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Planning a short break to Dusseldorf? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Dusseldorf. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Dusseldorf. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Goethe-Museum Dusseldorf

Jacobistrasse 2, in the Jagerhof Castle at the Hofgarten. This literary museum dedicated to Goethe's life and work, is sponsored by the Anton and Katharina Kippenberg Foundation.

Kippenberg donated his private collection to the museum, including autographs; books; busts; paintings; coins; medals; plaques; and china.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 11h00 - 17h00, and Saturday from 13h00 - 17h00. Admission is $2.40 for adults and $1.20 for children.

K2O Kunstsammlung am Grabbeplatz

Grabbeplatz 5, take the U-Bahn to Heinrich-Heine-Allee. This museum houses an excellent collection of modern art, including works by many top French; German; and American artists. The museum has a large collection of works by Julius Bissier and also 16 works by Paul Klee. The large exhibition hall hosts 6 temporary exhibitions of contemporary art every year. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $9 for adults; $5.40 for children over 6 and students; and children 5 and under are free.

For more information visit: www.kunstsammlung.de

Ashley's Garden

Karl-Kleppe-Strasse 20, take the U-Bahn to Reeserplatz. This distinguished and private hotel is housed in a 1938 stately villa, located in the suburb of Golzheim. It is also within walking distance of the Rhine and the Dusseldorf Fairgrounds. The hotel has a range of facilities, including a restaurant; a bar; lounge; concierge; and garden. The comfortable rooms have telephone; TV; lounge area; and full bathroom.

For more information visit: www.ashleysgarden.de/

Grafenberger Forest

Located in Grafenberg. This forest is a great place for the whole family to relax and get away from the city, with its tree topped hills and beautiful meadows. The children will love the deer park, which houses a wide variety of different species of deer; and the forestry school, which teaches them about the plant and animal life of the forest. There are also many trails to follow through the forest, great for a relaxing strol through nater. The forest is open everyday from 09h00 - 17h00, and admission is free.

Lobbecke Museum and Aquazoo

Kaiserswerther Strasse 380. This is a great place for children and the whole family, and is houses over 550 species of fish; reptiles; mammals; and insects. The museum and aquarium has 80 aquariums; a tropical greenhouse; numerous insect cabinets; and an interesting section on the evolution of man. The museum and aquarium are open everyday from 10h00 - 18h00. Admission is $6.70 for adults and $3.70 for children.

Victorian Restaurant

Konigstrasse 3A, take tram 709. This is the best restaurant in the centre of Dusseldorf, with sparkling crystal; black-leather; and flower decor. They serve a wide range of excellent French and German dishes, including deep-fried zucchini flowers stuffed with lobster mousse with a sauce of champagne vinegar and coriander; apple salad with slices of gooseliver; and three-vegetable puree. The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 12h00 - 14h30 and 19h00 - 24h00. Reservations are required as it is very popular with locals and tourists.

Nordpark

Kaiserswerther Strasse. This park is one of the biggest and most beautiful park in the whole region, and is popular in summer. The park has a 170m long lake from with many fountains, there is also a Japanese garden, which was donated to the park by the Japanese community in 1975. This is a great place for the whole family to relax and get back to nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Christmas Market

Schadowstrasse, in the Old Town. This annual festival is one of the most popular events on Dusseldof's calendar, and attracts many visitors from all over. There are a large number of stalls selling a wide variety of goods, including gifts; arts and crafts; jewellery; snacks; and local food and drink. There is also an extensive live entertainment program, with music shows and carols by candlelight. The Cristmas Market runs from 18 November to 22 December, and is open everyday from 11h30 - 21h00.

For more information visit: www.weihnachtsmarkt-am-schadowplatz.de/

Hofgarten

Heinrich-Heine-Allee, in the city centre. This park is the biggest and the most beautiful inner city park, and was originaly designed in the 16th century as a garden for the royal family. The garden was destroyed during the French occupation, but was rebuilt under orders of Napoleon as an English style garden. The park is filled with many statues and sculputures, and is a popular place for people to relax; take a stroll; jog; or catch some sun.

Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf

Ehrenhof 5, take Tram 701; 706; or 711. This museum is possibly the largest and most comprehensive art museum in the Rhineland. It has a large collection of paintings, including works by Rubens; Caspar David Friedrich; as well as the Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter schools. It also has ane extensive collection of sculptures ranging from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century

As if that's not enough, it also has 80,000 prints and drawings; early Persian bronzes and ceramics; a glass collection; textiles; and a design collection.

The museum is open Teusday to Sunday from 11h00 - 18h00. Admission is $3 for adults; $1.80 for children and students; and $6 for a family ticket.

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