Dusseldorf

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.

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.

Food and drink

Essential dishes

Dusseldorf’s position on the banks of the Rhine and near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands means it has developed a diverse cuisine. Adventurous diners will relish the chance to sample blutwurst, made from fresh blood, offal and herbs. A more conventional alternative is grünkohlessen, sausages served with kale and sweet potatoes, while mussels from the Rhine Delta, served with white wine, are another local delicacy.

Beer

The signature drink of Dusseldorf is undoubtedly beer. Altbier, a type of dark lager brewed in a traditional manner, is a speciality. Head to Füchschen or Uerige, iconic and longstanding brewery/bars in the Altstadt, to try altbier that’s been brewed on-site. Altstadt’s continuum of drinking establishments has led to it being dubbed ‘the longest bar in the world’, and it’s certainly the place to come for great atmosphere and even better beer.

Food markets

Whether you’re after traditional German comfort food or delicacies from further afield, Dusseldorf’s street markets have got you covered. The farmers’ market of Markt am Carlsplatz is home to more than 60 stalls, selling both fresh produce and street food from Europe, Asia and beyond.