Fly To Düsseldorf, Germany
Dusseldorf is a city in western Germany. Not only is this city an international business and financial centre it is also recognized globally for its fashion and architectural influence. This Rhine metropolis is situated in the heart of Europe and has much to offer all types of travellers as well as locals. Expect amazing art, great food, breathe-taking architecture, and a vibrant night life - these are a few of the many reasons why Dusseldorf is one of the best European holiday destinations.
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Why visit Dusseldorf?
- Dusseldorf has a year-round calendar of fun festivals and spectacular!
- This city boasts’ some of the best and unique architecture around the world!
- Locals are some of the nicest and most welcoming people in Germany!
The official language spoken in Dusseldorf is German. Other languages commonly used are English, Turkish, Italian, Greek, and Japanese as this city is considered home to a large population of foreigners.
The best time to visit Dusseldorf is between February and March as this is their spring season; weather during this period is close to perfect. However, this city fit for touring all year-rounds as there is always something to entertain and dazzle visitors. From July through to August is considered to be their peak-season. Summertime in Dusseldorf is generally cooler as this season comes with rain so be sure to carry an umbrella with you. If you are brave enough to handle the cold then winter, which falls between October and January, it would also be the great time for you to visit. Dusseldorf is less crowded and cheaper to travel to during winter but be warned, if you are not use to the European winter then this is going to be a tough visit.
- Dusseldorf is the seventh most heavily populated city in Germany.
- Dusseldorf is one of the most important & commercialised cities in Germany.
- The architecture found in Dusseldorf is relatively new as a large part of the city was almost completely destroyed during World War II.
Working hard means partying hard and nightlife is one of the big draws to this seemingly straight-laced city. Altstadt (which means “old town”) is one of the more popular spots to visit in Dusseldorf. This small town is most famous for having the longest bar in the world; achieved by connecting the bars of over 300 drinking establishments together. Make a point of trying the Alt beer – it’s famous for a reason.
The harbour area of Medienhafen has been giving the Alstadt a run for its money these days, and it’s also worth paying a visit. There are some incredible avant-garde buildings to admire from the chic hangouts that come to life after the sun goes down.
During the day you’ll want to explore Düsseldorf’s shopping district, Königsallee. It’s famous world-wide for its abundance of high-fashion stores, and has been likened to Paris’s Champs-Élysées. For budget and souvenir shopping you’ll be better off in Old Town, where you’ll want to pick up some spicy Mostert (mustard) and a bottle or two of Killepitsch liqueur to take home.
For a taste of Düsseldorf’s history, the Lambertus Basilica and the Castle Tower are great spots. Al-so check out the 16th century City Hall, baroque Carlstadt, and rococo Benrath Palace and Park.
Getting around Düsseldorf is easy and affordable, and the public transport network runs with the smooth efficiency one expects from a German city. Rheinbahn AG runs all the local public transport, and operates buses, street cars and the subway. As with many cities, you can save a few bucks buy-ing multi-destination or multi-day passes. Hiring a car is also a popular option in Düsseldorf, and gives you the chance to try out the famous German AutoBahns.
The streets of Dusseldorf are filled with many a museum featuring this city’s rich history, as well as world famous galleries displaying magnificent works of art. When it comes to sightseeing and attractions one is definitely spoiled for choice when visiting this city, we recommend adding these attraction to your itinerary:
- Königsallee: which is considered to be Germany's most Elegant Avenue,
- Schloss Benrath,
- North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection, and
- Kaiserswerth which is one of Dusseldorfs oldest neighbourhoods.
As expected German cuisine can be found throughout Dusseldorf. However, if variety is what you seek this city is home to many flavours including Mexian, French, Argentinian, Morocan and even traditional English cuisine. Dusseldorf is most famously known for a dish called “Rheinischer Sauerbraten” which is beef roast (or sometimes horse) marinated for a few days and served with gravy and raisins.
The top-rated restaurants in Dusseldorf favouring traditional German cuisine are as follows:
- Füchschen Alt,
- Schweine Janes,
- Zum Schiffchen, and
- Yabase, and
- Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei.
Germans love beer, some say they have even perfected the art of producing this fine brew. If you a fan of the brewsky we strongly suggest you try out some of the local specialist pubs, such as:
- O' Reilly's Irish Pub Dusseldorf, and
- Sutton's Irish Pub Restaurant.
This city is generally as safe as any other European city, but like most cities these days every place has its good and bad sides. Places like their central railway station can be slightly dangerous especially at night.
Lately a trend has occurred in Dusseldorf though, single non-white males may be denied entry into bars as there have been increased occurrences of brawls breaking out amongst the Turkish or middle-eastern locals. These tend to become dangerous, thus if you are denied access the better solution would just be to go to a different bar.
Religion in this city is mostly dominated by Christian beliefs, majority of these locals belong to the Roman Catholic Church. Islam is the second most prominent religion and is practiced by a great number of people in Dusseldorf. This German city is a place where all religions are respected and welcomed.
It is often said religion is the inspiration behind the culture and art found here. The World's greatest artists Michaelangelo and Raphael became famous for the work they completed for the clergymen in Dusseldorf.
The locals in Dusseldorf have very high-standards of living and they have generally very friendly with tourists.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90||R 100||R 172.05|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22||R 20||R 60|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19||R 20||R 41.29|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10||R 12||R 34|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35||R 35||R 85|
South African Passport holders require a Schengen Visa to visit Düsseldorf, Germany. Make sure you leave enough time for visa processing, and check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
You can contact the German embassy (Telephone: +27 12 427 8900) for more information, in addition to Visa applications.
The South African Honorary Consulate to the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia, of which Düsseldorf is the capital, is in Dortmund. Gesellschaft für Gerätebau, Klönnestr. 99, 44143 Dortmund. Phone: + 49 231 564 00 (0) - 11.
The High Commission of South Africa
The South African embassy in Germany can be contacted via the following channels:
- Telephone: +49 30 220 730
- Fax: +49 30 220 73190
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dusseldorf Airport (Code:DUS) is an international airport. This is the third largest airport in Germany.
Food and beverages:This airport offers more than 40 bars and restaurants, there is so much variety to choose from.
Exchange currency: There are currency exchange offices that are located in Dusseldorf, for more assistance with regards to this you should go to the information desk that is located at the airport they would be willing to assist you.
Lost luggage: If you have lost any item of luggage you should contact your airline directly or their handling agent.
Airport hotel: The hotels that are located near Dusseldorf airport include NH Dusseldorf City Nord, Linder Congress Hotel, Sheraton Dusseldorf Airport Hotel, Maritim Hotel Dusseldorf, and Linder Hotel Airport.
Car hire: The main car hire dealerships that are located in the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, and Buchbinder rent-a-car.
Airport hub: Dusseldorf Airport (Code: DUS) is a hub for Air Berlin, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa, Germania and Hamburg Airways.
At first glance, Düsseldorf might appear to be all business, and as one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, business is definitely a big deal here. But all work and no play would make Düsseldorf a dull city, and dull is not a word that applies to this town. The locals have no problem letting loose after-hours, and Düsseldorf’s nightlife is widely renowned.
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