Düsseldorf is the state capital of North Rhein-Westphalia, a former industrial powerhouse city on the banks of the Rhein.
Düsseldorf has reinveneted itself as a modern city with many major international companies headquartered in the city, it also has a cultural hotbed with domestically and internationally popular bands such as Kraftwerk, Die Toten Hosen, Broilers and Warlok all forming in the city. Düsseldorf is also the fashion capital of Germany, with all of the major fashion houses having shops in the city, mainly around the Königsalle, or Kö.
Düsseldorf has two major airports, Düsseldorf International (DUS) which is located to the north of the city and served by the major carriers, and Düsseldorf Weeze (NRN) which is located further from the city and favoured by the low-cost airlines.
Like all major German cities, Düsseldorf is well connected by public transport. Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof allows for mainline rail connections throughout the country and beyond whilst the S-bahn connects to the wider Rhein-Ruhr area. Locally there is the U-bahn, bus and tram systems.
The Altstadt is the centre of Düsseldorf, easily accessed from the Hauptbahnhof via the U-bahn or around 20 minutes on foot, it is a hive of activity during the day and night. Famously the "longest bar in the world", after dark the shoppers make way for the revelers as the bars and restaurants fill up.
The Königsalle, or Kö, is the place to go for high-end shopping whilst the area around Schadowstrasse has recently been redeveloped with international retailers.
The Hafen district, Düsseldorf's docks, is located close to the Rheinturm (TV Tower) and regional parliament building to the south of the Altstadt, and has also been redeveloped over the last 15 years to provide modern offices, TV studio, hotels, bars, restaurants and a cinema, along with three "warped" buildings by Candian-American architect Frank Gehry.
Altbier is the beer of Düsseldorf, and you can buy it in nearly every bar or restaurant in the city. Altbier is brewed in a top-fermenting way similar to British brown ales.
There are five breweries still brewing Altbier in the city centre: Füchschen, Kürzer, Schlüssel, Schumacher and Uerige, whilst Frankenheim and Schlosser are produced by major breweries and brewed outside of the city centre.
Altbier, when served in one of the traditional brewhouses, is served in small glasses - usually 0.2l - and the bartenders utilise a tally system whereby the number of beers is marked on a beer mat an you pay when you're finished.
Aside from Fortuna Düsseldorf, ice hockey team Düsseldorfer EG play at the ISS Dome.
Other football teams in the city of note are Oberliga sides TuRu Düsseldorf and SC Düsseldorf West .
As Düsseldorf is such a well connected city, there are many teams throughout the German leagues within easy reach of the city such as Schalke, Dortmund, Monchengladbach, Koln, Bochum, Essen, Wuppertal, Leverkusen, Duisburg and Oberhausen.