Home to historic architecture, modern art, and endless altbier in ‘the longest bar in the world’, Dusseldorf packs a lot in.
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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.
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.