From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Koenigsallee okt2004b.jpg
The delta of the Düssel
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationBergisches Land
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
51°13′38″N 6°46′13″E / 51.2271°N 6.7704°E / 51.2271; 6.7704Coordinates: 51°13′38″N 6°46′13″E / 51.2271°N 6.7704°E / 51.2271; 6.7704
Length36.0 km (22.4 mi) [1]
Basin size163 km2 (63 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionRhineNorth Sea
Quelle der Düssel in Wülfrath
Düsselquelle in Wülfrath

The Düssel is a small right tributary of the river Rhine in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Its source is east of Wülfrath, it flows westward through the Neander Valley where the fossils of the first Neanderthal man were found in August 1856. At Düsseldorf it forms a river delta by splitting into four streams (Nördliche Düssel, Südliche Düssel, Kittelbach, Brückerbach), which all join the Rhine after a few kilometres; the Nördliche Düssel flows through the Hofgarten and passes under the Golden Bridge.[2]

Düsseldorf takes its name from the Düssel: Düsseldorf means "the village of Düssel"; the name Düssel itself probably dates back to the Germanic *thusila and means "roar" (Old High German doson, German tosen).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hydrographic Directory of the NRW State Office for Nature, the Environment and Consumer Protection (Gewässerverzeichnis des Landesamtes für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz NRW 2010) (xls; 4.67 MB)
  2. ^ Dohmen, Nele (7 May 2018). "Hofgarten: Baustelle bleibt bis Herbst". Westdeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 18 August 2018.