How To Spend A Fantastic Weekend In Düsseldorf, Germany
How to spend a weekend in Düsseldorf? No matter if you´re visiting for the weekend or any other couple of days during the week. Düsseldorf has loads to offer! From shopping to sightseeing, eating through all kinds of cultures, exploring the beer and brewery scene, and explore the old town in this beautiful lower rhine city. Find out what you can do in 72 hours in Düsseldorf! All proved by myself and friends of mine I did show around my town!
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A Weekend In Düsseldorf – Saturday
Breakfast At Carlsplatz
Let´s start your weekend in Düsseldorf with breakfast at Carlsplatz. Get freshly brewed coffee at KaffeeReich accompanied by a delicious piece of sweets like a croissant or almond Tarte from Pure Pastry.
Whether you get it for takeaway and walk through the aisle of the market, or sit down for a moment and enjoy some time of quietness and peace! It´s perfect to dive into the morning and the atmosphere of the city!
Afterward, you can stroll the market, get a nose full of flavorful spices at Inka & Mehl, and maybe refreshing icecream at PureIce, one of the newer players here or frozen yogurt at Yomaro. Hence, there are so many fantastic possibilities!
Stroll Through Karlstadt
When you are around, it´s the perfect opportunity for a stroll through Karlstadt. It´s one of the best locations to live in Düsseldorf. A lot of cute cafés, restaurants, pastries, and shops, and, of course, beautiful city houses!
Also, you can find the city museum, some beautiful and quiet parks, and more here! And the best, the river Rhine is never far away!
A Tour With Hop On Hop Off Bus
What is a weekend in Düsseldorf without some sightseeing? Only half of the fun, I guess!
The red hop on hop off buses* will drive you around the city and all the main attractions. This guided hop on hop off bus tour tells you all important facts about Düsseldorf and its older and newer history.
The route of this sightseeing tour passes the famous luxury shopping mile Königsallee, the historical and architectural masterpieces, Karl-Marx-House, and Carsh House, the art academy, and museums K20 and Kunstbunker, Düsseldorf old town, and Schloßplatz.
Furthermore, the bus brings you to the media harbor and Rhine Tower, from where you catch the panorama of the entire Düsseldorf and even the surrounding area, and on good weather days, views of neighboring cities, like Essen, Duisburg or Cologne. Challenge your eyes and see if you can catch the big cathedral of Cologne!
You will cross the river at the Rhine Knee Bridge, one of three bridges that prägen the Düsseldorf skyline! Now you are at Ober- and Niederkassel, some of the expensive neighborhoods with beautiful houses and river views.
You´ll go back to the other side of town via Oberkasseler Bridge and alongside the Kunstpalast and Ehrenhof, Rheinterassen, and Oberlandesgericht. The big green park, in the front of the river, offers space for picnics, and barbecues, sports, and beer gardens. Huge fun for the entire family and popular activity on a weekend here in Düsseldorf!
You can also see the Fortuna Bud, a small kiosk with all the important drinks you might need, like beer, Altbier, and non-alcoholics. It´s the location where fans of the local soccer club „Fortuna Düsseldorf“ meet up before and after its matches, whether celebrating in joy about a win or crying in desperation about a loss.
The farthest location of the sightseeing bus tour is the Aquazoo and Nordpark, where you can also find one of two Japanese Gardens in Düsseldorf.
Tip: If you visit with kids, I highly recommend hopping off here and take a stroll through the Aquazoo. Visit the sharks, and the puffins, and a lot of other mammals, and sea life!
Explore „Little Tokyo“ At Immermannstraße
Back to the city, your next stop will be the central station. The perfect opportunity to leave the bus and explore Düsseldorf´s „Little Tokyo. “
That´s the place were the Japanese Community of Düsseldorf (by the way, it´s the biggest in Germany, and third in Europe :-o), eats, shop and Japanese visitors stay. We have one of the best Japanese restaurants, sushi shops, and ramen bars. You can buy Japanese bread, books, and goods for daily life.
My favorite Japanese ramen bar is “Takezo”, my favorite Korean restaurants are “Gusan”, “Yogi”, and “Bi Bim Bap”, and if you´re a veggie or vegan enjoy a meal at “Frucht und Genuss.”How to spend a weekend in #Düsseldorf, #Germany? Travel to the most beautiful city on the river #Rhine and enjoy the love of life, #Altbier, and lower-rhine-styled food! Click To Tweet
Tip: A branch of one of the best ice cream dealers in Düsseldorf; „Nordmann’s Icecream Factory“ is located on Immermannstraße, too! If you´re around, you shouldn´t miss it!
Bonus Tip: Go to the top of the “Me and All” Hotel* for an impressive view of Düsseldorf from above! There is a sky lounge where you can eat, drink, and enjoy a fantastic view of the town!
Altbier Safari At The Old Town
You should take the chance and get a proper meal at Immermannstraße before you head back to the old town of Düsseldorf. The next tour is an insider tip-like must-do when you visit Düsseldorf. An „Altbier Safari. “
It´s a guided tour through all four and a half Altbier breweries in the old town.
You might already wonder what Altbier is, as I talked about a few times already!
The translation of Altbier is an old beer! But don´t worry! It´s not because of its „old“ beer. It just described the way of brewing it! The beer is brewed in the „old“ way! That means the original recipe from 1516, the German Beer Purity Decree, which is also probably the first customary law in the world. The method of brewing beer!
The tour provides you insides of the four breweries in the old and the one that brews near Immermannstraße; Kürzer, Füchschen, Schumacher, Uerige, and Schlüssel!
These are the last remaining ones that still exist and brews until today! They only brew old beer and some variations of it. Of course, you´ll get a sample of the beer at each location! So you can taste the differences and decide which ones you like most.
Düsseldorf Old Town
If you´re still thirsty after the beer safari, you now have the chance to explore the old town and have a little or big pub crawl. There is a reason why Düsseldorf is called the „longest bar in the world“!
You want to go big and party? Your place would be Bolker Straße, the main tourist and party spot!
You´d like to have a bit more alternative way of partying and want to meet some younger but quieter people? Go to Kurze Straße (means short street), where you already had one of the old beers at „Kürzer. “
Or you want to meet some Düsseldorf originals and locals; your place would be at Ratinger Straße, where the brewery „Zum Füschsen“ is located.
In between, you´ll find even more pubs, clubs, and restaurants, Irish pubs, and even salsa bars!
Sunset On The Stairs At The Rhine
In case you need a break or more food, grab a pizza at one of the many and popular „Mini Pizzas, “small corner shops spread all over the Düsseldorf´s old town, where you only get pizza and maybe a beer or a soda! Also, popular around midnight when your body needs something proper after all that drinking and bars hopping!
Take away beer and other drinks; you can get at the so-called „Büdchen. “
When you have everything, your pizza, another beer or soda, sit down at the Rhine Stairs neer the Schloßturm (Castletower) and watch the sunset behind the houses of Oberkassel on the other side of the Rhine! A unique way of closing day 1 of your weekend in Düsseldorf!
Clubbing In Düsseldorf
If you still don´t have enough, there are plenty of possibilities to continue partying and dancing.
Choose from one of the Salsa bars, with Latin music and the one or another salsa lesson, or of the clubs around the old town, like Sir Walter, or Nachtresidenz!
A Weekend In Düsseldorf – Sunday
Sunday is the perfect day to catch up with the things you couldn´t do the day before! Like climbing the Rhine Tower, Düsseldorf´s TV tower and biggest digital clock in the world, or discover all the gems in Media Harbor and have a walk alongside the Rhine!
Day Trip to Kaiserswerth
Or you can have a day trip to some neighborhoods outside of Düsseldorf like Kaiserwerth, or Benrath.
My personal favorite is Kaiserswerth that is just a half an hour tube ride away. It´s a charming small town with a historic old town with quite important meaning in German history.
Tonhalle At Clemensplatz
Right at Clemensplatz is the restaurant „Tonhalle. “ A perfect chance to get a Lower Rhine styled meal!
However, in the town, there are further great opportunities to grab something to eat and sit down for a while and soak in the relaxed and laid back atmosphere.
Afterward, continue your little tour with a walk of the historic town. It´s a self-guided tour around the city with Tafeln that tells you about the history.
The most important fact and also the remaining artifact is the „Kaiserpfalz.“ Ancient ruins of the castle where Friedrich „Barbarossa“ I. lived a few days a year and that is still there today! The best is that you can climb it till the top and feel like back in history.
Beergarden “Galerie Burghof”
Nearby, is a quite lovely beer garden, right at the Rhine! Here you can sit down, and drink a beer, have a snack, and just have a chat with your friends or family.
Ferry To Meerbusch And Camping Grounds
A few meters farther, you´ll find the ferry that brings you to the other side of the river, where you find a huge camping space!
Tip: Rent a bike, go out to Kaiserswerth, and cycle back to Düsseldorf, alongside the Rhine at one of the many bicycle routes in that area!
Relax At City beach
Back in the city, especially when you cycled your way back, you´ll pass one of the „Stadtstrände“ city beaches at Robert-Lehr-Ufer. Take a break here, grab a sunchair, a snack, a drink, and relax the rest of the day while watching the boats on the river! It´s one more spot to enjoy the sunset, too!
A perfect ending of a fantastic weekend in Düsseldorf!
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