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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.