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Düsseldorf (580.000 inhabitants) is the capital of  the Land North-Rhine Westphalia, which is the most densely populated area in Germany (17 million inhabitants). The city lies at 40 km north of Cologne and at approximately the same distance from the Ruhr basin. Düsseldorf is a crossroads of land routes, train lines and flight connections. And let’s not forget the Rhine harbour. To the west of Düsseldorf are the lower Rhineland towns of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld, to the north, the Ruhr area with Duisburg, Mülheim, and Essen, to the east, the Bergland towns of Wuppertal and Remscheid and to the south, Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen.

Thanks to the proximity of the Ruhr area, numerous banks and industrial companies have settled in Düsseldorf after 1945. The city is a centre of  the iron and steel industry as well as of the chemical industry. There are even more Japanese companies here than in Frankfurt. Like Frankfurt, however, Düsseldorf is home to many trade fairs (e.g. the Fashion Fair). Eighteen museums, the German Opera House, countless theatres large and small and numerous other attractions all attest to the city's standing as a major arts centre. Düsseldorf is also a paradise for shoppers - the Königsallee with its classy shops and pavement cafés is now firmly established as the unofficial public catwalk for the latest fashion trends.