Things to do in Düsseldorf

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Duesseldorf

Düsseldorf Attractions

An international business hub and financial centre, Duesseldorf is one of the smartest and sleekest cities in Germany. The fashion, advertising, telecommunications and banking industries all have a strong presences in the city, making it a great destination for anyone who wants to be at the heart of world business. Outside office hours, the city boasts a lively nightlife, vibrant arts scene and choice of shopping areas, perfect for exploring during an action-packed city break, business trip or a romantic weekend away.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Duesseldorf

Altstadt – The Altstadt is made up of atmospheric streets and historic buildings. Though the Altstadt is a great place for sightseeing, eating and meandering, it’s best known for its nightlife with over 300 pubs and clubs found in its tiny area. According to local legend, the bar-counter of each watering hole connects with the next, giving the area the nickname “the longest bar in the world”.

Medienhafen – This redeveloped harbour area, located to the west of the Altstadt along the Rhine, is fast becoming a dynamic alternative to the older part of the city when it comes to nightlife. As well as a choice of restaurants, bars and clubs, the area boasts a number of buildings by famous architects including Frank Gehry, David Chipperfield and Joe Coenen.

Flingern – Once a quiet residential suburb, Flingern has been transformed in recent years by an influx of young, arty residents. Home to a burgeoning creative scene, a number of trendy bars and some interesting boutiques, the area has plenty to keep visitors busy for an afternoon of culture or a night of alternative partying.

Stadtmitte – The city centre of Duesseldorf is home to the main station, a selection of theatres and one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe. The perfect place to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, take in a show or soak up a bit of local culture, Stadtmitte is the commercial heart of the city.

Things to See in Duesseldorf

Duesseldorf’s most prominent sight is the Rheinturm, a high telecommunications tower in the heart of the city. Visible from across Duesseldorf, the tower is home to a high altitude bar and lounge with panoramic views of the city. Other famous sights include Koenigsallee, an elegant tree lined boulevard with a pretty canal running along its centre, and the Schloss Benrath, an imposing 18th century palace on the outskirts of Duesseldorf that houses a museum and event space.

Things to Do in Duesseldorf

Two of the most popular activities in Duesseldorf are shopping and drinking. Schadowstrasse, one of the city’s main commercial streets, is among the most frequented shopping areas in Europe, while Koenigsallee also offers a wide selection of designer outlets. One of the best places for a night out is the Altstadt, which transforms into one enormous bar come the weekend. Visitors who want to soak up a bit of culture during their stay in Duesseldorf should visit the iconic Schauspielhaus, the Deutsche Oper am Rhine or Kunsthalle Duesseldorf.


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1. Messe Duesseldorf

Find out what's happening in Messe Duesseldorf during your trip – a top convention centre in Düsseldorf. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.
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Find out what's happening in Messe Duesseldorf during your trip – a top convention centre in Düsseldorf. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

2. Konigsallee

Königsallee is a charming shopping boulevard separated by a scenic tree-laden canal in the heart of Düsseldorf. Fashion showrooms and high-end shops flank the sides of this wide avenue. Spend an afternoon exploring the boutique stores along the 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) commercial esplanade.
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Browse the luxury brands on display beside the picturesque canal and elegant bridges on one of Germany’s busiest upscale commercial avenues.

3. University of Duesseldorf

Walk around the campus at University of Duesseldorf as part of your travels around Düsseldorf. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.
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Walk around the campus at University of Duesseldorf as part of your travels around Düsseldorf. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

4. Marktplatz

The Marktplatz denotes the heart of Dusseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) and city center. Come here to admire the architecture of the City Hall and be part of a busy program of cultural events. The square dates back to the 14th century, the period of the city’s first major urban development.
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Visit the City Hall, shop at a Christmas market, and join in Dusseldorf’s Carnival celebrations at this city center square.

5. Classic Remise Duesseldorf

The Classic Remise Duesseldorf is a historic warehouse containing showrooms of old-fashioned cars. It also has several shops and a restaurant and beer garden. Sharpen your knowledge of classic and collector cars with a trip around this gallery of automobiles.
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Learn about some of the chicest vintage cars in the city at this exceptional roundhouse with showrooms and a beer garden.

6. Rhine Promenade

At the Rhine Promenade you can dine at beach bars and waterfront cafes, join a river cruise and take part in cultural summer events. German architect Niklaus Fritschi redesigned the area in the 1990s. It formerly contained a freeway separating the city of Dusseldorf from the river. Today, this pedestrian-only promenade connects the Old Town with a redeveloped harbor and is a popular city meeting point.
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Visit this pedestrianized boulevard to relax in riverfront cafes, take a cruise along the River Rhine, and celebrate Japanese culture in Germany.

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