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What are the best things to do in Dusseldorf?
Schloss Benrath is a Baroque palace located 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Built between 1756 and 1773, this is the former home of Elector Carl Theador and has been turned into three museums that document what life was like in the 18th century. The Museum Corps de Logis showcases the history of the palace, and in the two other nearby buildings, you'll find the Museum of Landscape Art and the Natural Science Museum. It's one of the best things to do on a rainy day, especially if you're a history lover with flights to Dusseldorf and who is fascinated with Europe's royal past.
Old Town is a charming part of Dusseldorf. There are beautiful old buildings, and there's plenty to see and do. The main attraction in the area for travellers with flights to Dusseldorf is the Marktplatz, as this is where you'll find the impressive Town Hall. Another highlight is the remains of the Schlossturm palace. Its castle’s tower is now one of Germany's top marine museums. If you're using your tickets to Dusseldorf to see as many of the city's museums as possible, don't miss out on exploring the Hetjens Museum. It houses 800 years worth of porcelain, ceramics and earthenware.
The Japanese Garden is inside Nordpark, one of the city's most popular parks. The garden was a gift from the local Japanese community and is a beautiful space to have a picnic. If you've bought tickets to Dusseldorf and are travelling with kids as a family, plan a day out to the Aquazoo Loebbecke Museum inside the park. It features natural history exhibits, an aquarium and an insectarium.
What is the best way to get around Dusseldorf?
The U-Bahn is Dusseldorf's extensive underground subway network and is what most travellers use to get around once arriving on flights to Dusseldorf. There are stations all over the city, and the trains can be used to reach destinations such as Koenigsallee. Travellers on airfare to Dusseldorf will most likely use Zone A to see the city's sights. Tickets start at 2.70 EUR ($4.53 NZD), and you can get a day pass for 7 EUR ($11.75 NZD).
There are seven tram lines operating in Dusseldorf serving 178 stops. It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to explore the city. The tram, bus and U-Bahn are run by the same agency. This means you use the same ticket to transfer between the different modes of transport.
While the bus network in Dusseldorf is extensive, it is often faster to get around the city using one of the tram or U-Bahn connections. Busses can get caught up in traffic, and some commuter-only lines usually don’t run on weekends or in the late evening.
If you find yourself out on the town at night, the best way to get back to your hotel safely is with the NachtExpress. It's a late-night bus and tram service that runs on Friday and Saturday nights between 1am and 4am.
Transport from Dusseldorf Airport (DUS)
One of the quickest ways to get from Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) to your hotel is with the SkyTrain. The service runs every three to seven minutes, between 3.45am and 12.45am. It departs from the Dusseldorf Airport Terminal Station, located below Terminal C. If your flights to Dusseldorf arrive outside of those times, or you miss the train, other public transport options from Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) include the train (take the S11 line to get downtown), the bus and the metro. For large groups travelling to the city, it can be more cost-effective and quicker to take a taxi. When your flights to Dusseldorf have landed, you'll find taxi ranks in the Arrivals terminal. A trip to the city centre takes about 15 minutes and costs around EUR 30 ($50.37 NZD).
What's on in Dusseldorf?
Japan Day takes place in May each year. The annual event celebrates the city's Japanese culture. If your return flights to Dusseldorf fall over the dates of the event, you can watch martial arts demonstrations, enter anime contests and attend traditional Japanese musical performances. Admission to most of the events is free, making it a good option for travellers with airfare to Dusseldorf wanting to stick to a tight budget.
Street Food Festival
The Street Food Festival runs over two days in May. It serves up international cuisines from a variety of food trucks, professional chefs and amateur cooks. If you're a foodie with return flights to Dusseldorf, it's one of the best events to plan your trip around, and there is no entrance fee.
Wine & Taste Festival
Do you love sampling different wines when you travel? Look out for cheap flights to Dusseldorf for the end of March. Your flights can coincide with the annual Wine & Taste Festival, and attendees can sample examples of more than 200 wines from around the country. There are also food trucks and a DJ spinning tunes.
When is The Best Time to Visit Dusseldorf?
Dusseldorf's summer months are the best time to visit the city. From June to August the weather is warm and perfect for sightseeing although it is prone to frequent showers. It's also high season and the most expensive time to visit. Book your flights and accommodation a few months in advance to lock in prices before they skyrocket.
Spring is one of the best times to visit if you want to avoid the crowds of summer. From February to March, temperatures start to rise, and hotel rates haven't yet peaked. However, if you are on a budget avoid the two week Easter school break when prices skyrocket and the city is bustling with domestic travellers.
The cheapest time to visit Dusseldorf is during its winter months. From October to January, the crowds disappear along with high hotel rates. You'll have an easier time finding deals on airfare and accommodation with prices hitting rock bottom around January. Just make sure you bring enough warm clothes as winters in Germany are not for the faint of heart.
September to November is another affordable time to visit the city. As the city's summer crowds empty out, prices on airfare and hotel rooms start to drop. Just remember, you'll need warmer clothes and a raincoat for exploring the city and its surrounds.
Airports in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf International is 7 km from the city centre. It's the third largest airport in Germany and handled over 23 million passengers in 2016. The airport is a hub for Air Berlin and operates Lufthansa's only long-haul route. It's also a hub for Condor, Flybe and Germania.
Getting To and From Dusseldorf Airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport into the city is with public transportation.
Visitors can take the SkyTrain monorail straight to the railway or hop on board the metro.
The metro leaves the airport every 20 minutes during the week and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. Travel time is around 12 minutes, and tickets cost EUR 2.70 for a single trip.
If you don't want to use the public transport system, you can catch a taxi from the airport. Fares from the airport into Dusseldorf cost around EUR 28. Alternatively, myDriver is an affordable option that offers passengers a premium transfer service. It's a more comfortable ride in a luxury car, but you will need to book ahead online.
For travellers that want more freedom while in Dusseldorf, go to the information desks in the arrivals area. You'll find several car rental companies that you choose from such as Avis and Europcar.