As one of the richest cities in Germany, Dusseldorf puts on a great show for its visitors. One thing tourists typically remember is how clean the city is: Dusseldorf is a gleaming example of German efficiency. Although your first impression may be all slick skyscrapers and business people in designer suits, once you head to the left bank you’ll find a more entertaining vibe. The Old Town is known as ‘the longest bar in the world’ thanks to its more than 200 restaurants, taverns and bars. The nearby harbour at MedienHafen – filled with avant-garde buildings – is a great place to discover the city’s Boho arts scene.
The Old Town is packed with historic taverns. Stop in and try Altbier, the city’s own fermented, dark, sweet brew. And while you’re there, make sure you tuck into some schnitzels (fried slices of veal or other meats coated in breadcrumbs) and wurst (sausage).
For a more refined experience, stroll the Königsallee, Germany’s answer to the Champs–Elysees, where wide avenues are crowded with designer stores such as Chanel, Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana.
With excellent museums and galleries, expansive parks and arguably the best shopping in Germany, Dusseldorf is rapidly becoming a must-see destination for international travellers and an essential part of any Rhine River cruise.
Cruise ships dock on Robert-Lehr-Ufer, right next to Dusseldorf’s outdoor cinema. Passengers are typically shuttled to the Old Town by bus (a 30-minute walk away).
Facilities near the port in Dusseldorf include:
- Public toilets.
How To Get Around
The Old Town, like most German towns, is compact enough to be explored on foot. To travel further afield, Dusseldorf has an excellent public transport network comprising buses, trams, U-bahn (underground trains) and S-bahn (overland trains). Taxis are readily available, but expensive. Cycling is popular and bikes are available for hire in several locations. Be cautious of trams and cobblestone streets when cycling.
Travel times from the port in Dusseldorf:
- It is a 25 minute journey to Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
- It is a 28 minute journey to Hetjens Museum
- It is a 34 minute journey to Königsallee.
- It is an 8 minute journey to Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
- It is an 11 minute journey to Hetjens Museum
- It is an 11 minute journey to Königsallee.
- It is a 13 minute journey to Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
- It is a 15 minute journey to Königsallee
- It is a 17 minute journey to Hetjens Museum.
Currency – The currency in Dusseldorf is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.
Time Zone – Dusseldorf follows Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and two hours ahead from March to October (daylight savings).
Weather – Dusseldorf enjoys a mild, humid continental climate with lovely warm summers for Western Europe. August is the hottest month in Dusseldorf, with temperatures averaging at 18 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 2 degrees Celsius.
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen – This art museum’s collection is so large it is housed in three separate buildings. A free shuttle bus takes visitors between the two most distant collections. Amongst the work of hundreds of artists from the 20th century, you’ll find canvases painted by Picasso, Matisse and Paul Klee. Each building has a different style, with photography, video art and installations housed in the grand 19th century parliament building called the Ständehaus.
Königsallee – This famous boulevard, known to locals as just ‘Kö’, is always crowded with fashionistas and window-shoppers. Lined with luxury boutiques, art galleries and restaurants and cafés, the Königsallee follows a grand, tree-lined moat from Graf-Adolf-Platz to a stunning garden called the Hofgarten. Touted to be Germany’s answer to Central Park, the Hofgarten is a combination of ponds and rococo architecture, leafy streets and cafés with stunning views of the Rhine.
The Hetjens Museum – This beautiful building houses displays covering more than 8,000 years of ceramic art around the globe. Visitors to the museum will find antique tiles and mosaics, Asian porcelain, ancient earthenware and everyday ceramic objects. With more than 20,000 pieces on display, this museum takes up more than 8,500 square metres of space. An interactive exhibit allows visitors to work some clay. Catalogues and guided tours are available in several languages. Next door, the Black Box Art House views rare silent movies with traditional accompaniment by an organist.