The Königsallee ("King's Avenue") is the most well-known street in Düsseldorf. Even foreigners know it by its nickname "Kö". It is on both sides of a moat which is fed by the Düssel, the city's eponym river. The two sides are quite different: The west side is an upmarket shopping street and busy boulevard. The east side is dominated by banks and hotels. The Königsallee got its current name in 1851, in an attempt to appease King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who had been attacked with horse dung in this street three years earlier.
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