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Things to do in Düsseldorf

Come for the shopping and art, and stay for the history, riverside cuisine, and traditional German beer.

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Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

1. Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf's most recognizable landmark, was created by architect H. Deilmann and built in 1982 on the edge of the city center’s southern district at the entrance to the Media Harbour. From the tower, you will experience the most breathtaking view of the Rhine Metropolis: the Media Harbour, historic city center, Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine. If on the day of your visit the weather is clear, the view extends as far as the Cologne Cathedral.  Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 AM - 12:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Holidays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

2. Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Take in the highlights of Düsseldorf from a hop-on hop-off bus. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will take you right around and through the city center of the vibrant metropolis on the Rhine. Get off at any stop and explore at your own leisure with a hop-on hop-off ticket. En route, learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones with commentary available in 10 languages. Enjoy the freedom to explore the city for 24 hours from when you first activate your ticket. Stops: • Königsallee (Kö-Brücke Königsallee/Steinstraße) • Burgplatz/Altstadt • Rheinturm/Medienhafen (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinturm - 1) • Rheinterrasse/Ehrenhof (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinterrasse) • Nordpark/Aquazoo (Kaiserswerther Str.) • Kunstakademie/Altstadt (öffentliche Haltestelle: Tonhalle/Ehrenhof - 5) • Tourist-Information Hauptbahnhof

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

3. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your guide and take a trip through the city's most famous breweries such as the im Füchschen, Zum Schlüsse, Brasserie Kürzer, and more. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. Sip on the famous Alt beer while enjoying the warm and traditional atmosphere of the breweries. You will meet fellow travelers from around the globe and learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture of Düsseldorf. Taste many other types of beers and play lay interactive party games with your new friends to break the ice. Enjoy the unique public brewery tour with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team, or even by yourself. 

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

4. Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

Enjoy authentic Düsseldorf beer culture and lifestyle on this city walking tour. Sample local microbrews and learn about production as your guide takes you through the process. Your tour starts in front of the Schloßturm at Burgplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. In the Brauerei Kürzer, get an insight into the brewing process and see the "beer barrel which is never empty." Sample the non-pasteurized craft beers with unique flavors you could taste blindfolded. Drink like a local, standing on the street in front of the brewery, and listen as your guide shares stories of the local beer culture. Discover the answers to questions like why you don't have to order a beer in Düsseldorf, why the glasses are so small, and where the longest bar in the world is. Afterward, make new friends and reserve a table at one of the breweries, where your tour will end on a high note.

Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

5. Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

Experience Düsseldorf from a different perspective as you join a night watchman at the end of the day and take a stroll through the historical Altstadt (Old Town). Venture down the romantic lanes and see the streets and buildings illuminated after dark by the glow of the atmospheric lanterns.  Follow a guide equipped with a hand lantern, horn and halberd, as in days of old, and admire his typical gown and costume. Listen intently to interesting tales and hear juicy details of the customs and everyday life of the olden days. When the watchman cries, ‘Hark, ye folks," it is time to explore!

Düsseldorf: City Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine

6. Düsseldorf: City Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine

Düsseldorf has a lot to offer – not just the carnival. Get to know the sights in Düsseldorf aboard a superb river cruise. Discover Germany's city of fashion at its best as you relax on board. Admire the ruins of the city and be impressed by the panorama of the picturesque Old Town. Located at the cultural and commercial heart of the Rhineland, you will see plenty of life on the river banks as you cruise by. Sail from a central location in the city center, and see the lovely banks of the Rhine River in comfort. During the trip on the Rhine, you will get to admire some of the city's major landmarks and sights from the water. On board the boat, you can grab some snacks and drinks from the bar at reasonable prices.

DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

7. DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

Create your own itinerary in Düsseldorf with an affordable city card offering discounts of up to 100% at a host of participating museums and attractions. Enjoy unlimited use of the city's trams and buses, along with all surcharge-free RE, RB and S-Bahn trains within zone A of Düsseldorf city center to get from site to site. Benefit from reduced-price entry to a host of exhibitions and avail of leisure facilities included for the duration of your DüsseldorfCard.

Düsseldorf: MedienHafen Tour

8. Düsseldorf: MedienHafen Tour

This tour of the MedienHafen will show you that Dusseldorf is developing at a fiercely dynamic rate. As recently as some twenty years ago, the area was dominated primarily by warehouses. Today, the district is in a state of permanent change. Home to numerous media and advertising companies, the MedienHafen is one of the liveliest places in Dusseldorf. Part of the tour's attraction is also the various examples of outstanding architecture: the twisted buildings designed by the American Frank O. Gehry are as spectacular as the open design of the Landtag (state parliament) is symbolic, while the Rhine Tower is a cut above the rest.

Dusseldorf: Old Town & Altbier Tour

9. Dusseldorf: Old Town & Altbier Tour

Together with your guide, you will take a look behind the scenes of the time-honored and myth-enshrouded provincial capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. See the hotspots of the old town, experience its unique atmosphere, and taste one of its culinary specialties: the famous Düsseldorf Altbier. Your guide will tell you lots of interesting facts about the history of the city and provide you with a crash course in terms of Düsseldorf Platt - the local dialect. Learn about historic buildings, French influences on the city, and secret recipes. You will also, of course, hear about the traditional rivalry with Düsseldorf's neighbor, Cologne. With the perfect combination of information and entertainment, you walk from one highlight to another. Explore locations and stories that mean a lot to the locals. Find out more about poets, painters, and even punk and pop artists who started their careers here.

Düsseldorf: Sushi, Sake & Japanese Lifestyle Tour

10. Düsseldorf: Sushi, Sake & Japanese Lifestyle Tour

Meet your guide at Hotel Nikko, right in the heart of Düsseldorf’s “Little Tokyo”. Spread across Immermannstraße and Klosterstraße, discover the area’s Japanese influences and learn about local life in this culturally-rich hub. With your guide, visit a selection of Japanese bookshops, authentic bakeries, and fantastic restaurants. Enjoy a sampling of four culinary dishes, including tasty sushi. You’ll also learn how to prepare traditional Japanese tea, find out which sushi is most valuable, and get to know more about manga comics and current comic trends.

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based on 3,390 reviews

The guided tour was very worthwhile. The night watchman brought us closer to the history of Düsseldorf and there was something for everyone: for my husband, for me as a historian, for our 10-year-old boy. Highly recommended

Great way to explore dusseldorf, I would recommend it for anyone who is planning to visit dusseldorf. Very informative

Nice little tour with interesting facts, a topic about drinks would have been nice.

All I can say is wow, such a great experience to see all of the city from one spot

Very well informed, entertaining and it worth a lot!