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Altstadt Christmas Market, Rhein Tower & Breweries in Dusseldorf, Germany

Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis - Marktplatz in Altstadt

Marktplatz in Altstadt

I’m really excited to interview Jenna Davis of Life in Düsseldorf about Düsseldorf, Germany. Jenna’s tips for the best things to do in Dusseldorf are awesome because her husband is German and was raised in Düsseldorf. She loves that there’s never a dull moment, despite the fact that the city has only 600,000 people.

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Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis - Rhine Tower and Media Harbour

Rhine Tower and Media Harbour

Düsseldorf, Germany

Düsseldorf is in western Germany and is divided by the Rhein River. On the east bank of the river, you’ll find the old town of Altstadt, while the modern, commercial areas are on the west. The city is known for its fashion industry and art scene. Locals and visitors love walking along the Kiefernstrasse to view the street paintings.

You’ll find all four seasons in Düsseldorf, with it being quite beautiful in the spring and summer and rainy in the fall and winter. Jenna’s suggestion for the best time to visit is between April and May. Temperatures are in the 60s F (10 to 20* C) and the flowers are in full bloom throughout the city. Düsseldorf comes alive with countless purple crocus flowers everywhere you look. The Altstadt Christmas Market is a popular winter attraction.

I experienced it firsthand during a visit in 2013 and it was very cute. And the mulled wine warmed me right up. In the old town area, there’s a tiny bar named Et Kabuffke that my cousin Jeff told me about. It has the “Killepitsch Window” because the bar is so small, that it sells shots of Killepitsch out of an 18″ x 18″ square window. The Altstadt is actually known as the “longest bar in the world” because it has more than 300 bars and dance clubs that are connected.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Düsseldorf Later, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. The Düsseldorf Card offers discounts of up to 100% on 60 different attractions throughout the city, such as city tours, museums, and souvenirs. Plus, it includes free travel on public transport within the city, including to and from the airport.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis - Altstadt Tours

Tour of the Altstadt Old Town

Getting around Düsseldorf

The local airport is Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS), which is a ten-minute drive to the city. It is one of the largest airports in Europe, so it is typically easy to find flights from anywhere in the world.

Jenna says that there’s no need to rent a car when visiting Düsseldorf. Parking can be a nightmare and the public transportation is excellent. The city also offers bike sharing and e-scooter sharing locations throughout the city. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

If you do need a car while visiting, for the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis - Boat Tour on Rhine

Jenna taking a boat tour on the Rhine

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Jenna Davis about Düsseldorf, Germany. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Green dots = best things to do in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Düsseldorf, Germany

Who is Jenna Davis?

Jenna Davis is a Canadian born traveler who has been living in Germany since 2014. She spends her free time exploring the world, thrifting at flea markets, and exploring new hidden gems around Germany. Since 2016, Jenna has been building up an entire platform Life in Düsseldorf dedicated to helping internationals and ex-pats easily and quickly relocate in Düsseldorf, Germany. It also helps visitors and locals alike as it’s jam-packed with local tips and amazing things to do in the city.

Since then, she’s expanded to create a full-blown welcome program for all internationals interested in moving to Germany on Life In Germany. This program walks members through the very steps that one needs to take in order to properly settle into Germany. It also helps program members avoid any unnecessary mistakes and save a ton of money on bills and costs when first arriving in Germany.

Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis at the Media Harbour

Jenna at the Media Harbour

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Jenna on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Best things to do in Dusseldorf Germany Jenna Davis - kiefernstrasse

Explore the graffiti wall art in Kiefernstrasse

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