Visit the City Hall, shop at a Christmas market, and join in Dusseldorf’s Carnival celebrations at this city center square.

The Marktplatz denotes the heart of Dusseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) and city center. Come here to admire the architecture of the City Hall and be part of a busy program of cultural events. The square dates back to the 14th century, the period of the city’s first major urban development.

One of the first ports of call should be the City Hall (Rathaus). Originally built in 1570, it occupies much of the western and northern sides of the square. Architecture connoisseurs will appreciate the blend of Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architectural styles.

Check out the equestrian statue of Johann Wilhelm II, which stands in the middle of the square. Italian-Flemish artist Gabriel Grupello designed it in 1711. Look for the statue of a boy by Willi Hoselmann. It celebrates the legend of a boy who collected silver from local residents and donated it to Grupello so that he could finish his work.

Visit Marktplatz for various cultural events. The Dusseldorf Carnival runs from early November to Ash Wednesday. It begins in Marktplatz at 11:11 a.m. on November 11 with the awakening of the Hoppeditz, a fictional jester character and the event’s mascot. Find more Carnival details on Karneval on Dusseldorf’s official website.

Don’t miss out on the Christmas market in Marktplatz, which takes place from late November until the end of December. Sample mulled wine and shop for arts and crafts at the market’s stalls. Watch demonstrations by glassblowers and woodturners. Kids will enjoy looking up at the tall Christmas tree and riding the carousel, which also offer good photo opportunities. Visit Dusseldorf’s Tourismus official website for the market’s opening times.

Located in the heart of the Old Town, Marktplatz is close to Dusseldorf’s main attractions. The Hofgarten and shopping district of Königsallee are 10-minute walks away. The nearest tram and metro station is Heinrich-Heine-Allee.

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