Düsseldorf dazzles with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. It’s a posh and modern city that seems all buttoned-up business at first glance: banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications are among the fields that have made North Rhine–Westphalia's capital one of Germany’s wealthiest cities. Yet all it takes is a few hours of bar-hopping around the Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine, to realise that locals have no problem letting their hair down once they shed those Armani jackets.
The Altstadt may claim to be the ‘longest bar in the world’ but some attention has strayed to Medienhafen, a redeveloped harbour area and a feast of international avant-garde architecture. Older neighbourhoods are also changing. Case in point: Flingern, which has gone from drab to fab in recent years and is has a multifaceted arty boho scene. Highbrow types, meanwhile, can get more than their fill at the city’s many world-class art museums and cultural institutions.
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Germany - Cologne & Northern Rhineland (Chapter)
Cologne’s iconic Dom has twin towers that might as well be twin exclamation points after the word ‘welcome’. Flowing behind the cathedral, the Rhine River provides a vital link for some of the region’s highlights: Düsseldorf, with its great...
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Dusseldorf Airport Private Arrival Transfer
Travel from Dusseldorf International Airport to your Dusseldorf City Hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Dusseldorf City Hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Düsseldorf Rhine River Christmas Afternoon Cruise
Soak up the holiday spirit on this 2-hour afternoon cruise on the Rhine River from Düsseldorf. Enjoy lovely wintry views of Düsseldorf's Old Town and the shores of the Rhine. Listen to live Christmas music and savor two waffles with hot cherries and cream and warm drinks.