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Company Eurovision Special: Dusseldorf City Guide

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Dusseldorf is the state capital and one of the wealthiest cities in Germany (perfect for shopping!). It has a cool modern area with amazing architecture, a huge art scene and vibrant night life. The Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine, is known as the 'longest bar in the world' (sounds good to us!). While you spend the nights partying away, you can get a nice dose of culture in the day. Plus the Konigsalle is the most lavish shopping street in Western Europe!

Sightseeing

• Neanderthal - Take a short train ride to the village of Neanderthal where our long lost ancestors were found. The village has a museum that displays the original bones, tool and other artefacts. From Düsseldorf main station, take S-Bahn no 8 to Hochdahl or regional train no 28 to Neanderthal.
• Andreaskirche is the resting place of Johann Wilhelm, who reigned from 1679 to 1716. In this early baroque church, there are 22 life-size sculptures of the apostles and other biblical figures and fanciful stucco ornamentation in white and gold. The free organ concerts on Sunday afternoon are very popular.
• Schifffahrt Museum has neat multimedia exhibits chronicling Rhine shipping from Roman days until today. The 4th-floor café offers panoramic views.
• You can also visit over 100 museums and galleries. The renowned opera house, theatre and orchestra hall or take a trip back in time and stroll down the preserved old town full of church spires and cobbled streets.

Pubs and clubs

• Harpune: A highly rated club that plays a mix of techno, house and electronic. Friday nights are dedicated to other music styles, such as hip hop or reggae.
Address: Speditionstrasse 15a, Medienhafen
• Pretty Vacant: Named after a Sex Pistols song but it’s not just about punk music. Each night is focused on a different music genre from glam rock to Britpop, electronic to R&B. They also have live bands performances!
Address: Mertensgasse 8, Altstadt
• 3001: A huge club with a giant dance floor, celebrity Djs and amazing lights.
Address: Franziusstrasse 7, Medienhafen
• Zum Uerige: The best place to try the beer of choice, Altbier. It’s a dark and semisweet beer typical of Düsseldorf. The beer flows so quickly from giant copper vats that the waiters - called 'Köbes' - simply carry huge trays of the brew and swiftly replace any empty glasses they see lying around.
Address: Berger Strasse 1, Altstadt
• Melody Bar: A very popular bar that draws in a very mixed crowd. For a sophisticated night out where you can order the best drinks. The owner couple are lovely as well!
Address: Kurze Strasse 12, Altstadt

Restaurants

• Bäckerei Hinkel: This is a treasured bakery with several branches across Germany. People happily queue just to get a taste of their cakes and other baked goods.
Address: Hohe Strasse 31, Altstadt
• Curry: A vibrant little kitchen where the sausage is king. You can order huge, hot and spicy sausages that are served with your choice of gourmet sauce and a cheek y helping of fresh French fries.
Address: Hammerstrasse 2, Riverfront
• Pia Eis: The perfect place to treat yourself to some the best ice cream available in the country. There is an incredible selection, quick service and good prices.
Address: Kasernenstrasse 1, Altstadt
• Or try the Waffelladen for another sugar fix. Try one with a little powered sugar or drenched in cherries or other toppings.
Address: Bolkerstrasse 8, Altstadt

Shopping

• The 'Kö' is one of the world's famous malls. There are exclusive fashion stores as well as vintage and antique shops. Some stores, such as exclusive porcelain shop Franzen, boast having royal clientele.
• The Old Town (Altstadt) is home to small boutiques and avant-garde shops. ver 260 pubs as a centre of conviviality, is also home to small boutiques and avant-garde shops. Being so close to the Kö, it is ideal for a stroll after or in between that experience. The Altstadt is also where numerous museums and galleries may be found, forming what is styled the 'Arts Axis' in an arc from river-side to river-side.
• Düsseldorf’s many flea markets and jumble sales are heaven to bargain hunters. The most popular ones are at Aachener Platz (each Saturday) and the monthly ‘Radschläger-Markt’ at the central market on Ulmenstraße. They attract countless visitors from Düsseldorf and the region.

Hair

On 16 April 2011 a Schwarzkopf pop-up store will open in Dusseldorf for four weeks - and Karl Lagerfeld is personally responsible for the creative design concept! The 14th May 2011 is the big day: for the first time in 28 years the Eurovision Song Contest will be held again in Germany: "The installation of the ‘Schwarzkopf Lightbox by Karl Lagerfeld’ demonstrates our attachment to the city of Düsseldorf", says Tina Müller, Head of Marketing at Henkel.

In the exclusive hair temple on Graf-Adolfs-Platz, visitors can expect professional advice from style experts, the latest technology and innovative consulting tools. The visit is made even more special by a café and a shop with a comprehensive range of Schwarzkopf products. Furthermore, there will be exciting promotions such as Ladie's Styling Nights and After-Work Styling (A-mazing!)

The illuminated exterior façade and parts of the interior will be illustrated with exclusive photographs by Karl Lagerfeld. "We have created a mobile work of art that is different to anything anyone has ever seen before", Lagerfeld explains. He gathered together international top models in front of the camera for this project, including Coco Rocha, Charlott Cordes, and his muse, Baptiste.

Intrigued? Appointments can be made immediately at schwarzkopf.de or directly in the salon, and every visitor who spends at least 15 Euro will receive a shopping bag designed exclusively by Lagerfeld.

Trip to Dusseldorf anyone??

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