Düsseldorf might not be the most famous city of Germany but it surely is one of my all time favourite to visit. Alright, maybe this is a bit biased as I grew up in the region but no one – not even our eternal rivals from Cologne – can deny that the “pearl of the rhine” has a lot to offer.
A very contrasted city to entertain anyone
What I love most about Düsseldorf is how contrasted and rich in differences this city is. On one side, Düsseldorf is pretty posh; there are many wealthy areas packed with arrogant people while, on the other side, it is also a city full of alternative corners and which possess a highly active art scene and a tremendous amount of bars.
But first, a few facts. Düsseldorf is the capital city of North-Rhine Westphalia’s state and the 7th biggest city in Germany with more than 600’000 inhabitants.
Located by the Rhine river, Düsseldorf grew from small farming and fishing settlements gathering on the side of the Rhein and later on turned into a portuary city.
Portuary activities vanished with time and the city now became a fashion trendsetter and an international media and financial center.
Travelling to Düsseldorf as a tourist is very easy. You will not have any problem finding locals speaking foreign languages in this cosmopolitan city and you will be welcomed with opened arms.
The culture of the Rhine area is known to be opened and warm. It might even sometimes be a bit surprising to have random people sitting at your table to chat, ask what you are doing in the region and recommend some places to check out.
There are a few days during the year where Düsseldorf completely changes its appearance and that are definitely worth checking out. If you want to know more about these, take a look at our article listing the best dates to travel to Düsseldorf.
Find the best things to do in Düsseldorf
As we said, Düsseldorf is a very polyvalent city and you will definitely find the right side of the city to match your personal preferences. We can recommend a few things you should try out in other articles, you could for example take a stroll through the media harbor, go out in the longest bar in the world or simply – it’s the fashion capital of Germany after all – go shopping in Düsseldorf.
There are also a lot of places that often go unnoticed from tourists and we also prepared a short article on 5 hidden treasures that you should not miss when visiting düsseldorf.
Moving around the city
It is very easy to get around Düsseldorf, as long as you are not driving a car. There are plenty of parkings and road that will get you anywhere but in most of the case, both will be completely packed and you will be much faster using public transportation.
Most of the time, you will even get much closer to your destination in this way as many streets of the city centre are closed to traffic. Subways, tramways and trains will take you anywhere and are driving until late in the night. Past a certain hour, you will need to take a taxi but if you are up at that time, you were probably enjoying some drinks in Altstadt, in which case you should not be driving anyway.
Our “Ultimate guides” are living articles in which we summarize our experiences with a city or a region. We will keep on updating them as we discover more hidden treasures of these wonderful places.
Don’t hesitate to come back in a while to see if there’s anything new.