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.
Festivals and events
The highlight of the city’s events calendar is Dusseldorf Carnival, a yearly riot of costumes, floats and street parties. The carnival takes place mainly in February, but is kickstarted symbolically on 11 November, when Hoppeditz, a jester-style figure, emerges from a giant pot of mustard and delivers a scathing comedic speech to the town. This pretty much sets the tone for February’s celebrations, which begin with the mayor being captured by witches and end with an effigy of Hoppeditz being burned.
Germany is famous for its Christmas markets and Dusseldorf is no different, with the smell of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts filling the streets of the Altstadt between late November and late December each year. At the Marktplatz, local woodcarvers and glass-blowers sell fantastic Christmas gifts, while the Sternchenmarkt is the place to come for mulled wine and festive food.
Biggest Funfair on the Rhine
Each summer, Oberkassel plays host to the aptly named Biggest Funfair on the Rhine, which lasts for 10 days in July and attracts millions of visitors each year. The fair celebrates the day of St Apollinaris, and a festival has been held here for 700 years. As well as funfair rides, the event includes marching bands and fireworks.