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    Düsseldorf: Rhenish mixture – trade fairs, fashion, media

    Elegant and affluent, Düsseldorf is also one of Germany’s hippest and most outgoing cities. Although its Altstadt (Old Town) was almost completely destroyed in WWII, it has been lovingly restored. There are beautiful buildings and a thriving cultural scene there, and more chic places have appeared in the rejuvenated harbour district, the MedienHafen.

    The city is justly famous for its nightlife, and also for its pre-Lent carnival, Christmas markets and high-end boutique shopping. Moreover, it’s also the home of the dangerously quaffable dark amber beer, Altbier, which is generally designed to be consumed in quantity.

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    Altstadt

    Altstadt
    40213 Düsseldor
    Germany
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    Although the destruction of WWII meant few buildings in the Old Town were left standing, it was rebuilt using historic plans on the original foundation walls, and is as impressive now as it ever was.

    Burgplatz

    Burgplatz
    Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Surrounded by restored buildings on three sides and the Rhine on the fourth, Burgplatz (Castle Square) is one of the most impressive squares in Germany. Only one white tower of the actual castle remains however – it’s now the Museum of Navigation.

    Hofgarten

    Hofgartenstraße 1
    40212 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    At the north end of Königsallee, this large urban park is filled with trees and miniature lakes – a great place to relax away from the sprawl of the city all around.

    Königsallee

    Königsallee
    Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    The city’s most elegant boulevard has gained a reputation for its high-end fashion outlets. Some call it Germany’s Champs-Élysées, but even that famous Paris thoroughfare doesn’t have a canal running down its centre, like the “Kö”.

    Classic Remise Düsseldorf

    Harffstrasse 110a
    40591 Düsseldorf
    Germany
    Tel: (0211) 2295 0570
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0800-2000
    Sun 1000-2000

    A must for lovers of historic vehicles, this museum is filled with hundreds of classic and vintage cars from every era. Everything is housed in a huge circular building that in a former life was a roundhouse for servicing steam locomotives.

    Rhine Tower (Rheinturm)

    Stromstraße 20
    40221 Düsseldorf
    Germany
    Tel: (0211) 863 2000
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Thu 1000-0000
    Fri-Sat 1000-0100

    For great views across the city and all over the surrounding region, head for the Panorama Level of this 240m-high (787ft) tower. If you get hungry, there’s a revolving restaurant and lounge bar.

    Rheinufer

    Rheinuferpromenade
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Stretching for 10km (6 miles) along the banks of the river, the Rhine promenade path is a great place for walking, cycling and rollerblading. The less energetic can simply relax and watch the sunset with a drink on one of the many café terraces.

    MedienHafen

    MedienHafen
    40211 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Towards the southern end of the Rheinufer promenade, the city’s former harbour has been rebooted into a trendy area of restaurants, bars and clubs. A few older buildings have been preserved, but the most striking highlight is the Neuer Zollhof, three new and oddly crumpled buildings designed by Frank Gehry.

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

    Grabbeplatz 5
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
    Tel: (0211) 838 1204
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    This is one of the region’s finest museums, with a remarkable collection of paintings, sculpture and statuary. An annex museum is devoted to glasswork, dating from ancient Egypt to the present day.

    Neanderthal Museum

    Talstraße 300
    40822 Mettmann
    Germany
    Tel: (02104) 97970
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    Just east of the city in the town of Mettmann, this multi-media museum houses relics left by the Neanderthals. It’s built in the valley that gave the prehistoric people their name, on the spot where the most famous fossil was found.

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    Country overview

    Once mockingly referred to as the “land of schnitzels and leather pants,” Germany has acquired a much more modern image in recent decades. International visitors are attracted to the big cities, especially the capital, Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, in particular, the city with its many cultural and entertainment attractions has become a major tourist destination. But other German cities also know how to celebrate and enjoy life.

     

    Hamburg’s annual Hafengeburtstag port anniversary festival attracts around two million visitors every year, the Rhineland is famous for its carnivals, and Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous the world over.

    Germany also has a variety of natural landscapes: for example, from the Wadden Sea and lowland plains of the northwest, the lakelands in the northeast of the country, numerous low mountain ranges and heathlands, to the central highlands and Alpine regions.

    Geography

    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea, while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2962m (9718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit, which can also be climbed.

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    Population: 81.9 million

    Population Density (per sq km): 227

    Capital: Berlin.

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period are listed below.

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2017
    Epiphany: 6 January 2017
    Good Friday: 14 April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16 April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17 April 2017
    Labour Day: 1 May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25 May 2017
    Whit Sunday: 4 June 2017
    Whit Monday: 5 June 2017
    Corpus Christi: 15 June 2017
    Assumption: 15 August 2017
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2017
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2017
    Repentance Day: 22 November 2017
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2017

    No responsibility is taken for the correctness of the information provided.

    2018

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018
    Assumption: 15 August 2018
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2018
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2018
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2018
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2018

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The efficient bus, tram and metro (U-Bahn) network is operated by Rheinbahn (tel: 01803 504 030, www.rheinbahn.de). There is also a suburban railway (S-Bahn). Buy tickets from vending machines at tram and U-Bahn stops, and validate them before use. Short trip (Kurzstrecke) tickets are valid for 30 minutes; A-class (Preisstufe A) tickets for 90 minutes; and Day tickets (Tagesticket) until 2am the following day. The DüsseldorfCard tourist card gives you unlimited free travel within the city.

    Taxis

    Pick up a taxi from a designated rank, or call a cab company such as Taxi Düsseldorf (tel: (0211) 33333 / 99999) or Rhein Taxi (tel: (0211) 212121). Tipping isn’t necessary.

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    Nightlife in Düsseldorf

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    DJs play regularly in the clubs around Königsallee. But the Altstadt is best known as ‘the longest bar in the world’. There are around 250 pubs, most serving the city’s proud creation, Altbier.

    If you empty your glass it will be refilled automatically.

    Uerige

    Berger Strasse 1
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    The Altstadt’s most famous brewpub, where beer is poured direct from oak barrels.

    Im Füchschen

    Ratinger Straße 28
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Another popular brewpub with a large terrace and atmosphere in spades.

    Checker’s Club

    Königsallee 28-30
    40212 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    One of the city’s better dance clubs, cranking up the music into the early hours.

    Tonhalle

    Ehrenhof 1
    40479 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    This impressive classical concert hall was originally constructed in 1926 as a planetarium.

    M168

    Stromstraße 20
    40221 Düsseldorf ‎
    Germany
    Tel.: +49 211 863200-0
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    Germany’s highest cocktail and lounge bar is 168m (551ft) up, inside the Rhine Tower.

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    Restaurants in Düsseldorf

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    The restaurants in Düsseldorf reflect the fact that this is a wealthy city.

    But while there are Michelin-garlanded places aplenty, it is also popular to eat in one of the many atmospheric pubs serving less sophisticated but hearty Germanic fare – usually based around pork.

    Im Schiffchen

    Kaiserswerther Markt 9
    40489 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Just north of town near the airport, this restaurant serves some of Germany’s finest cuisine, prepared by a two-Michelin-starred chef.

    Nagaya

    Klosterstraße 42
    40211 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Price: Expensive

    Michelin-starred Japanese cuisine fused with European hints, served in a fashionably minimalist restaurant.

    Brauerei zum Schiffchen

    Hafenstraße 5
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Characterful old brewpub serving great-value huge portions of regional dishes.

    Vapiano

    Martin-Luther-Platz 28
    40212 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Price: Cheap

    Trendy self-service Italian with pizzas and pastas cooked freshly to order.

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    Calendar of events

    Boot Düsseldorf

    21 – 29 January 2017
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    Venue: Messe Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre)

    The International Boat Show at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre is one of the biggest boat shows in the world.

    Karneval

    24 February – 1 March 2017
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    Venue: Throughout the city

    One of the three biggest Carnival celebrations in Germany, with spectacular processions and parties.

    Düsseldorfer Jazz Rally

    1 – 4 June 2017
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    Venue: Throughout the city

    Held over a long weekend, with free concerts in the Altstadt from local and international jazz and blues bands.

    JapanTag (Japan Day)

    20 May 2017
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    Venue: Banks of the Rhine

    Düsseldorf has the highest number of Japanese residents (some 11,000) in Europe and their day of celebrations ends with a fantastic firework display on the Rhine – book a dinner cruise if possible.

    Kirmes (Fun Fair)

    14 – 23 July 2017
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    Venue: Rhine meadows, opposite the Altstadt

    Revelries on the Rhine meadows opposite the Altstadt last nine days with 350 attractions, rides and stalls pulling in over four million visitors every summer.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Düsseldorf

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    Düsseldorf’s hotel trade is focused squarely on the business trade. Prices can rise alarmingly during the bigger trade fairs as rooms always sell out.

    On the flip side, prices drop in summer and at weekends when there can be real bargains waiting to be snapped up.

    Steigenberger Parkhotel

    Königsallee 1a
    40212 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Exclusive luxury hotel with large high-ceilinged rooms with modern fittings.

    Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel

    Königsallee 11
    40212 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Category: Expensive

    Built in 2008, this new luxury hotel offers every amenity and comfort you need.

    Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf

    Immermannstraße 41
    40210 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Chic hotel offering soundproofed rooms to help tired business travellers unwind.

    Carat Altstadt

    Benratherstraße 7a
    40213 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Category: Moderate

    Bright and modern hotel with large rooms close to the Old Town.

    Friends Hotel

    Worringer Straße 94-96
    40210 Düsseldorf
    Germany
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    Category: Cheap

    Great-value design hotel offering affordable comforts and a friendly welcome.

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    Climate and best time to visit Düsseldorf

    Cosmopolitan Düsseldorf is open for business year-round. Winters can be cold however, and while summers are generally warm, rain is a regular feature. The city is famous for its festivals and can be full to bursting when one is on. It celebrates the pre-Lent carnival with particular vigour; every year from the second to the third weekend in July, some four million visitors come to the Kirmes funfair held on the banks of the Rhine; and the annual Christmas markets in December are hugely popular. There are also major trade fairs throughout the year, and if you visit during one you may find hotel prices heading skywards.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the summer months. So unpredictability is a major factor. The average daytime temperature in January is 3°C (38°F) and in July, 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital is at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and they certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend much of their time outdoors. However, the spring and fall shoulder seasons also hold real attractions for those who want the promise of decent weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when big trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code:+49

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking TANs entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Düsseldorf

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    Key Areas

    Königsallee is on of the most famous shopping streets in Germany, best known for its exclusive designer goods stores and fashion boutiques. Suburban districts – particularly Ackerstraße in Flingern – are good places to find cheaper but trendier outlets of up-and-coming young clothes designers. Most of the department store chains are clustered around the Liesegangstraße/Schadowstraße intersection.

    Markets

    There are several Christmas markets each December, but the biggest centres around the Altstadt. For more everyday needs, you’ll find a regular market every day on Carlsplatz, on the southern edge of the Altstadt.

    Shopping Centres

    The Kö Center (Königsallee 28-30) is full to the brim with trendy boutiques and chic fashion label stores, as is the nearby Kö Galerie (Königsallee 60). The stilwerk arcade (Grünstraße 15) has dozens of designer goods and lifestyle accessories stores under one roof, while Schadow Arkaden (Schadowstraße 11) is the place for more down-to-earth high-street stores.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary in Germany, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting, such as “guten Tag” (or “grüß Gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf Wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theater, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified, on public transportation and in most public buildings.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German products as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being high in fat). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally has the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: Use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn over a long distance. Ideally, footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, make sure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe an umbrella, too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travelers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of consuming too much alcohol. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beers have ABV levels of as much as 6 or 7% and should therefore be treated with respect.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Ilge, Ulrich
    Friedrichstraße 94
    D-40217 Düsseldorf
    Germany
    Tel. +49-211-33-41-48

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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