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Things to see
Düsseldorf, the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is both a perfect place to visit and to live (boasting one of the highest quality-of-life indicators in the world). Start your visit in the borough of Altstadt ("Old Town"), home to over 260 taverns brewing their own "altbier"-style beers. In addition to the taverns, the Altstadt's charms include its narrow streets and tiny houses. The borough's most popular square, the Burgplatz, borders the Rhine River. The square is home to the one remaining tower of the once-mighty castle of the Count of Berg. From Düsseldorf, you can also easily reach other charming cities, such as Aachen and Bonn.
Along with Cologne and Mainz, Düsseldorf's Carnival celebration is one of the largest in Germany. The celebration is kicked off with the Awakening of Hoppeditz, the jester and symbol of the celebration who calls on revellers to join the festivities. The Hoppeditz is later burned in effigy on Ash Wednesday, marking the end to the annual party. On Thursday of the week before Ash Wednesday, women party-goers "storm" the City Hall and mock-kidnap the mayor, symbolically taking over the city. Festivities are mainly held around Königsallee Boulevard, noted for the landmark canal that runs through its centre.
The Rhine, one of Europe's most famous rivers and the highlight of any trip to Düsseldorf, can be navigated all the way from Basel, Switzerland. Take a river cruise and see the city from another perspective, or travel on to other German cities such as Cologne, Rüdesheim or Boppard. From Düsseldorf, you can even travel the river to Amsterdam, also an Iberia Express destination.