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«Wärst Du doch in Düsseldorf geblieben ...» («If only you had stayed in Düsseldorf …») – to quote a German hit from the 1960s. And you have to ask yourself – well, why didn’t he?

Because most visitors to Düsseldorf soon have to revise the idea that Düsseldorf is arrogant, superficial and – apart from the exclusive «Kö» shopping street and the trade fair site – has only «Die Toten Hosen», the German cult band, to offer.

Of course, the shopping on the Königsallee is extremely smart and sophisticated, and you could soon find yourself seriously underdressed in the many chic restaurants (as well as have to dig further down into your pockets than you first thought), but the city truly does have so much more to offer. The MediaHarbour is a relaxed up-and-coming area with a number of popular restaurants, while in Flingern the individual shops are cheek-by-jowl with alternative cafés and bars. Plus the Carlsplatz has a selection of elegant boutiques as well as the popular market with lots of fresh products from the region.

No visit to Düsseldorf should end without at least drinking one Alt – and that ideally in one of the 250+ bars in the Old Town, which is also known as the longest bar in the world. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia also has plenty to offer in the way of art and culture – including even a fifth season in the famous carnival. Definitely a metropolis that fascinates and delights visitors with its many facets.

City Facts

  • Location

    Regional capital of North Rhine-Westphalia in the west of Germany

  • Population

    About 592,000

  • Size

    Approx. 217 km²

  • Public transport

    Very well-developed bus, underground and tram network.

  • Climate

    Winters tend to be mild, and the summers are hot and humid.

  • Best time to visit

    All year.

  • Good to know

    Kö = Königsallee, the main shopping street in Düsseldorf. Alt = Altbier, Düsseldorf’s typical beer.

  • Nice to know

    The Old Town is also known as the “longest bar in the world“on the grounds of the 250+ pubs and bars that are to be found there.

  • Airport

    Düsseldorf Airport; approx. 8 km north of the city.

  • Railway

    The SkyTrain connects Düsseldorf Airport train station with all terminals. Different railway lines leave from the airport train station to the city centre.

  • Bus

    The no. 721 goes to Tannenhof/Gothaer Weg via Düsseldorf’s main station in about 20 minutes.

  • Railway

    S-Bahn line S11 goes to Düsseldorf’s main station. The travel time is 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Taxi

    The taxi rank is outside the Arrivals hall. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to the centre.