Seventh most populous city in Germany and capital of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf is also a popular tourist destination of the country. If you’re planning a trip to Dusseldorf, make sure you do your homework regarding the multiple attractions, the place offers. Moreover, you should plan your trip in such a way that the major things to do are not left out.
Have a look at the most incredible things to do for a great experience.
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Heinrich-Heine-Allee, 40213 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
The Altstadt, literally meaning ‘old town’, is the best place you could visit to feel the real Dusseldorf. Referred to the locals as the longest bar in the world, there are over 300 taverns and bars in the Old Town alone; no throat shall ever be deprived alcohol at the Altstadt! If you are planning on going on a drinking binge here start with the Altbier, a local beer brewed from an ancient traditional recipe.
Apart from the booze, the Altstadt has quite a few points of interest within its perimeter so be prepared to spend at least half a day here. One of the things you shouldn’t miss out on is the Marktplatz near the Rathaus (townhall) and the equestrian statue of Jan Wellem as well as the six baroque sculptures that are a part of a church’s premises.
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Konigsallee, 40212 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
What Fifth Avenue is to New York, Konigsallee is to Dusseldorf! Loosely translating to ‘King Avenue’, a shopping spree does in fact imply that you can live life, king size. A landscaped canal as it’s so beautifully coined, Konigsallee, is Dusseldorf’s upscale shopping district with high end and luxury retail shops. Either sides of Dussel canal, the eastern side is where the money is spent and the western side is where the money is made (offices, banks, cafes and restaurants).
Adjacent to the Konigsallee is the Alstadt and Schadowstraße, Germany’s shopping street. Any designer’s work to have ever designed a runway show, featured in magazines and longed for by so many around the world, all have boutiques on the Konigsallee. After a stroll up and down the boulevard, take a detour and hop over to Hofgarten Park.
Spend time at the lavish street of Konigsalee admiring the beautifully landscaped canal and go on a shopping spree at the luxury stores that dot the place using Konigsalee tickets. While there are no tickets for Konigsalee and the Konigsalee ticket prices are really none, it is best to buy tickets for Konigsalee from the tickets section as it would give you a comprehensive tour experience of the city of Dusseldorf. And make sure you strike a hefty bargain while you shop.
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Stromstraße 20, 40212 Düsseldorf, Germany
10:00 am - 11:59 pm
The tallest building in the city, the Rheintrum is a towering landmark (pun intended). Though not as tall as the Television Tower in Berlin, the Rheintrum is an important landmark for the city of Dusseldorf. A 241 meter long telecommunications tower, the observation deck of the tower offers some stunning vistas. As an added treat, there’s a light sculpture on top that serves as a clock called the Lichtzeitpegel, is the world’s largest digital clock. Built by architect H. Deilmann, this tower also has a restaurant at an altitude of 172.5 metres that rotates on its axis once an hour. While dining here, you can enjoy glorious views of the MedienHafen, the Altstadt, the Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine with its family of bridges all lie at the feet of the tower.
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Stiftsplatz 7, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
09:00 am - 11:00 am
Possibly the oldest building of the Alstadt historic distric, the St. Lambertus church is one of the four oldest Roman Catholic churches of Dusseldorf. The leaning tower of the Basilica is a city landmark and has been a part of the city riverfront skyline since the early 1900s. Though the other sister concerns of the church are bigger in size and see more worshippers, people coming back to St. Lambertus for it’s peaceful aura and beautiful interiors. This gothic architecture styled church has quite a treasure trove- a gothic tabernacle, renaissance marble tombs, baroque altars and the quintessential stained glass windows.
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Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Dusseldorf, Germany
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Kunsthalle, in German, stands for a place that hosts art exhibitions. Right across the street from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, is the Dusseldorf Kunsthalle where the leading contemporary works of art are up on display. The Kunsthalle itself gives you a taste of what the museum inside holds in store. A fine example of brutalist architecture, this edifice is hard to miss.
What is interesting is that the museum doesn’t have its own collection. It merely serves as a platform for collections which they deem worthy of either defining the contemporary art culture or in the past have played a defining role to shape the culture. Regardless of whether you know anything about contemporary art, the dedication that the Kunsthalle has shown in putting contemporary on the art is not only laudable but also inspiring.
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Harbour Düsseldorf, Germany
What used to be an old harbour side replete with abandoned buildings and warehouses is now one of the commercially thriving areas of the city. One particular industry that has really established its foothold here is the media industry. While warehouses have been turned into cafes and restaurants, majority of the buildings have been claimed by the media companies. The harbour too sports a spunky look with yachts and private boats anchored there.
Regarded as one of the best urban development executions in all of Europe, the neighbourhood is a fine example of mixing the old with the new. You’ll come across an example of the ‘new’ when you walk along the promenade and see a set of buildings where one seems to loom into the other. This building is called the Neuer Zollhof, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
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Talstraße 300, 40822 Mettmann, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
As the name suggests, the Neanderthal Museum features exhibits on the evolution of man. Built in 1996, the architect of museum was chosen through a competition where several countries presented their plans. The location of the museum is where the first fossil ever of the Neanderthal man was found; in a way, the museum is a monument to commemorate the first fossilized evidence of the Neanderthal.
The museum focuses on the Neanderthal man and how he moved to the cities from the savannas. With life size replicas, re-created cave drawings and other fossilized exhibits from the excavated sites. Spanning four floors, the museum does well to delve into the history and evolution of man starting from the skeleton of a Neanderthal moving on to the social norms and customs of the society in those times.
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Hofgartenstraße, 40211 Düsseldorf, Germany
The first ever public park in Germany was in Dusseldorf, the Hofgarten Park. In the late 1700’s, the premises was a hunting palace before being annihilated by Napoleon’s troops. Located right in the middle of the city, it’s hard to walk past the park and not give it a second look. Large expanses of grass you just want to roll on, park side benches that illuminate at night, large ponds with ducks contently quacking about in and cooling fountains bringing down the temperatures not to mention sculptures and monuments strewn all over the park will want you come back here time and again.
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Grabbeplatz 5, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Located at the alstadt (old town), the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is a fine example of why Dusseldorf has such a thriving art scene. Spanning across three buildings (K20, K21 and Schmela Haus) each building has its own distinguishing identity, whilst coming together to form an art phenomenon that is highly regarded beyond borders.
The K20 Grabbeplatz A has some exquisite exhibits that cover not only the turn of the 20th century, but also the arc and then some! If there’s one museum the art world is envious and awe-struck at the same time, it’s the K20 Grabbenplatz. The sheer number of artists represented on the walls is mind-numbing and whether you’re an art enthusiast or not, your appreciation will know no bounds.
The K21 Ständehaus A on the other hand features art that’s graced the Earth after the 1980s. The 19th century parliament building the K21 Ständehaus A is housed is, balances out the vibrancy the art exhibits exude. Staying with the trends of those times, the museum has a vast collection of not only paintings but also photographs, installations and video art.
When the Schmela Haus was first opened in 1971, it was a private gallery. The works of a Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, is now an architectural landmark of Dusseldorf, grey pumice and all. Now a part of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the Schmela Haus is now a space allotted for experimental art.
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Ehrenhof 4-5, 40479 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Kunst Palast, one of the finest art museums along the Rhine, was redeemed itself rather well. Even though the museum started with a patronage of artists opening a gallery for the public, went on to become a Municipal Art Museum and is now a public-private partnership, the quality of exhibits have not been affected with all the change of hands. The Museum Kunstpalast prides itself in five collections- paintings, sculptures, new media, graphics and glassware- all under one roof. In fact, the museum has the largest collection of glassware in all of Europe. An interesting feature of the Kunstpalast is the juxtaposition of their exhibits. In the same room, you’ll find the works of a timeless legend as well as the relatively modern and up and coming artists.
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Schulstrasse 4, 40213 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
12:01 am - 12:00 am
As you trot along the Rhine promenade, you will come across a building known for its extensive research and displays of ceramic art from all over the world. Quite an unconventional topic when you think of it, there aren’t many museums that are primarily on ceramics. Opened in 1909, the Hetjens Museum is named after the industrialist who contributed the most to the museum with Rhenish stoneware.
Dating back 8000 years, the ceramic collection is vast and divided up into regions of origin and type of ceramics (yes, there are types of ceramics too). With over 20,000 exhibits forming an impressive inventory, a cupola from erstwhile Multan (now Pakistan) is the biggest piece on display at the Hetjens Museum. The best way to tour this museum would be to sign up for a guided tour.
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Jacobistraße 2, 40211 Düsseldorf, Germany
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
We’ve all read the Pied Piper of Hamelin but do we know who wrote it? One of Germany’s most famous and well loved authors, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! Housed in a pretty pink house on the edge of the Horgarten Park, the Goethe Museum beckons one and all. A baroque that used to be a palace now houses the Goethe Museum under the administration of the Anton and Katharina Kippenberg Foundation. Exhibits include personal correspondences, first edition works, original manuscripts and other personal memorabilia of the celebrated author.
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Bilker Straße 12, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
Yet another German literature to be reckoned with, the Heinrich Heine Institut is dedicated to the works and life of the writer Heinrich Heine. It’s the only museum in the entire world that is based on the writer. Fondly referred to the son of Düsseldorf, the Institute has a huge permanent collection as well as special exhibitions to broaden the cultural and literary horizon.
In a matter of nine rooms, you’ll know everything there is to know about Heinrich Heine including his personal life, his contemporaries, a literature laboratory and a reading/listening corner for you to have a one-on-one interaction with some of his masterpieces.
Burgplatz | Altstadt, 40213 Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Situated in the old town limits next to Rhine, it used to house a castle of the Earls of Berg. The castle was later reconstructed to a baroque palace which burned down in 1872. The Square houses the tower (which was only left) and got an award as one of the nicest squares in Germany post WW2.
The hall dates from the 16th century. It houses the city parliament and the whole building consists of three parts. There are guided tours for free every Wednesday at 3pm. The tour includes a showing of the council hall, the Jan-Wellen hall and the reception hall of the Lord Mayor. Phone Number :- +49 211 2394860