The River Rhine has always been an important fixture of German life and culture, and nowhere is this fact made more apparent that in the Schiffahrtsmuseum in Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf has a long history as a shipping centre due to its proximity to the valuable river, and this museum reflects that history with a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia that relate to the shipping and navigation industry. Visitors can look are preserved artifacts such as quadrants and maps, charts and even parts of ancient ships that once cruised up and down the Rhine.
The Museum’s structure itself is also noteworthy. Dusseldorf Castle once stood on this spot, until its untimely destruction in 1872 by fire. Although the main castle was reduced to rubble, one of its towers still stands: the Schlossturm. This tower, dating back thousands of years, houses the Schiffahrtsmuseum, lending a truly historic atmosphere to the collection housed therein. Those visitors with a taste for the historic should make this attraction a must see.