Architectural delight. Rheinhafen's Arts and Media Center was designed by Frank O. Gehry and is well worth a look. Check out the panorama of the complex in MediaHarbor, which seems lifted from a Dr. Seuss book, here (bit.ly/fcaxla), then walk around the buildings yourself.
Go for a stroll. While February might not be the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors in Düsseldorf (expect temps in the 30s and 40s F), bundle up and visit the park at the pink Benrath Palace. The site is laid out in a large square with ruler-straight paths, a wild array of trees and plenty of nooks to explore. The Palace itself houses three museums, including the Museum of European Garden History. schloss-benrath.de/en
What the mind leaves behind. Poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was considered a polymath (someone who knows a lot about many subjects), so it's fitting that his namesake museum houses more than 50,000 items. They were gathered by Anton Kippenberg to be displayed at the Schloss Jägerhof. goethe-museum.com
Bar Hop. With 260 pubs and restaurants in a one-mile stretch, Ratinger Strasse is considered the longest bar in the world. Sit a spell with an Altbier, brewed on the premises at Füchschen, Kuerzer, Schumacher, Schlüssel and Uerige.
Footloose: The nightclub scene is hopping in Düsseldorf. Put on your dancing shoes to check out spots such as Nachtresidenz,Die Mauer and 3001.