Düsseldorf is the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region, which is the most populated region in Germany. The city is located where the Rhine and Düssel rivers meet and is a global hub for many different types of businesses. It is also home to many different universities, meaning that you can always find something to do here.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112 and 110
- Language: German
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: DE
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 619,294
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
For the Emergency services just dial 112 for fire and ambulance services, and 110 for police.
What are some top safety tips for exploring the city?
Make sure that you keep valuables out of sight will also keep you safe.
When travelling in Düsseldorf it is best to stay with a friend or someone who you trust as staying in a small group will help to keep you safer and also will prevent and discourage someone from trying to attack or try to steal something from you.
Where can I keep up with local news?
Every culture has its customs and traditions, they have been handed down the generations and are always held in high regards by the local residents.
Düsseldorf lives somewhat in the shadow of its bigger and more famous neighbour Cologne. Competition between the two cities has traditionally been strong, and it is no different now.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Every year Düsseldorf’s Christmas Market opens its “gingerbread houses” not far from the Königsallee and the market is one of the most famous and iconic markets in Europe. Millions of people every year see the delights that the market has to offer. With its own illumination, crystals that break the light into thousands of colours and sparkling stars and a winter landscape to dream about, the “Sternchenmarkt” (“Little Star Market”) at the Stadtbrückchen is idyllically located in the courtyard of the Wilhelm-Marx-Haus. Open from 20th November – 23rd December 2014 although only open for a limited time it is a fantastic experience for people of all ages and a real experience!
Altstadtherbst Kulturfestival: is an international music competition aimed at young musicians. The event allows musical ensembles to play everything from classical to jazz and pop and compete for the prestigious title as well as a 6,000 euro first prize.
What are some of the best restaurants to check out?
Check out this restaurant for a mix of authentic German food, as well as more European variety. Famous for their schnitzels, the majority of their ingredients are locally sourced as well.
The place to be if you want to try traditional German meals. With indoor and outdoor seating, as well as being easily accessible via bus or train, this venue has something for everyone.
What are some exciting things to do?
The Capitol theatre is the largest theatre in Düsseldorf and is set in a building which is over 100 years old and is a former tram depot of the Rheinbahn (a transport provider operating in and around Dusseldorf). The former tram depot was converted into a theatre in the early 1990s. It was inaugurated in 1996 with a performance of the musical Grease. The theatre has a variety of musicals, shows and music concerts and is a brilliant place to see a show in an historical building.
The Düssel is a small right tributary of the River Rhine in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Its source is between Wülfrath and Velbert. It flows westward through the Neander Valley where the fossils of the first Neanderthal man were found in 1856. Düsseldorf takes its name from the Düssel: Düsseldorf means “the village of Düssel” and is an area of beautiful natural scenery and is perfect for a gentle walk around and taking in the all that the Dussel can offer.
The Schloss Benrath is a Baroque maison de plaisance (fr. for pleasure palace) in Benrath, which is now a suburb of Düsseldorf. It was erected for the Elector Palatine Charl Theodor and his wife Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach by his garden and building directorNicolas de Pigage. Construction began in 1755 and was completed in 1770. The ensemble at Benrath has been proposed for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a fantastic location to visit and to take in the culture and history of a famous and iconic building.