Should You Visit Dusseldorf?

Is Dusseldorf worth visiting?

We loved visiting Dusseldorf and, yes, it's absolutely a city that any traveler should visit. By the end of our time here, it felt like a second home. We first visited in the winter of 2023 and have returned several times. During our time here, we fell in love with the charming old town and the classic Christmas Market.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the great food and amazing historical sights.

Dusseldorf is located in western Germany and it's split by the Rhine River. On one side you'll find the city's old town (Altstadt) and on the other is a modern commercial district. The city has historic sights as well as Königsallee which is a popular shopping street.

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6 Reasons to Visit Dusseldorf

1. Food

You'll find a mix of regional specialties and international restaurant options. Traditional dishes include Rheinischer Sauerbraten (Rhine style marinated roast), Haxe (shin), Flönz (blood sausage), and Ähzezupp (pea soup).

2. Historical Sights

The old town is popular for its bars and pubs, which serve up the local altbier. The atmosphere is charming and there are restaurants that spill out onto the streets.

3. Museums

There are museums, palaces, and many cultural sights. Make sure you check out Schloss Benrath, the Rheinturm, the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection, and Museum Kunstpalast.

4. Nightlife

You'll find the highest concentration of bars and pubs in the old town area. Try to find a brewerie where you can try Dusseldorf's famous altbier.

5. Shopping

Head to the popular shopping street of Königsallee. You'll find luxury brands and boutique shops. The city also has department stores and large shopping malls.

6. Authenticity

Dusseldorf has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Dusseldorf.

Why would you recommend Dusseldorf to budget travelers? Or, why not?

It's not the most popular European city, so the prices are reasonable year round.

Tristan
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Oct 18 2023

What makes Dusseldorf a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

We pass through Dusseldorf occasionally and enjoy walking around the charming part of town. Hotels are very reasonably priced and there are some good restaurants.

zara_y
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Mar 16 2024

Dusseldorf has a great old town and many great restaurants. We always try to eat one meal in the old town and another at an Asian restaurant.

life_abroad
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Aug 12 2023

Dusseldorf is an under-rated city that we love to visit for it's charming old town and great restaurants. Because it doesn't get a ton of tourists, prices are very reasonable, so we've gone back often.

Lane_469
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Jun 1 2023

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Is Dusseldorf worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Dusseldorf is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is somewhat touristy, so in the high season it's usually busier.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during summer with average temperatures around 19°C (66°F).

You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable city, especially in the nice weather. During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums, the big city activities, and the historic old town. Also, you'll be able to take advantage of the local nightlife.


Summer Weather in Dusseldorf
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 19°C (66°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
August 19°C (66°F) 62 mm (2.5 in)
September 16°C (60°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)

Is Dusseldorf worth visiting in the Autumn?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 12°C (53°F).

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Dusseldorf, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

Soaking up that old town charm in the autumn is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. This is a great time of year to admire the historic sights, browse the museums, and enjoy the city's energy.


Autumn Weather in Dusseldorf
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 12°C (53°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
November 7°C (44°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
December 4°C (40°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)

Is Dusseldorf worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Dusseldorf. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

The weather in Dusseldorf can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 3°C (37°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll like that you can take public transit easily in the winter, too. You can get around quickly while avoiding bad weather if needed. You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums, dine out at amazing restaurants, and browse around the old town. Also, you can grab some drinks at a bar and discover the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Dusseldorf
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 3°C (37°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
February 3°C (38°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
March 6°C (44°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)

Is Dusseldorf worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Dusseldorf. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

The weather in Dusseldorf can be quite cold during spring, and averages around 9°C (48°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

Soaking up that old town charm in the spring is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. During this season it's fun to experience shopping, the museums and landmarks, and the historic old town. Also, you can check out the nightlife.


Spring Weather in Dusseldorf
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 9°C (48°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
June 17°C (62°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)

Related

What is Dusseldorf most famous for?

Dusseldorf is most famous for its music and art scene, as well as being the fashion capital of Germany. The city is very popular for its food and historical sights. It is also known for its great museums, nightlife, and shopping. It is often described as historic, fun-filled, cultural, and vibrant.


What is the most famous sight in Dusseldorf?

The most popular sight in Dusseldorf is Altstadt (the Old Town). You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Dusseldorf on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Altstadt (the Old Town) and other attractions here.

How touristy is Dusseldorf? Is it a popular city to visit?

Dusseldorf is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Dusseldorf Old Town and Altbier Tour: $25
    • Beer tour with tasting in Dusseldorf: $34
    • Tour to the sweetest delicacies in Düsseldorf with many samples: $48
    • Düsseldorf Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $7.09
    • City game scavenger hunt Düsseldorf - independent city tour I discovery tour: $44
    • Düsseldorf Segway Rhein Tour: Rhine River Experience: $86
    • Private Running Tour in Düsseldorf: $39
    • Guided Walking Tour in Dusseldorf: $27

    How long should I spend in Dusseldorf?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Dusseldorf is two to three days. Since Dusseldorf has activities such as dining and historical sights, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Dusseldorf? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Dusseldorf?.