Dusseldorf showcases Germany’s talent for contrasting modern and classical styles, with a vibrant atmosphere, charming neighbourhoods, and an endless choice of excellent restaurants and cafes. Head over to Oberkassel to get a great view of the city skyline before visiting the famous Bob and Mary burger restaurant for lunch, then spend the afternoon window shopping on Konigsallee, Germany’s most elegant street. Finish up with a night view and cocktails at The View Skylounge & Bar.
Heart of the City: The Dusseldorf Carnival
One of the best places to celebrate Karneval in Germany is in Dusseldorf. This mad annual extravaganza runs from the 11th of November all the way up to Ash Wednesday. On Rosenmontag, the day before Shrove Tuesday, the streets are filled with colourful parades including various floats and dancers. Join the crowds as they get into the party atmosphere by shouting ‘’Helau’’, the traditional greeting at the Dusseldorf Karneval. Another tradition is the storming of City Hall by women who cut the necktie off any man they see! And yes, beer and good food are generously served and copiously enjoyed.
The cool zone: Medienhafen
Visit Medienhafen, a wonderfully relaxed neighbourhood featuring exceptional modern architecture housing the offices of some of the Dusseldorf’s most cutting edge media companies. Situated by the river, it’s the perfect place for a sunny afternoon stroll as you admire the incredible buildings and overall concept that turned this forgotten corner of the city into a lively district filled with restaurants, cafes and galleries. Enjoy an afternoon beer, or take a walk by the harbour – either way, you’ll want to hang out in Medienhafen every day just for its cool vibes.
Stories come to life: The Dusseldorf Marionettes
One of the top experiences Dusseldorf has to offer is the traditional Marionette Theatre. It’s always worth booking ahead because the show has limited seating (around 100 seats) and is extremely popular. The theatre often collaborates with contemporary musicians, artists and producers to produce technically spectacular shows that are by turn funny, sad, silly, charming, moving and highly entertaining. Five puppeteers sit high out of sight as they bring the marionettes to life with a skill that’s enthralling. This is old European tradition brought to the modern audience, and is one of Dusseldorf’s essential sights.