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A fashionable and cosmopolitan German city situated along the Rhine River, Düsseldorf is one of the wealthiest cities in the country, and is filled with trendy shops, world-class museums and galleries, and a thriving nightlife scene. The entire region of Düsseldorf is divided into ten main districts, meaning that when it comes to knowing exactly how to tour the city, your options can sometimes seem a little confusing.
While Düsseldorf may be too large to fully tour on a bicycle, Altstadt, otherwise known as Old Town, is quite compact, making a bike the perfect way to explore the area’s narrow, winding streets. The Rhine Cycle Route also runs through Düsseldorf, and is another great way to tour parts of the city. From the Kaiserpfalz, known in English as the Imperial Palace, to the Rheinuferpromenade, otherwise known as the Rhine Riverbank Promenade, a bicycle provides you with the opportunity to make your way around the city at a leisurely pace.
With the Rhine River flowing right through the city of Düsseldorf, boats are a great form of transportation to take when exploring riverside areas. The Rhine passes by some of the city’s most iconic attractions, from the Media Hafen to the Rhine Tower. With the Rhine being the longest river in Europe, as well as the busiest waterway in the world, the amount of river traffic present is quite heavy, and you are likely to pass by incredibly long barge boats that are making their way to larger ocean ships at the end of the river, in Rotterdam.
Düsseldorf has an extensive public transportation network, making this one of the most efficient ways to travel around the city. The city’s main public transport operator, Rheinbahn, has invested huge amounts in recent years into their system, and the result of this is a public transportation system that is one of the best in the world. The city’s tram routes run both above and below ground, and there are also a number of buses that not only serve the inner city, but also the suburbs, as well as a few communities that lie even further out. The subway is another great option, especially now that a number of the stations have been recently spruced up, with bright, wide platforms and integrated artwork throughout the stations.
Being an Environment Zone, cars are strictly regulated in Düsseldorf, and, with the city being quite compact, it is easy to explore your surroundings on foot. Some of the city’s finest museums and galleries are located on a stretch of 1.3 kilometres near Altstadt, making it worthwhile to dedicate an entire day to visiting these, from the modern art in the Schuebbe Projects Galerie to the historic ceramics at the Hetjensmuseum.
Düsseldorf is an extraordinary city, filled with just about everything that you could desire. From exploring the history and culture of Altstadt on a bicycle, to taking a boat trip down the Rhine, to an old-fashioned stroll where you can really soak up the sights, try touring Düsseldorf in a few different ways, as each one will give you quite the unique experience.