In our information you will find tips and hints for your visit. For further information please contact our service for international patients.
Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital, located in the west of Germany, is one of the country’s richest cities and an economic powerhouse stationing the headquarters of many of the country’s biggest banks, corporations, fashion houses and advertising agencies. With its Swish hotels, designer-clad locals and slick architecture, the city is culturally rich too. There are over 100 museums and galleries, interesting and varied architecture, plus world-class offerings of classical music and ballet. With its location along the Rhine River, as well as its numerous wide squares, and wonderful riverside walkways, make it a pleasant place to spend time. The Rhine River aptly divides the older and newer parts of the city; on the eastern side lies the charming Altstadt, Old Town. The focal point of the Old Town is the Marktplatz where you will find the imposing Town Hall (Rathaus) and a large statue of Elector John William II from 1711. Another highlight is the Castle Tower (Schlossturm) in Burgplatz on the banks of the Rhine. In complete contrast, on the western side of the Rhine, sits the Medienhafen, a re-developed harbour area, showcasing a festival of international avant-garde architecture, which includes Frank Gehry’s “dancing towers” and the new city gate, a large triangular glass office that appears to change shape depending on which angle you view it from. This area is also the site of one of the city’s most popular attractions, the 772ft Rhine Tower (Rheinturm). For breath-taking views of the city head up to the tower’s viewing deck or, if you’re feeling more extravagant, dine in the 360-degree revolving restaurant.
Despite its modest size and population, Krefeld has plenty to offer visitors. If you like architecture then you are in luck, as the city
showcases a range of distinct styles. Walking around the centre you will encounter many imposing neo-classical and industrial buildings,
while if you venture just outside the centre to the Uerdingen district you will be treated to some baroque style delights. You could even
take a trip out to the charming little castle town of Linn, which boasts many well-preserved medieval structures.
In keeping with its industrial roots, Krefeld still has a strong textile industry and annually hosts a number of significant fashion and
textile-related events. Every September the city holds the world’s largest outdoor fashion show and then at Easter hosts Germany’s
largest craft market. Those visiting outside of these dates fear not, Krefeld frequently sees many other exciting, albeit smaller, fashion
and textile-type events.
In terms of sights the city centre offers a range of great theatres, art galleries and museums, including the insightful German Textile
Museum and the Museum of Silk Culture. Yet if you are more of a nature lover you can visit the beautiful botanical gardens, located on
the outskirts of Krefeld, or even pay a visit to the city’s zoo.
Food and drink are a significant part of the culture here too, and the city has some delicious traditional delicacies. For the best dining and
drinking experience head to one of the city’s quaint little brewpubs. At these traditional tavern-style venues, which date back to the 19th
century, you can feast on a popular regional dish, such as tasty Rheinish mussels or a hearty sauerbraten hotpot, and then wash it down with a freshly brewed altbier.
Popular gifts are crossword puzzles, magazines, books and other things that entertain and pass the time.
Sweets, snacks and drinks are also very popular. You are welcome to ask at the ward whether your relative has been prescribed a special diet and has to do without "treats".
Potted flowers are not allowed in hospitals for reasons of hygiene, as the potting soil may be used to bring germs to the hospital. Bringing cut flowers is in most cases unproblematic. Our nursing staff on the wards will be happy to hand out vases to you. For patients with a weakened immune system, for example in an intensive care unit or oncology ward, flowers represent an additional risk. In this case, we would ask you to refrain from bringing cut flowers with you.
Last Minute Gifts
You will find a small selection of souvenirs in our kiosk on the ground floor of the main building, right next to the cafeteria.