Feeling fine on the Rhine

Well this is certainly a fun post to write! We’ve called this beautiful city on the Rhine home for the past several years and always love sharing our tips and suggestions for what to do in Dusseldorf.

The city definitely has a quiet, residential vibe, but Dusseldorf has plenty to offer if you know where to go! Start by visiting the Rheinturm and Gehry buildings, each in walking distance from each other and totally Instagramable 😉 While you’re in the area you’ll definitely want to take a stroll around the Medienhafen. The harbor area has impressive architecture and some nice places for lunch or dinner with a view!

Then head the opposite direction along the Rhine towards the Altstadt. Once in the Altstadt visit the Town Hall. There’s an interesting digitalized board placed here which displays how long the city has been debt free! During the winter events such as the Christmas market or Karneval take place in front of the building. If you’re interested in some shopping Dusseldorf definitely won’t disappoint! There are many international brands here on Schadowstrasse, Königsallee, and in the Altstadt. There’s also a thriving art scene in the area so do visit the art museums K20 and K21 if you get the chance!

We also love hanging around less central areas of the city. Places worth checking out are Bilk, Pempelfort, and Oberkassel.

In this guide you’ll find a list of spots not to miss, budgeting tips, and highlights of the city from personal experience.

Top sights to see

Gehry Buildings
Old Town Hall
Rhine Tower

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – costs range from 75-100€ per day per person. We recommend going for an apartment/hotel in either Medienhafen, Golzheim, Pempelfort, Bilk or Oberkassel. Try to avoid accommodation near the central station or in the Altstadt. These areas tend to be less residential and can become noisy in the evenings. If you’re looking for a more in depth overview of the different areas of Dusseldorf check out The Ultimate Düsseldorf Neighborhoods Guide.

Food – budget around 50€ per day per person. Do order at least one Rheinischer Sauerbraten or Bratwurst with Dusseldorfer mustard and wash it down with an Altbier. There are seriously countless amazing restaurants, it’s hard to name the best but ROCCA 800°C for fine dining, Uerige for a typical Deutscher Abend, and Naniwa for delicious Asian noodles WON’T disappoint. If you’re looking for more recommendations check out some of the best restaurants in Düsseldorf.

Transportation – if you’re going to use public transport (highly recommended) you can purchase daily or weekly passes through Rheinbahn. The app is pretty bad so just use the ticketing machine at one of the stops. You can use the pass for all busses, trams, and underground trains. Single tickets are 2,90€, 24-hour passes 7,10€, and 48-hour passes 13,50€. More info on how to buy tickets is available on the Rheinbahn website.

Suggested daily budget – 100-150 EUR (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a standard hotel, eating out a little, and using local transportation).


Altstadt and Burgplatz There's an unbeatable spirit like the packed streets of the Altstadt on a Saturday evening and the stairs of the Burgplatz overlooking the Rhine on a warm sunny day. The Altstadt is known for having one of the longest row of bars on a single street so you will definitely find at least one spot to tickle your fancy. We suggest the Elephant Bar or Kürzer.
Oststraße Probably not what you're expecting from a German city but as it goes there's a large Japanese community in Düsseldorf (due to it being a partner city with Japanese cities) and thus many Asian-inspired restaurants sprouted up shortly after. Nowadays Asian restaurants and stores are very much so part of the Düsseldorf culture.
Medienhafen This is an area of the city that make most people fall in love with Düsseldorf. Between the rooftop bars, views of the harbor, and chic riverside restaurants it's hard not to! Where former industrial ports meet modern-day tech companies.
Königsallee Think Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada. This is the street of high fashion! In fact, Düsseldorf is the fashion capital of Germany and many fashion houses are headquartered in the city. This fancy shopping street is split by a picturesque canal.

We hope some of these tips could help ease the planing process! If you’re looking for more suggestions on what to see and do in Dusseldorf, check out our latest post covering our favorite restaurants, bars, and cafes around town.


An American living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany. If you couldn't tell already, I spend most of my free time cooking, travelling or writing about either of the two. Thanks for stopping by!

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