Willkommen to Düsseldorf! One of Germany’s most diverse cities, a bustling metropolis in the heart of Europe. Divided by the Rhine River, its Old Town on the east bank and the modern commercial areas on the west, Düsseldorf is the fashion capital of Germany, with over 800 showrooms showcasing the hottest designer creations from around the world.
Now you can breeze through directly to the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia straight from Southampton Airport. Packed with history, culture, fashion and art, you may find that a weekend just isn’t quite long enough.
Breeze through direct to Düsseldorf from Southampton with Flybe in just 1 hour 45 minutes.
Düsseldorf Airport is fully equipped with excellent transport connections, with two train stations, taxis and buses to get you that short distance into the heart of the city. There is also a sky train that connects the railway station with the terminal, stopping at the car parks too. This is recommended for passengers travelling light as luggage trolleys are not allowed.
Do your own thing and rent a car, alternatively you will find the public transport more than efficient, in which case, a Düsseldorf card may well be a good investment; with unlimited use of trams and buses and also free or reduced price entry to various attractions.
Top things to see and do
Königsallee is really what Düsseldorf is all about. Known to locals as the ‘Kö’, this is where Düsseldorf gets its reputation as a sophisticated and elegant shopping destination. If you like your labels, then you’ll feel right at home here. This spectacle of a boulevard has a stretch of water running down the middle of it and is the catwalk of Germany, the ‘who’s who’ of the fashion world.
With a claim like that you have to be just a little bit curious. This is Altstadt, or ‘Old Town’. Not only is it the hub of the art and cultural side of Düsseldorf, but it is lined with over 260 breweries, bars, lounges and clubs. The local beer and pork knuckle has to be sampled to really get you into the swing of things.
If art is your thing, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is a must. After a recent refurbishment, this museum, spread over three buildings, presents an enviable art collection featuring Paul Klee, Picasso, Matisse, Rauschenberg and many more.
Off the beaten track
We’re not talking tea here, after all, this is Germany where you have to sample some of the city’s Alt beer. Zum Uerige, a cavernous pub, is the ideal place for you to immerse yourself in the Düsseldorf spirit. The waiters, or Köbes, as they are known locally, get their daily workouts from carrying enormous trays of this brew from the huge copper vats to your tables whenever they spot a near-empty glass.
Listen out for this phrase as your very own night-watchman, complete with gown, hand lantern, horn and halberd, guides you through the lantern-lit lanes of Old Town Düsseldorf. Learn about how life used to be, hear some juicy tales and absorb yourself in the customs and legends of that time. A great way to finish the day.
About 10km south of the city centre, you will find the Palace and Park Benrath; the stunning ‘holiday home’ and gardens of Elector Carl Theodor in the 18th Century. This three-winged palace is home to three museums and will give you a glimpse into history and the Elector’s elaborate lifestyle.