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.
On 17-26 July the usually peaceful riverside meadows opposite the Altstadt are transformed into the Größte Kirmes am Rhein, a centuries-old mix of saint's day, marksmen's festival and a truly gargantuan funfair, topped off with a spectacular firework display on Friday 24 July.
Burgplatz and the Rhine embankment promenade are turning Japanese again on 30 May as Germany's biggest Japanese community celebrates its annual Japan Day, with everything from sushi to athletics and a large section for manga fans.
Düsseldorf's carnival season reaches its high point in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. The women of the city storm the town hall on 12 February, there's a youth parade on 14 February and on Rosenmontag, on 16 February, the traditional procession of decorated floats winds its way through the city.
Will Alsop's multi-coloured Colorium tower and Frank Gehry's shimmering, curving Der Neue Zollhof have helped make Düsseldorf's MedienHafen one of Europe's hottest urban quarters. See it up close on one of the tourist office's weekend guided tours. duesseldorf-tourismus.de
Lovers of jewellery and fine watches should make a beeline for the long-established family firm of Morawitz in Mittelstrasse. Alongside high-worth brands like Longines, Breitling and Omega, they manufacture their own watches and jewellery, with wedding and engagement rings a speciality. juwelier-morawitz.de
Fringed by museums and a stone's throw from Königsallee's designer shopping, the peaceful, leafy Hofgarten is Düsseldorf's green lung. From May to September, Sunday mornings in the park are enlivened by free outdoor concerts, with everything from pop to brass bands and jazz.
Forget Berlin or Munich, because Düsseldorf's Königsallee is the classiest shopping street in Germany. A stately tree-lined boulevard, it packs an A-to-Z of international designer fashion into its 1km length, from Armani to Zegna by way of Chanel and Germany's own Hugo Boss.
Königsallee is by no means the only place to go for designer fashion in Düsseldorf: the Altstadt and Carlstadt have some excellent small boutiques, while Jades in Heinrich-Heine-Allee is a temple to high glamour, with labels including Emilio Pucci, Just Cavalli and MCQ by Alexander McQueen.