Despite having lived in Düsseldorf for many years, yesterday was the my first visit to Garath. It is a district of contrasts: high-rise residential buildings in one street, single-family homes surrounded by gardens in the next. It also has several examples of brutalist architecture, the reason for my visit.
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.
Nonetheless, there are countless reminders that these busier days are long gone. Many buildings have been abandoned and trashed like this one.
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.
Buildings with inspiring names like SIGN!, DOCK and Capricorn (the Association of Architects has a flyer listing them all; PDF in German).
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.
Some buildings are quite unique such as this one decorated with antlers.
Five years ago, I got the book 111 Düsseldorfer Orte, die man gesehen haben muss (English: 111 Places to see in Düsseldorf). I posted an article detailing to which of these places I had already been at the time.
Today I decided to revisit that list and travel around town to see a few of those I hadn’t been to before. Pictures from today’s trip are at the end of this post. I’ve also created the hashtag #111DüsseldorferOrte on Instagram to tag pictures I take whenever I visit a place from the list.
Below is the list where I have marked all the places that as of 07-Nov-2016
- I have seen: 75 (up from 46 in 2011),
- I know or have at least heard of but haven’t seen: 17 (down from 24 in 2011),
- I have only read about in the book: 19 (down from 41 in 2011).
|2||Alte Golzheimer Friedhof||Been there|
|3||Apsis von St. Margareta||Know of|
|5||Atelierhaus Walzwerkstraße||Never heard of|
|6||Berger Kirche||Been there|
|7||Bilker Sternwarte||Been there|
|8||Blumenlädchen am Barbarossaplatz||Been there|
|9||Blutkapelle||Never heard of|
|11||Bootshafen am Unterbacher See||Know of|
|12||Botanischer Garten||Been there|
|16||Düsseldorfer Malerschule im museum kunst palast||Been there|
|18||Ecke Tußmann- und Moltkestraße||Been there|
|19||Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße||Been there|
|20||Ende der Zollstraße||Been there|
|23||Fähre nach Zons||Been there|
|24||Filmmuseum und die Black Box||Been there|
|25||Flinger Broich||Know of|
|26||Frauensteine||Never heard of|
|27||Fußgängerbrücke im Medienhafen||Been there|
|28||Galerie Simonis||Never heard of|
|29||GAP 15||Been there|
|31||Gnadenauge der Maxkirche||Never heard of|
|32||Goethe-Museum im Schloss Jägerhof||Been there|
|33||Goldene Brücke im Hofgarten||Been there|
|35||Grabmal Wilhelm des Reichen||Been there|
|36||Greifweg||Never heard of|
|37||Hand von St. Suitbertus||Been there|
|38||Haus der Ey||Been there|
|39||Haus Zum Neuen Schelfisch||Never heard of|
|40||Heine Haus||Been there|
|42||Am Heyebad||Know of|
|43||Himmelgeister Kastanie||Been there|
|45||Hunsrückstraße 16||Know of|
|46||Internationale Bushaltestelle||Been there|
|47||Japan Store||Never heard of|
|48||“Junges Rheinland” im Stadtmuseum||Never heard of|
|52||Kaiserswerther Deich||Been there|
|56||Kölner Straße||Been there|
|57||Konrad Fischer Galerie||Know of|
|58||Konsortium||Never heard of|
|60||Kreuzstation am Lindenplatz||Been there|
|63||Lantz’scher Park||Been there|
|66||marokkanische Viertel||Know of|
|67||Mausoleum in der Andreaskirche||Been there|
|69||Napoleonsecke im Schiffchen||Never heard of|
|71||Nitribitt-Grab||Never heard of|
|72||NRW-Forum im Ehrenhof||Been there|
|73||Oberbilker Markt||Been there|
|74||Park am Spee’schen Graben||Been there|
|76||Ratinger Straße||Been there|
|77||Ratinger Tor||Been there|
|78||Raum 20||Never heard of|
|79||Reeser Platz||Been there|
|80||Reinraum||Never heard of|
|81||Reiterstandbild auf dem Marktplatz||Been there|
|85||Salon des Amateurs||Know of|
|86||Schloss in Benrath||Been there|
|87||Schloss Mickeln||Been there|
|90||Schöne Aussicht||Been there|
|92||Schwarzwald-Christel||Never heard of|
|93||Seufzer-Allee im Hofgarten||Been there|
|94||Siedlung Freie Erde im Eller Forst||Never heard of|
|95||Souterrain im Cafè Muggel||Been there|
|97||Stindermühle||Never heard of|
|98||Stoffler Kapellchen||Never heard of|
|101||Trödelmarkt am Aachener Platz||Been there|
|103||Urdenbacher Kämpe||Been there|
|108||ZERO-Atelier||Never heard of|
|111||Zwischen Luegplatz und Belsenplatz||Been there|
One of the stranger places on the list is Reeser Platz which is this huge square that is unused except it has on one side a memorial erected by the Nazis in 1939 glorifying soldiers and the wars they went off to fight in.
Not a whole lot of traffic this morning.
Lantz’scher Park, with its old trees, numerous sculptures and well-designed lines of sight would would be a beautiful place to relax, if it wasn’t for the thunder of planes every two minutes to and from Düsseldorf airport.
Schloss Kalkum reflecting in its water-filled moat.
The train consisted of old cars from many different eras, including this kind I remember travelling in as a kid in the 1980s.
At the conference
CIM Lingen is a conference with a special focus on Microsoft solutions and thus perfect for me. A lot of MVPs from Germany went there, presenting on Azure and Internet of Things among other things.
Best of all, the conference is entirely free to attend.
It is held on the campus of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences whose building was formerly a locomotive factory. And although it was equipped with all the amenities of a modern university, it still has a nice industrial flair and wide open interior spaces where there once was the factory floor.
Before and after the event there was some time to walk around and take in the sights. What a beautiful small town.
As the sun sets I have to catch my train back home.
This was my first time at CIM Lingen, but I know that I’ll probably go again next year 09-Sep-2017.