total of about 2% of Düsseldorf inhabitants. Although this is a small group compared to Düsseldorf''s population of 586.217, however it represents the largest independent  population group in Düsseldorf.

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Culinary specialities

Here: Pannekooch met Wurst and Altbiersupp

Pannekooch "met Wurst":
In Germany, Pan-cakes are served in different varieties. Sweet, sour or even solid, seasoned with herbs and meat. Such a delight is the "Pannekooch mett Wurst", pan-cake with sausages, is what you get. Usually served with lettuce,

Altbiersupp:
Who said, that beer is only a beverage? In Düsseldorf it is the most important ingredient for the  "Dark Beer Soup" a very tasteful experience. The use of beer in German cuisine is due to the poverty of the Germans in the middle ages. Thanks to the german purity law, beer was available for a very cheap price, compared to other beverages, and food in general. This tradition actually continues on in the modern times. If you visit a restaurant in Germany, you will see, that beer is the second cheapest beverage. Until 1995 beer was the cheapest beverage in most cases, but for alcohol prevention and for non alcoholics, this law was instated.

 

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