No trip to Germany is complete without a visit to Dusseldorf, a city which is home to pristine attractions that pay homage to German history, culture, and the city's notoriety as an international fashion hub. Visitors will find that there are innumerable exciting things to do in Dusseldorf. Spend some time exploring the many exciting destinations peppered throughout Dusseldorf's beautiful, sprawling cityscape. Nestled on the banks of the Rhein River as it wends its way toward the North Sea, Dusseldorf offers travelers unforgettable vistas at nearly every turn.
Curious travelers of all backgrounds are sure to discover one, if not many, uniquely intriguing attractions in this city. Here at Auto Europe, we understand it can be difficult to plan the perfect vacation, especially when your time abroad is limited and there are so many sights and attractions available to choose from. To help you make the most of your time in Dusseldorf we have compiled a short, yet comprehensive, list of the top things to do in Dusseldorf, Germany. Backed by over 60 years of travel industry expertise, and a penchant for worldly exploration, let Auto Europe be your guide to the exciting world of travel.
Centered in the heart of Dusseldorf's old town district, the St. Lambertus Basilika is widely considered the architectural highlight of the area, renowned for its unique design, and historic lore. The church's most prominent, and storied feature is its twisted steeple, rumored to have been molded into its unique shape by moistening the wooden boards used in its construction. The interior is equally curious as well, housing an extensive collection of one-of-kind stained glass windows, done in a modern style using extremely light colors - a drastic departure from the more typical stained glass art often found throughout Europe. St. Lambertus Basilika is rarely crowded, and its combination of intriguing exterior architecture, and ornate interior design, makes it a must-see stop on your tour of Dusseldorf.
The Burgplatz, or Castle Square in English, is a historic plaza located in the old town district of Dusseldorf on the banks of the Rhine River. Throughout the centuries, a number of castles, baroque palaces, and manors have called the Burgplatz home, only to burn down or be destroyed. Currently, the last remaining architectural icon, representing the squares storied history, is the Schlossturm Castle Tower. The castle tower houses an inland navigation museum, gift shop, and rooftop vista which offers un-rivaled views of the Rhine River and Dusseldorf's city skyline.
Situated at the southern-most end of Dusseldorf's Rhine River promenade, is the newly renovated, and diversely accommodated, Media Harbor. Until fairly recently, the area was becoming derelict, and lacked economic purpose, and as a result was slated for redevelopment. Since its urban landscape makeover, the Media Harbor is home to numerous restaurants offering a diverse selection of culinary styles, fashion design companies, retail shops, and a beautiful mix of old and new architecture - crafted by famous German architects and designers, most notably Frank O. Gehry. A trip to Media Harbor is one of the most popular things to do in Dusseldorf among visitors.
Dusseldorf's North Park is without a doubt one of the city's most beautiful and serene natural landscapes, its rolling green hills and shady grasses tucked away along the right-bank of the Rhine River. North Park contains a large garden which totals approximately 5000 square feet - an oasis which was gifted to the city by the Japanese community and serves as a permanent home to a variety of traditional Japanese horticulture, including vibrant red maple trees, zen stone gardens, and crystalline koi ponds.
Designed and erected under the supervision of the famed builder Nicolas de Pigage, the Benrath Palace is one of the most highly rated tourist destinations in all of Dusseldorf. The palace consists of 3 adjoined wings, and an enormous 62,000 sq/m park, designed to represent the unity of artistic architectural innovation and the natural beauty of earth. Visitors are encouraged to explore the palace, and surrounding park at their own leisure, basking in awe at the structure's dynamic display of symbiotic harmony.
Travelers eager to capture the essence of Dusseldorf's vibrant city culture, should definitely plan a stop at the Rhine Tower, located on the bank of the Rhine River, a short walking distance from Media Harbor. Near the top of the Rhine Tower, nearly 170 meters in the air, sits a fancy restaurant, boasting a one-of-a-kind, 360 degree view of the city. Visitors can dine from a delicacy-filled menu and enjoy an extensive wine list while basking in the glory of Dusseldorf's sparkling skyline. A visit to the Rhine Tower easily makes our list as one of the top things to do in Dusseldorf.
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