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The delta of the Düssel
Country Germany
Physical characteristics
Main source Bergisches Land
River mouth Rhine
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
Length 36.0 km (22.4 mi) [1]
Basin features
Progression RhineNorth Sea
Basin size 163 km2 (63 sq mi) [1]
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 kilometers.

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).