Düsseldorf is a charming combination of both old and young. Looking at the meticulously rebuilt old town, it is hard to believe that this part of the city was almost completely destroyed in World War II. The old town has a unique ambience and is the home of up to 260 bars and cafes, although it is particularly renowned for its small breweries. Locals take pride in the dark Altbier.
Düsseldorf's world-famous modern architecture offers a magnificent contrast to the old town. The Media Harbour, designed by top architects such as Frank Gehry, is a stately mix of old industrial buildings and the latest design ideas. Hot spots for the traveller in Düsseldorf also include the footpath which winds along the Rhine River. This is considered one of the most beautiful in Germany. The annual Christmas market is also a popular destination. The market in Carlstadt, especially popular among artists, and the shopping street Königsallee, dubbed Germany's Champs-Élysées, pamper shoppers.