The state capital of Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s strongest economic regions and impresses with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. It is a modern city that seems all buttoned-up business at first glance: banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications are among the fields that have made North Rhine–Westphalia’s capital one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.

The Altstadt may claim to be the ‘longest bar in the world’ but some attention has strayed to Medienhafen, a redeveloped harbour area and a festival of international avant-garde architecture. Older neighbourhoods are also evolving. Case in point: Flingern, which in recent years has a multifaceted arty boho scene.

Düsseldorf provides a particularly pleasant environment – with both Rhenish warmth and urbane opportunities for education and leisure.