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Things to do in  Düsseldorf

Germany’s 10-minute city

A central-west Rhineland city, Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s international business hubs—but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all work and no play. Düsseldorf is also Germany’s fashion capital and boasts all the buzz that comes with it. If you’re looking for things to do in Düsseldorf, contemporary architecture abounds, galleries and shops are aplenty, and the city’s medieval Altstadt (old town) is where the good times roll. Fashion folk, bankers, tourists, and students let their hair down here, sipping the local altbier at one of the Altstadt’s 300-plus pubs, beer halls, clubs, and restaurants—aka “the longest bar in the world.”

Top 14 attractions in Düsseldorf

Dusseldorf Old Town (Altstadt)

Dusseldorf blends historic appeal with avante-garde energy—and nowhere captures that spirit better than the city’s Old Town (Altstadt. Located on the Rhine, the small but perfectly formed district boasts remarkably preserved, medieval architecture. Owing to its many pubs and restaurants, it’s also known as “the longest bar in the world.”More

King's Alley (Konigsallee)

With its rows of designer boutiques and luxury department stores bordering a serene tree-lined canal, King's Alley (Konigsallee) is surely one of Germany’s prettiest boulevards, as well as being Dusseldorf’s busiest shopping street. First laid out back in 1802, Konigsallee was originally named Kastanienallee (Chestnut Avenue), but was renamed in honor of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV in 1848, as an apology for the notorious incident in which Dusseldorfers bombarded his carriage with horse manure.Today, the famous shopping street is best known by its nickname ‘Kö’ and is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists, offering a huge range of shops, restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. Along with an impressive number of flagship designer outlets and jewelry boutiques, the Kö is home to the Sevens mall, the Kaufhof Kö department store and a number of 5-star hotels, while many shoppers can be found escaping the crowds for a stroll beneath the chestnut trees or a coffee break on the banks of the canal.More

Rhine Tower (Rheinturm)

Towering 234 meters over the modern Media Harbor, the futuristic Rhine Tower (Rheinturm) telecommunications tower is Dusseldorf’s tallest building and most distinctive landmark. Built in 1982, the tower quickly became one of the city’s top tourist attractions, with its 172-meter high observation platform offering dramatic panoramic views along the Rhine riverfront, the nearby Old Town (Altstadt) and the sea of high-rises that form Dusseldorf’s commercial district.High-speed elevators take visitors to the top of the tower, where there is also a glass-fronted revolving restaurant, but the views are equally mesmerizing from the outside, with the illuminated tower also serving as the world’s largest digital clock.More

Media Harbor (MedienHafen)

Dusseldorf’s historic harbor was given an impressive facelift during the 1990s, transforming the bleak silos and shipping warehouses, into a lively cultural hub and one of the city’s most stylish districts. Taking its name from the abundance of media and communications company headquarters that sprung up in the area, the new Media Harbor (MedienHafen) is characterized by its ultra-modern architecture, and the glass-fronted office blocks, looming Rheinturm TV Tower and wave-inspired Gehry buildings form a sleek silhouette along the waterfront.As well as being the postcard image of modern-day Dusseldorf, the Media Harbor is also home to a selection of upmarket restaurants, bistros and bars and offers a glamorous setting for the city’s most exclusive nightclubs.More

Rhine River Promenade (Rheinuferpromenade)

With its two-tier walkways tracing the scenic Rhine waterfront and dotted with benches, grassy picnic areas and food vendors, walking the Rhine River Promenade (Rheinuferpromenade) not only offers a tranquil retreat from the busy city center, but it also links many of Dusseldorf’s top attractions.Start your walk beneath the Burgplatz castle tower, then follow the riverside paths through Dusseldorf Old Town, passing the Old Harbor (Alter Hafen); the Marketplatz, home to the historic City Hall (Rathaus) and the City Museum (Stadt Museum), before reaching the grassy Rheinpark, where you can look out over the striking waterfront of the nearby Media Harbor. As well as being popular with joggers, cyclists and roller-bladers, the promenade also hosts a number of seasonal events, including an open-air cinema, exhibitions and markets.More

Benrath Palace (Schloss Benrath)

With its fanciful pink façade and landscaped gardens stretching all the way to the banks of the Rhine, Benrath Palace (Schloss Benrath) is one of the region’s most attractive baroque palaces and makes a popular side-trip from nearby Dusseldorf. Built in 1755 for Elector Palatine Carl Theodor, the grand palace looks out over a glittering lake and backs up onto more than 14 acres of parks and gardens, dotted with pretty water features, herb and flower gardens and an orangery.Today, the palace is open to the public and home to a collection of three museums—the Palace Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum for European Garden Art—and also hosts concerts, weddings and theater performances in its halls.More

St. Lambertus Cathedral

Among the most iconic landmarks of Dusseldorf’s picturesque Alstadt (Old Town), St. Lambertus Cathedral is famous for its distinctive twisted tower. Originally built in the 14th century, the church tower was rebuilt after a fire in 1815 and the use of wet arbors caused it to twist. Legend however, tells a different story – a bride dressed in white came to the altar pretending to be a virgin, and the tower turned, allegedly to only return to its previous form when a real virgin appears at the altar.Today the medieval church is among Dusseldorf’s oldest buildings, with highlights including the bronze-coated door by Ewald Mataré, the exquisite Rieger organ and the tomb of Duke Wilhelm V of Jülich-Kleve-Berg.More

North Rhine-Westphalian State Parliament (Landtag)

North Rhine-Westphalia came into being after Germany was restructured following WWII, and with more than 18 million people it is Germany’s most populous state. The state’s parliament building is the first completely new parliament building to be built in the history of the German Federal Republic. The parliament building (Landtag), which opened in 1988, represents the first time a German parliament designed its future home itself.The building was designed to be comparatively modest. At 344 feet wide, 640 feet long, and 70 feet tall, the Landtag building is more noted for its interesting shape than its size. Right angles were consciously avoided. The circular meeting chamber, which holds 300 people, is located in the center of the building. Four rooms for the parliamentary parties form a circle off the chamber, with a lobby that both connects and separates the spaces. A great way to see the interesting architecture of the Landtag is from above. The Rheinturm (Rhein tower) provides sweeping views from its deck, and there are various cafes, bars, and a revolving restaurant there.More

Dusseldorf Old Town Hall (Rathaus Dusseldorf)

With its grand Renaissance style façade and clock tower crawling with ivy, the Rathaus, or City Hall, is among Dusseldorf’s most attractive buildings, as well as being one of its oldest. Dating back to the 16th century, the Rathaus is one of a handful of buildings that remained intact after the WWII bombings, and forms an eye-catching backdrop to the city’s annual Christmas markets.The most memorable landmark of the Rathaus is the bronze equestrian statue of Elector Jan Wellem, an iconic sculpture designed by Gabriel de Grupello in 1711, which now takes center stage at the front of the building. Inside, visitors can explore the ornately decorated council hall, the Jan-Wellem hall and the Lord Mayor’s reception hall, renowned for its beautiful ceiling paintings by artists Domenico Zanetti and Johannes Spilberg.More

SEA LIFE® Oberhausen

SEA LIFE®Oberhausen is a family-friendly aquarium that is also home to the largest shark nursery in Germany. Visit a variety of animals, from otters to sharks to turtles, and learn about their habitats and behavior behavior with animal feedings and expert talks.More

Museum Kunstpalast

Sitting on the banks of the Rhine River, the Museum Kunstpalast first opened in 1913 but was given a facelift by architect Oswald Matthias Ungers at the backend of the last century and reopened in 2001. Its five permanent collections embrace European sculpture from medieval times, stellar Renaissance and Baroque paintings such as the acclaimedAssumption of the Virgin by Rubens, and contemporary art from Expressionism to modern times. The museum also holds more than 70,000 pieces of graphic art and drawings, including sketches by Raphael and Kirchner.One of the biggest draws of the Kunstpalast is the exquisite Hentrich Glass Collection, which traces the story of European glassware from the early Roman period right up to hand-blown pieces by the likes of Art Nouveau supremo Emile Gallé and Czech glassblower Stanislav Libenský. It also home to major league temporary exhibitions including Dalí, Warhol and Miró; recent draws have included Jena Tinguely’s madcap installations and Carl Buchheister’s vibrant abstract paintings.More

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Oberhausen

An indoor playground for families with younger LEGO®-obsessed kids, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Oberhausen lets you unleash your creativity with more than 4 million LEGO bricks. Smaller in scale than a full LEGOLAND, this center has several play areas, a 4D cinema, and a couple of rides for the youngest visitors.More
Hombroich Museum Island (Museum Insel Hombroich)

Hombroich Museum Island (Museum Insel Hombroich)

Inspired by the Paul Cézanne quote, “art is a harmony parallel to nature,” the Hombroich Museum Island (Museum Insel Hombroich) is a space where art and nature are indeed harmonious. This conceptual art museum is comprised of 52 acres (21 hectares) of idyllic parklands dotted with galleries, sculptures, and architectural monuments.More
Alpenpark Neuss

Alpenpark Neuss

Alpenpark Neuss is a large activity center featuring a variety of attractions that range from an 18-hole miniature golf course to a massive outdoor ropes course. There's also a funfussball course, which mixes soccer with golf, and a very popular indoor ski hall where visitors can ski throughout the year.More
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All about Düsseldorf

When to visit

Düsseldorf enjoys mild temps year-round. The colder (yet rarely snowy) winter months host events like the Düsseldorf Christmas markets and the raucous Düsseldorf Carnival. At the end of May, the Japan Day festival celebrates the city’s vibrant Japanese community with a giant street party and fireworks over the Rhine. In the summer, Düsseldorf’s pubs and cafés spill out onto the sidewalks, and movie screenings and concerts take place alfresco.

Getting around

Avoid driving to Düsseldorf: The parking and traffic will suck the joy out of exploring. You can walk around the central sights easily, or enjoy the flat terrain by renting a bike. If you plan to explore and visit lots of attractions, consider picking up a DüsseldorfCard; for a limited time (24, 48, 72, or 96 hours), the travel card lets you ride free on public transportation and grants you discounts of up to 100 percent on museums and tours.

Traveler tips

Think of Germany, and hearty foods like sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel may spring to mind. While there’s no shortage of these gutsy plates in town, Düsseldorf is getting more attention these days for its Japanese cuisine, thanks to the city’s sizable Japanese population. Head to Little Tokyo—the enclave spread around Immermann Street (Immermannstrasse)—where a medley of Japanese supermarkets, bookshops, soba joints, and sushi restaurants beckon.


People Also Ask

What is Düsseldorf best known for?

Centuries of history aside, Düsseldorf is best known as a global business center and a fashion and culture hub. It’s also a beer hotspot, with altbier-style beer tracing its roots to Düsseldorf. The German Romantic poet Heinrich Heine was born in the city and thought highly of it, much like the eclectic community who live here today.

Is Düsseldorf worth visiting?

Yes, there are lots of things to do in Düsseldorf for visitors. Art lovers have world-class galleries like the Kunstpalast, shoppers can peruse the high-end stores along Königsallee boulevard and the indie boutiques of Unterbilk quarter, and beer aficionados have the Altstadt’s bars before them.

What is there to do in Düsseldorf in two days?

Set a morning aside for a Rhine River cruise and a trip up the Rheinturm telecommunications tower to see Düsseldorf from two perspectives. Then, contrast the contemporary architecture of MedienHafen to Altstadt’s medieval style. The shops, galleries, and beer halls—all of which are famous—will fill the rest of your time.

Is Düsseldorf good for foreigners?

Yes, with its small-town feel and multicultural air, Düsseldorf is a welcoming place for foreign and German tourists. Like many European cities that attract tourists and businesspeople, English is widely spoken. Düsseldorf’s locals are a diverse bunch, too, with large communities of Japanese immigrants and international expats.

Should I go to Cologne or Düsseldorf?

It depends on your tastes. Both of these Rhineland cities seem similar but have a few key differences. Cologne boasts more historical architecture, is generally less expensive, and has more nightclubs. On the other hand, Düsseldorf is the place to go if you’re looking for contemporary architecture, shopping, and pubs.

Is Düsseldorf a walkable city?

Yes, Düsseldorf is a small city—comparable in size to Amsterdam in Holland—and is easy to explore by foot. Some locals even call it the “10-minute city,” meaning that anything you might want to see is roughly 10 minutes away. Buses, trams, and trains also link up the Düsseldorf suburbs.

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