Fashionable, wealthy and cultured, Düsseldorf is a city where things happen, decisions are made and then celebrated. But as well as its gleaming city buildings and the wonderful avant-garde architecture of the redeveloped harbour, Düsseldorf's historic, Rhine-side quarter deserves a mention and a look in. And not just because the bars, pubs and clubs of Düsseldorf's Altstadt claims to be the 'longest bar in the world'. Here also, you will find some of the best places to stay in Dusseldorf.
As well as being the capital of the German fashion industry, Düsseldorf hosts one of the world's largest fashion shows in its 800 showrooms. At all other times of the year, the boutique lined boulevard, Königsallee is the place to see and be seen. For big brand shoppers some of the best places to stay in Düsseldorf are just off this beautiful, chestnut tree lined street.
If your mind is more open when it comes to fashion you should also explore the less well known names in the boutiques of the Altstadt, Lorettostrasse, or freshly-hip area, Flingern. If you're serious about buying art or antiques, then head over to Carlstadt.
Dubbed the Media Harbour, or MedienHafen, the new harbour development is home to some of Düsseldorf's best modern architecture, including three buildings by Frank Gehry.
But Düsseldorf's mostly modern look isn't everywhere, pockets of the city's beautiful old Art Nouveau architecture survived the war, and one of the best of these is in the Oberkassel district.
Düsseldorf also has some lovely parks and gardens. One of the nicest is the Hofgarden.
Even if you've visited in the day, you'll want to come back to the Altstadt in the late afternoon/evening to sample the locally brewed speciality, altbier.
Düsseldorf is also wealthy in cultural offerings. The largest is probably the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, which occupies several buildings. In the Grabbenplatz building you'll find some of the most famous art works in the collection, and in the Standehause you'll find the more modern works, post 1980. From there you also have:
⁃ the Hetjens Museum, which specialises in ceramic art,
⁃ the Kunstpalast Museum, which specialises in presenting new and old works alongside each other,
⁃ the Goethe Museum,
⁃ and the Zeitgeist inspired museum, the NRW Forum.
Düsseldorf is home to Europe's third largest Japanese population, so this is also a great city for sushi. If you're interested in this interesting cultural juxtaposition, the best place to stay in Düsseldorf is around the Oststrasse U-Bahn station. As well as sushi bars this is where you can find the crazy sweet stores and modern toy shops.
A beautiful villa away from the busyness of Dusseldorf city centre. Made up of stylish and comfortable suites, Villa Viktoria's spa and idyllic garden offer an opportunity for leisure and relaxation. The ideal place for an easy-paced city break. A highly recommended low budget option.
Modern and elegant with boutique elements. A lively hotel with rooms, suites, and self-catering apartments in black and white with splashes of modern art. Understated and chic.