1. Although Düsseldorf is only the second most populous city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, it is its capital.
2. Düsseldorf has 642,304 inhabitants (as of 2022). That's quite a jump from the 300-400 inhabitants the city had when it was founded in 1288.
3. Düsseldorf has a friendly rivalry with Cologne (the most populous city in North Rhine-Westphalia). You will most likely notice it when you visit one of the two cities.
4. One of the rivalries between the two cities is beer. Just like Cologne, Düsseldorf has its own beer, the "Alt" (from Altbier, "alt" means old in German).
5. Düsseldorf has the longest bar in the world. At least that's what they say. What is meant is the approximately 1 km² area in the old town, which is packed with more than 260 bars, restaurants, and clubs.
6. You can not only play hard here but also work hard. Düsseldorf is home to many (international) companies. Such as Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Vodafone GmbH, L'Oréal Deutschland GmbH, Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf and the Metro Group with Metro Cash & Carry.
7. No wonder the city is also a shopping paradise for fashionistas. The famous shopping mile Königsalle (short: KÖ) offers everything the heart desires. Prada, Armani, Bulgari, Hermès and more can be found there.
8. Düsseldorf is home to the third largest Japanese community in Europe, behind London and Paris.
9. In addition, a Japan Day is celebrated here every year. With Japanese music, food, traditional clothing and other customs.
10. Cartwheeling is one of the oldest traditions in Düsseldorf. The symbol of cartwheelers can be found on many souvenirs and in various Düsseldorf namings.
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