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Travel to Düsseldorf, Germany

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Düsseldorf is the capital and second-largest city (after Cologne) of North Rhine-Westphalia federal state, with a population of 617,280 residents.

Located on the banks of the Rhine River, Düsseldorf is a regional economic, financial and cultural center.

The beautiful city impresses with elegance and style and has a wide range of activities to offer - from museums, art and culture to high-end shopping, sightseeing, going out and dining at numerous restaurants spread across the city.

Here are some of the main attractions Düsseldorf is famous with:

  • Königsallee

Proclaimed as Germany's most elegant avenue, Königsallee is located right in the center of the city, at the two sides of a canal, stretching from Graf-Adolf Platz in the south to Triton fountain and Hofgarten in the north.

Called by locals as the “Kö”, the famous boulevard is lined with big trees and is home to many luxury and upscale brands and designer stores such as Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Prada.

You will also find here many elegant restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, that make Königsallee a great place for every visitor to soak up the affluent ambiance, while strolling along the street.

Trifton Fountain

  • Old Town (Altstadt)

Düsseldorf's Old Town is a place you can't miss to visit. Relatively small, only half a square kilometer, the lively area offers around 260 pubs and bars and is dubbed “the longest bar in the world”. Here you can enjoy a glass of traditional Altbier while hanging out with friends.

Highlights of the Old town are several historical and cultural attractions:

Marktplatz with the imposing Town Hall (Rathaus) and the equestrian statue of Elector Jan-Wellem on its horse, erected in 1711;

The Castle tower (Schlossturm) in Burgplatz, that houses the Schiffahrts museum (Maritime museum), one of Germany's best and oldest marine museums that focuses on the history of shipping and navigation along the Rhine River;

The St.-Lambertus-Basilika - an impressive Gothic church, one of the oldest buildings in Düsseldorf.

Those interested in art and culture can visit the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection (Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen) which is divided into two main venues, the K20 and K21.

The largest collection K20 is housed in a remarkable polished black granite building located on Grabbeplatz and it offers 20th-century art with works of Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner, Picasso, Braque, and many more. The K21 Ständehaus is a separate museum introduced in 2002 and occupies the Neo-Renaissance parliament building. It features installations, prints, video art and photography by artists like Candida Höfer, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul McCarthy, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, William Kentridge and Nam June Paik. Other highlights you can see are the Filmmuseum and the Tohnhalle, Düsseldorf's concert hall, located in the northern part of the Old town.

Marktplatz & Town Hall

St.Lambertus Church

Castle Tower


Art Collection K20

  • The Rhine Embankment Promenade

Another iconic place worth visiting is the Rhine Embankment Promenade (Rheinuferpromenade).

The beautiful promenade stretches for a one-and-a-half kilometer and connects the Old town to the Rhine river.

It's a great place where you can enjoy gorgeous views and a large variety of restaurants (due to its proximity to the Old town). You can also rent a bike or take a relaxing walk along the promenade while soaking up the sun and watching the ships go by.

You may also take a cruise on the Rhine. All boat tours start from the Rhine promenade.

  • Medienhafen & Rhine Tower

At the southern end of the Rhine promenade are the Rhine Tower (Rheinturm) and Medienhafen ( Media harbor).

The former abandoned harbor area is now a highlight for tourists. Since the 1990s the harbor has been transformed into a contemporary office district for fashion brands and media firms.