Today's walk was a wander around Dusseldorf which, like Cologne, sits on the banks of the Rhine. It started off with a stroll up to the Hofgarten (Court Garden) which is described as the 'green lung' of the city. It is Germany's first public park having been given over in 1769 following the Seven Years War. At the eastern side of the park is the Schloss Jagerhof, now the Goethe-Museum, which was a former hunting palace turned residence for Prince Friedrich von Preußen.
Further north on the bank of the Rhine is the Rheinpark Golzheim which is usually filled with footballers, joggers and tennis players. It has many meadows, poplars, birch and maple trees and has fantastic views of the river and city skyline.
Next is the Theodor Heuss Bridge, also known as the Nordbrucke (North Bridge) which is a cable-stayed bridge built from 1953 to 1957 and was the first to be built in Germany. The east side of the bridge overlooks schrebergärten, privately owned garden plots that are often intricately designed.
Heading south towards the Oberkasseler Bridge is a broad meadow area that is maintained as a simple green space bordering the shoreline. This Rheinwiesen (Rhine Meadow) stretches along the east bank for many kilometres but, between the Oberkasseler and Rheinknie bridges is an area that is the staging ground for many cultural events including the annual Rheinkirmes, Dusseldorf's largest funfair.
Heading over the Rheinknie Bridge you get a great view over the Media Harbour and the Rheinturm (Rhine Tower) which is a 240.5m high concrete telecoms tower. Built between 1979 and 1981, it is the tallest building in Dusseldorf and houses a revolving restaurant and an observation deck. As a special attraction, a light sculpture on its shaft works as a clock. It was designed by Horst H. Baumann and is called Lichtzeitpegel (light time level) and is the largest digital clock in the world.
Back on the other bank is the Rheinpark Bilk which was a harbour but is now a lovely park planted with a double row of 220 plane trees and 200 poplar, lime, maple and ash trees. It is also home to KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) which is an underground contemporary art museum.
A wander into the centre and you come to Konigsallee (King's Avenue) which is an elegant shopping district and home to numerous flagship-stores, small boutiques, luxurious jewelers and impressive shopping malls, as well as three 5 star hotels which have been commended as "Superior".
istance: around 9 miles.