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Discover Düsseldorf: The Culture City
Mitsubihi Electric Halle (formerly PhilipsHalle)
Art city Düsseldorf
Numerous museums and the renowned Düsseldorfer Kunstakademie (Art Academy) contribute greatly to the good reputation of the culture city. In addition, every four years, the Quadrennial, with its high quality programme of exhibitions thrusts Düsseldorf into the focus of the international art world. But a visit is worthwhile even between the big events - the latest tips and background information can be found in the section Art and Culture, and the museums of the State capital always have something to offer to those interested in culture. Incidentally, to save on admission fees, we recommend the Welcome Card, or the ArtCard, which is valid for a year.
From Heine to Goethe - Literary Düsseldorf
When it comes to literature Düsseldorfers can contribute two great names: Heinrich Heine and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The Heinrich Heine Institut is dedicated to the life and works of the poet (1797 1856) and a heritage library and numerous exhibits serve as a reminder of this great son of the city. The spirit of the Goethe era comes alive in the Goethe Museum. Numerous exhibits illustrate the life and works of the great poet.
If you are interested in author readings, you can get further information in the city's Culture Navigator. The meeting point for author readings is often the Heine Haus, the Literature Centre in the house in the Old Town where the poet was born.
From stage to celluloid - Theatre & film scene
The Film Museum sees itself as the "school of viewing". In a permanent exhibition and a mock-up film studio, it provides information on the history of films and the cinema. If, on the other hand, you want to go to the "real" movies, there is plenty to choose from in Düsseldorf between the many small cinemas and the large cinema complexes.
Düsseldorf's theatre and dance shows have a wide-ranging spectrum of drama and dance. If you are interested in the history of theatre, a visit to the Theatermuseum in the Hofgärtnerhaus is highly recommended: it has several exhibits on the local history of theatre.
From classic to rock
Schumann, Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Brahms lived and conducted in Düsseldorf in the 19th century. They forged Düsseldorf's reputation as a city of music. Today, classical music is nurtured mainly in the Tonhalle, the Robert Schumann Saal and the chamber music auditorium of the Palace Wittgenstein. The Robert Schumann Musikhochschule (college of music) also holds regular concerts.
There's something in the Rhine metropolis for fans of music of other epochs or styles as well. Events like the Jazz Rally attract music enthusiasts to the Rhine year after year. If you want to attend high-quality pop concerts or cultural events, there are plenty of options in the concert and multi-purpose halls as well.
The State capital is one of the most important cultural centres of the region. Apart from internationally renowned museums and galleries, the opera, theatre, concerts, cabaret shows and festivals offer a rich selection and highest entertainment value for friends of culture. Take a look for yourself!