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Düsseldorf offers the visitor an opportunity to make the most of what German nightlife has to offer, with many cultural excursions to local landmarks.
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 10 min
  • Düsseldorf Airport: 9km from the city centre; transfer time about 28 min
  • Nearest railway station: Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf
  • Currency: Euro

Düsseldorf city breaks offer the visitor an opportunity to make the most of what German nightlife has to offer, with many cultural excursions to local landmarks and extravagant carnivals, guaranteed to ensure a good time. Cosmopolitan Düsseldorf is a perfect city break destination as it combines a wide range of cultural offerings, vibrant nightlife and excellent shopping facilities.

There are many bars and restaurants but the city also has an international reputation as a centre for art and culture with its numerous theatres and galleries. Set on the banks of the Rhine, the city offers a mix of contemporary and historic splendour and boasts everything from museums to elegant boutiques. Both Düsseldorf and Dortmund City Breaks are popular with visitors seeking a rural retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Germany's larger cities.

Almost completely destroyed in World War 2, the Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) was restored to its original look based on the building's foundations. Nowadays the Old Town is a cosmopolitan mecca with a popular shopping mall packed with people visiting the Düsseldorf Christmas Market in the winter months. It's known as the "longest bar in the world", hosting over 260 bars and brewing houses which are popular with those looking to sample the local beer and ales on offer. The pubs are popular with beer lovers and offer plenty of choice for those on a Düsseldorf city break.

For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Dusseldorf city break.

Old Town

Düsseldorf's Old Town has been called 'the longest bar in the world' with it's over 200 bars and restaurants. Close to the gothic Town Hall are two of the city's most famous landmarks; St. Lambertus Church and Castle Tower, both dating back to the 13th century.


Düsseldorf's most famous street spreads along a decorative canal, shaded by trees and crossed by bridges. One bank of the canal is lined with office buildings, the other with elegant shops, cafes and restaurants. At the northern end of the canal, you will reach the beautiful Hofgarten. From the park area, all of Düsseldorf's major attractions are within easy reach.


Düsseldorf's trendiest district. In the 19th century, this area was the city's flourishing warehouse sector. Today, MediaHarbour is often a showcase for modern avant-garde architecture with buildings designed by Frank O. Gehry, architect of Bilbao's celebrated Guggenheim museum.

Victorian Restaurant, Königsstr. 3A

This is the finest restaurant in the city centre. The decor features sparkling crystal, black-leather banquettes, and masses of flowers. The food represents the best of both traditional and modern schools.

Zum Schiffchen, Hafenstrasse 5

If you're looking for Düsseldorf's most traditional and atmospheric restaurant, this is the best place to go. In the heart of the Old Town, the city's oldest restaurant serves hefty portions of regional cuisine. Over the years, it has attracted many famous diners ranging from Napoleon and Heinrich Heine to Arthur Miller.

Designer Shops

Düsseldorf is a city of high fashion. The best and trendiest fashions are sold on the luxurious east side of the Königsallee, Düsseldorf's famous shopping boulevard. More than 100 designer shops are located at the Kö Galerie, Königsallee 60, and at the Kö Center, Königsallee 30. More designer shops, department stores and smaller stores can be found on Schadowstrasse at the end of Königsallee boulevard.

Antiques & Furniture

Düsseldorf's historic centre offers a fine selection of antique stores. Lothar Heubel, Bastionstrasse 27, specialises in Asian and African antiques. One of Düsseldorf's largest suppliers of Art Deco furniture and art objects is Arts Decoratifs, Hohestrasse 20.

Düsseldorf's Old Town is the place to go for great nightlife. This area of narrow streets and alleyways is full of restaurants, clubs, bars and beer taverns.

Bräuerei Schumacher, Oststrasse 123: The oldest brewery-bar in Düsseldorf.

Engelchen, Kurzestrasse 15: The bar's name means 'Little Angel' in German and angels are the main source of decoration with their images filling every nook and cranny.

Bei Tino, Königsallee 21: A popular piano bar with music every day from noon to 3am. Guests are often allowed to play the piano.


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Even though it is the fourth-largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf was named the capital because it received the least damage during the war.

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