What to do in Düsseldorf: A trip up the Rheinturm
Perhaps one of the most striking parts of Düsseldorf’s skyline can be said to be the Günnewig Rheinturm, or the TV tower. Sure, every German city has one, but there is something about this particular one that makes it special and in its own way, rather beautiful.
It may be its prominent position on the banks of the Rhine, or perhaps purely the fact that at 240.5m it is the city’s tallest building, which subsequently offers 360 degree panorama views of Düsseldorf and the surrounding areas. At 160m high, the viewing platform offers clear and undisturbed views of the MedienHafen (Harbour) including the quirky Gehry buildings, the Altstadt (Old town), Königsallee and even the beautiful Hofgarten.
You may also be wondering what the strange building in the bottom right corner (or clearer, below) is; this is the Landtag NRW i.e. the Parliament building for the state of Nordrhein Westfalen, of which Dusseldorf is the capital. The building was especially designed to reflect the parliament’s democratic views and architectural right angles were consciously avoided.
On a clear day, you can even see as far as Köln in one direction and in the other, the Rheinische Land (Rhine country). The viewing platform offers a café with a view, with fair priced refreshments and small bites to eat, and for those who desire to venture higher, the second viewing platform provides a more exclusive restaurant (viewing platform 2 can only be reached as a customer of the restaurant).
The Tower also offers two technological highlights; the first being that every hour the tower rotates by 360 degrees and the second being the worldwide unique decimal clock which can be seen down the outside of the tower. This clock is divided into three sections and each section has two sets of lights. The lights represent tens and single hours, minutes and seconds which radiate their various colours into the night sky. Although attempting to read the clock on several occasions, I still am unable to work out what time these LED lights show.
For a visitors and locals alike, the Rheinturm is worth a visit. Entrance costs €5 and once at the viewing platform you can stay as long as you like.