A major city in the European business and cultural corridor known as the Blue Banana, Dusseldorf hosts numerous highly regarded fashion and trade fairs each year. The city is known for its academy of fine arts, pioneering influence on the avant-garde electronic music genre and top-fermenting Altbier as well as the legend of cartwheeling children, a symbol of Dusseldorf. Elegant parks line the banks of the Rhine River.
Dusseldorf International (DUS), one of the busiest airports in Germany, is connected to the city by bus and trolley. Although there are environmental restrictions for automobiles entering Altstadt, most of the top attractions are within easy walking distance. These re-purposed structures now house popular shops and entertainment venues known locally as the longest bar in the world.
Located in the scenic Rhine River Valley, Dusseldorf has moderate winters and warm summers with average highs of 75 degrees in summer and winter lows of about 32 degrees. Regardless of the weather, residents enjoy festivals such as Christmas Markets, the Rosenmontag Karneval celebration and Kirmes, the largest summer fair in the region. These festivals highlight local dishes like Rheinischer sauerbraten, reibekuchen and the Dijon-like mustard immortalized by an 1884 Van Gogh painting. Nearly destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II, the buildings in the area were rebuilt to historical standards.