Home to more than 11 million people, Dusseldorf is the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The city is considered as an international business and financial hub, and is the sixth largest in Germany when it comes to population. Dusseldorf is also noted for its academy of fine arts, its influence on electronic/experimental music, and its relatively large Japanese community. It is also known for its Rhenish Carnival celebrations, home to the Largest Fair on the Rhine funfair. Dusseldorf has moderate winters with little snowfall, and mild to warm summers, similar to the rest of lower Rhineland.
What to see & do
The points of interest within Dusseldorf include Königsallee, Rheinturm, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth, Museum Kunstpalast, Esprit Arena, Neuer Zollhof, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Kunst im Tunnel, ISS Dome, and Mitsubishi Electric Halle. King’s Avenue or Königsallee has been noted for its landscaped canal that runs along the center, as well as its fashion showrooms and luxury retail stores on the sides. Referred to as Kö by the locals, it is among Germany’s busiest and upscale shopping streets. Rheinturm, a concrete telecommunications tower, is at 240.5 meters high. Constructed in 1979 and finished in 1981, it has a revolving restaurant and observation deck at 170 meters, and is considered the tallest of all the buildings within the city of Dusseldorf. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen houses the art collection of the North Rhine-Westphalia. Some of the popular artists with works to be found within the exhibition include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Piet Mondrian; it also has more than 100 drawings and paintings by Paul Klee.
How to get around within Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf has buses, a tramway, and subway. Similar to other parts of Germany, the city has the S-Bahn. The bus, tramway, and subway network is mostly operated by Rheinbahn AG. When traveling, the tickets must be purchased and postmarked before even getting on any of its transportation services. The tickets are available through the vending machines that have been made available on tram and subway stops. Different types of tickets include short trip ticket, A-class ticket, and a Day ticket.
How to get there
Airlines that have flights to and from Dusseldorf Airport include Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air China, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, airBaltic, Air VIA, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, BMI Regional, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Corendon Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, Eurolot, Germania, Germanwings, Hahn Air, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, and Vueling, among others, to and from Athens, Thessaloniki, Dublin, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Rome, Venice, Beijing, Malta, Belgrade, Riga, Milan, Tokyo, Graz, Bristol, London, Sofia, Hong Kong, Djerba, Antalya, Atlanta, Warsaw, Beirut, Bilbao, Luxembourg, Zürich, Lisbon, Tunis, Istanbul, and Barcelona, to name a few. Seasonal flights to and from Burgas, Varna, Chicago, Antalya, Dubrovnik, Split, and Reykjavik, via Air VIA, American Airlines, Atlastjet, Croatia Airlines, and WOW air are also available. Other airports that serve Dusseldorf are Köln Bonn Airport and Airport Weeze. The city can also be accessed via train, through the Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof (main station), a major stop for Deutsche Bahn); and via car, through A3, A44, A46, A52, A57 (via Neuss), and A59.