Düsseldorf is a perfect city-break destination. Offering everything a traveler looks for in a city like shopping, dining, parks, culture, nightlife and unique experiences. This summer I had the opportunity thanks to the nice folks at Tourism Düsseldorf, to explore everything this hidden city has to offer. From castles to dancing fairy tale puppets, here are some pretty magical things to do in Düsseldorf.
Things to do in Düsseldorf
Summer is a lovely time of year to visit Düsseldorf. The trees are green, the sky is blue and flowers are in full bloom. It’s a great time for photos, taking strolls through the parks, exploring historic sites and shopping.
Benrath Palace is a 200-year-old palace built as a summer home and hunting lodge for the Elector Carl Theodor and boasts a spectacle of baroque architecture and interiors. With its 60-hectare gardens, it’s thought of as a rare example of late rococo Gesamtkunstwerk in Europe. Three gardens offer geometric and romantic ambiance.
Schloss Dyck brings nearly 1000 years of history to the lower Rhine. This 17th-century castle complex stands on four islands all designed by the Scottish landscape gardener Thomas Blaikie in the style of the English landscape garden. With 70-hectares to explore and divine interiors to command your attention, this is quite the magical place.
Marionetten Theater is perhaps one of the coolest places I’ve ever explored on a city break. It’s that kind of spot where you think “okay, this will be cool.” But then you’re like, “wow, that was way cooler than I thought!”. Such a hidden gem of things to do in Düsseldorf, the Marionetten Theater is home to magical puppet shows based on famous fairy tales and fantasy legends. Almost everything that can be seen on stage is produced in the well-equipped workshops of the theater. The figures, props, and decorations are made by the members of the ensemble according to the design of the theater’s director who himself affects the sculpturing.
An ensemble of magicians and humans, beasts and devils, the queen of the night and Dr. Faust welcomes the visitor and takes him away to a realm of fantasy.
Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth Tower Ruins is a beautiful scene of middle-aged ruins which sit alongside the Rhine in Kaiserwerth. Very peaceful and quiet, ruins make for a lovely stroll with your partner as well as a great place for photos. It’s also close to the village of Kaiserwerth which still has a very middle age feel to it. Certainly a great spot for a walk and to get some lunch.
Shopping in Düsseldorf is a special experience. From high-end retailers like Tiffany & Co. to your everyday Primark, there’s something for everyone. As for things to do in Düsseldorf, you’ll likely want to explore its Königsallee, the German equivalent of Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Kö’ it’s home to the best of the best in shopping and also offers jewelers, antique shops and book shops.
If you love the fairy tale side of a destination while enjoying the energy of nightlife, great food and a bustling city atmosphere you will love Düsseldorf. For more information on things to do in Düsseldorf, check out Tourism Düsseldorf where you can plan your trip and get the best out of your city break.