Continuing our global virtual educational tour, we next learn about Dusseldorf Germany. This settlement started from tiny farming and fishing villages around the meeting places of the Rhine and Dussel River. The name Dusseldorf is derived from the name of its river and ‘dorf’ which means village.
In this city you will find the world’s longest bar. It’s not literally a single bar, but a recognition that within approximately 1km (.6 miles) in my favorite area of the city Altstadt (Old Town) you can find some 260 bards, restaurants, and clubs.
‘Zum Schiffchen’ which means to the ship is one of my favorite restaurants in the Old Town. I have visited it many times, most with retailers while attending Euroshop and EuroCIS trade events. It’s the oldest restaurants in Dusseldorf and was first mentioned in the chronicles in 1628.
Popular guests at this Zum Schiffchen have included Napoleon and lots of other royalty from Europe to Japan. Only once did I actually get to enjoy Napoleon’s legendary table and enjoy my usual plate of German sausages, potatoes, and a great beer Pils.
You may not know that Napoleon once wrote a romance novel, was tone deaf, he was possibly afraid of cats, carried a vile of poison around his neck in case he was captured, he discovered the famous Rosetta Stone, and it turns out he was just average height, not short, at today’s 5 feet 6.5 inches (1.69 meters).
As a wheeler and dealer of hope, I am positive that I will be back in Dusseldorf once again. It’s a special place of many great memories with many friends and colleagues that live in the city and nearby. It’s indeed a small world after all.
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