Düsseldorf, Germany Day One May 2014

Koen and me in Düsseldorf

Koen and me in Düsseldorf

Normally while my parents are visiting, we explore Belgium and the Netherlands but this time we ventured into Germany to Düsseldorf! We stayed one night and spent the two days exploring the Altstadt (Old City), Köningsallee, and Japanese Quarter and enjoying a Rhine River cruise. Düsseldorf is famous for its altbier “a hoppy beer which translates as old [style] beer, a reference to the pre-lager brewing method of using a warm top-fermenting yeast like British pale ales”. There are 5 microbreweries located in the Altstadt which also serve traditional German cuisine – so that was our first stop – to Zum Schlüssel. After a huge lunch, Koen and I visited the Kunstsammlung K20 for a  really great exhibition called Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian: The Infinite White Abyss which explores the use of blank canvas in the artists’ work. My parents explored a few churches before visiting the museum across from ours, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf for the Smart New World exhibition which wasn’t quite what my parents’ expected… A bit too contemporary for them! Afterwards we stopped for another altbier at the microbrewery Uerige. Then we walked to the Japanese Quarter for dinner.

It just so happens that when we arrived Düsseldorf was celebrating Japan Day, so there were a lot of visitors dressed up throughout the city – I think we saw at least 10 pikachus! Why a Japanese Quarter and Japan Day? Düsseldorf has the largest Japanese population in Europe. It was sooo busy and it wasn’t until we arrived in the Japanese Quarter that we realized there was a holiday taking place. We had already walked 30 minutes and were in the mood for sushi – all of the places were packed!! In the end we were able to eat while a huge line waited to be let in. A great first day!

 

Our hotel

Our hotel

 

Zum Schlüssel

Zum Schlüssel

 

Microbrewery Zum Schlüssel for altbier and lunch!

Microbrewery Zum Schlüssel for altbier and lunch!

 

Ready to order

Ready to order

 

Freshly brewed!

Freshly brewed and straight from the barrel!

 

Filling orders

Filling orders

 

First a quick photo

First a quick photo

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

 

Dad with his "Hacksteak mit Spiegelei, Bratkartoffeln und kleinem gemischtem Salat" or "Hamburger steak with fried egg, fried potatoes and mixed salad"

Dad with his “Hacksteak mit Spiegelei, Bratkartoffeln und kleinem gemischtem Salat” or “Hamburger steak with fried egg, fried potatoes and mixed salad”

 

Koen can't wait to eat!

Koen can’t wait to eat! (But first I need to take photos of our food)

 

My mom and I both ordered the "Spanferkel-Bratwürstchen mit Weinsauerkraut, Kartoffelpüree, Speck und Zwiebeln" or "Pork bangers with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, bacon and onions" - soooo delicious!!!

My mom and I both ordered the “Spanferkel-Bratwürstchen mit Weinsauerkraut, Kartoffelpüree, Speck und Zwiebeln” or “Pork bangers with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, bacon and onions” – soooo delicious!!!

 

Koen's "Hausschlachtplatte - Variation aus Knoblauch- und gebackener Blutwurst, Leberkloß, Speckscheibe mit Sauerkraut und Zwiebelpüree" or "Butcher’s Platter - Combination of garlic sausage, baked black pudding, liver dumpling, grilled bacon with sauerkraut and mashed onions"

Koen’s “Hausschlachtplatte – Variation aus Knoblauch- und gebackener Blutwurst, Leberkloß, Speckscheibe mit Sauerkraut und Zwiebelpüree” or “Butcher’s Platter – Combination of garlic sausage, baked black pudding, liver dumpling, grilled bacon with sauerkraut and mashed onions”

 

Super crowded Düsseldorf

Super crowded Düsseldorf

 

Kunstsammlung K20

Kunstsammlung K20 (couldn’t take photos inside)

 

Coffee break in the museum café

Coffee break in the museum café

 

Koen wanting me to put my camera away haha

Koen wanting me to put my camera away haha

 

Outside the museum

Outside the museum

 

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

 

Public restrooms

Public restrooms

 

Walking around the Altstadt

Walking around the Altstadt

 

Marktplatz, Jan-Wellem statue "the Count Palatine on the Rhine, the Lord High Steward and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, the Duke of Bavaria, Jülich, Cleve, Berg, the highly meritorious Prince who has enlarged the city and founded the art gallery"

Marktplatz, Jan-Wellem statue “the Count Palatine on the Rhine, the Lord High Steward and Elector of the Holy Roman Empire, the Duke of Bavaria, Jülich, Cleve, Berg, the highly meritorious Prince who has enlarged the city and founded the art gallery”

 

Rathaus, or City Hall

Rathaus, or City Hall, on the Marktplatz

 

Microbrewery #2: Uerige

Microbrewery #2: Uerige

 

So busy!

So busy!

 

Our beer

Our beer

 

Cheers!

Cheers!

 

Mom with her water haha

Mom with her water haha

 

Japan Day...

Japan Day…

 

Japan Day...

Japan Day…

 

Japan Day...

Japan Day…

 

Japan Day...

Japan Day…

 

Mom and Dad in front of Köningsallee

Mom and Dad on the Köningsallee

 

Köningsallee, the chic shopping district in Düsseldorf

Köningsallee, the chic shopping district in Düsseldorf

 

Eating sushi in the Japanese quarter

Eating sushi in the Japanese quarter

 

Mom with her dinner!

Mom with her dinner!

 

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