Your travel guide to Dusseldorf
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, and it is a cultural hub with beautiful scenery along the Rhine River. Many of the historical landmarks are concentrated in the Old Town of Düsseldorf. Admire the Burgplatz, and leave time for a walk along the promenade along the banks of the Rhine.
The Altstadt of Düsseldorf is where most tourists spend their time visiting museums, imbibing in local beers at the traditional breweries and touring the major attractions. For fantastic shopping, nowhere in Düsseldorf is better than the area known as Kö, or Königsallee, which is a pedestrian thoroughfare with a canal running right through the middle. Also worth exploring is the fantastic neighborhood of Carlstadt, which boasts baroque architecture, charming local coffee shops and residences.
Düsseldorf's public transit system is designed so that tourists and residents don't need to rely on cars at all. There are trams, subways, buses and trains, and they all operate on the same ticketing system. Look for red vending machines at any major station and choose a ticket that allows you to travel for 30 minutes, 90 minutes or the entire day. Getting outside of Düsseldorf to the suburbs requires travel through zones B through D, which can cost slightly more on the railway system.
Travelers able to visit Düsseldorf during the summer won't want to miss the nine-day carnival known as Kirmes, which brings in a staggering four million visitors each year. Don't be surprised if you hear Düsseldorf's Altstadt being called the Längste Theke der Welt, or the longest bar in the world, thanks to its vibrant nightlife. Make the most of a memorable getaway to Düsseldorf by dining on local specialties like Himmel un Ääd, Rheinischer Sauerbraten and a traditional fermented Altbier to wash it all down with.