Today we invited our colleagues from Stadtpfade Düsseldorf to our Sighhtrunning tour with us in Düsseldorf – we wanted to verify if our concept would be a good fit for the programs offered at Stadtpfade. Here you can find various tours around Düsseldorf that are not “typical” Sightseeing tours but more looking for the special thing. You can book for example Foto shooting tours, a shopping Tour, a Tour about the Kö, Punk, Art and breweries and many other special tours. All tours are concepts that you cannot find in every city – it is really discovering the “city pathes” (Stasdtpfade) of Düsseldorf
We thought that a “sporty tour” like Sightrunnig would perfectly harmonize with this concept and arrenged our date. So we met at Heinrich Heinee Allee and started a very wet run2know Düsseldorf Tour. We did not only exchange small nice stories around Düsseldorf but really felt that we have a common understanding of a modern and customer oriented guidance through the city. Because it is not a job it is a passion. And it is not the numbers that matters, it is the spirit the tourists, expats or new joiners in Düsseldorf will feel.
After a short track (thanx to the whether) and ~5 km we finished our nice run2know Düsseldorf tour and Kerstin from Stadtpfade is now an officially certified “Run2know Düsseldorf” Runner.
Jaja, wie wir ausführlich auf unserer Seite beschreiben ist Sport unsere Leidenschaft. Und auch Düsseldorf…
Und da das Thema Sightrunning uns definitiv nicht auslastet, arbeiten wir an einem zweiten Projekt;
So heißt unser neues Experiment.
Dabei geht es darum, dass wir lustige und interessante Sportarten kennenlernen wollen. Egal ob Gewichtheben, Lacrosse oder Polo – es gibt ja ganz viele Sportarten, die wir noch nie ausprobiert haben. Und wir vermuten: Anderen geht es auch so.
Also, gepaart mit der Idee ein paar lustige Videos machen zu wollen (und ggf auch unsere Drohne mal wieder in Aktion zu bringen), geht es daran Sportarten vorzustellen, auszuprobieren und auch zu zeigen, wo man es in Düsseldorf (oder Umgebung) machen könnte.
Die Idee zum Pilot-Projekt sieht dabei wie folgt aus:
Was ist Sport in Düsseldorf?
Step 1: Naives Interview:
Wir denken uns Fragen aus, die wir gegenseitig beantworten. Dabei geht es explizit darum uns nicht vorzubereiten, lediglich interessante Fragen müssen ausgedacht werden. Mal schauen ob Flo weiß wie er beim Synchronschwimmen gute Noten bekommt. Oder wie Jens beim Frisbee Golf ein Tor erzielt.
Step 2: Sport in Düsseldorf – live dabei!
Wir gehen in die Halle, auf den Sportplatz und vielleicht sogar in das Schwimmbad. Gemeinsam mit unserem genialen Kameramann Jochen wollen wir ein Video zusammenstellen, welches uns live in Action zeigt, aber auch zeigt wie der Sport tatsächlich funktioniert.
Step 3: Der Verein
Etwas Zeit wollen wir auch dem Verein widmen, der uns das austesten ermöglicht. Wir wollen ein wenig Werbung für den Verein machen, damit man weiß, wo kann man diesen Sport eigentlich durchführen… Dies mag besonders interessant sein für Leute die neu in Düsseldorf sind und sich noch orientieren wollen
Final Step: Die Überraschung
Mal schauen was Flo da verspricht…. Gegebenenfalls endet eine Folge mit einer Überraschung. Wir haben ein paar Ideen, aber was genau das sein wird, wissen wir noch nicht. Ein typisches “One on One” in der jeweiligen Sportart schwebt uns da Beispielswiese vor. Beim Handball wäre es z.B. ein 7 Meter werfen. Allerdings wissen wir hier, dass Flo eh verlieren würde, daher scheidet Handball aus. Aber wie sieht ein “One on One” beim Wrestling aus?
Darum geht es bei “Sport in Düsseldorf” – wir haben nun vor einen Piloten durchzuführen. Pilot, um einmal anzutesten wie aufwendig ist der Dreh an sich ist, wie viel Zeit wir für das Schneiden des Videos benötigen und schaffen wir es überhaupt Vereine für das Format zu gewinnen.
Witziger Nebeneffekt: Auf Jens´Lifetime Liste steht das Ausprobieren von 100 Sportarten – da kommen wir doch nun etwas schneller ans Lebensziel.
So viel wird verraten:
Das ganze beginnt mit Lacrosse.
Kennt das wer?
American Pie? Ja, und genau das gibt es beim DSC 99 – wer hätte das gedacht?
Falls dies jemand bis hierhin lesen sollte: Wir sind offen für Inspirationen – welche (exotische oder nicht exotische) Sportart wäre interessant? Und welcher Verein könnte dabei ins Rampenlicht gebracht werden? Inspiriert uns!
AYs we are planning for it now we collect again all the items that are needed for a 70 km march … In 6 days it we will start, so I take this as a good reminder to consider what is important and record it directly for the future marches.
We will write more about the escape from Cologne in another post 🙂
The most important things in a list format – with links to more detailed descriptions:
Sounds trivial, but think about it … To walk 70 km means being more than 15 hours on your feet. ,Means15 hours in your shoes. Hence the recommendation: In any case, take shoes that you feel comfortable with. No time for experiments. I always prefer jogging shoes, I think flat hiking shoes could also be suitable. Comfortable in any case!
Socken & Ersatzsocken
Wandersocken – wer braucht denn sowas? Dachte ich… Aber sie sind schon sehr bequem und supporten einen langen Marsch mit Bequemlichkeit am Fuß. Noch wichtiger als Wandersocken ist es aber Ersatzsocken einzustecken. Es fühlt sich an wie ein Satz neuer Reifen und die folgenden Meter nach Sockenwechsel sind einfach schln.
cooles Ersatz T-Shirt
Vergleichbar mit den Socken – ein Shirtwechsel wirkt auch wunder. Irgendwann ist es einfach durchgeschwitzt und ein neues trockenes Shirt auf der Haut zu haben ist eine Wohltat bei all den Strapazen. Ich setze hier auf Laufshirts oder Trikots oder aber speziell für den Marsch designte T-Shirts.
Regenponcho (geht nicht ohne!)
Bis jetzt musste ich ihn noch nie nutzen. Und ich denke das liegt daran, dass ich ihn immer mit hatte. Wenn es mal soweit ist und es wirklich regnet bin ich gewappnet; Ich habe einen Poncho der leichtgewichtig ist und -in Sekundenschnelle ganz einfach- sowohl über Kopf, Körper als auch Rucksack geht. Ich hoffe im Falle der Fälle hält er auch trocken.
Kein Kommentar – in Coronazeiten ein Muss… Besonders wenn man das Bayerwerk passiert, dann hat die FFP2 Maske auch einen Job ohne Corona.
Sonnenbrille & Sonnencreme
Ohne Sonnenbrille lockt man die Sonne nicht an. Ohne Sonnencreme riecht es nicht nach Sommer. Beides zwei MUSS Objekte die zu einer Wanderung gehören, auch wenn man nach Norden marschiert und demnach die Sonne eher selten direkt im Gesicht hat.
Blasenpflaster & Pflaster (Lebensretter)
Wenn irgendwann ein Zeh ein ganz klein bisschen weh tut… direkt stehenbleiben und Blasencheck machen. Aus Erfahrung: Es gibt wenig schlimmeres als eine Blase laufen und man hat noch 10 oder mehr Kilometer vor sich. Auf der anderen Seite gibt es wenig mehr “Wohltuenderes” als ein Blasenpflaster zu verwenden. Bei erstmaliger Verwendung ruhig kurz googlen (Ich habe mich gewundert, aber ja – Blase nicht aufmachen und einfach draufkleben… klappt!)
Eine Art Doping – regelmäßig die Beinmuskulatur mit Salbe eincremen, das hilft. Es entspannt die Muskeln und gibt von innen Energie. Wie früher beim Fussball. Das Zeug hilft einfach müde Muskeln wieder munter zu machen
Taschentücher. Als Klopapierersatz oder als Taschentuch eben. Ich habe es bisher nur als Taschentuch gebraucht und das soll auch so bleiben, aber man weiß ja nie…
Never thought about this – until yesterday. I was / I am even nor sure if Sightskating exists at all or if it was inve
It was a beatiful day and I wanted to visit a friend in Kaiserswerth. I was thinking about the Sightrunning concept being on my Inline skates as it would be too much for a short visit to run 10 km each direction.
Now, passing by the river I thought about what would I tell here, what is interesting about the scenery?
And what would I be interested in in other cities?
And there is a bsic need for each skater: We need good asphalt, a good ground. And ideally some track where we can skate without too many traffic lights and ideally without too many other people – which is of course impossible.
Sightskating – what to do now ?
Now if you are in Düsseldorf for a short visit and would like to explore the city also on Inline skates – get in touch with me! I offer a round of skating together a nice track along the river or any other scenery that is interesting for you in Düsseldorf. I will combine it with element of our Sightrunning tour and will find out if Sightskating is something that I would like to add to my usual program.
The first tour will be free as i want to give it a try :-).
Logical choice… 2 guys loving football and challenges. But in 2021 soccer as teamsport is not possible. Thank you Corona! Asshole…
We plan to cover & break old and new targets.
First step: 40 km hiking as a base training. But – stop- this we can do for sure. We did already do some stuff like Megamarsch or walking 100km uncoordinated around Düsseldorf. Where is the challenge? The idea was born: Let’s do hiking with Ball!
Hiking with Ball – what are rules??
There are no rules. Just… Don’t fucking touch the ball with your hand! Never! (correct, Flo?)
Where to go?
As we always target Düsseldorf as goal, we already know the Rhine hiking ways down coming from south – both, eastside and westside. So we choose to start in Homberg, and coming from North to Düsseldorf, using the westside of the Rhine.
We wrote several whatsapp to align who is bringing what and started ~1:00 PM by car to get to our starting place. In our car we did a final check.
Drohne for cool videos – check
Starting Beer to survive the first kilometers – check
Backpag with some extra clothes (very cold…) – check
Medical stuff – check
Basic things to eat like Banana – check
wait, there is something missing… but we don’t know what…
When we arrived at our destination Flo remembered: THE FUCKING BALL IS STILL AT HOME Perfect. First challenge: try to get a ball in Duisburg-Homberg at 1:35 in Corona times on a saturday
Thanks to google maps and some calls, we got a ball at Frütel Sport und Spiel Shop (Ofor 35 Euros and were more than happy.
The story of the ball-hike
Down some stairs to the river – and the ball jumps higher and higher… and nearly was lost. On “Meter 1”. Puh!
Starting in Homberg gives us some impression of the Rhein riverside there. It feels a bit stony not as charming as we used to know our river. But after passing the Highwaybridge the scenery changes – wide meadows and a lot of space to walk, to play and to enjoy.
So we can walk, play with our new drohne and play with the ball. Little challenges like hitting certain signs are of course part of the game. It could be almost perfect, the only thing that we perceived as not too cool in this part: Sooooo many free running dogs.
But besides that the scenery remains beautiful. Not crowded, nature, free space – perfect ground for hiking!
After a bit more than 10 kilometers we pass by a kind of airport for “gaming planes” – very noisy. but nice to watch awesome stunt manovers in the air. Must have been experienced UVA pilots.
We passed to another bridge and had to go up some way, away from the river as there was no more way for us. On our way we had an obstacle, a hedge with a lot of thorns. And, yes, of course it happens. The ball falls down in the middle of the hedge with thorns. Impossible to get it out. It is wet, the thornes are thick… really no chance.
But Flo manages it bravely, big Respect! That’s the right performance!
Only downpart: Flo’s shoe was open by one of the thornes – happens. It needs to be closed. While Flo ties a new bow, Jens plays with the balls.
And then it happens out of nowhere: Jens passes the ball to Flo who is still working on his bow. For an – not explainable reason- Flo stops the ball with his hand… That was cruel! And the first real “miss”, Jens is leading now the “Do not touch with hand” challenge.
Shortly after this event, we were walking on a street and the ball became shortly uncontrollable. As we heard a car, Flo rescued it…. with a hand again.
So in a short time, 2 faults – 0:2.
Round about 16 km we hiked and then realize: The sun is already going down :-(.
When we are leaving with the last “good light” an area with some smaller trees, we were actually consuming the last power of our flying friend, the Drohne. Now it is not always easy to manage as you can see:
There you can witness how our Drohne was being destroyed for the day. (Spoiler: 2 days after “Drohnie” was repaired again – there was no real damage.
We are close to Uerdingen and were so excited that we even missed to listen to Bundesliga as we usually do. It is a good hike with a lot of conversations about the past, the future and the present.
Good thing in Uerdingen: New beer and Pizza!! Bad thing in Uerdingen: South of Uerdingen you do not return to the Rhine, there is a looooooooong street that you have to walk. And it is getting darker and darker. We see trucks with an amazing speed racing down this street…. not nice. I think they did not see us.
But they only appear every 5 minutes, if they are not there, then the street belongs to us. Here we could highlight our “Übersteigerchallenge” that ended in a classical 41 to 41 Übersteiger. We stopped it cause the more beer and the more dark it is getting, the more dangerous it became to get injured 😉
Some grassland appeared again. The temperature in the meantimes is getting close to ZERO, but we were prepared. Jens with 2x Pullovers and a fleece Jacket, Flo with a windbreaker. We both tried to avoid a big bulky jacket. It was again an easy walk.
More hard: We passed by Nierst and Langst-Kierst. Our Feet and legs start to hurt a bit and we needed new medicine – but our beer is getting empty. We counted on getting some more beer in this area, all closed. Sad. So we are with complete darkness, a ball that we cannot touch with hand, getting tired and no beer =(.
We entertained ourselve with listening to “El German Classico” and calling a friend from the US who was supporting us a bit here. Facetime is helpful and motivating!
Close to the “Airport bridge” we release our last Joker – Stephie, girlfriend of Flo. She was so kind to come to us by car car and…. no she did not take us back by car but she delivered us some beer and hiked the remaining way back with us. Thank you 🙂
Finally without any further accidents we reached Düsseldorf again and finished our “40km hiking with Ball” tour.
On the final following foto you see Flo touching the ball with hand. It did not matter anymore, we finished, he touched it more often than me (2-0) and everyone cna judge if it was a success with just 2 touches or if we should redo this again 😀
If you plan to do something similiar, please see our checklist of items that you need to consider when doing such an event:
You are not from Germany but you are in Düsseldorf for a business trip. And you consider Sightseeing Düsseldorf… what comes to your mind when you hear this ? Altbeer, Altstadt…. maybe the rhine tower. But then it stops ? Well, I believe you need somebody who truly loves the city, then you can enjoy the spirit of the city, too.
I travelled to multiple countries & cities in the world, I am always curious and really like many cities. I saw good tours and also not so good sightseeing tours. I believe, a good sightseeing does not only depend on the city, it strongly depends on the guide. After seeing so many cities in the world, I want to give something back and (give my best) to offer “being a good guide” to -especially sporty- tourists that arrive in Düsseldorf.
But what to see and where to start ? I would like to describe here my personal 5 Highlights that are “must does” when being in Düsseldorf
Sightseeing Düsseldorf Spot 1 – The Oldtown
Well… that is an easy and expected choice I guess? But yes, the hearth of the city beats here. If you want to experience Düsseldorf, you will tackle the old town with its unique culture. When I was 21 I described the difference between Düsseldorf and other cities: “If you are in any city in the world and want to party or drink a beer, you decide where to go, go there and enjoy the evening. If you are in Düsseldorf, you first go to the Oldtown and then you can decide what to do because everything is possible”.
This describes maybe more a feeling of a young guy and a bit less of the reality… but there is a deep truth in it. Bar next to bar, restaurantes and a lot of freedom to walk around offers you so many choices.
I’d love to tell you more about it in a personal talk, in a Sightrun – there are so many options and something for each taste.
But party & drinks are not everything there. You will find cute churches, you will find “the Schlossturm” and the big stairs with a beautiful view on the river. I believe at a certain point I will write a blog to show a “city walk” for Düsseldorf with my recommended places “togo”
Sightseeing Düsseldorf Spot 2 – Oberkassel & “The little Skyline”
There is a river in Düsseldorf, the Rhine. Without the Rhine Düsseldorf would not be the same city as it is. Now there are a few areas that are on the Western part of the Rhine (“Schäl sick”) while most of the city is on the Eastern part. I am born on the Schäl sick in Oberkassel and have a bias to that part.
The green grass, the river, the bridges, the view… It is nothing “big” or huge skyscrappers that get your attention – no, it is really a view into the hearth of the city over a river.
In the evening you see the Oldtown in shiny light and can drink a beer on the green grass. During the day you can do there a long walk and enjoy the scenery. And in some special times of the year, you will face the “Düsseldorfer Kirmes” exactly on that place.
During a sightrun, for sure I will show this place, where we can tell you also a story about a bridge that was being moved from one place to another 🙂
Sightseeing Düsseldorf Spot 3 – The Rhinepark (Rheinpark)
The Northern Part of the Rheinpark is located in walking distance of the old town. To me it was a not very beloved place – it was simply some green area that I never used. But in the past years I realized how much you can get there. It is nature, it is sports and it is events. And even culture ;-).
There are various pieces of art in the Rheinpark that you might not realize if you do not explicitly search for them.
The history of the park is quiete amazing, from a stomp area it developed to the place that we today can use for Sports.
Playing soccer or baseball even cricket and Baseball you see there or any other kind of sports. For sure everyday a high number of runners pass by this park.
Finally also the nature tells its stories here – a big storm called “Ela” in 2014 killed close to 50% of all trees in the park – old, big trees, I still miss them especially in summer when there is nowadays less shadow than it was in the years before.
If you want to feel how a city really beats – go with native people to a sport event. Don’t sit somewhere, no, go to the crowd and feel the spirit. Breathe the city! This I love to do in other countries, in other cities…. and this I recommend also to you to do in Düsseldorf
I have to admit that the scenery changed in the recent years. It used to be one big crowd and very emotional with a lot of positive energy. In the recent years it calmed a bit down. Still completely peaceful, still with positive energy but not as loud as it was used to be. But things will also change again positively.
If you are in Düsseldorf and have the chance…. take it! The Arena (Merkur Spiel Arena AKA Rheinstadion) is easy to reach with the subway, you can get a very good beer in the stadium and even if you “only” sit somewhere in the arena, you will take something out of it. (Of course even better if you can get into the crowd :-))
Sightseeing Düsseldorf Spot 5 – The biggest digital watch in the world
The Rhinetower…. of course, it must be one of the hightlights. Actually I MUST mention it because it is the spot that you use to identify Düsseldorf when you are approaching it from any direction. The first thing that you will see is always this long tower.
When I was doing hiking trips from any direction (Add links here, Jens 🙂), the TV tower was always coming in sight at a certain point and it generates a feeling: Coming home!
The tower itself -I fear- is not that beautiful but it has its secrets;
From outside the funny lights are actually a big watch – if you join us on a Sightrun, I will challenge myself and try to teach you this watch while we are running in less than 60 seconds. Furthermore there are from time to time laser shows that are really exceptional
Inside the tower you will have an amazing view over Düsseldorf. And not only that, on top you have also a restaurant with a really special feature: It has big panorama windows and while you are eating and sitting, the restaurant makes a 360 degree turn within 1 hour, hence you will have the chance to look into every direction without even moving.
Anf of course, take the chance and book a sightrun with us!
But way more important: What are your favorite spots?
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