As a hit destination for tourists and business people alike, Dusseldorf acts as the perfect gateway to West Germany, and it's just an hour and a half away. Steeped in history, culture, local nightlife and plenty of opportunity for shopping, Dusseldorf is the ideal place to begin a European adventure.
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 gastronomical experiences.
After filling shopping bags in Königsallee and making sure to see the unmissable landmarks of Benrath Palace, centuries-old ruins in Kaiserswerth and the tall tower Rheinturm you might be happy to know Dusseldorf is at the heart of an incredible road and rail network.
You're just a short distance from the wonders of Cologne, Essen, Monchengladbach and Dortmund, as well as the Dutch and Belgian borders.