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Dusseldorf City Holidays

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Düsseldorf delights with its smart cosmopolitan culture, eye-catching architecture and cool urban lifestyle. Located on the Rhine, this riverside city is incredibly multifaceted and home to an eclectic mix of interesting neighbourhoods, ready to be explored.

Admiring the Architecture and Culture

The blend of Bavarian design with contemporary thinking has made the aesthetic beauty of the city quite striking and it’s easy to see why it’s such a fashionable city. It's Düsseldorf's financial heritage that has inspired many of the crisp, contemporary-designed buildings that stand shoulder to shoulder with the more traditional architecture. One of the best ways to absorb all of this beauty is on a boat trip down the Rhine. As you cruise along you’ll take in many iconic sites like the super chic harbour MedienHafen, with its stunning architectural masterpieces by Frank Gehry, the elegant Königsallee and the Altstadt Old Town. 

Over in the Flingern and Unterbilk districts, you can experience another side to this smart city with an alternative flavour characterized by a cool, arty vibe.

Shopping, Theatre and The World’s Longest Bar

The Königsallee boulevard is where you’ll find shopping heaven with all sorts of shops and designer boutiques squeezed into this famous part of the city. There’s also the Schadow Arkaden and Schadowstraße, for more even more shops.

In the evening, choose between the German Opera House and any of the other numerous theatres or museums. For something a little more fast-paced you need to head to the famous Altstadt district, the city’s Old Town.

In Altstadt you’ll find over 300 bars, clubs and restaurants nestled together to create, what is celebrated as, the world’s ‘longest bar’. Serving traditional German craft ales, you can have your very own mini-festival. The area boasts many historic and cultural buildings for you to admire too such as the impressive 13th century Sankt Lambertus Basilika as well as the birthplace of German poet Heinrich Heine.

Get Ready to Party

Düsseldorf gets into the party spirit with over 600 carnivals throughout the year, so there's always something going on. 

The year kicks-off with the Rhenish Carnival where processions, parades and parties take over the streets on the run up to Rose Monday. July sees the city transformed for the Largest Fair on the Rhine and an old-fashioned fairground provides a showstopping spectacle. Indie music fans can head to the Düsseldorf racecourse for the Open Source Festival in June and across various venues in the city for November’s New Fall Festival.

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With over 300 bars packed into half a square kilometre you will be spoilt for choice. One good optin would be to visit the Uerige bar. A craft brewery with a warm welcome, superb décor and a great atmosphere. Take a seat at one of the benches and try some of the many beers on offer and there is the chance to sample some local delights as well.

Food and drink

Düsseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) is known as ‘the longest bar in the world’ because there are over 300 bars packed into half a square kilometre. While you’re there, you should also try the locally brewed Altbier. Meanwhile, MedienHafen is the place to be for chic cocktail bars and fine dining eateries.


The Königsallee (King’s Boulevard) is a tree-lined avenue complete with upmarket designer boutiques. For famous brands with less eye-popping price tags, Schadowstrasse features many malls and department stores.


Standing 174m high, the Rhine Tower is the tallest building in Düsseldorf and houses the world’s largest digital clock. The tower marks the start of the MedienHafen, with the K21 modern art gallery nearby. Kaiserwerth, in the north of the city, is well worth a visit. A charming area sat on the banks of the Rhine, it’s here you’ll find beautiful baroque buildings and the ruins of Emperor Barbarossa’s Royal Palace.

Getting around

As a bustling metropolis, Düsseldorf is supplemented with its U-Bahn (underground), tram and S-Bahn (rail) and bus services. A DüsseldorfCard gives you unlimited use of public transport as well as discounted entry to most of the city’s main sights.

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Where is it?

Situated in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf is a mere 30 miles north of Cologne and is a stone’s throw from the Belgian border. Its airport is only seven kilometres from Downtown Düsseldorf.

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