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.
Dazzling mango meets sober earth tones in the winter collection from German womenswear label St Emile. There are flashes of retro too, so expect a little 1960s spirit alongside '20s-style flapper dresses (17 Grabenstrasse, tel: 0211 2107 2071).
The super-sized images of the Düsseldorf school are among the most instantly recognisable in modern photography, and Candida Höfer is one of the movement's stars. This autumn there's a chance to see some 100 or so of her coolly objective images in the city where she made them. Spanning four decades and including new work, the exhibition is at the Museum Kunstpalast until February 2014 (4-5 Ehrenhof, tel: 0211 899 0200, smkp.de).
Discover Düsseldorf's rich and distinctive brewing culture with an Altbier Safari through the Old Town's microbreweries. Booked through the tourist information office, the two-hour walking tour includes five beer tastings. Tickets cost €22.50 and the tour is available daily except Monday and Tuesday, with two tours on Saturdays. Weekend tours book up fast. duesseldorf-tourismus.de