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.
Nightlife in Dusseldorf is centred around the city’s old town, Altstadt, which is crammed with bars and pubs. Several of these establishments are also breweries which produce Dusseldorf’s famous altbier – any evening trip to Altstadt is sure to see you sampling this Westphalian icon. In fact, standard practice in many of the bars is for the waiters to replenish your empty glass with a fresh one, regardless of whether you asked for another.
Bolkerstrasse, the old town’s main street, is the place to come for bouncing bars and endless altbier, but it’s easy to find a more sophisticated side to Dusseldorf’s nightlife, too, with several Latin and jazz clubs in the side streets. The high-end shopping street of Königsallee is the place to head for a sophisticated night out, with a string of top-end nightclubs playing host to top international acts and DJs.
The southern district of Bilk is popular among young people and students and is home to some great nightclubs, bars and late-night cafés as well as a selection of beautiful old churches and botanical gardens. The regular night-time flea markets make for a different after-dark activity, while Aachener Strasse is lined with cheap pizza joints for a midnight snack.