Home to historic architecture, modern art, and endless altbier in ‘the longest bar in the world’, Dusseldorf packs a lot in.
Food lovers will relish browsing the stalls of its street markets, while aesthetes will appreciate the Art Nouveau architecture of Oberkassel and the modern masterpieces of the Kunstsammlung gallery.
Arriving at Dusseldorf Airport
Dusseldorf Airport sits around four miles (6km) north of Dusseldorf’s city centre. The airport is very well connected to the rest of the city, and there are numerous options when it comes to onward transport.
The SkyTrain runs from 0345 to 0045 daily, and connects the airport terminal with Dusseldorf Flughafen railway station. When the SkyTrain is not operating, there’s a replacement bus service. From Dusseldorf Flughafen, it’s easy to catch onward trains to stations across Dusseldorf.
The airport also has an S-Bahn (urban train) station, beneath Terminal C. A travelator will take you there from Terminal C’s arrivals area. From here, you can catch the S-Bahn to Dusseldorf Central railway station.
It’s also easy to continue your journey from Dusseldorf Airport by bus. The bus station is just in front of the arrivals hall. Routes connect the airport to stations all over Dusseldorf. Some of the main ones include 721, which goes via Dusseldorf Central railway station, and SB51, via Nordfriedhof.
Airport taxis can be found at designated taxi ranks at both arrivals and departures. A variety of international car rental agencies have kiosks in the arrivals hall.
Dusseldorf is home to a great number of parks and gardens, meaning there’s no shortage of places to get some exercise during your time here. The Hofgarten is known for good reason as Dusseldorf’s green lung, and is a lovely place to go for a morning run without having to venture out of the city centre. It’s also home to sculptures by Henry Moore, among others, so you can admire some art while you exercise.
Dusseldorf is bicycle-friendly, and there are a variety of popular cycling routes criss-crossing the city. The Rhine Promenade route takes around two hours and takes in sights such as the Apollo Varieté Theatre, Königsallee and Rhine Park. Guided tours are available, or you can choose to follow the route by yourself.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a swim, it’s hard to imagine anywhere more atmospheric than the Münster-Therme, an Art Nouveau indoor pool dating back to 1902. Having survived two world wars and Dusseldorf’s rapid modern development, the building today has been restored to its original glory, but there’s more to do here than just swim. The sauna and massage facilities are perfect for winding down after your workout, while an atmospheric ‘salt cave’ promises the benefits of mineral-rich air.
Dusseldorf’s attractions don’t end in the city centre, and there are great things to do within an hour’s drive.
Animal lovers should make for the Wildpark, set in the unspoilt wilderness of Grafenberg Forest. Free to enter, the park is home to red deer, wild boar, mouflon and other critters.
If you’re in the market for a little R&R, look no further than Vabali Spa, around 30 minutes to the east. Set on the shores of the peaceful Elbsee Lake, this health club has a beautiful Balinese design and offers a range of massage treatments.
The picturesque Lake Unterbacher lies around 20 minutes by car from the centre of Dusseldorf. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in nature, with cycle paths, hiking trails, and two sandy beaches to choose from. Boating on the lake is popular, and the sailing school offers courses for novice and seasoned sailors.