Düsseldorf and the region

Always worth a trip

Discover the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia
Cosmopolitan charm and the joie de vivre of the Rhineland shape the picture of the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Düsseldorf is a leading economic center, a lively, modern city with a population of 600,000. With its elegance and quality of life, this city on the Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and exceptional events.

And the adjoining Ruhr region with its fascinating industrial culture, the Neanderthal, the Lower Rhine, Cologne Cathedral or the Eifel Mountains are quick and easy to reach from Düsseldorf as well.


Altstadt, Medien Hafen, Königsallee and the Rheinufer Promenade. The old Schlossturm, countless monuments, sculpture and churches. The historic City Hall, Schloss Jägerhof and Schloss Benrath, as well as the medieval Kaiserswert: Düsseldorf offers countless sights for every taste.

You’ll find more information and a list of the most important sightseeing attractions on the official site of the Düsseldorf Tourism Office.

Art and Culture

Kunstakademie or Museum Kunstpalast, Heinrich Heine or the New Fall Festival. World-ranking modern art, opera, ballet, theater, literature or music: Düsseldorf is perfectly positioned in terms of culture.

Düsseldorf’s roots as a city of art stretch a long way back into the past: With his engagement as a generous patron and lover of art, Jan Wellem led Düsseldorf’s evolution into a modern major city over three hundred years ago.

The outstanding art collection, which he built up with his second wife Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, ensured that Düsseldorf became famous across Europe as a cultural center. Since then, the city of Heine and Schumann has always been at the leading edge when it comes to culture.

You’ll find more information on the subject under Art in Düsseldorf.

Fashion and Shopping

The world-famous Königsallee is the heart of this elegant shopping city. The exclusive boulevard with its chic boutiques and great names of the international designer scene is popular with Düsseldorfers and visitors alike as a place to shop and be seen. With several shopping areas, Düsseldorf offers the entire spectrum of an exciting shopping metropolis. The traditional shopping districts like the Kö, Altstadt and Schadowstrasse are supplemented by an unconventional and young fashion scene in districts like Flingern, Pempelfort or Unterbilk.

Leisure and Sport

Football with a heart at the traditional club, Fortuna Düsseldorf, action-packed ice hockey matches at Düsseldorfer EG, world-class table tennis with Germany’s record-setting champions, Borussia Düsseldorf, and then the METRO GROUP Marathon, Triathlon or ATP tennis at the Düsseldorf Open – the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia offers the right program for all sports enthusiasts. Want to get active yourself? No problem: Sports offered in and around Düsseldorf range from badminton and golf, indoor soccer and sailing up to rowing and water skiing. Countless parks, gardens and fantastic areas for recreation, in which one can actively pursue sports, are situated right in the middle of the city or are easy to reach.

Even skiing is no problem. The Ski Center in Neuss is only a few minutes’ drive from Düsseldorf.

look beyond the city limits: The region around Düsseldorf

The Ruhr with its interesting industrial culture, the Neanderthal, where the prehistoric man of the same name was found, the Eifel national park or Cologne Cathedral – it is all in the immediate vicinity of Düsseldorf and can easily be reached by car, train or bike in the shortest of times. In addition, numerous Bundesliga football clubs like Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen or Borussia Mönchengladbach play their home fixtures within a stone’s throw of the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Visiting the cathedral in Cologne, the Neanderthal Museum, an exhibition at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the Zollverein mine, watching live Bundesliga football, shopping in style in Düsseldorf and rounding it all off with a glass or two of Altbier in the Altstadt: That’s how your weekend could look.