Pay a visit to the traditional beer halls in the Altstadt (Old Town) and sample the local version of the highly celebrated Altbier. Unlike most German beers, this brown ale is served in short 6oz glasses. Fear not, though – the second you finish one, you’ll automatically be served another by the attentive Köbes (waiters). It’s a smooth, malty brew that you’ll find surprisingly easy to drink a few of in no time. Of the many beer halls located in the Old Town, Zum Uerige is a favourite for many and has been brewing its Altbier in situ since the 1860s. If you’re looking for something a little stronger, look for the word Sticke, which means ‘secret’. This maltier version of traditional Altbier is available seasonally (autumn and around Lent) and usually isn’t listed on the standard menu.
There is something quintessentially German about delightful Düsseldorf. This place is seven centuries old, and that history lurks around every corner, but the skyline is thoroughly modern, all dazzling contemporary architecture hosting excellent clubs and innovative restaurants. The city’s best attractions straddle the divide between the two, accentuating the benefits of a modern metropolis while doffing the proverbial cap in the direction of that long history. It all comes together to create something that represents the country while remaining defiantly unique all the while, a stunning combination of ancient and modern, classic and cutting-edge. Okay, we may have enjoyed a glass or three of malty Altbier, but that is pretty much a rite of passage here. These are the very best things to do in Düsseldorf right now.
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