Weekend Away? Do Düsseldorf

A weekend in Dusseldorf

My first trip to Germany was a revelation. I absolutely loved it.

So much so, that after Munich in 2012, an annual trip to visit Germany’s Christmas markets has become a new travel tradition for me and Mr Holiday Addict.

But this new tradition isn’t all about Christmas, it’s about exploring a new city too. In the kind of way we could all enjoy at any time of year.

So what did I like about Düsseldorf? Well, lots actually. Certain parts of the city are extremely picturesque and the swish and swanky shopping street of Königsallee (where we stayed) was lovely for a stroll, even though I could only afford to window shop.

Konigsallee

The view down Königsallee

Then there was the Altstadt (Old Town). Largely pedestrianised, it’s easy to wander about while you concentrate on looking up and around. Just as well really, because this part of town is home to what’s known as the longest bar in the world  – a street where almost all the establishments are of the watering hole variety; not the kind of place where you want to deal with traffic as you pass from one side of the road to the other!

Dusseldorf does al fresco in December

Everyone was out in the Old Town. Even in December!

You also need to get involved with Düsseldorf’s breweries, which are perfect places to refuel with both food and drink (these breweries offer nourishment that’s the very definition of comfort eating, and a glass of altbier washes it down a treat).

The local brew is all you’ll be sipping, so you may well get your first drink put in front of you before you even have chance to ask for it as we did in the Uerige brewery. Nowt wrong there in my opinion!

Lunch at a Dusseldorf Brewery

Yum. That’s all.

But aside from the beer, there’s more waiting to be discovered. Like the beautiful church of St Lambertus with its twisted spire (the fault of a fibbing virgin bride?) and the tower in Burgsplatz that was once part of a palace.

Old Dusseldorf

A little bit of history and mystery.

Then of course, there’s the Rhine. Wonderful to walk along in winter, I got the sense that in summer, the banks would really come alive in the most beautifully buzzy way.

Drinks on the Rhine

Imagine this in summer!

In the end it was with a heavy heart that I left Düsseldorf, because I enjoyed every minute of my short but sweet weekend. And it’s a rather unexpected addition to the list of places I think I could happily live in.

Germany, you’re without doubt one of my new favourites.

Would you like to visit this city? And what other German gems would you suggest I spend a weekend in next? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks to Düsseldorf  Tourism for providing me with a complimentary Düsseldorf Card and walking tour of the Altstadt during my trip.

10 Comments

  • Julika says:

    I’m so glad you loved your time in Germany! We’re always happy to have you 🙂 I already can’t wait to see which gem you’ll discover next year! (And that sure was one spectacular sunset!)

    • Clare says:

      I really loved it, Julika. And it was great catching up with you, too – such a brilliant bonus! I’m not sure where will be next on my German gem list for Christmas, but with any luck I’ll take a trip before then – and maybe knock at your door! 😉

  • Lorri says:

    I adore Rothenburg ob der Tauber and right down the road from it Dinkelsbuehl. Small but neat villages. Munich is always fab! Germany is so underrated….it’s really too bad people just don’t know!

    • Clare says:

      I agree that Germany is underrated for sure. I’d really like to explore some smaller places that aren’t the obvious tourist spots – I’m sure I’d love that. And I agree about Munich – I loved it there! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Agness says:

    Most of my friends live in Dusseldorf, but I never made it there. Great city, so historical I can see. I will definitely visit it when I’m back in Europe this summer.

  • bevchen says:

    The only place in Düsseldorf I’ve been is the airport! I’ve been to Cologne several times though (with school, with university and then for seminars for work)

    My favourite place in Germany is Tübingen – it looks like a town from a fairytale! I also loved Marburg and Koblenz. You can read about all three on my blog 😉

    • Clare says:

      Ooh you’ve given me a few gems to jot down there for potential future trips to Germany! Thanks! I love the idea of fairytale places (who doesn’t?) I shall check out your posts…

  • You have convinced me that I need to return to Düsseldorf. I was there in high school (so obviously missed the breweries) and did not get to explore as much as I would have liked. I am also in the middle of a love affair with Germany and would love to go back and explore!

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