Düsseldorf, Germany

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Thursday, June 5, 2003

Last weekend we went on a road trip by car to Düsseldorf, Germany. We arrived in the old town part of Dusseldorf on Saturday afternoon and spent the rest of Saturday exploring the town. There was an amazing market with local produce, flowers and plants. Naturally it was lunch time, so we had a brat and some local beer.




We had heard that Düsseldorf city center, the Altstadt, is jokingly known as Germany's biggest bar and this isn't far short of the truth.... at least given our limited experience of being there only for Saturday afternoon and evening. There are an enormous number of pubs within its boundaries. The locals certainly seem to have a good time. The jokey atmosphere in many pubs should help to dispel people's misconceptions about Germans' lack of humor and general dourness.



On our way back from Düsseldorf, we stopped by the small medieval town of Moers, Germany. We strolled among old buildings and churches. Also, we visited a local county museum that housed furniture, tiles and artwork covering the region over the last 1000 years.

Across the German border and back into the Netherlands, we stopped at the national park Hoge Veluwe which has beautiful surroundings, and free bikes at the gates to cycle through the grounds. We cycled 24 km and didn't cover even 1/2 of trails. One could spend all day biking. It smelled great and has lots of wildlife. We biked through lots of different terrain -- forest, sand dunes, and grasslands.



In the middle of the park is the modern art museum Kröller-Müller with a major collection of works by Van Gogh, Seurat, Redon, Braque, Picasso, Juan Gris, Mondriaan and others. There is an excellent statue garden too.

That's it for now. Next week Dave, our friend from NYC, will visit. We'll post a log about his visit. Be sure to Email us if you'd like us to do a certain type of log. You can also subscribe or unsubscribe to this travelogue at the top and bottom of the page. Regards -- Chris & Mel
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