5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf was my first introduction to Germany and I couldn’t have picked a better city to get a taste of German culture. I did pass through Germany on a European tour in my twenties, but I’ve always had slightly negative feelings about the country after being robbed while sleeping on the train.

I know I can’t judge an entire country based on one incident — and on a train nonetheless — so when Air Berlin invited me to experience Karneval in Dusseldorf (the Mardi Gras of Europe) it sounded like too much fun to pass up.

I decided to visit Dusseldorf, Germany during one of the busiest times of the year and yet I never once felt overwhelmed. I was with a group for part of my visit, but I did have plenty of time to explore the city without a guide. In fact, I barely pay attention to directions, train stops and street names when I’m on a tour, so I figured I’d be constantly lost during my free time in Dusseldorf — which surprisingly wasn’t the case.


5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany


Public Transportation is User Friendly

Coming from someone who rarely has an opportunity to navigate public transportation at home, I found the buses and trains in Dusseldorf to be very user friendly. When I wasn’t sure which bus to take, I just asked a lot of questions and usually found the drivers to be helpful.

I highly recommend purchasing a Dusseldorf Transportation Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours, which gives you unlimited rides on the subway, bus or the tram (in addition to free or discounted admission to museums) for as low as 9 Euro.

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany

The Dussel River

English is Widely Spoken

Let’s face it: if you are an American, then there is a good chance you don’t speak German. I did my best to learn a few key words and phrases, but for the most part, I spoke English and always received a reply in my native tongue.

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International Cuisine

Finicky eaters won’t have a problem finding a place to eat here. Once you have had your fill of local dishes, you will have your choice of International restaurants with cuisine from countries like Argentina, Spain, Thailand, Ireland, Italy and Vietnam. Due to its large Japanese community, Dusseldorf also has the best Japanese food outside of Japan!

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf Media Harbour

The City of Short Distances

Dusseldorf is known as the city of short distances, so it’s not even necessary to take public transportation to explore most of the city, especially if you are staying in a hotel in or near Altstadt. I stayed at the Breidenbacher Hof and it was conveniently located near all of the main attractions in the city.


Distance Between Other European Cities

Air Berlin flies direct to Dusseldorf from Chicago, New York, Miami, and in mid-April they will bring back their direct route from Los Angeles. Dusseldorf is also a great starting point to visit other European cities — many of which can be reached within one hour by plane.



To learn more about this German city, watch TravelDudes guide to Dusseldorf video.


A big thanks to Air Berlin, Visit Dusseldorf and the Breidenbacher Hof for hosting my stay in Dusseldorf. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Jessica Meddows says:

    Sorry to hear about your original bad experience in Dusseldorf, and I’m glad you had a good one to make up for it! I had my handbag stolen in Las Vegas on our honeymoon (including mine and my husbands passports, my visa for Canada, my housekeys, RV keys, car keys, drivers licence, bank cards… everything!). It really does leave a bad taste, doesn’t it?

    I am vegan and my husband is a hungry carnivore. I am sure he would be fine food wise, but I’d be interested to see what the options are for vegans and veggies in a place like Dusseldorf. 🙂

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Oh wow. That doesn’t sound like a very good time! 🙂 The experience I had actually wasn’t in Dusseldorf, but just on a train going through Germany.

      I’m pretty sure there are some vegan options in Dusseldorf since it’s such an international city. I found a juice bar with fresh veggie and fruit juices in Old Town and had quite a few vegetarian soups at the Japanese restaurants.

  2. Traveling Ted says:

    A friend of mine got robbed in a hostel in Avignon. I can understand the negative feelings that perpetuates. Best to jump back on the bike when this happens. Good to know you were able to experience a great event in Dusseldorf.

  3. thetravelchica says:

    And it has a fun name 🙂

  4. Catherine Sweeney says:

    I was only there for several hours (side trip from Cologne), but I really liked it. I loved the promenade, walking around Altstadt, and eating a hearty German lunch. Would love to go back.

  5. Raul (@ilivetotravel) says:

    I loved Dusseldorf. Especially trying all the different beers at different pubs 🙂