One of the richest cities in Germany, Dusseldorf is a fashionable, elegant, exciting and confident metropolis re-built from the ruins of WWII. Straddling the River Rhine, it boasts chic cafes and restaurants, smart shops and boutiques, lush green parks and a nightlife that is the envy of its sister cities.
By day the historical heart of Dusseldorf, the Aldstadt or Old Town, is the place for shopping for designer fashions along the Konigsalle. By night, this warren of winding cobbled streets turns into the “longest bar of the world” as its breweries, beer halls and bars burst at the seams with local revellers.
Burgplatz Castle, gothic St Lambretus Basilika, the City Monument and the City Hall are all spectacular examples of how the city reconstructed its beautiful history after the war. The Rhone Tower watches over them all, while its 360 degree restaurant makes the perfect viewing platform.
The promenade on the bank of Rhine is one of the most beautiful in Germany. Placed on the right bank in order to get the sun all day long, it is a popular place with locals, particularly on long summer evenings with beer in hand.
A stroll through North Park reveals beautiful Japanese Gardens and the EKO House – a house of Japanese culture and Europe’s first Buddhist temple. The Film, Hetjens, Theatre, Stadt and Schiffaht museums are bursting with artefacts and art from Klee and Richter to Picasso, Kandinsky and Warhol.
Annual carnivals and festivals, Christmas markets and summer fairgrounds along the Rhine reveal how Dusseldorf loves to party. Why not visit and be part of the fun?
The following information is correct as of January 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Dusseldorf Airport is located 5 miles from Dusseldorf city centre. It can be reached by car in approximately 15 minutes. There are regular trains from the airport railway station to the centre of the city taking just 10 minutes. A metro is also in operation, taking 30 minutes, and public bus services operating from outside the terminal building which also take 30 minutes. Alternatively, several taxi firms operate from outside the arrivals hall of Dusseldorf Airport.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (€)
Visas: UK and EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany however a passport valid for three months beyond the date of departure is required by all travellers. Nationals of other countries may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.
Laws: 18 is the legal age for purchasing and consuming alcohol in Germany. A total smoking ban is in place prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places including bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels and on all public transport.
Best Time to Visit
Dusseldorf has a typical European climate with warm summers and cold, sometimes snowy, winters. July and August are the hottest months but also the busiest in terms of tourist numbers. Spring and late summer still offer plenty of sunshine but with fewer people and cheaper flights. Those with a passion for festive markets, snow and winter-sports must visit from November to February where the crisp cold blue sky days are perfect for enjoying the city.
The Grosste Kirmes am Rhein Festival is the city’s biggest draw with fairground rides, stalls and fireworks lighting up the balmy summer evenings. Brazilian Nights in August light up the streets while the Old Town comes to life with an annual run, opera and youth culture festivals throughout the autumn. From November, the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas Markets fill the city with the aroma of cinnamon and spices, mulled wine and the sound of carol singers and festive cheer.
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