womens timberland Authorities take precautions as rivers across Germany continue to flood
The Rhinein the country’s southwesthas witnessed a particular surge in recent days after the Eleanor weather pattern brought rainstorms to the entire continent. Shipping traffic through the city of Cologne was halted on Sunday after the river breached the 8.3 meter (27 foot) mark. It is expected to climb to 9 meters on Monday, well above the normal water level of 3.5 meters in this part of the Rhineland.Read more:German cities ready themselves for climate changeHigh tide along the RhineThe Rhine reached 7.79 meters in Dsseldorf, the state capital of North Rhine Westphalia, on Sunday.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Medienhafen Media Harbor Dsseldorf has Germany’s third largest inland port. In the 1990s, part of the Rhine harbor was developed into office buildings. Renowned architects like Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield or Jo Coenen created futuristic architecture placed among old, protected warehouses. The so called “Media Harbor” is now a landmark of the city.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Temple of consumerism In Dsseldorf shopping becomes an experience. There is a whole row of department stores that make an impression with their extraordinary or representative architecture. From art deco to modern all can be found here. Recently this building complex known as the K Bogen was the talk of the town. This was the brainchild of star architect Daniel Libeskind.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Art scene Art lovers can choose from 26 museums (pictured: Kunstsammlung NRW) and over 100 galleries. Dsseldorf is closely associated with big names of contemporary art and photography like Beuys, Richter, Gursky, Hfer and many more. Our tip a good way to discover the talent of tomorrow is to go to the world famous Dsseldorf art academy where once a year the students present their graduation pieces.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Carnival Dsseldorf, with Cologne and Mainz, is one of three major Rhineland carnival hubs. Every year on November 11th at 11:11 o’clock the new carnival season is declared. At first these celebrations are indoors in form of costume balls and carnival shows. It culminates in street celebrations for six days from the Thursday before Ash Wednesday the street carnival takes place.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Japan Day Dsseldorf is home to the only Japanese community in Germany, and the third largest in Europe. Once a year this is celebrated. A festival highlight is the gathering of cosplayers from across Europe. Dressed in costumes to look like their idols from manga, anime and comic films they take over the Rhine promenade. Japan Day attracts over a half a million visitors to the city.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf The Rhine What would Dsseldorf be without it? The river is the city’s lifeline in every sense. In 1990 with the creation of the Rhine promenade the people of Dsseldorf eventually got their boulevard along the Rhine, which they make good use of all year round. On the opposite shore it is green for miles there are meadows and embankments.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Rhine fun fair White water rides, giant boosters and a ferris wheel the fun fair covering an area of 165,000 square meters in Oberkassel is the biggest of its kind along the Rhine. The ten day festival which also includes live music acts, party marquees and a wide choice of culinary delights takes place every year in the third week of July. It culminates in a huge fire works display on the Rhine.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Old town center Dsseldorf’s most popular tourist attraction which could have to do with the cozy taverns. There are said to be over 260 of them. Locally the old town center is also known as the longest bar in town. Here Altbier a top fermented dark beer is drunk. Dsseldorf newbies should try the brewery tour it includes sampling beer as well as a visit to one or several traditional small breweries.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Knigsallee Dsseldorf is a fashion metropolis and the Knigsalleee its unofficial cat walk. The shopping mile in the city center is sort of like Dsseldorf’s answer to the Champs Elyses. A broad boulevard shaded by huge trees with lots of restaurants and cafes and of course luxury boutiques as well as a row of exquisite department stores enticing you to take a stroll and at least do some window shopping.10 reasons to visit Dsseldorf Rhine bridges Many paths lead to Dsseldorf. The Rhine metropolis has an international airport which is also the third biggest in Germany. However the most picturesque way to arrive in Dsseldorf is by crossing one of six Rhine bridges. These are also popular photo motifs. Together with the television tower they shape the cityscape.In the former German capital Bonn, water has spilled over onto the promenade along the left bank of the Rhine, which hasbeen sealed off from public access.Villages south of Bonn have started fortifying their defenses, with residents living along the river being told to take measures to ensure their homes aresafe from flooding.Shipping operations, including ferries crossing the river, have been severely limited in many parts of the Rhineland and are expected to cease completely if the river reaches 9 meters. This could happen if the Moselle River, which flows into the Rhine, continues to rise as well.Some areas are preparing for even greater floods with sand bagsWater levels along the Mosellein the state of Rhineland Palatinatehave also been surging and are expected to continue to do so. The river, which crosses three European countries, has reached almost 7 meters, with another 60 centimeters (2feet) expected over the weekend.In tourist villages like Cochemalong the Moselle, the riverhasspilled over into streets and shipping has been stopped altogether for several days.”People are piling up sandbags, pumping out their cellars and emptying their homes. We hope that the situation will improve soon,”Arno Simon,mayor of the Moselle town of rzig, toldGerman press agency dpa.The situation was also critical along the Danube River in southern Bavaria, where some houses have already been inundated.Evacuations might have to be ordered if the riverrises further, and locals have been advised to be prepared for more flooding.