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Discover Kaiserswerth: A Historic Gem in Düsseldorf


Kaiserswerth today

Kaiserswerth is located in the north of Düsseldorf, directly on the banks of the Rhine. With over 1300 years of history, it is Düsseldorf’s oldest district and is known for its charming old town, the Kaiserpfalz ruins and the picturesque Rhine promenade.

Kaiserswerth exudes a quaint, village-like charm, making it a popular destination for day-trippers and those seeking an idyllic setting. Its picturesque surroundings and rich history also make it one of the most desirable residential areas in northern Düsseldorf.

Kaiserswerth's History

Kaiserswerth’s history is deep and varied, with evidence of settlement dating back to 5000 BC. The name Kaiserswerth derives from the Middle High German word “werth,” meaning island, thus translating to “Emperor’s Island.”

The most important historical key points are:

  • Foundation of a monastery by Suitbertus in the late 7th century
  • Construction of the Salian and Staufer imperial palace in the 11th and 12th/13th centuries
  • Development into a significant Electorate of Cologne fortress in the 17th century
  • Emergence of silk weaving manufactories in the late 18th century
  • Founding of the Diakonie by Theodor Fliedner in the 19th century.

Museum Kaiserswerth

The Kaiserswerth Museum presents the rich history of the Kaiserswerth district. Its permanent exhibition showcases various artifacts and displays that narrate the story of Kaiserswerth, highlighting its Kaiserpfalz riuns and collegiate church. Visitors can view archaeological finds and historical documents, offering a tangible connection to the past.

The museum has a collection of paintings, prints, sculptures and documents by local artists. There is also literature on the history of Kaiserswerth and its artists.

Visit and Explore

Regular temporary exhibitions are an important activity of the museum, often focusing on artists or themes related to the north of Düsseldorf. Past exhibitions have featured the work of important artists such as Wilhelm Degode, Cornelis de Waal, Hans Vitz, Fritz Köhler and Adolf de Haer.

Everyone is welcome to visit Kaiserswerth Museum and take part in its exhibitions.

Membership is not required and admission to the museum is free.

Explore Kaiserswerth and immerse yourself in a fascinating combination of history, culture and scenic beauty. A little gem in the north of Düsseldorf.

Museum Kaiserswerth

Heritage and Citizens’ Association Kaiserswerth

Fliednerstraße 32

40489 Düsseldorf 

Opening hours

The museum is open at weekends.

Saturdays 2 – 5 pm

Sundays 11 am – 5 pm

public holidays 11 am – 5 pm

Admission prices

Admission is free of charge.

You will find a donation box at the exit. We are happy to receive a small donation.

Not barrier-free

The entrance to the Kaiserswerth Museum can be reached via a few steps, so unfortunately it is not barrier-free.

Das Museum Kaiserswerth bleibt z. Zt. geschlossen wegen der Einrichtung einer neuen Ausstellung.

Das Museum öffnet wieder ab 05.08.2023 und zeigt dann die Ausstellung “Der Düsseldorfer Norden”.

Öffnungszeiten generell

Das Museum Kaiserswerth öffnet im Zusammenhang mit Wechselausstellungen an Wochenenden.

14 – 17 Uhr

sonn- und feiertags
11 – 17 Uhr

Museum Kaiserswerth

z. Zt. geschlossen

Museum Kaiserswerth, Außensicht