Perfect Guide to a quick stay in Düsseldorf, Germany
Düsseldorf is a city in Western Germany known for its fashion and art scene. The city is divided by the Rhine River with the old town on the east, and the modern commercialized areas to the west. Though it is not one of the most popular destinations in the country of Germany, it is worth the visit for sure. We had the pleasure of exploring this city for only 3 days, therefore we made sure to cram our days full of sightseeing. Below we have highlighted ten of our most memorable moments in the city of Duesseldorf. We hope this list helps you when you make your trip to this amazing city.
1.THE RHINE EMBANKMENT
The Rhine embankment alone is worth visiting Düsseldorf for. A few hours strolling or biking down the embankment, perhaps catching a sunrise or sunset, is time well spent. Visitors also have the option of a leisurely river cruise. The Rhine embankment, with its row upon row of restaurants, cafes, pubs and breweries, is a cheerful place, basking in festive spirit throughout the year.
2. RHINE TOWER
The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf’s most recognizable landmark was built in 1979 and is situated at the edge of the city center. Positioned at the top of the tower, a restaurant rotating around its own axis once every 72 minutes. The viewing platform is open everyday from 10 am to midnight. Tickets up to the viewing platform cost 9 Euros per person or for happy hour (early bird or late night) tickets cost 5 euros. Recommended to go on a nice bright day as the views can extend to Cologne (nearby city).
3. EUROPES MOST LUXIOUS SHOPPING STREET: Konigsallee
There is shopping, and then there is shopping at Konigsallee. Europe’s most glamorous shopping street. The biggest names in the fashion world, such as Prada, Armani, Tiffany, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, entice shoppers with their high end products. Even a spot of window shopping in this street will be enough for you to discover why Dusseldorf is considered to be a fashion destination.
4. FOR ALL YOU BEER DRINKERS
Germany ranks in the top five countries in the world for volume of beer production and ranks number three for beer consumption. Face it, when you think of Germany-you think BEER. Unlike in many other countries, drinking alcohol and especially beer is not only legal but very common in Germany. Katie is not a beer drinker but in Germany she almost out drank me in beer, it was that good! You cannot go to Germany and not order yourself a pint of beer, that would be against the rules. RAISE YOUR GLASS AND SAY “PROST” and dont forget to clink your glasses together, these are the traditions in the country- similar to “cheers” in the USA.
5. DELICIOUSLY AUTHENTIC GERMAN MEAL
When we think of German food the first thing that comes to mind is-Sauerbraten. Sauerbraten is a traditional German roast of heavily marinated meat. It is known to be a national dish of Germany, and is frequently served in German style restaurants internationally. It can be prepared from a variety of meats but most often from beef. The first time we enjoyed this dish was actually in the USA at an authentic German restaurant. Ever since we tasted this delectable dish- we have craved it more and more. When searching for the BEST sauerbraten in Dusseldorf we came across a restaurant called Zum Schlüssel. Dating back to the 1600’s, this building in the old town has been around for quite some time. When you enter this restaurant you are instantly overwhelmed with the ambiance this building gives off, not to mention how AMAZING the food and beer taste as well.
6. STROLL THROUGH OLD TOWN DUESSELDORF
The narrow streets of Altstadt, Dusseldorf’s old town, are home to chic cocktail bars, cool dance clubs and pubs pouring the city’s traditional Altbier (old style brown ale). It covers only half a square kilometre and is nevertheless known as the “the longest bar in the world”(all of the bars are connected with entrances to the bar next door). Local eateries serve meaty Rhineland specialties to sushi and Italian, and the broad promenade along the Rhine is lined with relaxed cafes.
7. HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
Architecture in Düsseldorf is full of diversity, which can be enjoyed in just a few square kilometers. From historic landmarks to wonders of modern architecture, the city has it all. A tour of Dusseldorf is never complete without exploring its most beautiful buildings.
8. RHINE BOAT TOUR
In the summertime, step aboard a boat to see the skyline of Dusseldorf from the Rhine River. There are a couple different tour companies that both depart from the Rhine embankment that set out to explore Dusseldorf from a different perspective. The ticket includes free refreshments and German/English commentary over a loud speaker. You’ll cruise under the Theodor Heuss Bridge, the first cable stayed bridge in Germany which was completed in 1957.
9. LUSH GREENERY
For a city that loves its architecture, Dusseldorf is unbelievably green. Tree lined avenues are a very common sight while traveling through the city. Dusseldorf also nurtures and impeccably maintains its green lungs, Nordpark, Hofgarten, Benrath Park, Sudpark and Rheinpark are covered with lush green and blooming flowers. These parks offer shade from the sun and a spot to relax and rejuvenate away from the city traffic.
10. NAVIGATE THROUGH THE CITY USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTAION
Whether you are transferring from the nearby airport in Cologne, down to the embankment in old town or just down the road to the nearest pub, Dusseldorf’s public transportation is very efficient and reasonable. Tickets are either bought from the vending machines at the stops or you can purchase these tickets from a smart phone. We had trouble using a credit card for purchase, as cash is more recommended. There is a time table system in place for travelers to figure out the best route for you.