Germany With AirBerlin: Day 5 (Part 3)

March 10, 2014

The Rhine is Dusseldorf’s lifeline from which the city derives its remarkable energy and VisitDusseldorf wanted us to experience this vitality for ourselves, thus they took us for a stroll along the river’s embankment promenade.  Extending along a wide bend, this part of the city is often the first stop for many visitors due to the glorious views.  Up and down the Rhine the extensive panorama stretches as far as the eye can see — showcasing Dusseldorf as a cosmopolitan metropolis.

Since it was quite windy by the water and we were there in winter, we decided to return inland to Altstadt.  The charming lanes of the Old Town add to the identity of the city and it is an excellent place to simply enjoy everything that life has to offer.

Music, theater, and literature are a huge part of the culture in Düsseldorf.  Well-known institutions such as Tonhalle, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Dusseldorf Schauspielhas attract attenion all throughout Germany and feature high-calibre artists.  If you are a fan of the arts, a place that cannot be missed is the costume department at the German Opera on the Rhine.  Groups are able to arrange a tour with a historian who will take them around the backstage areas where some 50,000 costumes are stored.  The Opera House itself was extensively rebuilt after war damage in the 1950’s and the interior is an extraordinary example of architecture and design from that era.  More than 300 performances are held there every year.

Our final stop of the day was to the magnificent Tonhalle, which was Germany’s first planetarium and is now the city’s concert hall.  While we were there we had the chance to listen to someone tuning the instruments and the acoustics completely took my breath away.

Our final meal of the trip was at the exquisite Monkeys East.  A sleek and lively setting combines modern elegance with a twinge of funk while introducing an innovative approval to Asian cuisine.  Every bite was better than the one before it.

Although I was incredibly sad to be leaving Germany, I could not have been more excited for my flight the next day.  I was once again given the opportunity to experience AirBerlin’s business class and I knew I was going to enjoy every second of my luxurious nine hour flight home.  Plus, I know I will be back to the country of my ancestors soon!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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23 thoughts on “Germany With AirBerlin: Day 5 (Part 3)

  1. Krista

    You had a truly amazing trip, Andi. 🙂 I love all the unique and interesting places you were able to visit. 🙂 You’ve given me inspiration for my next trip to Germany. 🙂

  2. Melanie Fontaine

    I’ve heard good things about Düsseldorf before, but now I’m convinced I must visit when I move back to Germany! 🙂 A tour to see the costumes from the Opera looks like fun!

  3. Alex @ ifs ands & butts

    Wow, what an insider look at Dusseldorf! It is certainly a special, international city and it’s good you tried some Sushi. Nothing to impress an American I imagine, but the Japanese have a special part in Dusseldorf’s culture so it was an essential there.

  4. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    I love your photos of Dusseldorf! I have not been there for about eight years and it brought back such great memories. I never made it to the Planetarium, what an interesting building. I will need to return on my next trip to Germany!

  5. Andrea

    John and I have plans to one day do overseas pickup on a German luxury car and do a driving tour through the country to break in the new car. I’ve only been through the cities and am dying to see the countryside and castles up through the center.


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