This past week, I was lucky enough to be sent to Düsseldorf, Germany for a medical trade show. I was beyond excited for this trade show because it was my first international one. Plus, any chance get potatoes in excess is a good week for me. The company I am working for has so far sent me to La Jolla, Anaheim, Houston, and Pasadena. No complaints here!
If you are ever sent here for a trade show, here is what you need to see and do while you’re there.
Frank Gehry Buildings
If you’ve read my travel posts before, you know I’m a Pinterest queen before I go on a trip. One of the first things that came up on the tour guides were the Frank Gehry Buildings located on Media Harbour. These three different buildings house the city’s advertising and media agencies and symbolize the city’s rebirth. There is one made of red brick, white plaster, and stainless steel. If you’re one who loves architecture of just some funky buildings, you definitely need to make this a destination.
Just a few blocks away from the Frank Gehry buildings is the Rheinturm tower. This tower overlooks the entire city and river, giving you a 360-degree view. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to go above the city but I would love to go back and give it a try. Apparently, you can lean on the class and feel like you’re freefalling!
State Parliament Building
Another captivating building you can see is the State Parliament Building located within walking distance from the Frank Gehry buildings. Inside the building, you quickly see an open floor plan with circular shapes throughout the building. You can also do a tour but they are only available in German.
The entire time I was imagining walking down these stairs in a giant ball gown. Could you imagine?
Old Town (Altstadt)
In the center of town, you can visit Old Town (Altstadt) to see a beautiful square and the city hall (Rathaus). I managed to go on November 11th which is their start of Carnival season. Everyone was singing and dancing in costumes. Right next to Old Town is what they call the “never-ending bar” because it is a street with bar after bar.
Note: If you are exploring on a Sunday many of the stores will be closed in the town. Europe stores are most often closed on Sundays.
When you’re walking around Germany, make sure you stop by and appreciate the adorable buildings and all of their pretty colors. This little area was found on my walk to the Gehry buildings.
Burgplatz – Castle Tower
If you walk along the beautiful path next to the Rhine River you will come across a beautiful tower. A palace belonged here until it burned down in 1872 and was later demolished in 1888. The castle tower now acts as a shipping museum called SchifffahrtMuseum.
Food and Drink
What is a blog post without a little food? When you visit, you must try a traditional German meal. This contains a ton of sausage, good amount of potatoes, and a beer. Düsseldorf has their own style of beer called Altbier, which literally translate to old beer. This is one of the few beers in the world that has changed since it’s creation hundreds of years ago.
Have you ever been to Düsseldorf? Have you done an international business trip? Let me know in the comments down below.