As a hit destination for tourists and businesspeople alike, Dusseldorf acts as the perfect gateway to West Germany, and it's just an hour and a half away on a great-value flight.
Within just half an hour of getting your bags, you can be in Dusseldorf city centre. Its old town, immaculately rebuilt to its former glory before the Second World War, sits along the Rhine. You'll find that it won't take long to experience and sample the Altbier ("old-style beer"), music scene and delicious Rhenish cuisine that it's become world-famous for.
Throughout the year, its restaurants, bars and shops attract visitors from across Europe, but the party highlight is undoubtedly the Largest Fair on the Rhine. Taking place the third week of every July, it's a fantastic (and more affordable) alternative to Oktoberfest, without skimping any cultural or gastronomic experiences.
Those there solely for the stores can't miss Königsallee ("Kö" to the locals) – it's considered Germany's busiest, most popular upscale shopping street. It's not far from the other sights and sounds of the city; despite being one of the biggest cities in Germany, Dusseldorf is compact enough to see the major sights on foot. That said, if your feet are feeling tired, the public transport is unrivalled.
Don't miss the UNESCO-nominated Benrath Palace, centuries-old ruins in Kaiserswerth, Dusseldorf's countless theatres and the unmissable Rheinturm, the tallest tower in the city.
Looking for a true European adventure? Dusseldorf is at the heart of an incredible road and rail network, and it's just a short distance from the wonders of Cologne, Essen, Monchengladbach and Dortmund, as well as the Dutch and Belgian borders. Where better to discover more of Germany and the continent than from this incredible city?
Airlines and Schedules