Whenever I look for a destination for my vacations, Dusseldorf is never the first option in my mind. I have this picture in my head of rain interspersed with gray skies, rugged roads and chilly winds. But when my friend and colleague suggested Dusseldorf as a vacation spot for the new year, I was doubtful about it. But time has proven me wrong!
Rent an apartment in Dusseldorf – a unique city in north-western Germany, which has gained its reputation as one of the most attractive and contemporary travel destinations over the last few years. Located very close to other major cities such as Cologne, Dortmund and Essen, Dusseldorf is a well-developed and appealing city that provides you lots of fun and memorable experiences.
Dusseldorf, Germany is a vibrant urban city with a thriving modern culture and loaded history. Dusseldorf, is the fourth largest city in Germany with a population of 1.4 million people, but it is a surprisingly small and compact city.
When you visit Dusseldorf, you want to see the beautiful city of Dusseldorf. When you’re here, you can visit the highest mountain in Germany: The Berg (560m / 1,837 ft.). You can enjoy the view and travel down again by cable car or toboggan run. If you don’t mind to go on foot, there are over 650 steps up the mountain.
Vacation In Dusseldorf
There are many popular tourist spots in Berlin such as the Brandenburg Gate and Charlottenburg Palace. However, you can also see numerous museums and historical buildings (e.g., the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church). You can enjoy shopping at the top enterprise retailers or relax in one of the many parks (e.g., Tiergarten Park). Dusseldorf is no different from Berlin when it comes to a variety of attractive destinations. It is famous for its parks and trails, historic buildings and cultural centers, pedestrian friendly streets, and more.
Traveling is an essential part of life, because who wants to stay stuck in one place without ever exploring their surroundings? This can lead to a lot of new and exciting adventures, but it can also be stressful and tiring. I always find it easier to go on vacation with a group of people or with a group that I know well. That way you end up having fun with the people you are with instead of stressing about being alone or not enjoying yourself at all.
Hitting up Düsseldorf for the first time? We’ve got some tips for you. Over the last century or so, Düsseldorf has developed from a collection of disparate villages into one of the most exciting cities in Germany, a hub of innovation and culture that attracts visitors, entrepreneurs and adventurers in equal measure. The ‘traditional yet modern’ cliche is alive and well here, with a community vibe that juxtaposes that glittering skyline and business-friendly mentality of the city. Our collection of travel tips for first-time visitors to Düsseldorf will help you navigate the city and make the most of this marvellous place, with its impressive range of restaurants and exciting attractions.
Travel tips every first time Düsseldorf visitor needs to know
1. The world revolves around the tower
Getting your bearings in Düsseldorf can be hard. With neither a “true” downtown nor an easily discernible pattern to the street layout, the easiest way to determine where you’re at is to look for the round television tower, the Rheinturm, located amid the Medienhafen and directly on the river. It’s also a great place to grab a drink and see the skyline.
2. Learn how to order
Visitors are often shocked at the lack of friendliness by customer service personnel. The first place many visitors notice this is in cafes or restaurants, where servers only come to you when called—and called in the right way. Snapping your fingers, whistling or calling out garcon is the epitome of rudeness. A raised hand and wave in their direction will suffice. In breweries, you can also order another by simply making eye contact with the server and giving the thumbs-up sign, signifying the number one.
3. Dress to impress
One of Germany’s wealthiest cities, Düsseldorf is also one of the country’s most fashion-conscious destinations. Although torn denim and sneakers are more acceptable attire today than they were just a few years ago, there is still an unwritten dress code in many establishments. If you’re headed to the Oper am Rhein or embarking on a shopping spree on the Kö, make sure to dress the part or risk being turned away at the door. You can leave the penguin tails at home—just don’t show up in flip-flops and tank tops.
4. A cold stare is a form of greeting
Don’t take it personally if no one says hello as you pass by. Or when you walk into a store. Or even in a restaurant when someone comes to take your order. Germans are a formal bunch and an expressionless nod is often used as a polite form of greeting—and one you should reciprocate.
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5. This city can be sleepy
For a city of more than one million inhabitants and with several universities, Düsseldorf can be eerily quiet late at night. While pubs and clubs in the Altstadt—especially around Bolker Strasse or Ratinger Strasse—are open every day, in other neighbourhoods finding something doing after 10pm on a weekday can feel near-impossible. One area to look is Bilk, the student district, or Pemplefort, filled with bars and restaurants which get lively on warm summer days.
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6. Don’t miss the (free) art
Home to the Arts Academy that counts Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Andreas Gursky as alumni and where some of the biggest artists of the 20th century have taught, Düsseldorf has a reputation as a leading arts centre to uphold. Grab an Art:card from the Tourist Office and get entry for a year to most of the city’s museums. Or check out the K20 and K21 Museums after 6pm on the first Wednesday evening of every month for free entry. Just be sure to note: most museums are closed Mondays.
Photograph: Courtesy Simon Bierwald/Flickr
7. …It’s not just in museums!
Lovers of modern and contemporary art will feel drawn to the more than 100 galleries dotted around the city, especially in the Stadtmitte neighbourhood. Openings occur nearly every weekend and since 2017, the city plays host to its own annual art fair.
Photograph: Courtesy Japan-Tag Düsseldorf
8. Japanese culture is everywhere
Home to Europe’s third-largest Japanese community, Düsseldorf celebrates the contributions of the country’s immigrants with a city-wide party and awesome fireworks display over the Rhine on one of the last weekends in May. If you’re here at another time, check out the area around Schadowstrasse for some of the best Japanese food in Germany.
9. Keep cash on hand
No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, it’s always a good idea to keep cash on you. Although Düsseldorf is home to loads of start-ups and new media companies, banking is still behind the times. Few taxis, pubs and dining establishments take credit or bank cards and even fewer places are set up for mobile pay. The pandemic has changed this somewhat, but better to be safe than sorry.
10. Make a shopping bee-line for the Kö-Bogen
Königsallee is one of Germany’s most expensive shopping streets, with luxury goods stores like Gucci and Chanel drawing shoppers from around the world. Divided by a canal and lined with chestnut trees, the kilometre-long boulevard is one of the city’s prettiest streets. Bordering the Altstadt, it runs from the city’s main park, the Hofgarten, and is filled with fantastic architecture, including the Kö-Bogen shopping mall, designed by Daniel Liebeskind.