Cosmopolitan charm and Rhenian joie-de-vivre characterise the image of the state capital of Northrhine-Westphalia. Düsseldorf is a leading business centre at the heart of Europe, a lively and modern city with a population of nearly 630,000 people. Messe Düsseldorf stages some 50 trade fairs at the venue in Düsseldorf, 24 of these are global leaders on their respective sectors. Düsseldorf International is one of the most modern airports in the world.
The elegant quality-of-life city on the banks of the Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and unusual events. From the Königsallee, affectionately called the "Kö", one of the most luxurious shopping boulevards in Europe, it is not far to the historic Old Town with its 260 bars and restaurants. The Old Town's flair is world famous, life pulsates in its alleys and the richly faceted cultural scene offers spectacular events and exhibitions. The art academy and more than two dozen museums and exhibition venues, Schloss Benrath, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus (theatre), the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Rhine Opera), the Tonhalle (concert hall), over 100 galleries, the large number of stages, cabaret and variety theatres and many concert halls make Düsseldorf a recognised centre of culture. Major annual events, including Japan Day Düsseldorf/NRW, the "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine", the Christmas Market and the Jazz Rally also attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The Rhine promenade, one of Düsseldorf's most popular meeting places, leads to the MediaHarbour with buildings by such international star architects as Frank O. Gehry. The MediaHarbour has now become a popular meeting place for in-crowds. Many bars, bistros and restaurants invite visitors to remain here into the late evening hours while enjoying coffee, cool beer, cocktails and culinary delicacies.
The state capital is also a great place for sports: top clubs and long-established associations for such sports as football, ice hockey and table tennis participate in Germany's top leagues. And the countless sports clubs and various types of sports practised here mean that anyone can find the appropriate sport for them. Düsseldorf is also one of the leading cities worldwide where quality of life is concerned (ranking sixth in a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2016). That's why it's not only the residents who feel great here, but also the growing number of visitors. With round about 4,5 million overnight stays and many day trippers, Düsseldorf has become one of the most popular city destinations in Germany.