Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s most exciting cities and a must-visit for anyone who enjoys culture, history and great food. It’s also family friendly and home to a number of fun activities and festivals.
The city’s wide squares, riverside walkways and art museums are sure to inspire. But there’s so much more to do in this vibrant town!
The Rhine River
The Rhine River is a key shipping artery that connects the German industrial heartlands with the North Sea. It is the main route for raw materials including grains, chemicals and coal.
It is also important to the economy of Europe. It links the major industrial hubs of Germany, Switzerland and France to North Sea ports such as Rotterdam and Amsterdam, helping to keep prices down for goods produced along the river.
One of the most popular ways to get a feel for the city is to take a cruise on the Rhine. This one-hour trip gives you a chance to explore the historic center of Dusseldorf as well as the modern port district.
Like many German cities, the river divides Dusseldorf into two different identities – the old town of Alstadt pays homage to the past with centuries-old buildings, while the other bank plays host to a modern commercial center. You can easily see both sides of the city in a day with a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, or you can choose to go for a more active approach on a walking or biking tour.
The Old Town
The Old Town in Dusseldorf is a bustling centre of cafes, shops and quaint breweries. It’s also one of the best areas to stay in if you want to experience the city’s historic charms.
While there, don’t miss the Marktplatz, home to the Rathaus (Old Town Hall), and the Burgplatz with its equestrian statue of Jan Wellem, and the “Wheel of Vision” Ferris Wheel on the Castle tower.
For art enthusiasts, there are many museums in the Old Town. From the Kunstsammlung NRW (NRW Art Collection), with its impressive collection of works by artists such as Rembrandt and Rubens, to the Theatre Museum, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for accommodation close to the Old Town, we recommend the affordable Ibis Dusseldorf City, which is just a short walk from Konigsallee. It’s also easy to get around the rest of the city using the metro and tram.
The Rhine Tower
The Rhine Tower, or the “Rhineturm,” is one of Dusseldorf’s most iconic landmarks. Originally built in 1979, it is a 789-foot tall telecommunications tower that carries broadcasts for radio and TV.
In addition to being the tallest structure in the city, it also houses an observatory and a revolving restaurant. The top floor of the tower is a 168-meter sightseeing deck, which offers great views of Dusseldorf and its surrounding areas.
It is a must-visit while in Dusseldorf, especially during the evenings. The views are impressive and it is a nice way to experience the city in an up-close manner.
It is easy to get to the Rhine Tower from Dusseldorf’s main train station, and a visit will be well worth the money. The ticket is 9 euros and includes a tour of the tower, as well as a look at the city from the observation terrace.
The Christmas Markets
Dusseldorf, like most German cities, is a hot spot for Christmas markets. These stalls lining town squares, pedestrian zones and within castle walls sell handicrafts and ornaments, along with snacks and beverages.
They also serve as a venue for local performers. And the influx of visitors — especially from Holland, France and Britain — is a boon to tourism in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
The city has 7 different markets, each with their own unique character! They are all fun for the whole family, with a variety of events and activities.
The Engelchenmarkt (Little Angel Market) on Heinrich-Heine-Platz is a special highlight. It’s decorated with wrought-iron angels, and stalls are designed to reflect Art Nouveau themes. It’s a charming little market and is a great place to get some Gluhwein before you head to the ice rink!