Düsseldorf is the capital city of the most populous state in Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) and seventh most populated city in Germany. Bestowed with beauty from one of the world’s great and most romantic rivers, The Rhine, Düsseldorf is known as a leader in the art and fashion worlds, as well as a prestigious and charming university town and wonderful place to explore.
There are endless itinerary options when traveling to Düsseldorf, and we've listed a few ideas to get you started below.
Altstadt (Old Town) is easily the most endearing place to walk around in Düsseldorf. Landmarks in Altstadt include the Lambertus Church, Schlossturm (Castle Tower), and Burgplatz.
Düsseldorf has a medieval history you can’t miss, especially if you hang around Kaiserswerth. It is one of the oldest places in the city, where you will find the remains of a 10th century castle, the Royal Palace of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, along with Baroque buildings and other ruins.
If you’ve chosen to visit Düsseldorf in the summer, then you’re in luck. Pack up a picnic blanket, put on your swimming suits and trunks, get in the sunbathing mood and head to Neue Zollhof, a lovely promenade that faces the Rhine.
Walk around the beautiful Benrath Palace and garden, rated one of the most beautiful places of the Late Baroque movement.
Other places to see are Kunsthalle Düsseldorf for art lovers, and if you like architecture, walk through Neue Zollhof, to experience modern architecture at its best from architects like Frank Gehry.
Foods to Try in Düsseldorf
Being that Düsseldorf lies on the Rhein, the absolute must-haves for foodies are the Rhenish dishes and venues. Examples of dishes include Rheinischer Sauerbraten (marinated beef) and Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten (roast pork). Don’t miss the city views from the Rheinturm’s revolving restaurant (inside the Rhine Tower).
Beer aficionados must try a style of dark beer that is brewed uniquely in Düsseldorf called Altbier; one major brand is called Diebels, but there are many small breweries based throughout the city. If you are in Altstadt (Old Town), be prepared - this area is nicknamed the longest bar in the world and has over 300 bars and clubs. Pub crawl anyone? Start with bars like Füchschen or Schlüssel that sell various brands (Note: ask if they are selling a seasonal Sticke, too).
Shopping in Düsseldorf
Named the catwalk of Germany, Düsseldorf has been a focus city in the fashion world for years. You can find classy fashion boutiques with the latest in designer fashion.
Within the famous street Königsallee, popularly referred to as the Kö, you’ll find some of Düsseldorf’s most trendy fashion boutiques and coolest shopping action. Aside from shopping, you can enjoy its beautiful Rhineland scenery, with stores lining the beautiful Stadtgraben, surrounded by trees and beauty.
Flights to Düsseldorf
Flying to Düsseldorf is simple, and finding cheap flights to Düsseldorf is even easier.
More than 70 airlines fly from Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) to over 200 destinations across the globe. This is the third largest airport in Germany, handling over 22 million passengers per year and conveniently located under 5 miles north of the Düsseldorf downtown. It is a major hub for Air Berlin and Eurowings, as well as a focus city for competitor airlines like Lufthansa, Condor, Flybe, Germania and SunExpress. Its busiest route is domestic to Munich, then to Palma de Mallorca, and then to Berlin. Fourth on the global destinations list is London.
The Köln Bonn Airport (CGN) is one of the alternate airports, only an hour drive from Düsseldorf. Weeze Airport (NRN) is the other alternative, a.k.a. Niederrhein Airport, used by the low cost carrier Ryanair. You can take the bus or train to the Düsseldorf Main Station from NRN.
Once in Düsseldorf, Rheinbahn AG offers bus, tram and subway tickets for your daily travel needs. Of course, you also have the famous S-Bahn train tickets at your fingertips.
Needing to find an airfare deal? Keep in mind that no single airline always has the best prices. A good rule of thumb, therefore, for any traveler looking to save money is to compare airfares. Use FareCompare’s search site to compare and save on your flight. If you know your origin and destination, you can also set a FareCompare airfare alert for your route and let the deals come straight to you!
If there is room to be flexible with your travel plans, remember that a little inconvenience can mean great savings. First, check flights departing from airports a bit farther away from your home city (the savings could make it worth your while). Then, we all know that connecting flights typically come with better deals than non-stop flights. Adding a stop (or two) could save you up to 50%. Finally, always check bigger airports (particularly hubs), which often have cheaper airfares.
Are you traveling with a group? For two or more people, try booking just one ticket at a time. Typically, multiple tickets are required to be at the same price in a single transaction. If an airline has only one ticket for $50 and the rest are $100, and you shop for all-tickets-at-once, you’ll end up paying $100 for all of the tickets versus saving on the cheaper available fare.