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- City Guide
- City Guide
Dusseldorf is a modern, cosmopolitan city located on the River Rhine. It’s an upmarket and modern city as befits an international business and financial centre and the centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 companies and banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications are among the fields that have made Düsseldorf one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.
Fly to Düsseldorf and get dazzled with incredible architecture and an art scene to rival many cities. The city has plenty to offer travellers including museums, over 20 theatres, restaurants and a great city atmosphere. Düsseldorf is known for its culture because is its academy of fine arts (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), its pioneering influence on electronic music (the city is the home of Kraftwerk). It is also home to the media and start up community of Germany – and the regeneration of the MediaHafen district in the old docklands is where many of them are housed, with listed and protected warehouses were equipped with modern technology and populated with hipsters!
The famous Dusseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) is where most of the city’s art and cultural venues are to be found. The Old Town was completely destroyed during World War 2, and rebuilt according to the historic plans on its foundation walls, making it look like a real historic town.
Düsseldorf’s Rhine embankment promenade brings the city to the Rhine, connecting the river embankment from the Altstadt (Old Town) to the modern MedienHafen, all lined by cafés and bars. Kaiserswerth, located in the northern part of Düsseldorf, is full of charming baroque houses from the 17th and 18th century is always a great place for an excursion.
Hotels in Dusseldorf
Düsseldorf is home to many upmarket hotels, as you would expect a major exhibition city. The “who’s who” of the international hotels are on splendid Königsallee,so there are plenty of places to choose from. The west side of the Düsseldorf’s Königsallee has developed into a top address: the highly traditional Breidenbacher Hof, the Steigenberger Parkhotel and the Intercontinental are to be found.
Stage 47 is a 4 star art hotel in the centre of Düsseldorf, right beside the Savoy-Theater and atelier-Kinotheater. All rooms are named after famous actors and artists performing here. Stage 47 a 5-minute walk from Düsseldorf Main Station.
Hotel Orangerie is in a neoclassical mansion in a quiet corner of the Altstadt, this stylish hotel is just 60 metres from the Rhine Promenade. It features rental bikes, free Wi-Fi and a conservatory. It delivers a quiet and stylish refuge – but with a hearty breakfast. The Königsallee Shopping Street is only 800 metres away, while a 5-minute walk takes you to the historic Town Hall.
Places to eat and drink in Dusseldorf
The Altstadt has more than 260 pubs in line – often calling it the “longest bar in the world”: local breweries, lounges, bars and clubs. Düsseldorf’s centre is also home to some of the city’s most beautiful churches, with the twisting spires making Düsseldorf’s skyline unique.
One of Dusseldorf’s specialities, and something it has become world famous for is the beer. The Altstadt has the famous Alt beer available in traditional breweries like the “Uerige” , “Füchschen” “Zum Schlüssel ” or “Schumacher” at traditional brewery restaurants. Alt beer is a dark brew, served in small glasses, is available at practically any restaurant in the city. Altbier is only brewed in breweries around Düsseldorf. The waiters at these traditional restaurants are called “Koebes.” A variation of the Altbier is called Krefelder – it’s an Altbier with Coke.
For a real taste of the city, try some of the characteristic Rhineland dishes like Düsseldorfer Senfrostbraten (mustard roast pork), Rheinischer Sauerbraten (marinated beef with raisins), Halve Hahn (rye ban, slice of cheese, mustard and gherkin) or Ähzezupp (pea soup) are offered everywhere within the old town.
Explore Dusseldorf – shopping and sightseeing
The Rhine embankment promenade is seen as the connection between the city and the river. It links the traditional Altstadt-Old Town to the modern MedienHafen , and you will find many bars and cafés lining the route. This is the perfect place for an evening walk, to relax and watch the river traffic pass through.
Königsallee shopping district is internationally recognised as the “Champs-Élysées of Germany”. Affectionately called the “Kö” by Düsseldorf’s residents, it’s the main reason for the city’s image as a great shopping destination. If you like trendy fashion, visit the Flingern quarter, especially Ackerstrasse.
Visit Carlstadt and get a taste of baroque boutiques and art shops, many of them in Bilker-Strasse. Other great shops and coffee bars are in Hohe Strasse. In the centre of Carltadt is Carls-Square with a great market on weekdays.
For a view of the city, try the soaring Rhine Tower near the Media Harbour offers a 360-degree view from top at 172 for some great architecture, visit the Gehry buildings in the Rheinhafen Centre of arts and the media. They are considered Düsseldorf’s new landmark. The Frank O. Gehry buildings consist of three different building complexes and appear like a gigantic sculpture. Each different material reflects the buildings on its northern and southern side, thus creating a link between the three.
Take a boat tour along the river Rhine and enjoy the stunning panorama along the banks of the river, spotting the iconic sights such as the ruins of the “Kaiserpfalz”, the legendary Emperor Barbarossa’s Palace”.
For souvenirs, try something totally different: Löwensenf Mustard is one of the most famous producers of German Mustard. It even has a special mustard store, with a mustard tasting area, is based in the Altstadt. You can even get “Altbier Mustard” or “Strawberry Mustard”!
Getting to Düsseldorf
From Düsseldorf Airport
Düsseldorf International Airport is the third largest airport in Germany and offers connections to 175 destinations worldwide.
There is a fixed price to the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre of 13€ with a taxi.
The main airport of Düsseldorf is located about 15 kilometres away from the main railway station. It will take you 12 minutes by suburban railway S-Bahn 7 or S-Bahn 11 to the main railway station. If you go by bus or taxi, it will take about 20 minutes. The costs are €2.50 for S-Bahn or bus and about €20/€22 for taxi: taxis are located in front of the airport terminals.