The Rhine-side city of Düsseldorf is a fashionable trade capital, with a cooler-than-cool taste in music and a fabulously buzzy nightlife. Whether you’re looking to spend your city break being wowed by world-famous art in top-class galleries or exploring the lively streets of up-and-coming bohemian neighbourhoods, this cutting-edge German conurbation is an ideal getaway destination. Get your cheap flights to Düsseldorf with Flybe today, and you’ll soon be rubbing shoulders with high-fliers and sipping beer with the friendly locals.
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As the financial and business centre of the economic powerhouse that is Germany, Düsseldorf is certainly a busy and exciting city to visit. With affluence comes great benefits for tourists, and there are some truly exceptional cultural stop-offs in the city. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the regional art museum, takes up three separate buildings and is jam-packed with magnificent art by some of history’s greatest names, including Picasso, Klee, and Matisse. For a fantastic view of the city and a pleasant walk at any time of the day or evening, head to the ‘hafen’, or harbour, where you’ll find some awe-inspiring post-modern architecture as well as restaurants and bars aplenty. Fans of old world charm shouldn’t miss out on the charming historic Marktplatz, overlooked by the Renaissance town hall. While there are greatly diverse food options in Düsseldorf, there’s nothing like the city’s hearty traditional fare to warm your stomach and put a smile on your face.
If you want to delve into delicious local flavours, head to the Old Town where you’ll find Zum Schiffchen, an inn that dates back nearly 400 years. This warm-hearted traditional eatery has a friendly, fun-loving staff, charming rustic décor, and serves tasty Düsseldorf and Rhineland specialties. Stay in the Old Town, or ‘Altstadt’, to enjoy a rip-roaring evening of typical German beer drinking. The area is known as ‘the longest bar in the world’, thanks to the 300-odd watering holes packed into a relatively small space. We recommend ordering an Altbier, the staple Düsseldorf drink, to really get into the local spirit.
With many of Düsseldorf’s residents suited and booted and working lucrative jobs, it’s no surprise that the city’s shopping is little short of supreme. For a taste of the high life, take a trip to the Königsallee, one of the most exclusive shopping streets in all of Germany, and feast your eyes on the designer clothes stores, jewellers and antique shops that line the pavements. If you’d rather sit and watch the world go by, there’s a whole host of lovely cafes on Königsallee too. For a less wallet-busting experience, Schadowstraße is a highly popular shopping destination equipped with all the department stores, clothes chains and shoe shops you could dream of.
Düsseldorf has a rich cultural heritage – it was home to artists Gerhard Richter and Andreas Gursky, and the band Kraftwerk was founded here. You can see for yourself just how important this heritage is to the city and its inhabitants at the many galleries and museums. Visit the Akademie-Galerie, the exhibition space of the Art Academy Düsseldorf, for some fine artistic inspiration or learn more about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of Germany’s most revered poets and a native Düsseldorfer, at the excellent Goethe Museum. Düsseldorf is the epicentre of the annual Rhenish Carnival, which begins in November. There are over 300 parties, parades and costume balls during ‘Karneval’, and the city is undoubtedly at its most vibrant and colourful.
The third biggest international transport hub in Germany, Düsseldorf Airport is located approximately 7km north of the city centre. There are plenty of transport options, so travelling to and from the airport is a stress-free experience.
IATA code: DUS
Name: Dusseldorf Airport
Address: Flughafenstraße 120, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 4210
There are excellent-value parking options at Düsseldorf Airport, including long-stay parking for just €40 for an 8 day stay. There is a new car park, P7, which is inside the terminal itself, under 2 minutes away from the check-in desks.
Düsseldorf is a true commuter city, and as such it boasts an excellent variety of transport links. Düsseldorf Airport has not one but two train stations, with over 350 trains stopping every day. The main airport train station is connected to the terminal building by a cable railway, known as SkyTrain, making it fast and fun to enter and exit the airport. As well as the train, you can make your onward journey by bus – several services leave from the airport, but use Route Number 721 if you’re going to downtown Düsseldorf.
If you want door-to-door service on your holiday, take a taxi from outside the arrivals terminal. You can get to downtown Düsseldorf for around €20.
If you’re planning to scope out the surrounding areas or even other cities in Germany, consider hiring a car from one of the many rental companies that operate from Düsseldorf Airport. Head to central arrivals to see which one can offer you the best deal.