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Top 10 Things To Do in Dusseldorf Germany

Welcome to Düsseldorf, Germany, a city that has something for everyone! With its modern and traditional aspects, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage, this city is truly a gem that you won’t want to miss. As a first-time visitor, you’re in for a real treat. There are so many exciting activities to take part in that it can be challenging to decide where to start. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Our ultimate guide has compiled the top 10 things you should not miss, making it easy for you to experience the highlights of the city in just a few days. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit world-class museums, or explore the food scene, we’ve got all the information you need. Keep reading to learn more about what to do, where to go, and the best experiences to have in Düsseldorf, Germany for first-time visitors.

1. Strolling and shopping on the Königsallee

Königsallee, or Kö for short, is a shopping boulevard in the city center of Düsseldorf. It is one of the leading luxury shopping streets in Europe. This is the right place to go for those who want to indulge in luxury. But also just for strolling and people watching this is a great spot. The river, surrounded by the avenue of trees, creates a relaxing atmosphere.

2. See the Altstadt (Old town)

Here you will find beautiful old architecture as well as many restaurants, cafes and pubs.  If you want to indulge in regional cuisine you should try Bergische Waffeln, Halver Hahn, Himmel un Ääd and Rheinischer Sauerbraten. In addition, the locally typical Altbier, which is often abbreviated as “Alt” (old). The brewery at Füchschen is an ideal place to try all the Rhenish specialties. 

3. Admire the architecture of the media harbor

The Media Harbor takes its name from the numerous companies, especially from the media and communications, fashion and architecture, and art and culture sectors, that are represented here. The port owes its unique charm to the mixture of old and new architecture. Architectural highlights such as the “Leaning Houses” by Frank O. Gehry can also be found here.

4. See the Rhine Tower and the Düsseldorf skyline

The Rhine Tower is the television tower in Düsseldorf. At 240.50 meters, it is the tallest structure in the city and the tenth tallest television tower in Germany. 
It was built from 1978 to 1982 and is still active today as a transmission tower. Furthermore, there is a viewing platform, with a bar, restaurant, and events, from which you have a fantastic view of the whole city!

5. Stroll along the Rhine promenade

Another absolute highlight in Düsseldorf is the Rhine promenade. Especially after a long, tiring day, you can relax here while walking along the water. Beautiful sunsets can also be admired here.

6. Visit one of the museums

Düsseldorf of course also offers a number of exciting museums. Particularly popular are the Schifffahrtmuseum, the Kunstpalast, the Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf, the art collections K21 and K20, and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. (All are linked below in the map)

7. Visit Carlsplatz

Düsseldorf’s food market is located on Carlsplatz.  Here you can find everything your foodie’s heart desires. Exotic fruit, regional vegetables, freshly caught fish, meat and poultry, bread and cheese, but also stalls with delicatessen and delicious specialties. 

8. Walk through Hofgarten & Volksgarten

Hofgarten & Volksgarten are two of the most popular parks in Düsseldorf. Here you can relax if you are looking for a break from the hectic city life. The parks offer large green spaces, beautiful water areas, and also small highlights like romantic bridges and sculptures.

9. Discover Japan in Germany on Immermannstrasse

Düsseldorf is home to the third largest Japanese community in Europe, and it shows. On Immermanstraße you will find many Japanese stores and restaurants with authentic Japanese food. However, if you are looking for Japanese flair, you should visit the Japanese Garden and the EKŌ House of Japanese Culture.

10. Check out the street art on Kiefernstrasse

As a contrast to the very chic Düsseldorf city center, a walk along the Kiefernstraße offers a good opportunity. Here you will find colorful house facades on houses that became famous in the 1980s through squatting. The whole walk takes about 3-5 minutes and can be a nice pastime.

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