With one of the chicest shopping streets in Europe, pretty riverside views and a carnival similar to Venice's, Düsseldorf is a lively urban centre.
A rich, sophisticated city, the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia state is also Germany’s fashion centre, with an important fashion trade show, the Modemesse, and lots of trendy boutiques on the celebrated Königsallee (‘Kö’ for short). Local flavours of Düsseldorf include the hearty Rhenish cuisine includes delicious sausages and Sauerbraten, which are best enjoyed with a glass of Altbier (fermented, dark beer).
Napoleon always referred to Düsseldorf as ‘mon petit Paris’, and with good reason: The city has enough sights and museums to satisfy the needs of any art and history lover, including an important contemporary art gallery, the Kunstsammlung K20, the marvelous Bänder Klaus Galerie art museum, the interesting Goethe-Museum, and at least 100 more museums and art galleries. With all these attractions, Düsseldorf provides a great introduction to the beauties of Germany.
The best months to visit are between May and September, when the temperatures are higher and the vegetation is at its lushest. Showers are frequent in summer, so it is advisable to bring rain clothing. Those looking for local flavour will also enjoy the winter months: December is the month of the traditional Christmas markets, while November marks the start of the carnival events, which culminate in February.
Singaporeans do not require a visa to enter Germany. However, passports should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. If you intend to stay in Germany longer than three months, you should first obtain a visa from the German Embassy in Singapore.
Euro: There are plenty of ATMs and currency exchange counters at the airport and around town. Banks in the city centre have ATMs accepting international credit and debit cards, and can change international currency.
Düsseldorf airport is the third-largest in Germany and getting to the city is fairly simple, both by train and by taxi. Düsseldorf is best enjoyed on foot, but there is also an extensive network of U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (over-surface train) and trams. With the Düsseldorf Welcome Card, you can travel in all public transport for a specified period of time and get discounted museum entries.
Düsseldorf is generally a very safe city, but it is advisable to keep your car locked when unattended, and to not leave any valuables in it. For health-related emergencies, check in at the University Hospital in Moorenstraße. Women travelling alone will find that the city is generally safe, but they might want to avoid taking public transportation at night or frequenting the train station after dark, as it attracts a number of undesirables.
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Known as the "Kö", Düsseldorf's most elegant shopping street was built in 1802 and is now an eclectic mix of exclusive boutiques, luxury malls and art galleries. There are also many restaurants and cafés.
This art collection is divided between three different locations: The largest one, the K20, is housed in a modern building on Grabbeplatz and features works of 20th-century art, including a famous collection of Paul Klee. The K21 next door hosts installations of contemporary art, while the third, the Schmela Haus, houses temporary exhibitions.
This peaceful neighborhood is one of the city's oldest districts, and was incorporated into the city in 1929. The pretty views overlooking the Rhine and the picturesque ruins of the 11th-century Kaiserpfalz, the imperial stronghold of Emperor Fredrick I, make for a very pleasant walk.
The Embankment Promenade was created in 1997 to hide one of the city's busiest roads (which is buried underneath) and is now a pleasant riverside pederstrian area with cafés, restaurants, and shops.
The well-preserved "Old Town" is known as "the longest bar in the world" thanks to its 300+ bars and clubs. Filled with pretty historic buildings, some dating back to the 13th century, as well as many museums and galleries, this part of town is the city's historic heart.
The city's most popular park features a marvelous Japanese garden with a large variety of landscapes. The park also hosts the city's Aquazoo, a popular attraction for kids and families, as well as Düsseldorf's Botanical garden.
Düsseldorf is a vibrant cultural destination, with many museums and art galleries to quench any culture fan's thirst. Start your tour at the Bänder Klaus Galerie on Neubrückstraße 14, where you'll admire a collection that spans all eras, from antiquity to Renaissance and 19th-century art. At the famous Kunstsammlung K20 just down the road (Grabbeplatz 5), you can learn about European 20th-century art with works from all the most important artistic trends. With major works by Picasso, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, and many others, this is one of Europe's most notable collections. The Kunstsammlung K20 also houses a selection of post-WWII U.S. art including masterpieces by Stella, Pollock, and Warhol. A few steps away on Grabbeplatz 4 is the Kunsthalle, an exhibition hall for contemporary art.
For something more historic, take a right into Mühlenstraße and walk to number 29, where you will find the Mahn und Gedenkstätte. Once a Nazi prison, this building is now a memorial museum dedicated to the many Jews and gypsies murdered by the Nazis. After taking in this tragic slice of German history, walk to the end of Mühlenstraße and look to your right; you will see an imposing palace, the old castle tower, which now hosts the Schifffahrt-Museum (Burgplatz 30). Focusing on shipbuilding and river travel, and featuring a great collection of ships and boat models, this museum is perfect for families with kids. Children will also enjoy a dip into local colour at the nearby Karneval Museum (Zollstraße 9), which traces the history of the Düsseldorf carnival, through costumes, masks, and interactive exhibits spread over three floors.
Bänder Klaus Galerie, Kunstsammlung K20, Kunsthalle, Mahn und Gedenkstätte, Schifffahrt-Museum, Karneval Museum
From hearty and traditional German food to creative haute cuisine and authentic Asian food, Düsseldorf is known for its culinary diversity. It is also the city of Altbier, a type of fermented dark beer that can be enjoyed in one of the many Kneipen of the Altstadt. Every respectable foodie tour should start at a local market, so start your day at the Carlplatz market in the old city to get a glimpse of the local produce and flavours. Here you can pick up a bottle of German wine, have a quick snack, or buy edible souvenirs such as sausages, German bread, and cheeses.
Düsseldorf is known for hosting Europe's third-largest Japanese community, which makes the city's Asian food offering authentic and varied. The best way to experience this is to take a walk on Immermannstraße, which is the centre of the "Japanese quarter." b>Big Tuna on Bendemannstraße 18 specializes in tuna in all of its Asian interpretations, both traditional and modern. For a quick snack on the go, pick up Japanese delicatessen at Asian grocery store Shochiku (Immermannstraße 15), or try Japanese bread and sweets at Bakery My Heart, an authentic Japanese bakery. For something more upscale, head to Adjito on Lorettostraße 41, north of the Japanese quarter, which combines the purest Japanese with European haute cuisine, and is famous for its tempuras and sashimis.
No visit to Düsseldorf can be considered complete without at least one glass of Altbier. A good place to try this local specialty is Brauerei im Füchschen, on Ratinger Straße 28 in the old city. This young and lively brewery makes its own Altbier and also serves a good selection of Rhenish dishes, including a delicious Bratwurst, served in the pleasant outdoor patio in the warmer months. Another good option for beer is the central craft brewery Uerige Brauerei (Berger Straße 1).
Shochiku, Bakery My Heart, Adjito, Brauerei im Füchschen, Uerige Brauerei