Things to do in Düsseldorf

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

Our most recommended things to do in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

1. 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: Ticket for Rhine Tower

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

4. 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: 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!

Dusseldorf: Old Town & Altbier Tour

6. 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.

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: Scavenger Hunt Box Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Düsseldorf: Scavenger Hunt Box Self-Guided Walking Tour

Your city game box contains 11 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Following clear and precise directions, you will be taken on a walk through Düsseldorfs modern but historic city center, as you solve the riddles to find your way to the various sights. It’s up to you when you start your scavenger hunt through Düsseldorf, as well as how long you wish to stay at each location. You can take a break from your city game at any time or even continue your scavenger hunt on another day, just as you like. The scavenger hunt through Düsseldorf begins at the main train station, then leads through the Japanese Quarter to the Kö-Bogen and Königsallee. It continues in the old town with its town hall and its many restaurants and breweries. You can also discover the Rhine promenade and the Medienhafen. There is no need to make an appointment for your scavenger hunt game. Simply book the game box and have it sent to you (the shipping costs are already included in the price), or notify your guides to pick it up outside opening hours.

Düsseldorf: Sushi, Sake & Japanese Lifestyle Tour

9. 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.

Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Segway Tour along the Rhine

10. Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Segway Tour along the Rhine

Explore Düsseldorf's green heart on a Segway tour along the beautiful banks of the Rhine. Ride across the Rhine promenade to the old town, pass the Burgplatz and Rhine Tower and visit a picturesque brewery for an altbier (traditional beer).  Meet your guide and get set up with your Segway and helmet. Visit Düsseldorf's house brewery Uerige and refresh yourself tasting a traditional Altbier. Make your way through the green oasis of Rhine Park, which home to some hidden gems.  Glide across the Theodor Heuss Bridge and get a glimpse of the harbor and see the place where industry, trade, and logistics come together. Go by Rhine Tower, the marina and the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia before returning to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Düsseldorf

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,022 reviews

I gave my boyfriend the "Sweet Treats Tour in Düsseldorf" for his birthday and we were both very excited. Our guide, Philipp, gave us many small delicacies to try and we were spoiled with a unique culinary experience. We also learned a lot of background information about the respective cafés. The tour is especially recommended for those with a sweet tooth :)

Just walking around with my beer while finding out more about the city in my own pace, just feeling the vibe of the city. How could it be better?

Sehr gut aufgebaut, lustig, interessant, lehrreich, spannend.....die Zeit fliegt nur so davon. Tolles Erlebnis. ich werde es wieder machen

Interesting and fun - perfect for families (and fun for grown ups), and a nice way to discover new parts of the city.

Tolles Konzept. Wir hatten als Familie sehr viel Spass beim absolvieren des Explorial. Coole Sache!!!