If you most prefer to shop
Köningsallee – also called simply “Kö”, is considered the most luxurious street in Germany. Small shops nestle alongside flagship stores of famous brands and shopping malls. If you’re on the hunt for designer clothes, for instance, Armani, Bulgari, Gucci, Jil Sander or Prada, then you’re in the right place. A number of luxurious hotels, fine restaurants and cafés are also located here.
Altstadt (Old Town) – wander through the narrow lanes and discover the trendiest fashions.
Carlstadt – are you more interested in art? Then head to the historical district of Carlstadt, with its antique shops, galleries and art stores.
Breidenbacher Hof Hotel – a hotel situated in a building that also has several shops, including Hugo Boss and Michael Kors. Right nearby is teen fave Abercrombie & Fitch and the legendary Tiffany & Co.
Have you still not had enough shopping? One final suggestion is the shopping centre Düsseldorf Arcaden with 120 shops, located in the Bilk district, where everyone can find something. If you’re looking for a unique item that no one else has, then you need to visit the street Lorettostrasse or the super-trendy district Flingern.
Events and culture you shouldn’t miss
The Alstadt (Old Town) is known not just for its shopping but also for what is called “the longest bar in the world”. More than 260 bars and restaurants are located here for every budget and every kind of interest.
Museums and other places worth a detour:
- Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which exhibits 20th and 21st century art
- Deutsche Oper am Rhein/Duisburg – the opera that is considered among leading German theatres of music
- Kunsthalle Grabbeplatz – an art gallery that exhibits mostly modern art
- Tonhalle – a former planetarium that now hosts classical music concerts “beneath the stars”
In addition, there are a number of galleries and small theatres. And if you’re passionate about film, the Düsseldorf Film Museum is something to experience.
Modern, cool architecture in the MedienHafen
Take the opportunity as well to take a detour to the MedienHafen (Media Harbour), where you’ll experience really modern, magnificent architecture. This includes the twisting Gehry Buildings, designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry. If you get hungry, that’s not a problem – the area is swarming with trendy cafés and restaurants.
Rosenmontag – the annual carnival
Each year, the Düsseldorf carnival kicks off on what is known as Rosenmontag – Rose Monday. The next carnival is on February 16, 2015, so be prepared for a 5-kilometre long parade with 60-70 floats decorated with great imagination, lots of music, song and confetti. The carnival proceeds through the streets of Alstadt (Old Town).
Have you thought about travelling there this November or December? Then don’t miss the seven different themed Christmas markets, which transforms the city into a real winter and Christmas landscape with up to 200 small stands throughout the city centre decorated for Christmas – Düsseldorf’s way of welcoming the holiday.
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Deutsche Oper am Rhein/Duisburg
Turist information Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf Film Museum