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 a well-connected city that is easy to navigate using public transport. Known collectively as the Rheinbahn, the transport network includes buses, trams and overground and underground trains. It’s possible to travel on all three forms of transport using the same ticket. A TagesTicket buys you transport across the network for one day. If you’re sightseeing, you may want to go for the DusseldorfCard, which can be bought for one, two or three days and also includes free or reduced entry to many museums and attractions.
Travelling by taxi is another convenient way to get around Dusseldorf. From the moment you arrive at the airport, it’s easy to find one at the taxi ranks near arrivals and departures. Official airport taxis are marked with a sticker guaranteeing that the cars and drivers meet certain criteria.
Dusseldorf is a car-friendly city, and hiring a car is a great option that gives you extra freedom during your stay. You can book a hire car in advance with London City Airport.
Altstadt: for great beer
Dusseldorf’s old town, Altstadt, is small but packed with lively bars, beautiful architecture and superb cultural venues. This is such a popular place to come for a drink that it’s known as ‘the longest bar in the world’, referring to the 260-plus bars and pubs squeezed into the area. Altstadt is also home to many of Dusseldorf’s art galleries and museums.
Königsallee: for shopping
This attractive boulevard, which runs along both sides of a serene canal, is the place to come in Dusseldorf to indulge in some retail therapy. The Kö, as it’s known, is lined with fashion boutiques and designer showrooms from Burberry to Bulgari, and is hugely popular with locals and tourists alike.
Oberkassel: for architecture
Cross the Theodor Heuss Bridge to the photogenic Oberkassel district and you’re greeted by hundreds of sheep, grazing in a lush meadow. This affluent area, sitting to the west of a bend in the Rhine, is perhaps Dusseldorf’s most beautiful neighbourhood. Oberkassel is known for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture, and is home to two beautiful churches: St Antonius and the Evangelische Auferstehungskirche.
Voltage: 230 V
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1) and Central European Summer Time (GMT +2)
Language: German, but English is widely spoken