Dusseldorf is a German city that is known as a business powerhouse with a particularly strong economy, but its modern and professional image hides a burgeoning arts and fashion scene, as well as avante garde architecture, vibrant nightlife and wealth of cultural activities. One of Germany’s wealthiest cities, those visiting Dusseldorf for the first time are sure to be struck by its diversity.
Those visiting Dusseldorf on business are likely to base themselves on the west bank of the Rhine, as the modern and commercial areas are all located in this area. Conversely, those looking for more touristic attractions will find Old Town (Altstadt) is on the east side of the river. The city offers numerous options for stylish and modern places to stay, with a superb offering of serviced apartments and short-term lets - which offer the convenience of hotel amenities, such as reception and room cleaning, whilst affording the privacy of a private accommodation.
Dusseldorf has a fantastic mix of social, cultural and outdoor activities. For nightlife, the city has bars ranging from traditional to modern, and of course features several beer hall style venues serving the regional specialty ‘Altbier’.
There are several landscaped gardens and a sprawling city-centre park, which make for an ideal setting to enjoy the outdoors in the summer months and offer stark contrast to the surrounding cityscape.
Dusseldorf also features numerous galleries and museums, with world-class exhibitions of everything from local history to modern art. Anyone looking to enjoy evening entertainment will find the city has several theatres and an opera house, each with a varied programme of shows and entertainments.
Altstadt restaurant is a late night eatery in the heart of Old Town, serving a range of traditional cuisine and fast-food, whilst Weinhaus Tante Anna - also on the east bank - is a more upmarket affair, but still maintains a cosy atmosphere. For those planning to stay out, Schweine Janes on Bolker Street is open late and serves a range of traditional meat dishes - eat in or takeaway.
The KO shopping mall and the Dusseldorf Arcaden are definitely the premiere shopping centres in the city, each playing host to a variety of international brands, offering everything from the latest fashions to electronics goods and homewares. Sevens is the place to go if you are seeking more exclusive shopping, as it houses numerous luxury brands and designer fashions.
One of the biggest cultural events in Düsseldorf is the Karneval which is held every year in November features a huge parade through the streets. For something a little more urbane, Schloss Benrath is a stunning baroque residence with a museum, lake, and ornate gardens. Alternatively, many first-time visitors might simply enjoy a stroll around Alstadt, taking in views of the Rhine and visiting some traditional German pubs.
As with most of Germany, Dusseldorf features excellent public transport. The Rheinbahn provides buses and the subway system, offering easy access to the city centre and surrounding areas, with a range of concessions available for students and senior citizens. If you plan to make any excursions to neighbouring towns, such as Cologne or Dortmund, then the German railways system provides fast and reliable services, as well as across the border into Belgium or the Netherlands.
Banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications are the main fields that have made Dusseldorf one of Germany’s wealthiest cities. Not only is it internationally renowned for its financial excellence, but it is also an emerging player on the fintech scene, ranking above both Stuttgart and Leipzig.
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