The Rhine trade was Dusseldorf’s original reason for being, and although it is now better known for its service industries, the city still likes to celebrate its location.
The Rheinturm is a 240 m telecommunications tower near the river. It has an observation deck with spectacular views. A large working clock is often projected onto the structure. Dusseldorf is home to the Largest Fair on the Rhine. Over ten days in July, more than 4 million people come and enjoy its fairground rides, beer and food tents and market stalls. The fair dates back to the Middle Ages when it began as a way of celebrating the city’s patron – St Apollinaris.