When to fly
The second and third week in July are considered the peak season. If you book your flights during this time, you will be able to experience the very best of the city, including the Grosste Kirmes am Rhien. This is Dusseldorf’s biggest festival which takes place over nine days during July. Millions of visitors are attracted to the spectacular fun fair, where highlights include a circus, fairground rides and food and drink stalls. An impressive fireworks display can also be seen on the Rhine River.
However, if you’re not a fan of large crowds of people, then it would be advised to visit during early March and April. By booking flights during this period, you are more likely to avoid the estimated 4 million visitors that enter the city during the month of July.
If you are a budget traveller, perhaps look at visiting Dusseldorf during February, as this is a cheaper time. During this month, Karneval, takes place, usually on the Monday directly before Ash Wednesday. The streets are filled with enthusiastic people, dancing and drinking, while the colourful parades make their way through the city.
The city's spectacular Christmas markets make November and December another popular time to spend a holiday in the city. If you wish to get into the magical Christmas spirit, then this could be the ideal time for you.
The capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf is teeming with contemporary architecture, impressive modern art, lively nightlife, and luxurious shopping. On the surface the city seems to be just another financial centre; banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications have made Dusseldorf one of Germany's economic leaders, but tourists will soon see that the locals have no problem letting their hair down. Although the city's old town was reduced to ruins during the Second World War it has been meticulously rebuilt according to original historical designs. Today the old town, or Altstadt, is a celebrated shopping district by day and the "longest bar in the world" by night. Amongst the outstanding restaurants and coffee houses you will find a plethora of cosy bars selling the legendary Altbier, which is a moderately bitter, deep amber brew that is essential for visitors wishing to experience the taste of the city. According to the locals, the city's premier shopping street Konigsallee can rival the very best of Paris or Rome. The street certainly has an outstanding reputation and is home to a vast selection of exclusive high-end stores that stock lavish international brands at affordable prices. Although the Altstadt gets most of the attention, the city's Medienhafen, a recently redeveloped harbour area, dazzles with pioneering architecture and a vivacious art scene that provides a feast for the senses. Visitors to the city are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and galleries, for example The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is one Germany's premier collections of modern art.
Summers in Dusseldorf are mild to warm, while the winter months experience cool to moderate temperatures and little snowfall. The warmest temperatures, from around 13 to 23 degrees Celsius, are felt during July and August, which is a popular time to visit the city.
Getting around Dusseldorf
There is an extensive network of reliable public transport around the city. Those who are interested in driving should be aware that the city centre is an "environment zone" and stickers declaring the vehicle's pollution category are mandatory.
Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) is located about 9 miles (14km) away from the city's main railway station, and the city centre can be easily accessed by train, bus and car. There are some cost-effective options for travel following your flight including tickets covering the entire public transport network.