Be it a luxury property with riverfront views, a chic boutique stay in a neoclassical mansion or a funky design hotel with Harry Potter-themed rooms, Düsseldorf’s hotels cater to every type of traveler. Not only that, many of the city’s most saught-after properties have amazing restaurants on-site or are within a stone’s throw of Düsseldorf’s top attractions. No matter what type of trip you’re after, these 10 top Dusseldorf hotels offer a wide range of styles and price points to make your stay a memorable one.
Though often overlooked in favour of bigger, splashier German cities like Berlin or Cologne, Düsseldorf is an underrated gem. The city sits in the heart of Germany’s Rhineland, a region known for the openness of the people and its infamous Carnival, a whole 'fifth season' of debaucherous partying from November to February. And while the city is wealthy thanks to the long presence of big industry, Düsseldorf offers a host of great fine dining options – you won’t find any pretension here. People are just as comfortable having a pint of Altbier in a brewery as they are enjoying a meal over a white tablecloth. The city is also a home away from home for many business-travelers-turned expats from across Europe and houses Europe’s third-largest Japanese community. Its culinary scene definitely reflects this diversity, so whether you’re looking for a hearty bowl of ramen or a traditional Rhineland dish like blutwurst (blood sausage), this selection of the best restaurants in Düsseldorf will have something for everyone.
We all know German beer culture is among the best in the world, but Düsseldorf and the Rhine region are a world apart. Have you heard of Altbier? It’s brewed in Westphalia and is synonymous with Düsseldorf. You can’t visit and not drink Altbier at the 'world’s longest bar' in the altstadt (old town), just like you can’t go to Paris and not eat a baguette. Altbier tastes a bit like bacon, and is best served in teeny-tiny glasses (and refilled frequently). Though the beer culture is strong here, the cocktail scene thrives as well. Between imbibing heavily in the regional beverage of choice, and the insane per-capita cocktail prowess of bartenders, Düsseldorf is so much more than a community centered around requisite industry happy hours. The city’s nightlife, alongside a range of fantastic restaurants and other great things to do, is vibrant and welcomes newcomers. Check out our pick of the best bars in Düsseldorf.
Hipsters head to Berlin and stag parties make for Hamburg, but if you fancy seeing one of Germany’s undersung cities, then check out Düsseldorf. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia is filled with pretty architecture and a pulsing cultural scene, not to mention a ton of great restaurants and bars. So get out there and start exploring with these great Düsseldorf tours. RECOMMENDED: 20 best things to do in Düsseldorf.
Düsseldorf’s worldly appeal is nothing new. Napoleon himself fell for the charms of this city on the Rhine, dubbing it 'Little Paris'. Founded 730 years ago, the capital of the North-Rhine Westphalia state is certainly steeped in history, most evident in the narrow, cobbled streets of the picturesque medieval Old Town. But the city has a sophisticated modern edge, too. Gleaming new architecture has transformed the skyline, and the ever-expanding arts scene – 26 museums and 100-plus galleries – rivals that of much larger cities. Add to that stylish shopping, vibrant nightlife and great restaurants, and there are more than enough attractions in Düsseldorf to keep any visitor busy. Check out our selection of the best attractions in Düsseldorf.
It might have a history stretching back over 700 years, but Düsseldorf is a thoroughly modern German city. Boasting some of Europe’s most impressive modern architecture, sizzling nightlife and a thriving arts scene, this booming city is quickly becoming one of Germany’s liveliest metropolises. Stylish designer boutiques, unique cocktail bars and hip cafes abound, sharing space with traditional beer houses and old-school Teutonic restaurants - and it’s this combination of ancient and modern, classic and cutting edge, that gives Düsseldorf its unique character - along, of course, with Alter, the local brew that’s acknowledged as among the very best in the world.
The contrasts in Düsseldorf make it the perfect place to liven up your Insta-grid. From the stellar street art on beautiful buildings and skateboard pipes lining Kiefernstrasse to the glittery new architecture of the Media Harbor, the city has something to inspire every Instagrammer. Inside the K20 and K21 museums, you can capture the contemporary art scene with ease; or head to Nord Park or the Schloss Benrath to add a bit of the natural world to your camera roll. Even if you’re only in town to shop, you won’t come away empty-handed: the canals along Königsallee and nearby Kö-Bogen retail complex are some favorite backdrops, and a great place to empty your wallet. Kiefernstrasse A post shared by Teresa Low (@teresalowart) on Mar 21, 2018 at 2:13am PDT Street art amid industrial history If you like street art, you’ll love Kiefernstrasse on the border of the south Flingern neighborhood and Oberbilk. Originally conceived of as workers’ housing when opened in 1902, the buildings along Kiefernstrasse are smack dab in the middle of an abandoned industrial district. The street has a storied history, with many homes used as squats, then refugee housing; there was even an infamous arrest of a member of the RAF here in 1986, which led to the area being designated by a politician as “the center of terrorism” in Germany. Today that designation is laughable, but the squat-like, freestyle community atmosphere lives on. Turn-of-the-century façades are covered in
Düsseldorf is one of Germany’s most architecturally significant cities—just be sure to check your stereotypes of what’s “typically German” at the border. With a name that literally means the Village on the Düssel River, Düsseldorf only grew into a major metropolis after World War II. Allied bombings had ravaged nearby Cologne and in the rush to get a functioning center of government up and running in the west, Düsseldorf was appointed capital of North Rhine-Westphalia—much to the chagrin of the larger Cologne, with which the city shares a friendly rivalry. The devastation of the war means that much of Düsseldorf is either reconstructed or employs modern architectural styles, making the traditional timber-framed houses many associate with Germany a rarity. Instead, the city’s reputation as a hotbed of industry has led to magnificent steel-and-glass buildings, like the Stadttor, going up around the skyline. It has drawn contemporary architects like Frank Gehry to the Media Harbor, where he modernized structures aesthetically while repurposing them from their original use as warehouses and port structures. Even those buildings which remained standing after the war, like the former parliamentary building now housing the K21 art museum has a modern touch, with a glass-domed roof.
Düsseldorf is one of the easiest cities to get around without a car; it may be easier for visitors to the city to do without one, as parking and traffic can take a lot of fun out of your time in the city. If you’re in need of wheels and are keen to rent a small car by the minute, there’s a car-sharing service, Car2Go, with vehicles scattered around the city which you can access via an app. Still, traveling by car means you’ll miss out on some of the city’s prettiest sights, like the Rhine River Promenade, built atop the tunnel where the B1 (a busy thoroughfare) runs along the river’s embankment. Perhaps the most convenient way to take it all in is by bike—a favorite means of transportation here, even in rain and snow. If you’re going further afield, Düsseldorf has an extensive network of trains, trams and buses that are all run by the Rhein Bahn, making it inexpensive and convenient to get wherever you’re going in the city. Grab a Düsseldorf Card on your first day and enjoy unlimited travel on the buses, trams and trains run by Rhein Bahn within the city limits. To get to the city from the international airport, you can take a high-speed ICE train run by the Deutsche Bahn one stop or the slower regional S-Bahn S11, both of which will get you to the main train station in minutes.
Well-connected thanks to its international airport and major train station, Düsseldorf is within a stone’s throw of three countries and yet retains its own unique flair in the heart of Western Europe. An advertising and fashion hub as well as an industrial hotspot, this cultural mecca overflows with trade fairs and business events. You might want to plan your trip around one of these events—like the very popular international boat show, or the well-visited steel trade fair—or try to avoid them to ensure you get a better deal. Either way, there's plenty of attractions and things to do to keep you busy during your stay. Tips for when it’s best to visit are below, as well as a few insider tips and some hints about getting around this highly-walkable city.