Düsseldorf

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.

When to go

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.

Visa requirements

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.

Money

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.

Transport

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.

Health and safety tips

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.

Emergency details

Voßstraße 17 - 10117 Berlin - Tel: 030 226 343 - 0 - www.mfa.gov.sg/berlin

Police - 112

Basic greetings
English Translation
Hello Hallo
How are you? Wie geht es Ihnen?
Fine, thanks Gut, danke
Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen
Excuse-me! (to get attention, to get past) Entschuldigung!
Thank you Danke
Yes Ja
No Nein
OK Okay
What’s your name? Wie heißen Sie?
My name is… Mein Name ist …
Nice to meet you Schön, Sie kennenzulernen
Are you on Facebook/Twitter? Sind Sie bei Facebook/Twitter?
Where is there an internet café? Wo gibt es ein Internetcafé?
Where can I get a taxi? Wo finde ich ein Taxi?
Where is the bus/train station? Wo ist die Bushaltestelle/der Bahnhof?
A one-way/return ticket to… Ein Einzelticket/Eine Fahrkarte für … /Hin- und Rückfahrt nach …
Do you have a room for one/two? Haben Sie ein Zimmer für eine Person/zwei Personen?
What time is check out? Wann ist der Check-out?
Can you recommend a good restaurant/bar? Können Sie ein gutes Restaurant/eine gute Bar empfehlen?
A table for two, please Bitte einen Tisch für zwei
A menu, please Die Speisekarte, bitte.
The bill, please Die Rechnung, bitte.
Where’s the toilet? Wo ist die Toilette?
Help! Hilfe!

Königsallee

Königsallee

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.

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westphalen

Grabbeplatz 5

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.

Kaiserswerth

Kaiserswerth

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 Uferpromenade

Uferstraße

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.

Altstadt

Marktplatz

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.

Nordpark

Kaiserswerther Str. 365

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.

Shop

DM

Schadowstraße 64-66

This popular drugstore chain is a great place to find basic German beauty products. DM also carries an interesting selection of baby items, including organic cotton baby clothes, toys, and foods, as well as a few shelves filled with "bio" and vegan foods, Krupps bath oils, and Weleda creams, alongside the more international shampoos and soaps.

Budget $

Tee Gschwendner

Grabenstraße 1A

An all-German tea shop that sells a a large variety of blends from the world over, including seasonal mixtures such as Glühwein around Christmas, or summer fruits in the hotter months. There's also a small selection of tea-related items, such as strainers, tea pots, tea filters, and spoons.

Budget $

Schadow-Arkaden

Schadowstraße 11

This big mall on Königsallee is the place to go for high-street and mid-range fashion, and is a very popular one-stop shopping solution for those who don't have much time. Explore three floors of the main chains, combined with a few local shops.

Budget $$

Anson's

Schadow-Arkaden, Schadowstrasse 1

Selected fashion, for the gents. This "men's only" department store stocks the most renowned brands of clothing, such as Levi's, Cinque, Barbour, and Diesel, also offering personalized service and expert advice. The styles range from casual and basic to sporty to formal, and the collection is hand-picked to suit a wide variety of trends.

Budget $$

Stilwerk

Grünstraße 15

A luxury shopping centre that specializes in interior design and home improvement, lamps, and home accesssories from the world's best brands. Even if you are not planning on bringing home a new carpet, this mall is worth a visit to get ideas and to explore the new trends in international design.

Budget $$$

Breuninger

Königsallee 2

Fifteen thousand square meters of fashion, housewares, accessories, shoes, beauty, kitchen utensils, and much more at this magnificent department store in the Kö-Bogen. This luxury department store is also famous for its high level of customer care and prides itself on having the largest collection of shoes in Germany, including many designer brands like Jimmy Choo or Valentino.

Budget $$$

Dine

Dene & Gör Kebab

Graf-Adolf-Str. 58

One of the best döner joints in town according to the locals – but be ready for long queues! The ingredients are fresh and prepared with care, and the chicken döner is their most popular dish. The perfect place for a quick lunch or dinner before hitting the town.

Budget $

Ham Ham

Kurzestrasse 5

A warm and friendly traditional Yugoslavian restaurant. The menu includes dishes like roast pork cooked on the wood-fired spit, potato puree, various salads, and delicious pulled pork sandwiches, all to be paired with regional wines. The setting is simple and the service friendly and attentive.

Budget $

Takumi

Immermannstrasse 28

This authentic Japanese restaurant is so popular that people are happy to stand in line for as long as an hour to get a table – but the queue is not that bad at lunch time. The atmosphere is friendly and loud, and the menu is classic Japanese, with lots of grilled meats and soups, also including a few vegetarian options.

Budget $$

Cucina Farina

Oststr. 124

A small Italian restaurant serving many inventive dishes, Cucina Farina has a menu of thin-crust pizzas, different pasta options, and tagliatas, as well as international dishes, such as salads and burgers. The Pizza Cheesebrothers with bacon and gorgonzola is particularly popular, as are the the steak burgers. Friendly and informal ambiance and good location close to the city centre.

Budget $$

Victorian

Königstrasse 3a

This bright and modern restaurant located right on the central Kö shopping strip specializes in both regional and Mediterranean delicacies, prepared in their "show kitchen." The quality of the ingredients and skillful preparations have earned this restaurant Bistro some kudos and it was voted one of the best lunch restaurants in town and offers daily changing delicious cuisine combined with attentive service.

Budget $$$

Restaurant Im Schiffchen

Kaiserswerther Markt 9

The most refined French food, in the heart of the Altstadt. Düsseldorf’s only restaurant awarded with two Michelin stars opened in 1977 under chef and owner of Jean-Claude Bourgeuil. His unique preparations include camomile-steamed lobster and a marvelous pigeon and partridge dish with North African flavours.

Budget $$$

Stay

AO Düsseldorf

Corneliusstraße 9

With family rooms and free stay for kids, bike rentals, and wireless internet, this very simple hotel is perfect for families and groups of young people who don't mind a "no-frills" kind of stay. The rooms are comfortable, the staff friendly, and the location fairly central, only 200 m away from Königsallee.

Budget $

Sir Astor Hotel

Kurfuerstenstr. 18-23

Scotland meets Africa at this central hotel in the heart of the city. Furnished in elegant English style with African elements, it is located 500 m away from the central train station and a 10-minute walk away from the "Kö". The rooms are comfortable and spacious, and are all equipped with wifi. Great breakfast buffet.

Budget $

Stage47 Hotel

Graf-Adolf-Str. 47

A young, centrally located design hotel with modern furnishings and a show-business theme: Each one of the 27 rooms is dedicated to a different singer or actor, many of whom are German. Rooms are spacious and very comfortable, and there are six different room categories, including Superior and Executive, as well as a variety of suites.

Budget $$

Batavia

Bahnstr. 61

This cosy, well-connected 3-star hotel is located just a few minutes away from the "Kö." The rooms are simple but modern, with comfy beds, clean bathrooms, and wireless connection. Delicious breakfast buffet with lots of German cheeses, and good hotel bar serving many international cocktails and drinks.

Budget $$

Villa Achenbach

Achenbachstraße 17

Housed in a historic townhouse from 1907, this hotel is furnished in Victorian style with mahogany wood furniture, red carpets, and elegant chandeliers, and is the perfect pick for a romantic weekend. The rooms and luxury suites are spacious and equipped with LCD television, and some of the rooms have balconies and garden views.

Budget $$$

Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel

Königsallee 11

Turn-of-the-century elegance combined with the latest design and technology. This luxury hotel features ultra-comfortable rooms and amenities such as air conditioning, LCD television and wireless internet. The spaces are decorated with fine arts, and the limited number of rooms means every guest gets to enjoy the staff's commitment to personal attention and hospitality.

Budget $$$

Carnival

February

Though smaller than the famous Cologne carnival, Düsseldorf's carnival maintains a strong tradition, which starts with parties at the end of November and culminates on Mardi Gras with parades and parties.


Japan Day

16 May

Every year in May, Düsseldorf celebrates its Japanese community, the biggest in Germany, with a day of Japanese culture and food.


The Rheinkirmes Fun Fair

July

The "biggest fun fair on the Rhine" features parades, market stalls, entertainment, and a spectacular procession on 23 July.


Hofgarten Concerts

All summer

The concerts in the Hofgarten park provide a varied musical programme, from jazz and folk music to classical and choir.


Düsseldorf Festival

14 September - 3 October

An exciting combination of cultural events, from nouveau cirque to music theatre and dance productions from all over the world.


Christmas markets

17 November - 23 December

Visiting a German Christmas market is a must on any Germany trip. Take in the enchanted atmosphere and take a chance to do your Christmas shopping while sipping some steaming Glühwein.


Cultural

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.

Places to visit:
Bänder Klaus Galerie, Kunstsammlung K20, Kunsthalle, Mahn und Gedenkstätte, Schifffahrt-Museum, Karneval Museum

Foodie

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).

Places to visit:
Shochiku, Bakery My Heart, Adjito, Brauerei im Füchschen, Uerige Brauerei