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Düsseldorf, quality of life on the Rhine

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Small park in Birker Allee

When Claudia, our guide in the city, commented to me, shortly after arriving at Düsseldorf, which this city occupied fifth place in the ranking of cities with the best quality of life worldwidel (and first in Germany), I looked astonished. It seemed an exaggeration for the simple fact of my total ignorance about a city in which I had never set my mind.

With some disbelief I inquired on the internet as soon as I arrived at my hotel and I found that the prestigious American consulting firm Mercer, placed it sixth in that exquisite world ranking. I was surprised.

Four days later, I took my plane back to Alicante, fully convinced that Düsseldorf had such a fully deserved honor.

In a quick summary,Düsseldorf is a pleasant city, of wide and clean streets where bicycles, pedestrians, cars and public transport coexist in a good harmony very difficult to achieve. It has large and beautiful parks and several canals that are born or die on the magnificent Rhin River, the most used waterway (1320 km) navigable in the European Union. Its historic pedestrian center is rich in monuments, bars and restaurants and the famous Königsalle street is considered the most luxurious shopping boulevard in all of Germany. In addition, it has an enviable public transport network with metro, train and tram, complemented by buses. its citizen security and economic prosperity complete the package

Ride on the east bank of the Rhine

All this I imagine you can read in any propaganda booklet of the city but I am going to tell you, focusing on the natural and first-hand aspect, what I learned from Düsseldorf after many hours of kicking.

Having the luck to be able to enjoy a sunny sky all weekend - nothing easy in February - I decided to use all the free time that the great carnival party of Düsseldorf left me to enjoy the virtues of the city in the open air.

Upon leaving my hotel, I met the Hofgarten Park. This authentic lung of the city of Düsseldorf also has the honor of being the Germany's first public park.

Its almost 28 hectares of land are located in the city center, extending from Jacobistrasse to Heinrich-Heine-Allee and from Königsalle to Rheinterrasse, on the banks of the Rhine.

The Hofgarten park. The oldest public park in Germany

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