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  • Day15

    Dusseldorf, Germany

    September 17, 2016 in Germany

    Not much to report here. We spent a night in Dusseldorf and we weren't really impressed by the city. We did learn though that the drinking age in Germany is 16 years old and that there aren't any laws prohibiting public drinking. Those two combinations above left us thinking Dusseldorf was a pretty interesting place once the sun set. We also noticed a lot of middle eastern people in the city which was probably due to the German intake of refuges in the past year or two. Not too much of an identity to this city, but we'll cross it off the list. We did however have our first authentic German meal at one of the local breweries.Read more

  • Day63

    Short ride upto Dusseldorf today for a number of reasons.

    One the morning was spent doing a bit of maintenance ton the bike including a new rear tyre which will see was in a bad way! Two weather was terrible again with good hour spent chilling under a bridge at one point as I let a huge thunderstorm pass. Three as I arrived in Dusseldorf the weather cleared up and I simply fancied a beer in the sun and as you will see Dusseldorf is a cracking night out.Read more

  • Day1

    Weihnachtsmarkt die Erste

    December 8, 2016 in Germany

    Ich finde ja wenn einem das "Blind Booking" schon im Dezember nach Düsseldorf verschlägt, dann sollte man wenigstens genau inspizieren, was sich hier so tut, am Abend, in der Altstadt, im Advent. Und ich muss sagen - wir sind positiv überrascht.

    Die Altstadt entpuppt sich als (fast) flächendeckender Weihnachtsmarkt - vom Ambiente teilweise sehr herzig, teilweise irgendwie in den 90ern stecke geblieben, aber jede Ecke anders und durchwegs einladend. So konnten wir auch nicht vorübergehen, am Düsseldorfer Spießbratenbrötchen, am Lángos und am allgegenwärtig Eierpunsch. Prost, Mahlzeit.Read more

  • Day9

    Die Altstadt

    June 12, 2015 in Germany

    Die Altstadt -- the old town -- is where people go of an evening. I've been several times before, but this afternoon was my first time there with a camera. I wouldn't dare take my camera after the sun goes down. For what is strange about the Altstadt is how it can go from being the quiet, peaceful old part of Düsseldorf in the day, to the scene of debauchery that it becomes at night. To be fair, most of that is located on just one long street, but still.

    The reason why most of drinking that gets done in Düsseldorf gets done in the pubs and bards of the Altstadt, is because the Altstadt has forever been the site of breweries. There are a dozen or so of them here, brewing the 'Altbier' unique to Düsseldorf and the region.

    Apart from the breweries, every other building is either a cafe, a bar, a (Irish) pub or a restaurant. And the whole of the little old town is, as it should be, pedestrianised. I'm back off to the Altstadt now, for a meal at the Uerige brewery.
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  • Day25

    Altbier in die Altstadt

    June 28, 2015 in Germany

    Altbier (old beer) is the beer drunk in Düsseldorf and the nearby cities of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld. Here, in pubs, trinkhalles or kiosks, you will struggle to find a beer which isn't an Altbier, such is its dominance. Altbier, it seems, is a huge part of the culture here, a real park of the 'Westphalia' identity.

    The beer itself is a dark brown colour -- similar to a pale ale or something -- with a large foamy head. But it's much lighter than a pale ale - it's surprising just how drinkable it is. It really flows. The Altbier in the picture is significantly lighter and less heady that your typical 'Alt'.

    As shown, it is custom to take the beer in a small glass, although you can order a 'pint' should you want. Don't though. On my first weekend I did, and got a lot of stick for it. 'You are drinking Alt out of a large glass!' came the flummoxed responses. Drinking an Alt in a large glass is a real faux pas, equivalent, I would think, to going to Dublin and drinking Guinness from a wine glass. People will look at you strange - don't do it.

    There are eight Alt breweries in Düsseldorf, all located within or close to the Altstadt. They are as follows: Füchschen, Kürzer, Schumacher, Schlüssel, Uerige, Alter Bahnhof, Brauhaus Joh Albrecht and Brauerei Möhker.

    On a Wednesday (I don't know why a Wednesday) it is tradition to head down to the Altstadt, stand in the streets and drink Alt. The breweries all employ waitress' to walk around the streets with trays of Alt and hand glasses out. A glass may cost a Euro, but if you hand them 90 cents, that's fine. It's also fine if you hand them two Euros, five or ten, just don't expect any change in this case. You won't get any.

    If you head in to the Altstadt on any day other than a Wednesday, you'll sit inside the brewery as you would a nomral British pub. But you won't go to the bar to order; instead, waitress' with trays of Alt patrol, and if they see your glass is empty or nearly empty, they will take it from you and slam (literally slam) a fresh glass down on the table in front of you. Each time they do this, they'll quickly scribe a line on your beer mat, and it is that beer mat you take to the bar when you want to pay and leave; 'ok, eight scribbles, so that'll be eight Euros please.'

    In the Moon Under Water in Wigan, I've seen guys complain because the head on their pint was too large, or that it wasn't filled exactly to the brim. Here there is none of that fuss involved. You may get a beer with a large head, you may not. The waitress may come and take your beer away from you when it's half drunk, or they may not. No one, really, is keeping count. Everything is rough and crude, and it really does leave you with the feeling like you are engaging in an activity which hasn't changed much, if at all, in hundreds of years.
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  • Day39

    Frankreichfest

    July 12, 2015 in Germany

    Ever since the signing of the Élysée Treaty in 1963 France and Germany have gone to great lengths to become as united as possible. The Frankreichfest in Düsseldorf -- that takes place every year on the weekend around the 14th of July -- is carried out with that intention in mind.

    It was a rainy weekend but that didn't stop over 100,000 visitors making their way to the Altstadt and checking out the Frankreichfest. I went along with a few French friends and we potted about the stalls. I was happy to try a Galette but steadfastly refused to give the Champignons a go. Cheeses, wines, Crepes, old Citroen cars, a 15 meter Eiffel Tower – everything you would expect was there. Each year, it is the turn of a different French region and this year it was Brittany’s. So there was pipe music, too, and people dressed in traditional Breton costume

    Meanwhile, in Brussels, Eurozone leaders gathered to negotiate the future of Greece. It is generally assumed that Merkel has run a tight ship in Germany and in Europe for the past decade or so. Whilst, on the other hand, Hollande is often reported as being the most unpopular French president there's been. One thing is for sure, though, and that is that Hollande and Hollande alone who has been the sole rational voice over the Greece crisis. This weekend was a triumph for French diplomacy, and Hollande has single handedly prevented Germany from inflicting a lot of reputational damage upon itself.
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  • Day1

    Burgplatz - NRW Party 70 YEARS

    August 27, 2016 in Germany

    Heute starte ich mit meiner Geburts-& Heimatstadt #Düsseldorf.

    Der Burgplatz ist ein zentraler Platz, direkt am Rheinufer im Stadtteil Altstadt der nordrhein-westfälischen Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf gelegen.

    Heute grosse NRW Party - 70 Jahre

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