10 things to dü in Düsseldorf

We flew from Bangkok to Germany because (1) we wanted to go home for the holidays, (2) we wanted to enjoy the German Christmas Market season for longer than we had in the past, and (3) we found an an award flight that let us do both. (For those of you who don’t know, Justin pretty good at finding tricky routings.) So to kick off December, we flew from Bangkok to Frankfurt and then took the train to Düsseldorf. And our friends met us there!

Here are 10 things to do if you visit Düsseldorf

1. Go to Christmas Markets

You of course need to visit during Christmas Market season to do this. Düsseldorf has several Christmas Markets. The main ones are located in the Altstadt (Old Town) and are walking distance from each other so you can easily taste all the different varieties of Glühwein (the best winter drink hands-down) on offer.
Enjoying Glühwein in Düsseldorf, Germany

Christmas Market in Düsseldorf, Germany

2. Taste and buy mustard at the Düsseldorfer Löwensenf Museum

This is one of our favorite shops in all of Germany. We once visited Düsseldorf just for a couple hours solely to visit this place and stock up on our favorite, garlic flavored Senf (mustard). It’s a small shop in the middle of the Altstadt where you can sample all of their flavors as well as pictures and stories of its history.
Düsseldorfer Löwensenf Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany Happily, our friends liked the Senf Museum too! Chris took this shot of the storefront. 

At the Düsseldorfer Löwensenf Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany

At the Düsseldorfer Löwensenf Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany

Halloween costume at Düsseldorfer Löwensenf Museum in Düsseldorf, GermanyFor those of you who love mustard as much as we do, you can get a Löwensenf costume for Halloween!

3. Watch hockey

Düsseldorf is a great for hockey. During our four days there, Justin and our friends saw three hockey games in three different cities: Düsseldorf, Köln, and Krefeld.
DEG hockey, Düsseldorf, GermanyChris took this photo of Düsseldorf EG vs. Augsburger Panther.

4. Drink Altbier

Düsseldorf’s local brew is called Altbier. What Kölsch is to Köln, Altbier is to Düsseldorf. Unlike Kölsch, Altbier is dark in color and a bit heavier and sweeter. But it’s consumed the same way, in small, 0.2L glasses which get replaced without you asking until you surrender and top your glass with your coaster. We thoroughly enjoyed the Altbier-drinking experience at a local Kneipe (pub) near our hotel called Auf’m Hennekamp.
Altbier at Auf'm Hennekamp in Düsseldorf, Germany

Auf'm Hennekamp, Düsseldorf, GermanyThanks to Chris for getting a shot of our favorite Kneipe in Düsseldorf. 

5. See modern art

For those of us who go to modern art museums in every city they visit no matter how many times they see works by Picasso and Klee and Kandinsky and Matisse and so on and so on (read: Sarah), Düsseldorf is a great place to visit. Their Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is actually two museums right next to each other, K20 and K21. In addition to nice collections, the buildings are quite cool and interesting spaces.
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, Germany

Pollock in K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

Kandinsky in K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

Exhibit in K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

6. Walk along water

The Rhine cuts right through the city. The smaller Düssel meandered close to where we were staying. Then there’s the Königsallee canal, which is in the middle of one of the greatest shopping streets in Europe (the ). Even in the winter, it’s lovely to walk along the water.
Rhine and Altstadt, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Düssel, Düsseldorf, Germany

Tritonenbrunnen, Königsallee, Düsseldorf, Germany

7. Eat Döner Kebab

To our utter dismay, our favorite Döner spot in Düsseldorf (and one of our top two in Germany) is no longer. This was a place we had gone to multiple times – once even for breakfast! But this sad fact let us give a second chance to a famous spot we had previously visited and not loved, Yede Gör. Around the corner from the train station, it’s been consistently ranked as the top Döner spot in the city. We’re happy we had a chance to give it another try. Their simple and traditional Döners greatly exceeded our expectations.
Yede Gör Döner Kebab, Düsseldorf, Germany

Yede Gör Döner Kebab, Düsseldorf, Germany

Yede Gör Döner Kebab, Düsseldorf, Germany

8. Wander

Düsseldorf is a relatively small, easily walkable city. Take a wrong turn in the Altstadt and explore the small streets. You won’t get too far without finding your way back to where you meant to go.
Wandering the streets of the Altstadt in Düsseldorf, Germany

The rest of the city is pretty neat too. We found this cool exhibit called Zeitfeld at the entrance to the Volksgarten while walking around our neighborhood. We imagine the Volksgarten itself is a great place to wander around too – but it was too cold to do so when we were there.
Zeitfeld, Düsseldorf, Germany

And we stumbled onto this thing…
Miscellaneous monster in Düsseldorf, Germany

9. Eat at a traditional Brauerei

Eat heavy, delicious food and drink lots of Altbier. We can recommend Zum Schiffchen, Zum Schlussel, and Uerige, although there are many all over the city.
SpätzleThough Brauerei food like Rotkohl and Schweinebraten are absolutely delicious, they’re not that photogenic. Trust us, we ate more than this Spätzle. 

10. Buy fresh baked goods at Hinkel

We are bread people. And when traveling in Europe, we eat it often. So we can confidently say that Germany has the best bread. And this shop Hinkel wowed us. Buy any of their fresh breads and Brezeln and Krapfen (amazing donut-like things). There will most likely be a line, but it moves quick. And it’s worth it. It’s all delicious, especially when eaten with salami bought at a butcher and Düsseldorfer Senf!
A Düsseldorfer feast

Hinkel, Düsseldorf, GermanyThanks to Chris for making and taking the photo of the above spread and the Hinkel storefront.

Hinkel, Düsseldorf, Germany

Special thanks to the Chimenti clan for joining us in Düsseldorf!

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2 Replies to “10 things to dü in Düsseldorf”

  1. Great list!

    1. Sarah and Justin says: Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like it!

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