Updated 2016

Düsseldorf is similar to Frankfurt in that it’s got a great airport but otherwise isn’t one of Germany’s most treasured cities. Home to much of the country’s advertising and fashion industries, this is a solid business center and a somewhat ritzy city. Düsseldorf does have things of interest to travelers, but it’s not the sort of place where you’d want to spend your entire holiday.

What To Do

The Old Town is filled with your usual churches and other historic buildings, but it’s also home to a notorious nightlife scene. One section is known as the longest bar in the world and specializes in a special local dark beer served in small glasses called altbier. The Andreaskirche is one of the finer churches in the region and worth a visit if you are not too hungover the next morning.

The K20 Museum houses a notable collection of modern art in an unusual building. There are famous works by Paul Klee as well as by Picasso, Matisse, and Jasper Johns. The recently-rejuvenated harbor district known as Medienhafen is now also known for its progressive nightlife and interesting design and architecture. This formerly-crumbling area is now crammed with cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels and clubs.

Getting There

As mentioned, Düsseldorf is home to a great airport. You can book a flight into Düsseldorf International Airport (code: DUS) from all the major European cities and from many longer distance destinations thanks to it being the hub of LTU and also of Lufthansa. The airport is on the train network so getting into the center is easy and affordable.

Where To Stay

There are several hostels in Düsseldorf and obviously quite a few hotels in Düsseldorf as well. It’s not a huge city so it’s not likely that you’ll find a place too far out, but it might be worth it to spend a bit more to stay in the center or near the Medienhafen areas rather than somewhere remote. This is a business town so hotels can be booked well in advance at unusual times of year due to trade fairs and other unexpected events.