What to do on a late summer day in Dusseldorf?
I have been living in Dusseldorf since ten years now and I have done a lot of things. Because of that, I sometimes trap myself with the question “What I can do today?” or “How can I spend this day in Dusseldorf”? The strange thing about the place where you live is that you usually know more about other cities you visited as a tourist, a traveler or an explorer. I could tell you about ten different popular sites in Philadelphia, PA but do I know any of the important attractions in my own hometown? Asked yourself… how well do you know your home base? Tell me about a perfect day at your home!
To pretend to be an explorer in my hood is one of my favorite things to do. Every time, when friends of mine or my family visit me, I try to make the most out of their stay. I always use those occasions as a welcome opportunity to explore the city, to show them around and discover new sites together. Making the most of our day in Dusseldorf is always a pleasure for me.
You could read about another day in Dusseldorf, that I spent with my friend David when he came over from England to visit me.
On this weekend I have not had any visitors but I wanted to do something like that. To go out, explore and spent a fabulous day in my hometown. Fortunately, I found some friends of mine who joined me. 🙂
Breakfast at Sugarbird Cupcakes
What would be a day without a proper breakfast? Right, not a good one, especially, if the maxim of the day is to enjoy it to the fullest. Well, my friends and I started the day with a good and rich breakfast at the Sugarbird Cupcakes. It is the first cupcake café in Dusseldorf. They have to two different locations and one of them is situated in the middle of the city center. Just take the first exit of the tube station Heinrich-Heine-Allee and turn right and you are there already. How easy is that? Expect homemade cupcakes, macarons and other varieties of cakes, which are available on a first come, first served basis. Some sorts of the wide range of cupcakes are only available on special days. So check the online menu first if your favorite is available on your visit to not being disappointed. The rose and white interiors are as sweet as their cupcakes.
update 29.07.18: at the moment the webpage is only available for the Online shop! So, if you want to order some cupcakes for your next party… for booking a table it seems that you need to call the cafés.
Besides of the cakes, they also offer breakfast each day from 10 a.m. There are different breakfast choices à la carte and also a buffet for 12.90 €. On that day, we chose the buffet option. It offers a nice range of cereals, bread, and rolls, cheese, and other cold cuts, yogurt, and fruits. Also some warm dishes as scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages are available. And even some mini cupcakes! DELICIOUS! You have to try it when you come around and spend a day in Dusseldorf!
Midday at the Aquazoo – Löbbecke Museum
The Aquazoo in Dusseldorf is back. After four years of renovating and modernizing it finally opens its doors again. To celebrate this big day, they organized a huge fest for kids in particular over the whole weekend. The first time when I visited the Aquazoo was when I newly moved to Dusseldorf about ten years ago. Since this time a lot happened to me and the zoo as well. I was so excited and wanted to enjoy the huge variety of animals, penguins and all these colorful fishes. It is a perfect activity for the whole family. The kids were so amazed and also the grown-ups, especially me, were stunned by all these little wonders. A huge amount of tanks with all kinds of tiny almost transparent fishes to big ones with all types of colors and even glowing in the dark. Everywhere you could hear “ahhhh“, “ohhhh” and “wow”. I felt like I am one of the little ones when I watched the Puffins paddling in the water or the Penguins playing with each other. I even was a bit scared of the crocodiles and was astonished by the glowing underwater creatures.
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Afternoon walk alongside the Rhine
After we finished the visit in the aquarium friends called it a day and went home. I had different plans. It was a beautiful day with sunshine the most of the time and I did not want to spend the day in my apartment. A brilliant idea popped up in mind. Another good thing about the Aquazoo is, that it is located next to the Rhine. Therefore, I went down to the river and walked back to the city center alongside the river.
It is not a short walk. About an hour or so depending on walking speed and how often you stand still and wonder about the views or the things around. I loved it, having a nice walk by the river in the afternoon sun and I am sure you would love it, too. And no worries, you always have the opportunity to take the underground trains as they go, more or less, parallel to the river as well. Just one or two blocks back into the city turning your back to the river you will find a stop where you can enter the tube. Another good point is, that it is almost impossible to get lost as the river will lead to directly to the city center and the historical town of Dusseldorf.
Back in the town, there are plenty of possibilities of what to do. Sit down in one of the restaurants at the Kasematten, a riverfront area with loads of different cafés, bars, and gastronomy. Or walk further into the historical town and stroll through the lanes and alleys. Maybe you can taste one of the locally brewed beers, called “Altbier”.
Tip: If you want to taste all of the five local beers, visit the breweries and learn about the history, brewing process and more, you could participate at one of the “Altbier-Safaris“. These are two hours narrated tours with a free sample of beer from each brewery. Highly recommended! As did it myself and I enjoyed this tour to the fullest.
And if you still do not have enough, stay for another while and have a pub crawl at the longest bar in the world. That will be fun, I promise! 😉
For me, the decision was easy on that day. I spent many nights in the bar district during my time here. My day in Dusseldorf was indeed amazing. I played “tourist” in my own hometown and tried to see the things as it was the first time ever and it was a lot of fun. But for the evening I was glad that I live here and my apartment is easy to reach. I sat on my balcony for a while, drank a coffee and started to write this article.
So what about? Did you have a chance to spend a day in Dusseldorf yet? Tell me your experiences in the comment section!
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