Escape from the City: Hiking at Lake Unterbach

Thanks to a public holiday I had the day off and decided to pay Düsseldorf-Unterbach and -Eller a visit. Thus checking off two more items from my list of 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather to go hiking at Lake Unterbach (Unterbacher See).

Bootshafen Klein

Steg Klein

Großer Bootshafen Klein

On my way to Eller, this arch of unknown purpose caught my eye.

Fußgängerbrücke mit Bogen Klein

Düsseldorf’s Docks: Old and New

Even though Düsseldorf’s docks have long been eclipsed by the much larger ones in nearby Neuss, there are a few spots where there are still active factories and you get a feel for what this area must have been like in busier days.

Muskator Klein

Kamin im Gegenlicht

Nonetheless, there are countless reminders that these busier days are long gone. Many buildings have been abandoned and trashed like this one.

Muskator Verwildert Klein

They are bordered by a “buffer zone”: empty lots where there used to be something and and new construction, adding to the already large number of beautiful new office buildings.

Alt und Neu

Buildings with inspiring names like SIGN!, DOCK and Capricorn (the Association of Architects has a flyer listing them all; PDF in German).

SIGN! Klein

Modern Architecture in Düsseldorf-Derendorf

Last year, I went to see the new construction at the Hochschule Düsseldorf campus in Düsseldorf’s Derendorf borough, a traditionally industrial area.

This neighboring part of Derendorf used to be home to factories of defense contractor Rheinmetall, but has recently been revitalized with office  and residential buildings. While there was a lot of new construction, in many cases the old buildings have been integrated into the modern architecture.

Bürohaus 2 Klein

Bürohaus Klein

Wohnhaus Klein

Some buildings are quite unique such as this one decorated with antlers.

Das Gelbe Haus Klein

Geweihe Klein

Osthaus-Museum Hagen

Last year when M was home for Christmas, we saw an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen. This year, we went to the Osthaus-Museum in Hagen.

The exhibition was called “Photorealistic Paintings” and showed off some incredible work with magnificent attention to detail.

Being situated in an old villa, the exhibition space itself is also quite beautiful.

Brunnen von oben

Brunnen von vorne

Bibliothek

I particularly enjoyed the Spieltisch 1987 (“play table”) containing building blocks in various colors, some with letters, that let’s you create your own art.

Spieltisch