Dusseldorf

Home to historic architecture, modern art and endless altbier at ‘the longest bar in the world’, Dusseldorf packs a lot in.

Food lovers will relish its street markets, culture fans will appreciate the Art Nouveau architecture of Oberkassel and the modern masterpieces of the Kunstsammlung gallery.

Getting Around

Dusseldorf Airport sits around 4 miles (6km) north of the centre, with good connections to the city via SkyTrain, bus, S-Bahn (urban train) and taxi. The Rheinbahn public transport network includes buses, trams and overground/underground trains, and you can use the same ticket on all three forms of transport.

Language

German

Time Difference

1 hr ahead of GMT

Currency

Euro

Neighbourhoods To See

Altstadt: for great beer

The small old town boasts lively bars, beautiful architecture and superb art galleries and museums. It’s nicknamed ‘the longest bar in the world’ due to the 260+ bars squeezed into the area.

Königsallee: for shopping

This attractive boulevard running along a serene canal is the spot for retail therapy. Known as the Kö, it’s lined with boutiques from Burberry to Bulgari and is hugely popular with locals and tourists.

Oberkassel: for architecture

Cross the Theodor Heuss Bridge to visit this affluent, photogenic district known for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture and two beautiful churches: St Antonius and the Evangelische Auferstehungskirche.

Essential Sights

Schloss Benrath

This ornate pastel-pink mansion was built by German Prince Charles Theodore in the mid-1700s. The Baroque-style house holds a residential palace, plus museums for natural history and European garden art.

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

One of Europe’s finest collections of modern art housed in three museums across the city. K20 displays works by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, while K21 is dedicated to works from 1980 onwards.

Neanderthal Museum

Step back in time with exhibits tracing human evolution and culture back four million years – all not far from where the first Neanderthal remains were discovered in 1856!

Rhine Tower

The city’s most recognisable landmark soars above the skyline at a dizzying 789 feet tall. Its revolving restaurant offers great views of Dusseldorf, the Rhine and – on a clear day – Cologne’s famous cathedral.

Nordpark

A beautiful place to relax away from Dusseldorf’s urban buzz. Around 90 acres of lawns, fountains and trees make the perfect backdrop for an afternoon’s walk.

Food and Drink

Dusseldorf’s position on the banks of the Rhine, near borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, mean it offers diverse, adventurous cuisine. Sample the city’s speciality altbier dark lager in iconic brewery bars in the Altstadt. And don’t miss the street markets, selling everything from traditional German dishes to international street food.

Events

FEBRUARY | Dusseldorf Carnival

A yearly riot of costumes, floats and street parties which begins with the mayor being captured by witches!

JULY | Biggest Funfair on the Rhine

This 700-year-old fair celebrates St Apollinaris with 10 days of funfairs, marching bands and fireworks.

NOV-DEC | Christmas Markets

Visit Marktplatz for gifts by local woodcarvers and glassblowers, while Sternchenmarkt is the place for mulled wine and festive food.

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