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Culture and creativity in Düsseldorf

Flights to Düsseldorf let you in on one of Germany’s best-kept secrets.

See the cobblestone streets of the Altstadt come alive after dark when its restaurants fill up and admire the cutting-edge architecture on show at Medienhafen.

medienhafen and marina of the city of düsseldorf in germany

With more than 100 galleries, the city is bursting with cultural highlights such as the Kiefernstrasse, where street artists showcase their talent.

The ever popular Kunstpalast museum is stocked with an impressive collection of art, while the Rhine Tower offers unique views over Düsseldorf.

The fact that it’s situated on the winding Rhine River means there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Leafy parks and urban trails offer opportunities to get out and explore.

Book your flight tickets to Düsseldorf with Etihad Airways today and experience the best of this German gem.

What's the weather like in Düsseldorf?

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Like much of Germany, the city has a temperate climate. Fly to Düsseldorf in July and August to enjoy sunny days, with highs of around 24°C.

The climate is much cooler in December, but you’ll be able to experience fairy-tale winter markets. Be sure to bring warm clothing – snow is unlikely, but daytime temperatures rarely exceed 6°C.

Reasons to visit Düsseldorf

rathaus old town hall in dusseldorf old town market square

Wander through history in Altstadt

Düsseldorf was founded in 1288 and the city’s history is most visible in its Altstadt – or Old Town.

Walk along the narrow cobbled streets to see landmarks such as St Lambertus and its crooked spire. The Renaissance-style Rathaus and the quirky wall-mounted Wibbel the Tailor are also must-sees.

Cultural highlights in the Altstadt include the Filmmuseum, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art gallery and the NRW-Forum, which celebrates modern art, photography and design.

konigsallee kings avenue waterway leading to a bridge dusseldorf

Fall into fashion heaven on Königsallee

As one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, it’s no surprise that Düsseldorf is bursting with luxury boutiques. The mile-long Königsallee runs either side of a canal. Better known as Kö to its locals, the boulevard is a hotspot for fashionistas, thanks to its extensive collection of renowned designers such as Chanel, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

Set aside a morning to wander this tree-lined avenue. Browse some of the most acclaimed fashion in the world, seek out independent local designers or enjoy lunch at any one of the picturesque cafes dotted along the boulevard.

black forest cake and coffee

Sample ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’

The German tradition of ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ (coffee and cake) is similar to the British tradition of afternoon tea. Relax, eat cake and enjoy your own company or that of your friends without worrying about where you need to be.

In Düsseldorf, there are countless venues where you can taste this ritual for yourself. For an especially memorable experience, settle in a cosy cafe lining the Rhine.

Try decadent cakes like erdbeerboden (a strawberry sponge cake) and schwarzwälder kirschtorte (Black Forest gâteau), or warm yourself with apfelstrudel (apple strudel) while sipping a freshly brewed cappuccino.

Things to know before you fly to Düsseldorf

plane Airport transfers

Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is the main airport in the city. Pre-book a transfer with Etihad when you arrange to fly to Düsseldorf or take public transport.

You can get direct transfers into the city via buses or the free SkyTrain will take you to Düsseldorf Airport Railway Station. From here, you can get to central Düsseldorf in less than 10 minutes.

bus Getting around

The centre of Düsseldorf can be easily explored on foot. Walking tours are a stress-free way to see the highlights, while bikes can be hired throughout the city centre if you want to travel further afield.

A Düsseldorf Card is a convenient way of seeing the city. It includes unlimited travel on buses and trains along with free or discounted entry to many attractions.

accommodation Where to stay in Düsseldorf

For picturesque streets and a central location, base yourself in Altstadt. You’ll be right by the Rhine and just a short walk from lively bars and restaurants.

If you’re more of an art lover, then a stay in Flingern may appeal with its edgy art galleries, independent boutiques and vibrant murals.

holiday Public holidays

There are several bank holidays throughout the year in Düsseldorf, including over Christmas and Easter. Shops will typically close, but most restaurants and bars stay open. If you want to avoid arriving on a public holiday, check dates for the current year before booking your flights to Düsseldorf.

Flying to Düsseldorf: FAQs

What is the food like in Düsseldorf?

Düsseldorf’s food scene is diverse. Local dishes like flönz (a local type of sausage) and ahzezupp (pea soup) are a great introduction to traditional German cuisine. A large Japanese community has fuelled the rise of world-class, authentic ramen and sushi restaurants too.

What attractions should I visit in Düsseldorf?

Art is a central theme in Düsseldorf. Be sure to visit the Kunstpalast to discover a variety of modern works at Kunstsammlung.

The leafy avenue of Königsallee is a visually stunning designer haven, while Nordpark provides 90 acres of peaceful Japanese gardens to rest in after a busy day.

What language is spoken in Düsseldorf?

The most widely spoken language in Düsseldorf is German, although many residents speak some English. Purchase a lightweight phrase book or download a translation app to your smartphone to learn some basic German.

Why we love Düsseldorf

“Düsseldorf is full of art and culture. You can feel Germany’s history in Altstadt, but the street art and independent galleries bring a modern feel to the place. Make the most of the city by enjoying a meal next to the romantic river Rhine.”

Weather in Dusseldorf

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Monday21 Sep 2020
24 °C
Tuesday22 Sep 2020
22 °C
Wednesday23 Sep 2020
18 °C
Thursday24 Sep 2020
15 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
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Saturday26 Sep 2020
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