Königsallee is one of the best known boulevards in Dusseldorf. It is called Kö by the local people and is famous for both the landscaped canal that runs along its center, as well as for the fashion showrooms and luxury retail stores located along its sides. This is a paradise especially for the ladies because has plenty of shops, department stores and huge malls. It is the place to be when you want to do some shopping in extraordinary shopping galleries. People enjoy seeing and being seen here as they take time off between two buys and relax at one of the numerous street cafés. One of the main attraction amongst the many arcades and passages is the 'Ko-Galerie', which, apart from its wide-ranging display of goods, also beckons with the culinary delights of numerous restaurants.Here you will find all the famous designer shops. It is located in a picturesque place near some of the main features of Dusseldorf like Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus – theater, Deutsche Oper am Rhein - opera house, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, stilwerk Düsseldorf.
The History of Königsallee
This is a really old boulevard and has a rich history and culture. The history begins in the 18th century, when Düsseldorf was a small Baroque town. The boulevard, with its generous stretch of water down the centre, was specially made by the court master builder Huschberger in the place of the existing fortifications, when the area was redeveloped in 1802. It was completed in 1804. The excavation of a moat of 31 m width and 5 m depth required the Düssel to be diverted to provide the necessary water. Two wooden bridges crossing the moat were provided with toll huts. On the suggestion of the landscape architect Weyhe, trees were planted alongside, and the boulevard was later on named Kastanienallee (Chestnut Avenue). Because of an open-air fashion showthat was held on Königsallee, initiated the first Igedo Fashion Fair in 1949, which over the years grew to become one of the world’s largest fashion fairs. Since 1981 the biannual Düsseldorf Fashion Shows are held as Collection Premiers Düsseldorf.
The main features of Königsallee
One of the main attractions in Königsallee are Shopping malls. One of the main centre where you should definitely attend is KÖ-Galerie - A forum for culture and meetings, for exhibitions and action with a constantly changing program of events, Sevens - on a total surface of 15,500 square meters, the customer is immerged into the worlds of fashion, design, multimedia and lifestyle, also the glass roof of this department store allows the light to reach all seven floors right down to the food hall in the open basement. Another main attraction is Stilwerk. It is spread on 17,500 square meters, has over 5 floors, 45 shops that sell everything for the home by internationally renowned designers. On sunny days the glass roof can be opened, giving an impression of open air shopping. Also there is Schadow Arkaden - a high-class world of shopping and entertainment. It’s considered the entrée to Königsallee and Schadowstraße.
Also in Königsallee you can see some good places for resting and relaxing, incredible statues and fountains that will take your breath away. One of them is The Triton Fountain - a wide-ranging display of goods. The fountain has an incredible design and a spectacular view.
So, don’t hesitate to visit this incredible boulevard, here there is something for everyone.