“Transformation of Old to New Lent Constant Strength to Homeland True.“
with a ducal permit worth 651 Gilders in his pocket, Wilhelm Hütten built an inn and brewery outside the town walls near the harbour which he called “Zum Schiffchen” where he was allowed to sell beer, wine and food at “reasonable prices”.
the inn was gutted during a bombardment of Düsseldorf. When rebuilt soon after, it became the favourite pub of Heinrich Heine, the poet, where he rubbed shoulders not only with the hoi-polloi but also with some colourful locals such as “Professor Liver-Sausage” and “Maurice the Squint”.
Napoleon and his general staff quaffed beer in a corner after a victory parade; ever since, it has been known as “Napoleon’s Corner”.
the “Schiffchen” had become so popular that it had to be extended, swallowing up the premises next door, and the former simple rural inn turned into a fashionable restaurant by the turn of the century.
on the occasion of its three hundredth anniversary, the “Schiffchen” needed another expansion, this time towards the neighbouring beer garden which was transformed into extra taprooms.
partial destruction by aerial bombs. Rebuilt to historical specifications after hostilities. Nowadays, guests crowd into the “Jan-Wellem Stube”, the “Napoleon Corner”, the “Dämmerstube”, the “Schifferstube”, the “Karlstadt Room” and the “Mutter-Hof-Stube”. The “Small Boat” can actually accommodate 420 at full capacity, and the beer garden offers another 140 seats.
The once modest brewery is now one of Düsseldorf Altstadt’s main attractions. “Zum Schiffchen” has retained its hold non only on the big-shots of politics and society but also on plain old “Joe Public”.
“Schiffchen” is pronounced “shifyen”
Stube = a room or parlour
Altstadt = Old Town, the oldest part of Düsseldorf, famous for its entertainment