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.
This pastel-pink mansion should feature on every Dusseldorf itinerary. Built by the German Prince Charles Theodore in the mid-1700s, it’s in remarkable condition and exhibits an ornate, Baroque style. The house is split into three wings: the residential palace, a natural history museum, and a museum dedicated to European garden art.
One of Europe’s finest collections of modern art can be found at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, housed in three museums dotted across the city. K20, in Grabbeplatz, displays works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, while K21, to the south on Ständehausstrasse, is dedicated to works from 1980 onwards.
Having got your fix of modern culture at the Kunstsammlung, step back in time at the fascinating Neanderthal Museum to the east of the city. Multimedia exhibits tell the story of human evolution and culture stretching back four million years, not far from where the first Neanderthal remains were discovered 160 years ago.
Undoubtedly Dusseldorf’s most recognisable landmark, the Rhine Tower soars above the city’s skyline at a dizzying 789 feet tall. Its revolving restaurant offers some great views of Dusseldorf and the Rhine snaking into the distance. On a clear day, you can even see Cologne’s famous cathedral.
The beautiful Nordpark is a lovely place to relax and get away from Dusseldorf’s urban buzz. Around 90 acres of lawns, fountains and trees make the perfect backdrop for an afternoon’s walk, while the park is also home to a serene Japanese garden.