Düsseldorf Art Scene & Architecture 

Düsseldorf is one of the wealthiest cities in Germany, and home to extraordinary museums, galleries, and fascinating modern architecture in the district around Lorettostrasse and in the renovated port area.
Nowadays Düsseldorf is not only known for its fashion industry, trade fairs, and offices. But is also known for its vibrant arts scene.
Düsseldorf has 26 museums and more than 100 galleries. Exhibitions may range from local to international, and collections are surprisingly diverse. With this range and quantities of venues quality and diversity is guaranteed.

Here is a list of some of the best places to visit:

  • Neanderthal Museum,
  • Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (with three venues K20, K21, and F3),
  • Düsseldorf Film Museum,
  • Hetjens Museum (Deutsches Keramikmuseum),
  • Goethe Museum,
  • Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast,
  • Schmela Haus,
  • Kunsthalle Düsseldorf,
  • KIT- Kunst im Tunnel,
  • the NRW – Forum Düsseldorf,
  • Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen,
  • Akademie-Galerie – Die Neue Sammlung,
  • Julia Stoschek Collection,
  • the KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation,
  • Hetjens-Museum – Deutsches Keramikmuseum,
The Modern District: Medienhafen


Wel, and I saved the best for last …

My favorite part of Dusseldorf is The Modern District: Medienhafen.

This district is a center for modern architecture and design. Düsseldorf has kind of a double soul, on one side the Altstadt full of history, with lots of traditional buildings, on the other side is posh, modern and very business oriented. Medienhafen is a redeveloped harbor area and a must for any architecture lovers.


Medienhafen is located south of the Altstadt, and has work from amazing architects:

  • Frank Gehry – the Neuer Zollhf;


The Neuer Zollhof is a set of three contrasting buildings designed by Frank Gehry, as part of the redevelopment of the port area. Each one of the three buildings have its own distinct design, materials, and colors.

  • Claude Vascosni – the  Grand bateau ;


The Grand Bateau looks like a curved ship on land.

  • William Alsop – the Colorium ;


The British architect created a colorful tower with a very distinctive dynamic and playful aspect, that really captures your attention.

  • Helmut Jahn – the Hafen tower;


It is an impressive glass building, near the Colorium.

Düsseldorf is one of those places that you learn to love after a while. It may look ugly, but it’s a diverse and interesting city. If you dig a little deeper, it has lots of beautiful hidden places.

Places nearby, outside Dusseldorf:
Schloss Benrath

A Baroque Palace 10km away from the city of Dusseldorf. The architecture and the park are beautiful and worth of a visit.


A big city located 45 minutes from Dusseldorf, with lots of touristic attractions, led by its famous gothic cathedral.


Is a little town that has a (Schwebebahn) suspension train, that hangs over a river the whole route.

Schloss Burg Solingen

A charming town with a castle 1:30h away by public transports,  great for a day out.


photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha

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? Düsseldorf’s Karneval

⛪Düsseldorf’s old town





12 thoughts on “Düsseldorf Art Scene & Architecture 

  1. Ian

    I’ve been to Düsseldorf many times and I’m always amused by the building with figures climbing all over it. Also the nearby hotel is rather cool in that the middle portion of the staircase opens up!

  2. My virtually free-from kitchen

    Great photos Ana. I went to Dusseldorf a couple of years ago and loved the modern architecture and art museum. Thank you for the reminder 🙂

  3. nerdoverseas

    Wow, these photos are stunning! I’m moving to Germany in September and I plan to see as much of the country as I possibly can – and your post just made me put Düsseldorf on my list! 🙂

    • Ana Rocha ??

      That’s great 🙂 good luck for September is always exciting to change 😉

  4. vinneve

    Nice to see photos of Dusseldorf. A friend of mine soon to live there and asking me to visit!

    • Ana Rocha ??

      that’s great Vinneve, its always great when you have someone to show you around 🙂 I hope you enjoy your time there x

  5. Günter Hans

    Hi 🙂 I’m from Germany and went to university in Düsseldorf. Your guide is one of the best ones I came across. I do think that Düsseldorf unfortunately is a underrated place and the the modern district is must, sometimes during the weekend I catch a train, to go there because I like to spend the day cycling along the river.
    thanks for writing such nice post about one of my favourite cities 🙂 Günter xx

    • Ana Rocha ??

      Hi Günter, thanks so much for your nice words 😉 glad you enjoyed reading the post. I didn’t cycle there but I bet its amazing !

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