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.
Discover Düsseldorf the petrol-head way on a VW Beetle or Beach Buggy tour. The 90 minute self-drive tour follows a guide in convoy, with information on the route and the city's sights supplied by radio. You'll need a valid driving licence and to be over 23. Enquire at the tourist information office.
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.
Carnival is Düsseldorf's fifth season', filling the grey late winter days with colour, fun and frivolity. The highlight is the mammoth Rosenmontag procession on February 27, when carnival floats poking fun at current events wind their way through the city's streets.
Andreas Gursky-Not Abstract is a chance to see new work by one of the world's most renowned contemporary photographers in the city in which he works and lives. The exhibition explores photography's abstract potential. At K20 Grabbeplatz until 6 November.
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.
Blumenstrasse is the place to go in Düsseldorf for exquisite men's shoes - from Prime Shoes' calf leather creations at number 11-15 to the hand-crafted, Goodyear-welted leather shoes at Shoepassion, just a few doors away at number 9.
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.