Coffee and cake lovers can head to Konditorei Heinemann, a family-run business that has been delighting customers since 1932 with its signature Herrentorte, a dark chocolate tart. Brauerei im Füchschen, on the other hand, is a pub famous for its Rhine dishes such as Himmel und Ähd (black pudding and mashed potatoes) and altbier, a top-fermented German brew.
Consider going on a river cruise with Weiße Flotte. You’ll travel down the Rhine from the old city to Kaiserswerth, a suburb where tourists can visit the ruins of the Kaiserpfalz castle and enjoy scenic views. The Eifel National Park also provides countless hiking opportunities amid breathtaking greenery. And don’t forget to check out the vibrant street art in Flingern and Bilk.
Dusseldorf’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées or New York’s Fifth Avenue is Königsallee, where you’ll find plenty of high-end luxury brands. Make time for antique flea markets too. They open every Saturday morning at Aachener Platz, and one Sunday a month (usually the second) at Ulmenstraße. And in Lorettoviertel, you can find local boutiques and brands within beautifully restored buildings.
Steigenberger Parkhotel, situated just opposite the Hofgarten, was first opened in 1902 and continues exuding a sense of opulence today. Meanwhile, the quaint Villa Achenbach has won awards for its décor, reminiscent of the Victorian cottages of the 19th century. For something more casual, try the 25hours Hotel – a boutique bolthole that’s close to two main train stations.
Dusseldorf is a small city and you can easily get around on foot. If not, a day ticket is helpful if you plan on using public transport. It costs just €6.80 (S$10.20). Be sure to travel on the Wehrhahn line, where six artists were commissioned to design its stations, with each one reflecting a different architectural style. The best time to visit is in summer – expect open-air cinemas and parties lasting till sunrise.
Singapore Airlines flies to Dusseldorf four times weekly. To book a flight, visit singaporeair.com
Illustration by Lara Paulussen
This article was originally published in the February 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine