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Düsseldorf A­Z


About Düsseldorf and the Heinrich­Heine University


How to pass a typical day in the hospital


German Skills


The places to be and to see: Nice places


Restuarants & Bars


Things to do after work: Culture




Tours, trips & travelling Public transport in Düsseldorf


Day trips


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4 A B C D E



| nice Altbier best beer in the world Benrath castle the pinkest place in Duesseldorf with a wonderful garden Campino front singer of the famous band Die Toten Hosen Döner best famous Turkish food, recommendable für all incomings Eurovision Song contest that took place in the beautiful Esprit­Arena, Düsseldorf’s main event center, in 2009 Fortuna Düsseldorf best soccer club in the world Gehry­Bauten the result of international architecture competitions Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf’s university with 23.511 students Ice skating a place to have fun and do some sports Japanese community one of Europe’s biggest Japanese communities Königsallee big shopping street where you can spend 1000000 Euros and find shops like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci Lot Jonn best student’s place to drink a beer Mauer always good for a flirty party evening North Rhine Westphalia the federal land that Duesseldorf is part of Old town longest bar in the world Parliament Düsseldorf is the capital of North Rhine Westphalia Quartier Bohème party place for the monthly students party Rhine promenade a really nice place with really nice coffee 1 shot Killepitsch a genuine Düsseldorf speciality

D端sseldorf A to Z


Rhinetower during sunshine the best place to have a nice overview Uniklinik meaning our university's teaching hospital Volksgarten D端sseldorf's "central park" Water Germany's biggest river, the Rhine, flows in the middle of the city Xenos place where you can buy useless stuff Yummi Food everywhere Zakk centre for culture & communication: a place to hear concerts and poetry slams


We're as much interested in our incomings' culture as they are in ours 足 always a good reason for having great transcultural parties together!


About D端sseldorf

8 Düsseldorf is beautifully located at the Rhine, offering splendid sunsets.

Many diffent intreresting towns are located near by, the so called "Ruhrgebiet".

Düsseldorf is known for luxury ­ and beer.

| nice Düsseldorf [ˈdʏsl̩dɔɐ̯f] is the capital of the region North Rhine­Westfalia. It has nearly 600.000 citizens and 20 000 students. It is located between Köln and Duisburg which are all connected by the famous river Rhine. Duisburg which is in the north of Düsseldorf, is the beginning of the Ruhrgebiet, a region that fifty years ago was known for its heavy industries. Today in the Ruhrgebiet, the days of heavy industries are left behind and in 2010 the fith biggest urban agglomeration of Europe was the european capital of culture. In Essen which is the biggest single city of the Ruhrgebiet you can still visit a world cultural heritage, the Zeche Zollverein. In Cologne, our small neighboring city in the south of Düsseldorf, you can for example visit the Cologne Cathedral which is another world cultural heritage. Düsseldorf is known as an international financial and business metropole and has some well known fashion stores and trade fairs. Most famous is the shopping street Königsalle, also known just as KÖ , where you can find unimaginably expensive shops like Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Channel and many more. Not yet world cultural heritage The Gehry buildings but famous and mouth watering are some old breweries that produce for the typical beer of Duesseldorf, known as Altbier. In the city center can you find the breweries: Uerige, Kürzer, Füchschen, Schlüssel and Schlösser. Try all the different types of house­brewed beer and enjoy it! Cheaper places to stay, eat, drink and live are the students districts not far from university like Bilk, Friedrichstadt and Oberbilk.

About Düsseldorf| There are also cultural events in Duesseldorf that you shouldn’t miss. The best place to see cheap concerts, poetry slams and more is the ZAKK. Zakk stands fors centre for action, culture and comunication. Check the monthly pro­ gram at Every july the largest fair along the Rhine attracts nearly 4.5. million people. There

9 Be prepared for all kinds of weather and check on German climate before arriving.

are many different at­ tractions, roller coasters and sweets A sculpture of Jan Wellem in front of the city hall to try and it usually ends with impressive fireworks on the last evening. Two years ago, Düsseldorf's municipality asked an advertising agency to create a new logo for the city. The result was as simple as expensive (150.000€):

:D The weather in Düsseldorf is changing every season. In summer, when most of you are coming through, like the most of you coming through the summer season, the temperatures vary between 20 and 30°C. And it is possible to have some rain up to 5 days a month. If you will stay with us in winter (November to February) you have to bring many warm clothes. It will be around 0°C ,some days warmer, some days colder and there may be rain or snow coming down. So be prepared for cold nights and warm and sunny days, maybe just bring clothes for every weather!


| nice About the Heinrich­Heine University (HHU)

The HHU arose from a medical academy, founded in 1907 and is located on a campus next to the teaching hospital.

In 1919, across from Heinrich Heines birthhouse in the oldtown, 25 medical students, who returned from world war1, set up an expose in order to create a new medical faculty in düsseldorf. The expose was an important step on the way to official approval of the "medical academy in Düsseldorf" in 1923. A bronze panel which can be found above the entrance of the Golden Kettle, which belongs to the Schumacher Bre­ wery, still remembers that important moment. The Heinrich Heine University (HHU) Düsseldorf as we know it today was founded in 1965 after being known as „Düs­ eldorf's Medical Academy“ since 1907.

Our new Surgical clinic (ZOM II) gained an award for being an outstanding example of wasted public money. Why? We'll it's construc­tion has been finished three years ago and since then it costs about 2 million Euros per year ­ but due to technical problems it can't be used yet.

Nowadays there are more than 20,000 full time students enrolled at one of the five different faculties: Medicine, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Sciences, Business Administrandtion ans Economics and Law. What most of us 3,000 medicine students in Düsseldorf love is the campus atmosphere with our university hospital located right beside the university. Heinrich Heine (1797­1856) was a famous German writer and poet

How to... There are some points you should pay attention to during your stay in the hospital. It will help you to have some awesome weeks, instead of a tiring time. The relationship between doctors and students usually is friendly and collegial. You can ask them everything about medicine, but please nothing too private. As you may have heard, Germans are usually really punctual. So our first tip is to be aware that you won’t come in late in the morning. Try to be at the meeting point about five minutes earlier then they told you. Our second advice is to show your attending doctor your interest in medicine. Ask the doctors everything you want to know and be motivated to learn. The third and last general point is to offer your help. Doctors often are afraid to give you too much work, so don’t be shy and ask them about everything you can do. So it should be your aim to do most things alone at the end of your stay. In the following we will give you some ideas about typical exercises a German medical student does in his internship. So try to ask for these things to do: taking blood samples, putting in an IV, do the examinations (especially if new patients come to hospital), be in charge of patients. If you are not sure about how to do this stuff, ask your doctor to explain it. If you pass your time on a surgical ward, ask if you could assist the surgeries and you will be learning to do sutures faster then you expected.

DO Be punctual Be motivated and offer your help Ask everything you want to know Stay with the doctors and interns Speak English

DON'T Be late Use your phone to surf on the internet Be afraid & hide yourself Ask for too much freetime


How to pass a typical day in the hospital

German Skills


| nice Basic Conversation

Hello! Good morning/day! My name is... Yes No Thank you Please Sorry How are you See you/Good bye! I don't speak german. I study medicine. I'm from... I'm here only for one month. I am ... years old

Hallo! Guten Morgen/Tag! Ich heiße... Ja Nein Danke Bitte Entschuldigung Wie geht's? Bis bald / Auf Wiedersehen. Ich spreche kein Deutsch. Ich studiere Medizin. Ich komme aus... Ich bin nur für einen Monat hier. Ich bin …. Jahre alt

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2 o'clock Half past 2 Quarter to/past 2

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Zehn Elf Zwölf Dreizehn Vierzehn Fünfzehn Sechzehn Siebzehn Achzehn Neunzehn

2 Uhr Halb 3 Viertel vor/nach 2

Zwanzig Einundzwanzig Zweiundzwanzig Dreißig Vierzig Fünfzig Sechzig Siebzig Achzig Neunzig Hundert

german skills | Am Morgen Am Nachmittag Minute Stunde Tag Woche Montag Dienstag Mittwoch Donnerstag Freitag Samstag Sonntag

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Food and Drinks Wasser Milch Cola (light) Bier Wein Mit Alkohol Ohne Alkohol/Alkoholfrei

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Nudeln Reis Obst/Früchte Gemüse Vegetarisch (Rind­/Schweine­)Fleisch Fisch Hühnchen Salz/Pfeffer scharf Ich esse kein ...

Noodles Rice Fruits Vegetable Vegetarian (beef/pork) meat Fish Chicken Salt/ Pepper Spicy I don't eat ... I am allergic to ...

Ich habe eine Allergie gegen ...

(Diet) Coke Beer Wine With alcohol Without alcohol


| nice Words you will probably hear a lot ...

"Scheiße" "Verdammt" "Achso" "Genau!" "Alles klar!"

"Shit" "Damned" "Aha ok!" or "now I got it!" "Exactly" "All right"

Medical German Body Back Arm Hand Head Mout

Belly Leg Foot Trunk Nose

Körper Rücken Arm Hand Kopf Mund

Bauch Bein Fuß Rumpf Nase

Brain / Stroke Gall Bladder Heart / Heart attack Intestine/Bowl/Gut Kidney Liver Lung Pancreas Stomach Spleen Vessels Blood / ~ pressure Bones / Fracture

Gehirn, Schlaganfall Gallenblase Herz, Herzinfarkt Innereien, Darm Niere Leber Lunge Bauchspeicheldrüse Magen Milz Gefäße Blut, Blutdruck Knochen, Bruch

Surgery Internal Medicine Gynecology Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit Nurse

Chirurgie Innere Medizin Frauenheilkunde, Gynäkologie Kinderheilkunde, Pädiatrie Intensivstation Krankenschwester

german skills | Untersuchung Behandlung Genesung Röntgen Notfall Krankheit Krebs / Tumor Wunde Fieber Entzündung Allergie Schmerzen, Schmerztabletten Eiter Schwellung nähen Spritze

17 Examination Treatment Recovery X­Ray Emergency Disease Cancer / Tumor Wound Fever Inflammation Allergy Pain / ~ killers Pus Swelling to sew Syringe

German skills for Düsseldorf I’d like to have a beer, please!

Bitte ein Bier.

(Watch out, if you say that, you’ll get a strong dark beer in Dusseldorf. If you like to have something else, ask for a “Kölsch” or a “Pils”)

Let’s go to the Altstadt.

Ab in die Altstadt!

(Place to party around in Dusseldorf. To go shopping or to have some beer.)

Surgery canteen or big student canteen? (The Surgery canteen is in the middle of the hospital area and a little

Chirurgen Mensa oder große Mensa?

cheaper than canteen for the students.)

Let’s meet at the Oase. (It is our medical library and a central meeting point.)

Fries with ketchup and mayonnaise, please.

Treffen wir uns an der Oase? Einmal Pommes rot­ weiß, bitte. / Einmal Pommes Schranke, bitte. (For Ruhrgebiet only.)

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| nice Nice Places Grafenberger Wald

Never seen a middle european forest and it's wild animals? Go for it!

If you are a fan of pure nature, the forest and wild animal parcs: Grafenberger Wald in the north of Duesseldorf will be a good choice for you. The parc is surrounded by a big forrest that’s always worth to go for a walk in. You can get into the parc for free and walk around while watching boar families and free living deers. Of course the enclosure of racoons is always fun to watch. During summer (April to September) the parc is opened from 9:00 to 19:00. The best way to get there is the tram 703/709/713 to “Auf der Hardt” and walk about 15 minutes to the parc.

Rheinstrand Wanna hang out at the "beach" or have a picknick?

A really nice place is to hang out on sunny days and evenings is the beach of the Rhine, locals call it “Rheinstrand”. It’s a 2 km long beach where you can have a picnic, sit around or play some volleyball. It’s also pos­ sible to quickly freshen up in the river, but be aware that the water isn’t clean. By the way: DO NOT try to swim in the deeper parts of the river, even if you’re a good swimmer. The best way to get there is by bike. The next bus stop is 15 walking minutes away. First get to the “Rheinturm”. On it’s backside, cross the rhine promenade and get up the pe­destrian bridge. After passing the bridge, keep on wal­king/biking until you find the place you like the most. Good luck!

Rheinpromenade Another place to have a nice view, or to watch the sunset, is the promenade along the Rhine. There are small but quite expensive bars, in a part called the “Kasematten” where you

The places to be & see can have a beer. Or you just bring your own drink and a blanket to sit down in the grass or

23 Hanging out at the Rhine and still staying close to the old town.

on a wall. To get there just take the 836/835 from the bus stop “Bilk S” or “Universität West” to View towards the Medienhafen “Landtag/Kniebrücke” and keep on walking down the promenade. Falling down the Rhinetower takes 1,5 sec. longer than a fall from the


tower of Cologne Cathedral.

The best and most recommendable place to hang out on a sunny day is the parc: Volksgarten. It’s a big public parc where you can meet your friends to have barbeque , play soccer, do slacklining, smoke a hooka and drink a few beer (and sometimes more ;­)) The best option to get here is by bike. From university you follow the “Witzelstraße” ten minutes in direction city until you reach “Auf’m Hennekamp”. There you turn right and follow the street (it’s name is still Auf'm Hennekamp”). You follow this street until you see a three coloured dragon to your left and many clocks to your right. This is the main entrance to the parc. Of course it’s for free.

Düsseldorf's "central park"

The clocks at the Volksgarten's entrance

Botanic garden If you are a friend of nature and plants don’t miss the university’s botanic garden. You get in for free and can walk around as you love to. Opening hours (Apr.­Sept.) : Mon ­ Fri 8am – 7pm, Sat. 1pm­6pm and Sun. 10am – 7pm. If you go by bike just ask some students around the campus or take the tram 707 to “Universität Ost/Botanischer Garten”. Sometimes you can get plants for free to take away.


| nice Food and Restaurants The typical Rhenish cuisine originates in the loving housewives‘ aim to satisfy their husbands hunger after a long day of hard work in the coal mines. It consists of different potato variations, numerous types of sausages and other meat products served with vege­ tables like beans and cabbage. One restaurant besides another

Local breweries provide the so called Altbier, most of them are located in the old city (around Ratinger Strasse)

Check out the Sushi bars!

All kinds of international food and restaurants await your visit!

Düsseldorf is known for its mustard, „Düsseldorf Mostert“, and of course for its` Altbier. Altbier, we simply call it „Alt“, is a dark, clear beer, served in small glasses. For your first Alt experience, we recommend a gentle summer evening with your friends in front of the brewery „Uerige“ (Berger Strasse 1). The barkeepers come outside to sell beer, pickles and bread rolls with Mett, a mixture of raw ground meat and onions, it's unique! Or go to Ratinger Strasse where you find numerous breweries which also serve delicious Rhenian food (for example Brauerei Füchschen, Ratinger Strasse 28). If you like Asian food Düsseldorf is the perfect city for you. There are countless small restaurants in the Japanese district. The best one for soups and sushi is „NaNiWa“ (Oststrasse 55). You should be there before 6 pm if you're not willing to wait for a table. Delicious Thai food is served in „Cha Cha“ (Kasernenstrasse 18). A very nice Italian restaurant is „A Tavola“ (Wallstrasse 11) or take a pizza to go at „Colopic Mini Pizza“ (corner Mertensgasse/Kurze Strasse). On a summer day it’s nice to sit on the steps next to the

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bank of the river Rhine (Burgplatz): you'll meet people of all ages and different nations. Here you can listen to street musicians and see other performing artists. „Leo's Grill“ (Martinstrasse 18) serves outstanding Dutch food such as burgers, frikandel and twister fries with different sauces. For a small snack in the old town, try the fries at Fritz & Friends (Hunsrückenstrasse 41). Next to the Uni, you'll find „Scotti's“ (Christophstrasse 2), they are brilliant at making fancy burgers.

Clubs and bars Since Düsseldorf's old town is known as "the longest bar in the world" it's quite easy to find lots and lots of places to have a beer and to party. Here are some of the most popular spots (not all of them are located in the old town): Lot Jonn: most famous bar of the local students just a beer away from the university (Kopernikusstraße 94) Frida: greatest Tapas bar in town, alternative and good atmosphere (Bilker Allee 4) Café de Paris: are you looking for the best cocktails around? Go there. You can even create your own ones (Stresemannstraße 32) Die Mauer: flirty, flirty and main stream (Ratinger Mauer 1) Schickimicki: alternative (Neustraße 51) Cube: electronic (Mertensgasse 8) Rudas Studios: Posh but after­work with live bands on tuesdays (Kaistraße 7)

Old town = longest bar in the world. Is there anything more to say?

Things to do after work


| nice Cultural stuff Tonhalle

Tonhalle, the place where excellent music meets an extraordinary architecture.

View at the Tonhalle

Everyone who’s interested in music, especially classical music, shouldn’t miss the „Tonhalle“. Their homepage www.tonhalle­ gives you a great overview about their concerts. Especially the “Big Bang” concerts are recommendable classic concerts, played by young music students' orchestras and choirs. Bring your student ID and pay 5 Euros only. The Tonhalle is located in the central city and has its own bus stop called Tonhalle/Ehrenhof. You get there by tram (U74, U75, U76, U77) or by bike (30 minutes from university).

Cinemas Some cinemas show movies in their orignial version.

There are a few small, but alternative cinemas in Düsseldorf, that show movies in the original version, meaning mainly in English. To get an overview, have a look at the program at http://metropol­kino­duesseldorf.kino­ Recommendable and not to far away is the “Metropol” in Düsseldorf­Bilk, near the Arcades (Brunnenstr. 20) Other places are Bambi (Dominikanerstr. 4) and Souterrain (Klosterstr. 78). The Entrance fee varies about 8 – 10 Euros.

Museums Düsseldorf's academy of arts is known for it's famous former students such as Gerhard Richter or Joseph Beuys.

Düsseldorf is also known for his variety of museums. Just to mention the most important ones: Museum Kunstpalast; Kunst im Tunnel (Art inside of a tunnel), mostly modern art www.kunst­im­ K21; For information on entrance fees and oparating hours check the websites.

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Sports in and around Düsseldorf The Heinrich­Heine­University, the city of Düsseldorf and the surrounding cities offer a vast variety of sports. You can either watch some of Germanys biggest football clubs live or become active yourself. This guide gives you a brief introduction into what you can do here.

Sports facilities at the university The sports department of our university offers you a broad variety of sports. Usually you don´t have to register for the courses and you can join almost every course at any time. Most courses even take place during semester break which should be the time when you´re around. And best of all, most courses are for free. Small fees only need to be paid for tennis or sailing courses and for our cozy gym. For more detailed information just visit the homepage of our sports department or visit the sports department which is located on the campus. Hochschulsportreferat im AStA building 25.23 Universitätsstr. 1 40225 Düsseldorf http://www.uni­

Additional sports facilities in Düsseldorf If the sports program offered by the university is not enough for you, there are plenty of other facilities in Düsseldorf you can go to. The Arena Sport Park is probably the biggest sports facility in Düsseldorf. Here you can find professional training conditions for track and field, including an athletics sports hall with two gyms. You can also play football on small grounds with synthetic turf. At the Arena Sport Park you can also find indoor and out­ door swimming pools with sunbathing areas and beach

Plenty of sports facilities and most of them for free!


| nice volleyball grounds. For opening hours and address visit the official hompage.

Aquatic sports Apart from the offers of our sports department you can of course go swimming by yourself. On http://www.baeder­ you can find all swimming pools and opening hours in Düsseldorf. More water sports? In Langenfeld (not too far away from our university) you can go waterskiing or wakeboarding. http://www.wasserski­

Ice skating Never been ice skating before? Düsseldorf has two ice ska­ ting halls to offer. For opening hours and location vi­ sit www.sparkassen­ or http://www.duesseldorf­

The Düsseldorfers are in love with their Fortuna 95!

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Sports venues Like almost everywhere in Europe, football is very big in Germany. In and around Düsseldorf you can find a lot of famous football clubs. The biggest football club in Düsseldorf is Fortuna 95. At the moment they play in the second Bundesliga. The biggest rival of Fortuna 95 can be found in Cologne, one of our smaller neighboring cities ;) If you get the chance to visit a

Fortuna 95 vs. Cologne ­ something you should not miss!

football game between Düsseldorf and Cologne you should go there. An exciting atmosphere is guaranteed. Up to date playing schedules can be found on http://www.fortuna­ Clubs that play international and in the first Bundesliga can be found in Dortmund (BVB 09), Gelsenkirchen (FC Schalke 04) and Leverkusen (Bayer04 Leverkusen).

Ice hockey You are too cool to watch football? Why don´t you try ice hockey? The ISS Dome is the new home of our local ice hockey team, the DEG. For playing schedules visit http://www.deg­

Several Bundesliga football clubs play in towns close by.

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| nice Public transport within Düsseldorf

If it's raining or if your bike's broken, line 707 gets you to the university.

There are different kinds of public transportations that you can use within Düsseldorf. Besides busses, trams and underground you can also use a so called S­Bahn. These trains are faster than normal trams and stop less often and less frequently, all of them go via Düsseldorf main station. Busses, trams and underground usually depart every ten minutes at daytime during the week. At the weekend, service at night is provided by busses.

Tickets Usually it's possible to buy tickets on board (except S­Bahn). Prices vary from 2,50€ for a single ride to 6,50€ for a day­ ticket. I you're travelling in a group it's cheaper to buy group tickets or a ticket for four single rides (9,40€). On weekends or in the evening we can give you a lift on our student transit pass. For more information check on

Getting around like locals do Use a bike as often as possible.

Luckily Düsseldorf is a town that isn't too big (and still offers so many great things to do!). Most parts of the town can easily be reached by foot or by bike (unfortunately there are many areas and streets without separate bike paths, so be careful). We try to provide most of you with bikes during your stay so you're as independent as possible.

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Day­trips in and around Düsseldorf Cologne Cologne's local beer is called There has always been a very special relationship between Kölsch (and isn't as tasty as Düsseldorf and Cologne, the citizens maintain rivalry in a Alt!) half serious way. Both cities are centers of history, arts and media, have a historic town district and their own beer: Düsseldorf has Alt, Cologne has Kölsch, Kölsch and Alt contain the same ingrediences ­ they're a light beer served in special thin, long just brewed with different techniques. glasses. Cologne is definitely a must­see city when visiting Germany. First climb the steps up the The town’s landmark is the famous Cologne Cathedral, an Cathedral, then boost up eternal building site: construction works were started in your energy at the chocolate 1248 and never finished to this day, because it is mainly museum. made of sandstone – you’ll always discover a scaffold somewhere. To enjoy a great view over the city, climb the 509 stone steps of the ancient spiral staircase. Nearby the Cathedral, you find the romano­germanic museum with a lot of roman items (Cologne was a roman settlement). If you walk some minutes down the river Rhine, you’ll find the Chocolate Museum with a 10­feet­high chocolate fountain! The best shopping streets: Ehrenstrasse, Breite Strasse and Hohestrasse. There are a lots of bars (for example die hängenden Gärten von Ehrenfeld, Vogelsanger Str. 140 or Arcadia Bar, Friesenstrasse 52) and clubs in the district Ehrenfeld and many old­fashioned taverns and breweries in the old town (for example Papa Joe's, Alter Markt 50). You get to Cologne main station by train (RE5, RE1, S6, S11).


| nice Bonn

Bonn is the former German capital.

Until 1990, Bonn was the capital of West Germany. You find zoological, historical and art museums at the Museum Mile: take the tram No. 66 to Heussalle/Museumsmeile from Bonn main station. Have some nice italian food afterwards at Vapiano (Ollenhauer Str.1). In the city centre, you find some beautiful old­fashioned houses, churches and the Beethoven House (Bonngasse 24), where Ludwig van Beethoven was born. Take the tram No. 66 to Königswinter (approx. 30 Min.) and visit Schloss Drachenburg, a beautiful, but not very old castle: it was built in 1882 by a broker who wanted to live his fairy­tale dream with his beloved – unfortunately she died before it was finished, so he never entered his humble home. The Quiet Man is a cosy Irish Pub (Colmanstrasse 47) to have some beers in the evening. You'll reach Bonn main station with the RE5.

Wuppertal Drive up in the air with the suspension monorail.

Wuppertal, where our good friend Aspirin was invented, was an important industrial center in the 18th and 19th century, you still find old factory buildings everywhere. The suspension monorail (Wuppertal Schwebebahn), which follows the river Wupper through the city, is definitely worth seeing. You can take the Schwebebahn to the Wuppertal Zoo which is located in a nice and hilly park, don't miss the feeding of the sea lions if you go there! For art lovers: the Von der Heydt Musem displays paintings from Gaugin, Munch, Picasso, Renoir, Monet and more. Take the RE4 or S8 to Wuppertal main station.

Trips, tours & travelling Duisburg/Landschaftspark Nord The public parc is located in the north of Duisburg and can easily be reached by public transport (stop: Landschaftspark Nord). The area has been a former coal and steel production and was turned into a public park. It combines elements of the former industry, light installations and park elements. It might be interesting for people who are interested in architecture. You can climb on a former industry tower and have a beautiful view on the surroundings. It's worth to visit the park in the afternoon to enjoy both, the view at daylight and the beautiful light installations by night.

Benrath Castle The beautiful pink castle was built in the 18th century. Surrounded by a large garden and a lake, it is especially worth visiting if you like to combine sightseeing and relaxing. There are two museums inside the castle as well: The Benrath Castle, built between 1755 and 1773 © Düsseldorf Marketing&Tourismus GmbH Museum of European Garden His­tory and the Museum of Natural History (8 euros for students to see them both). For more information have a look at the homepage www.schloss­ To get there you can catch a tram (U74, 701) to the stop “Schloss Benrath” or go there by bike (about 30 minutes from university).



| nice Kaiserswerth Kaiserswerth is a rural district in the north of Düsseldorf. When the weather is good, the approx. 15km walk along the river Rhine is really beautiful and relaxing. Reward yourself with a break in the extraordinary restaurant ''Burghof'' (Burgallee 1). Kaiswerswerth offers peaceful atmosphere, excellent ice cream, a small but nice old town, a beautiful

Kaiserswerth's ruin of a former royal palace © Düsseldorf Marketing&Tourismus GmbH

landscape and even a tiny castle ruin! You can get to Kaiserswerth by bike or Line U79, too.

Getting around by train

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If you feel like visiting another interesting town in Germany, such as Berlin, Frankfurt or Hamburg, travelling by train is the most comfortable way of getting there. The fastest kind (and therefore the priciest, too) of long distance trains is the so called ICE (inter city express), followed by the IC or EC (inter city / euro city). You can check on connections on A more budget way of travelling is going by bus. There are several providers offering rides throughout Germany.

Trips ­ a short overview Cologne (Köln): 30 min. by train. Must sees: Chocolate Museum, the Cathedral and the Hohenzollernbridge. At Züplicher Platz you can find “partyhard” student clubs. Cologne is also known for his great queer community. Wuppertal: 20 min. by train. Interesting: the Schwebebahn and also Waterworld Bergische Sonne . Essen: 35 min. Interesting places: the old coal mine Kokerei and Zeche Zollverein (a UNESCO Monument), Design

Trips, tours & travelling Zentrum NRW, the Krupp­Villa Hügel and different shopping malls. Bochum: 40 min. by train. There you can visit the museum of coal mines, a railway museum and many shopping malls Duisburg: 15 min. by train. There you can visit a big magnificent park called Tiger and Turtle and the Landschaftspark Nord and another old industrial part of city, that nowadays is filled with bars, restaurants and offices, the so called Innenhafen . Oberhausen: 30 minutes by train. Check out Germany’s biggest shopping mall: The Centro and the Gasometer – a former storage, nowadays a gallery. Dortmund: 60 min. by train. There you can visit the Signal Iduna Arena – the 'temple' of Borussia Dortmund . Gelsenkirchen: 40 min. by train. There you can visit Veltins Arena – the 'temple' of Schalke 04. Kamp­Lintfort: 75 min. by train and bus. Visit the historical and outstanding garden Kloster Kamp, which inspired Sanssouci Palace´s garden in Potsdam. Xanten: 70 min. by train. There you can visit an archeo­ logical parc, the Bislicher island and St. Viktor's cathedral. For further information how to get there ask your locals! On weekends you can get everywhere in Germany with Deutsche Bahn for 42 Euros including 5 persons. For trips within North Rhine­Westphalia and during the week, use the NRW Ticket. It's 41€ for up to 5 people all over NRW for regionaltrains, trams, busses and under­ ground.



Shopping Groceries The cheapest way to buy groceries for your daily need is to stick to the so called "discounters". Those are less expensive than other supermarkets. Just look out for the signs of Aldi, Penny, Lidl or Netto to find an affordable offer of chocolate and everything else you might need after a hard day at the hospital. REWE, Edeka and Kaiser's are a little more expensive supermarkets, offering a larger variety of fresh

food, but of course they're still affordable, too. If you're loo­ the­counter drugs such as Aspirin can only be bought there! king for drugstore products check out Rossman or dm. Supermarkets operate at least between 8am and 8pm, most of them are opened even loger. In Germany only pharmacies are allowed to sell drugs, even over­

"Trinkhalle" & "Büdchen" If you're on your way to a party, the old town or just longing for a little snack or Alt, our Trinkhallen will be at your service. We fondly call these kiosks "Büdchen" ("little booth"). They offer a wide range of beverages and drinks, chocolate bars, newspapers and sometimes even ­ good to know in case of emergency ­ toiletpaper. Most of them operate till 11pm or midnight, you can find them at nearly every corner.

Shopping As taste and personal style varies it is quite hard to give general tips on shopping clothes. So we'll just mention some spots where you can find diffe­ rent kinds of shops in a high denseness: Düsseldorf Arkaden (tram stop "Bilk­S") Shadow Arkaden (tram stop "Jan Wellem Platz) Shadow Straße (tram stop "Jacobistraße") Streets around the old town (get off at "Heinrich­Heine Allee")

Frequently Asked Questions What is provided to me by the local committee? To make your stay as comfortable as possible, we're providing German SIM­cards/mobile phones, bicycles, and accomodation. Every incoming has two locals as contact persons. And of course we try to provide as much fun, activities, trips and parties to you as possible to make your stay unforgettable!

How can I access the internet? On the university campus you can use your eduroam ­ access for the internet. In most of the accomodations internet access is included.

I'm religious. Where can I practice my faith? Besides plenty different christian communites, there is also a muslim community (Masjid Assalam e.V.) and a jewish community (, too. Just ask us the help you in terms of contacting them.

How do I find out about the weekly social program? Just check in our facebook group (SCOPE Düsseldorf ­ Incomings201X & leos & friends)! There we'll keep you updated on our plans concerning our social program. If you're having a special interest in certain activities or if you would like to propose a trip or event ­ just let us know about it!

What else should I know? Well. First of all: Düsseldorf is better than Cologne (obviously). Be prepared to try the different kinds of Altbier. And get ready to have a wonderful month, hopefully filled with fun and new experiences!



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