Last week I found myself in Dusseldorf in a kind of an unexpected way. Given that it’s not exactly the most exciting place in the world for me and that I’ve been there before a couple of times already (a few  of which recently), my plans and expectations were limited. I thought it would be a great chance for me to explore the city’s famous Christmas markets and take it easy. So I would take a nice, refreshing nap and then head to the markets later in the evening. And so I did. I slept quite well and got up to catch the train to the city.

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And then Kaiserswerth came to mind! I had seen photos of palace ruins at random times on the internet, but never really managed to get much information or directions on how to get there and what else there is to see.

Kaiserswerth is a suburb of the city of Dusseldorf by the Rhine and used to be the seat of the Kaiserpfalz (imperial palace) for a few centuries. All that’s left now is ruins.

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I took a bus from the airport and got off at the Klemensplatz square. Or maybe 2 stops after that and had to walk back to Klemensplatz, but that’s not the point right now, is it? 😀 To my surprise, the first thing I saw was the local Christmas market! Cool I thought!

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It was the time that people had just started gathering, so there was not much going on at that moment. So I crossed the street and walked around the small Klemens Viertel (Klemens Quarter) with its cute little shops and beautiful clock tower! And everything looked even cuter with all the Christmas decorations!

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I decided to follow the route that, in my head, would lead me to the ruins. Needless to say my head’s not always right! There were some nice neighbourhoods on the way and I ended up at the , one of the landmarks of the district.

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After walking around the nice streets and quaint neighbourhoods, I came across a quirky restaurant with a beer garden that was so my style! I would have loved to spend some time there, if 1) It wasn’t about to close, 2) it wasn’t winter and you could sit outside and 3) I had company. The garden overlooks the river, too! Have a look and get a rough idea of what I’m talking about, even though it was too dark for nice photos:

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There were cool vintage cars in the courtyard!

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There’s a bar and a fancier restaurant. This is peeking from outside like the Little Match Girl!

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The beer garden with the nice view (well, the one behind me!)!

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Statues and sculptures on a carriage among other cool things!

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And after this nice evening stroll, I finally reached the reason I visited this part of the city in the first place: the ruins. And they were fenced out (probably because it was late) and you couldn’t see much. 🙁 That was a bit disappointing! So all I could do is take a few photos from a distance and forget all the thoughts about jumping the fence and getting all adventurous because there were still people walking past it and I would be anything but invisible! Oh well! Next time!

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The ruins, the fence, me and a Christmas tree!

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For the record, after all this, I still stack to my original plan and visited almost all the Christmas markets of Dusseldorf. Not because I had the energy to walk around the entire city at night, but because I had the wrong directions! And the biggest and most important market was the last one I got to. Typical! German Christmas market for 2015: Check!

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The “2015 German Christmas market: check!” moment!