Over the centuries, it has been home to many cultures, religions and political beliefs. One of these conflicts was The Conflict in Düsseldorf, which took place during the early 19th century.
In 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Prussia and occupied much of the country, including Düsseldorf. This sparked an uprising among some citizens, who wanted to reclaim their freedom from French rule. On May 3rd 1809, they gathered outside the city walls and began their revolt against Napoleon’s forces. Although initially successful in driving out most of his soldiers, they were eventually defeated by superior numbers on June 4th 1809 at what came to be known as The Battle for Düsseldorf.
The conflict had far-reaching consequences for both sides involved; not only did it lead to France ceding control over much of its German territories, but also resulted in significant losses for Prussian forces and civilian casualties within Düsseldorf itself due to artillery fire from both sides during the battle. In addition, many buildings were destroyed or damaged by shelling leaving large parts of the city’s infrastructure devastated after hostilities ended on June 6th 1809 when French troops withdrew from Düsseldorf entirely following their defeat at The Battle for Düsseldorf two days prior.
Today, visitors can still see some remnants of this historic conflict scattered throughout various locations around town such as monuments commemorating fallen soldiers or bullet holes left behind by cannon fire that remain visible in certain structures like St Lambertus Church located near Old Town Square where fighting occurred between French and Prussian forces during The Battle for Düsseldorf back in 1809.