Designed by Maximilian Friedrich Weyhe (*15 February 1775 in Bonn, † 25 October 1846 in Düsseldorf), the Hofgarten Dusseldorf is an ideal destination for people who are looking for relaxation without having to take long walks. The park covers a considerable part of Düsseldorf city centre. The tree population is ancient and preserved by many waters.
The oldest part of the Hofgarten, laid out in 1769, is the oldest and first public garden in Germany; many sculptures complete the overall picture of the Hofgarten and underline Düsseldorf’s importance as an art metropolis. Some examples can be found under the photos, including a statue for Peter von Cornelius, eponym of the nearby Corneliuspark near Kaufhof an der Kö and first director of the art academy. On 9 and 10 June 2014, the Ela storm caused considerable damage to the trees in the Hofgarten, and a large proportion of the trees suffered branch fractures or total destruction.
The Hofgarten borders in the south on Königsallee, the new Libeskind buildings (Köbogen I, since 2021 Köbogen II known as Ingenhoven Valley, the Opera House and the Steigenberger Parkhotel. In the north-east the Hofgarten ends in the park of the Malkasten. In the west and southwest to the NRW Forum, the Kunstpalast, the neo-classical Ratinger Tor and the Tonhalle.