City lights in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf is the capitol city of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in central western Germany. It is the seventh most-populated city in the country.

It was first mentioned in history in 1135.

Today, Dusseldorf is known as a Europeon capitol for business and finance, as well as for its art and music scene and for its large number of Japanese inhabitants.

People Born in Dusseldorf

Anne of Cleves

Heike Makatsch

Dusseldorf in People's Lives

Anne of Cleves: I was born here in 1515, and left in 1539 to marry Henry VIII. I never returned to Germany for the rest of my life, and was frequently homesick.

Heike Makatsch: I was born here in 1971, the daughter of a German national ice hockey player. I grew up here and attended univeristy here, where I studied politics and sociology for a year. I also worked as an apprentice dressmaker in this city after leaving college, and began to look into TV journalism.

Viktoria Tolstoy: I performed a concert here in 2014, at the Theater an Der Ko, with Jacob Karlzon.

William Penn: I visited here in 1678, while on a missionary voyage with a group of other Quakers.

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