Flights to Düsseldorf (DUS)

Flights to Düsseldorf provide a fascinating peek into Germany’s main attractions: bustling streets, exciting nightlife and impressive architectural developments.

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Flights to Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is a business and finance powerhouse, attracting as many blue-chip companies as it does trade fairs. But if that makes the city sound staid and boring and puts you off booking flights to Düsseldorf, think again.

It’s certainly an affluent city, exemplified by the boutiques and high-end hotels that line Königsallee. Yet such economic prowess has resulted in a city that bankrolls its culture – there are more than 100 art galleries and 26 museums, plus landscaped parks, concert halls and an opera house.

Perhaps that’s why pioneering musical acts such as Kraftwerk are synonymous with Düsseldorf – there is certainly a feeling on those Old Town/harbour streets that creativity is to be celebrated and nurtured rather than stifled.

Many cultural attractions can be found in the Old Town, or Altstadt, an area best explored on foot. In fact, you could easily spend a few hours either wandering around this fascinating neighbourhood or strolling along the Rheinuferpromenade, a walkway that connects it with the MedienHafen harbour area, creating a literal and figurative pathway between the old and new.

All of which makes Düsseldorf something of a pleasant surprise for those who come for a trade fair and find themselves with a few hours to spare. With its Michelin-starred restaurants, fashionable cafes and lounges, quality hotels and impeccable transport links, most people who come to the city for business end up returning for fun.

See the Old Town

It’s incredible to think that Altstadt isn’t actually that old at all – it was ruined during the Second World War and completely rebuilt. But it’s still a wonderfully atmospheric square kilometre full of lounges and restaurants, as well as home to a lot of Düsseldorf’s cultural attractions, including museums, an opera house and various theatres.

Forum Freies Theater
Jahnstraße 3
+49 211 876 7870

Walk the Rheinuferpromenade

Düsseldorf was built on a river – but it wasn’t until a main road was submerged under its banks in the late 20th century that promenading along the Rhine became a real tourist attraction. Linking Altstadt to MedienHafen, the Rheinuferpromenade is lined with cafes and lounges, and the perfect place to watch Düsseldorf life go by.

+49 211 172 020

Visit art galleries

It might have been founded and funded by commerce, but Düsseldorf has more than 100 galleries and is one of the most artistic cities in Germany. Start at the magnificent Museum Kunstpalast, which has five museums under one roof offering everything from international touring exhibitions to contemporary photography and glasswork.

Museum Kunstpalast
Ehrenhof 4-5
+49 211 5664 2100

Stroll down Königsallee

Known by locals as the Kö, Königsallee is not just Düsseldorf’s main shopping street, with big brand stores, boutiques and jewellers all vying for your attention. It’s also a beautiful boulevard with a stretch of water running down its centre, lined with luxury hotels.

+49 211 8639 9025

Feel the future

In the past 20 years, Düsseldorf has given internationally recognised architects such as Frank O Gehry a blank slate to redevelop the harbour area and the result is fascinating. Beautiful restaurants and hotels attract a younger set in MedienHafen, while the older refurbished buildings entice history buffs.

Gehry Buildings
Neuer Zollhof 3

Explore Kaiserswerth

Exploring the Baroque houses and the ruins of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa’s Royal Palace at Kaiserswerth just north of Düsseldorf is a lovely way to spend the day. Combine it with a boat tour up the Rhine from the old town to get the full effect of this pretty part of town, with its easy-going cafes and wide avenues.

Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth
+49 211 2297 3077

The Victorian (European)

The most centrally located of Düsseldorf’s Michelin-starred restaurants, the Victorian is versatile (it also boasts a bistro for those with less expensive tastes). Matthias Hein’s seasonal menu includes a range of expertly cooked dishes ‘from sea to field’ served in an elegant dining room.

Königstraße 3a
+49 211 865 5011

Zum Schlüssel (German)

It’s not mandatory to drink in Germany’s atmospheric halls – in fact, they’re often just as popular for their food. Hearty German cuisine such as steaks, meatloaf and goulash are served up with little refinement but a lot of heart and soul. If you want to see how the Germans enjoy an evening out, Zum Schlüssel is the place to start.

Bolkerstraße 41-47
+49 211 828 9550

Nagaya (Japanese)

It’s a little known fact that Düsseldorf is home to the third largest Japanese community in Europe, which is why it’s no surprise that Chef Yoshizumi Nagaya set up this fantastic restaurant that bears his name. It has a Michelin star thanks to a magnificent tasting menu that features everything from sushi to lamb dishes.

Klosterstraße 42
+49 211 863 9636

Münstermanns Bistro Kontor (German/European)

Münstermanns Bistro Kontor is a great halfway house between a regional German restaurant and high-end dining. It’s a nicely informal restaurant that offers gourmet twists on classics as well as fill its long line of customers up with meatballs. Popular and vibrant, it’s a good lunchtime spot – although cosily intimate at night too.

Hohe Straße 11
+49 211 130 0416

Ginseng (Korean)

This authentic Korean restaurant is perfect for a quick afternoon stop, and all the lunch dishes come with soup and spring rolls. It’s usually packed with a mix of tourists, locals and Korean expats. Try the galbi-tang (short rib soup) or sundubu jjigae (tofu stew).

Oststraße 63
+49 211 1754 3599

Berens Am Kai (European)

If you’re staying at Hyatt Regency at the Harbour, you could eat at its fine Dox restaurant – or you could stroll across the water to Berens Am Kai, a buzzy place offering modern and classic menus. Both are brilliantly designed by Holger Berens, although the atmospheric setting and wonderful views are reason enough to visit.

Kaistraße 16
+49 211 300 6750

Steigenberger Parkhotel Düsseldorf

Königsallee 1a: it doesn’t get more central in Düsseldorf than this. But the Steigenberger Parkhotel is more than just convenient: this is a grand building offering classic refinement in 130 spacious rooms and suites. Ask for a room with a view of the park.

Königsallee 1a
+49 9558 9854

Stage 47

A stylish boutique hotel with just 27 rooms and sharing its grand building with Düsseldorf’s Savoy Theatre and Atelier Kino cinema, Stage 47 is perfect for the cultural tourist. Each of the luxurious rooms is dedicated to a different German actor, while the modern fabrics and furnishings offer a sense of both fashion and comfort.

Graf-Adolf- Straße 47
+49 211 388 030

Innside Düsseldorf Hafen

Innside is the Melia group’s state of the art hotel chain – there are three in Düsseldorf, but this branch has the edge thanks to its location in Will Alsop’s stunning ‘Colorium’ building in MedienHafen. The 134 beautifully designed rooms and an incredible view from the SkyLounge make this quite the addition to the Düsseldorf hotel scene.

Speditionstraße 9
+49 211 447 170

Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf

Hotel chains are not always known for their individuality, but Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf is a unique ‘design hotel’ in a contemporary building overlooking the water in Düsseldorf’s MedienHafen. The 303 rooms and suites are both modern and elegant.

Speditionstraße 19
+49 211 9134 1234

Hotel Villa Achenbach

Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s most affluent cities, so to get a taste of how it’s grown over the centuries, stay in this Victorian mansion east of the Königsallee. Accessible yet far enough away from the centre to feel like a retreat, there’s a sense of timeless charm in its rooms.

Achenbachstraße 17
+49 211 669 090

Hotel Breidenbacher Hof

Breidenbacher Hof has been a luxury hotel for 200 years and, with its location right on the Königsallee, it’s not difficult to see why. Refurbished and re-opened to cater for 21st century tastes, it’s the perfect base for both tourist trips to the old town and business travellers.

Königsallee 11
+49 211 160 900

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