Sightseeing in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf offers visitors a wide range of memorable experiences with eighteen museums, the German Opera House, countless theatres and numerous other attractions. Düsseldorf has an amazing calendar of events during the year, with more than 600 carnivals and fancy dress balls taking place! With plenty going on all year round, what are you waiting for?
Neue Rheinpromenade runs between the Old Town and the Rhine. It has wonderful views, lively restaurants and night spots, and is a starting place for a fantastic panoramic river trip and the quickest way to see all the sights!
Düsseldorf is a city of art and is packed with galleries. The renowned Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Gallery is a must for culture vultures and art aficionados. Its contents concentrate on 20th century art featuring pieces by Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
Düsseldorf is also a paradise for shoppers with one of the world's most elegant shopping boulevards Konigsallee, affectionately known locally as the ‘Ko'. This focal street is the epitome of shopping sophistication with many high-class jewellers and designer stores.
Düsseldorf is the gateway to hidden gem Cologne (known as Köln in Germany) which is well worth a visit. The atmosphere in cosmopolitan Cologne is friendly and laid back with fantastic food and a buzzing nightlife. During your stay pay a visit to the Dom, a twin spired cathedral that's presence dominates the city and makes a great photo opportunity, or find out about the history of chocolate from Lindt chocolatiers at the Scholaden Museum. Next to the Dom is the Museum Von Ludwig, which exhibits contemporary art including a modern take on the statue of David.
Fun Seekers in Düsseldorf
There is always something going on in Düsseldorf which is known as a stronghold for the Rhenish Carnival, with over 600 taking place throughout the year! Affectionately nicknamed 'Little Paris' by Napoleon, Düsseldorf feels even more Parisian in spring when the 600,000 inhabitants spend their leisure time in the sunshine enjoying alfresco dining and drinking. St Martin at Franken-Werft 33 is the perfect place for lunch where you can sample the local brew Kolsch sat on their outdoor terrace.
Düsseldorf's Old Town (Alstadt) is full of incredible architecture to admire in the day with a wide range of bars, restaurants and traditional taverns to keep you entertained at night. Visit Düsseldorf's self-proclaimed 'oldest brewery bar' Bräuerei Schumacher which is always popular with visitors. The Rheinferpromenade area known as the Media Harbour also has trendy hotspots for evening drinks and clubbing, all set in creative modern architecture as it is home to the city's creative industry offices. We recommend popping into the ultra chic Hafenbar by the harbour. There are also plenty of traditional pubs and bars showcasing the best in local bands for those looking to enjoy some live music.
Düsseldorf is a fantastic city for shopping with everything from high street to designer stores as well as one-off boutique shops for something a little bit different. You can find high street shops like H&M and Mango around the Dom Square, or if you're looking to splash the cash then the Kö Galerie and Kö Center, specialising in haute couture, are the places to go.
Activities in Düsseldorf
Top Tours in Düsseldorf:
Panoramic Cruise in Düsseldorf
On this panoramic cruise on the Rhine see the Rhine Tower & the spectacular Media Harbor buildings...
Afternoon Cruise in Düsseldorf
Sail from the Media Harbour to the Old Town and see the highlights of Düsseldorf from the Rhine...
Family Fun in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is busy and cosmopolitan but it doesn't mean there's not plenty for the whole family to do. During the year the city hosts over 600 carnivals so you are bound to witness a fancy dress procession or live bands playing as you walk down the street!
Both kids and adults will love the Scholden Museum, known as the Chocolate Museum, where Lindt Chocolateirs give demonstrations of chocolate production as well as teaching the history of chocolate. Make sure you dip a wafer in the chocolate fountain on your way round!
A great way to see the sights of Düsseldorf without tiring the kids out is to take a boat trip along the River Rhine. Afterwards stop for a bite to eat at one of the many child-friendly restaurants on the Neue Rheinpromenade that runs between the Old Town and the Rhine. North Park and Bilk Rhine Park offer relaxing areas and beautiful scenery away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids will love the playgrounds and the Aquazoo, as well as the Japenese Garden.
Romantic Breaks in Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is a wonderful mix of modern and historical with bars and restaurants in the city centre surrounded by stunning architecture. Start your break with a romantic stroll around the beautiful Benrath Palace which can be found to the south of the city. Built in the 18th century it covers 120 acres with an extensive park and grounds that make for a stunning backdrop to your holiday photos!
If culture forms a part of your ideal romantic break, then catch a show at the German Opera House or one of the city's theatres before enjoying a romantic meal in one of the restaurants that looks out over the Rhine River. During the day you can see the sights in a relaxing manner on board a boat trip along the Rhine for amazing views of the city.
Düsseldorf boasts Konigsallee Shopping Centre, one of the world's most elegant shopping boulevards where you can find something to treat your loved one in the city's high-class jewellers and designer stores.
Top Tips for Düsseldorf
Train – You can catch the train from Düsseldorf airport, take the Skytrain from the terminal building to the station. Here you will find ticket machines or you can pay on the train. You can either catch the high speed connection which takes around 30mins or the standard train which is approx. 1hr.
Night out – Taxis are cheap and freely available in the city throughout the night. Even on a Saturday night the locals don't get very dressed up, so leave the sparkly stilettos at home ladies and stick with jeans.
A trip to Dusseldorf is not complete without tasting the city's famous dark sweet ale Altbier!
- Hello - Hallo
- Goodbye - Auf Wiedersehen
- Yes - Ja
- No - Nein
- Please - BitteThankyou - Danke
- Excuse me - Entschuldigen Sie bitte or simply Entschuldigung
- Do you speak English? - Sprechen Sie Englisch?
- I don't understand - Ich vestehe nichts
- Where is the ... - Wo ist ....?
- Train Station - Bahnhof
- Tram/Bus stop - Strassenbahn-/ Bushaltestelle
- Bank - Bank
- Tourist Office - Reisebüro
- What time does the train leave? - Wann fährt der Zug ab?
- I'd like a single/return ticket - Ich hätte gern eine Fahrschein für die einfache Strecke / hin und zurück
- Do you have any rooms available? - Ist bei Ihnen ein Zimmer frei?
- How much is it? - Was kostet das?
- I need a doctor - Ich brauche einen Arzt
- What time is it? - Wie viel Uhr ist es?
- Call the police/an ambulance - Rufen Sie die Polizei / einen Krankenwagen
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