Düsseldorf, Aachen and the Lower Rhine
Düsseldorf, Aachen and the Lower Rhine.
ISBN 978-3-89861-892-2, 224 pages, coloured photos throughout, paperback,
Klartext Verlag, Essen 2009
This is my third travel guide – after "Tour the Ruhr" and "The Wupper Valley" – to the largest Federal State in Germany, North Rhine Westphalia. Like the other two guides, it has been written on the basis of personal visits, rather than on secondary literature and online research.
Having lived in the Ruhrgebiet for the last twenty years I was more than a little curious to know what made Düsseldorf
so attractive to its inhabitants, apart from the extraordinary amount of restaurants, bars and cafes in the old town area.
And since Aachen
is a major tourist attraction on account of its magnificent cathedral and its connections to Charlemagne history I considered it only logical to link the two because they are so near, and many visitors and residents in the region would clearly be interested in both.
The Lower Rhine
, on the other hand, was almost a blank page as far as I was concerned, apart from Moyland Castle with its extraordinary collection of works by Joseph Beuys. Little did I realise that the area was much more than simply a mecca for cyclists and fresh air enthusiasts, and I can only hope that this book encourages more tourists to discover the many other attractions in the Lower Rhine, most especially the major art museums in Mönchengladbach, Krefeld and Kleve.
I can assure you that, after over a year of immensely enjoyable travel, I have discovered an extraordinary amount of rewarding places to visit.
I'd like to close with a sad tale about the Düsseldorf Tourist Agency
. After its staff had given me very helpful assistance in researching the book, a small-minded official in the organisation decided it would be impossible to stock the book in the official Düsseldorf tourist offices because it also included Aachen and the Lower Rhine! So if you want to buy the book in Düsseldorf you'll have to go to a proper bookshop.
If you fancy a sneak preview, click through the photo gallery on the left.