Old meets new, and trendy meets quirky in the Western German city of Düsseldorf. Food, culture, and history: it turns out that Düsseldorf may well have it all! Here’s a quick guide to must see Düsseldorf:
Go up the Rheinturm
The world famous Rheinturm is iconic for a reason. Not only does it hold a Guiness World Record, but it towers high above the skyline of the city, demanding your attention. And, if you’re not afraid of heights, is there a better way to experience a city for the first time than seeing it from a bird’s eye perspective?
Drink an Altbier
Düsseldorf is most famous for fashion… and its beer! You can’t visit the city and at least taste a little of the golden brew. ‘Altbier’ is translated into English as ‘old beer’. Don’t worry though; the beer itself isn’t old, only the recipe!
Cycle around the city!
There’s no doubt about it, the best way to explore this city is by bike. If you’re only looking to visit just the Altstadt, then travelling by foot will suffice. However, if you’re thinking of going further afield to explore other parts of the city (and I highly recommend you do this), then a bike is an absolute necessity. Oh, and this year the city is holding the Tour de France Grand Depart, meaning that cycling around Düsseldorf is easier than ever…
As the oldest district of the city, there’s obviously plenty to see and do in Kaiserswerth. Especially if you love seeing history in action. Once home to Florence Nightingale, as well as the Germanic King Barbarossa, there’s even the chance to see the ruins of a once grand palace lying on the banks of the river Rhine. A trip to Kaiserswerth takes approximately 25 minutes by train from Düsseldorf’s central station and a must see Düsseldorf attraction!
Tour the Altstadt
Quite literally translated as the ‘old town’, this is the place to be- as well as where you can pick up one of those iconic altbiers! Full of history, quirky architecture and the home of Altbier, you could easily spend a week simply exploring this part of the city. In fact, the Altstadt is often referred to as ‘the longest bar in the world’ because there are over 300 bars and restaurants in the area!
Check out the coolest street in Flingern
If you’re looking for something a little different, and you’re not into museums, then Flingern is the place for you. Situated to the Northeast of the city, the district is absolutely full of street art. And I mean, I quite literally couldn’t put my camera in! One street I highly recommend walking down is Kiefernstrasse.
Eat in the Schlossturm
One of my favourite moments of my lovely, albeit brief, weekend in the city was eating at the top of the Schlossturm. Here, you can enjoy traditional Rhenish dishes on the top floor of the city’s Shipping Museum. Alternatively, there are vegetarian options on offer. If I’m honest though, what makes it a must see Düsseldorf attraction is that view…
Wander along the Rhine
On a sunny afternoon, there is nothing more pleasant than taking an hour or two to stroll along the banks of the Rhine. The river winds its way through the city, taking you on a tour of old meets new. A walk along the Rhine will guarantee you the chance to wander on past the Altstadt and right on through to the Media Harbour.
Explore the Media Harbour (MedienHafen)
Hip, trendy and cool, you can’t go wrong by spending a few hours wandering around and exploring the Media Harbour. Once the site of crumbling warehouses, today the Media Harbour is home to almost 700 companies and is a thriving workspace for thousands of employees.
Here, each and every building has its own unique and quirky characteristics. Architects from all over the country, and even further afield vie for the chance to be the next important designer.
Visit one of the many museums
For a population of just over 600,000, Düsseldorf has a huge array of historical, interesting and downright quirky museums. From the German museum of ceramics to the Kunst im Tunnel (Art in the tunnel) to the more traditional Kunstpalast, you’re sure to find something to interest you- even if you’re not a ‘museum’ person!
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I visited Düsseldorf with Duesseldorf Tourismus. All photos, words, and opinions are my own (just like always! 🙂 )