Cheap flights to Dusseldorf
Modern and medieval, exhilarating and relaxing, Dusseldorf is a city of contradictions that will have you wanting to come back again and again.
Back in the 14th century, the people of the small town of Dorf were famous for inventing the cartwheel. Today the locals of the now much bigger city of Dusseldorf don’t practice gymnastics so much, preferring instead to enjoy the fast life of this city of trade and cultural goings-on.
A modern city in every way, Dusseldorf’s architecture is edgy and avant-garde, swooping at you from all angles. This is a place where sharp-suited workers zip between meetings and international jet setters attend some of the world’s largest trade fairs. If you’re after a pace that is both lively and exhilarating, day or night, then this could be the town for you.
Compact, cyclist-friendly and relatively flat, Düsseldorf is the perfect city to explore by bike. Hire one from the Radstation at the main train station or from Apollo Platz on the Rhine embankment, then follow one of the 20-25km long suggested tour routes published every year by the city council.
From 15 to 24 July the annual Größte Kirmes am Rhein transforms the Oberkassel meadows opposite the Altstadt into one of Germany's largest funfairs. Pink Monday on 18 July will see up to 50,000 LGBTQ visitors descend on the riverside, and the fireworks on the first and last Fridays are a popular highlight.
Iconic portraits of Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth are among the stunning images on display at the NRW Forum exhibition Horst: Photographer of Style, which showcases 250 colour and black and white photographs taken over 60 years by legendary German-born photographer Horst P Horst. Until 22 May, for information go to www.nrw-forum.de.
Carnival is the fifth season in Düsseldorf, brightening up the winter with colourful costumes, non-stop partying and a seemingly never-ending array of street parades. Biggest of the lot is the Rose Monday procession, which winds its way through the inner city on 8 February.
With buildings by stars like Frank Gehry and Will Alsop, the Media Harbour is Düsseldorf's stunning architectural showpiece. Discover it on a walking tour, bookable through the tourist information office and departing from the Rheinturm every Saturday at 11 and 2.30 and on Sunday at 11 until the end of October.
With its Tesla showroom, Apple Store, Breuninger department store and iconic architecture by Daniel Libeskind, the Kö-Bogen at the north end of the exclusive Königsallee is one of the most talked-about new shopping complexes in Germany in recent years.
The tree-lined streets and handsome nineteenth century facades of the Loretto quarter provide the setting for some of Düsseldorf's most engagingly off-beat browsing, from one-off boutiques to enticing neighbourhood cafés, bars and restaurants.
Early birds fly south to Aachener Platz in Bilk on Saturday mornings for the pick of the bargains at the long established antique and flea market. From 6am stalls sell everything from porcelain and glassware to vintage clothing, jewellery and organic food, while at lunchtime in the Café Sperrmüll there's live music, from flamenco to jazz and Russian folk.