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Best attractions in Dusseldorf: Top 26

If you don’t know what every tourist should see in Dusseldorf, our review will help you with your sightseeing itinerary right now. We will tell you about the most important sights in Dusseldorf.

What to see in Dusseldorf first

In compiling our “best attractions in Dusseldorf” ranking, we took into account recommendations from locals, travelers, and experienced guides. In our general opinion, your trip around the city should include the following excursions in Dusseldorf:

1. Old Town - Altstadt

One of the streets of Dusseldorf's historic center Marek Gehrmann

The historic center is the Old Town, filled with souvenir shops, museums and ancient buildings. Discotheques, restaurants, pubs and bars rub shoulders with cultural treasures such as the Museum of Ceramics, the Rhine Opera House and the Academy of Fine Arts. If you don’t know what to visit first in Dusseldorf, come to the Altstadt.

2. Burgplatz square

Burgplatz Square at night

As you approach the square, you will see the New Embankment clock, called the Green Matilda (date of creation - 19th century). Their column of granite is used as a water gauge. On the Burgplatz itself there are numerous Dusseldorf attractions, such as the Shipping Museum and the 14th century Dusseldorf Castle Outpost. It is worth coming here for the unique atmosphere, and to get acquainted with ancient monuments of history and culture.

3. Dusseldorf Town Hall

Facades of the Dusseldorf Town Hall

Gothic U-shaped building, erected in the 16th century. The five-story building is made of pink brick, and is decorated with a hipped tower. Once inside the tower, you can climb up the spiral staircase. In the old days the Old Town Hall had an art gallery, craft and commercial warehouses and workshops. Today, as it was five centuries ago, it is also the seat of the mayor.

4. St. Lambert’s Basilica

Rack with relics of St. Apollinarius in St. Lambert's Basilica in Dusseldorf Till.niermann

The present building was erected to replace a wooden temple from the 8th century. It was with the erection of this landmark that the Christianization of Dusseldorf began. It was Duke Wilhelm I who gave it its present appearance. It was named, incidentally, after the Virgin Mary. If you don’t know where to go in Dusseldorf but are interested in architecture, come here. You can see stained glass windows with rose petals (the symbol of the Virgin Mary), a unique portal, bronze knights, and a tall spire with an offset axis.

5. Church of the Apostle Andrew

Interior view of the Church of the Apostle Andrew in the "Old Town" of Dusseldorf Ostrowski Alexander, Kiev

Baroque church of 1629, built in memory of St. Andrew and the last refuge for J. of Palatinate. The building has a rich history. Inside you can see an organ from 1782, a magnificent marble altar created by E. Matare, and sculptures of the 12 apostles. The church was restored several decades ago.

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6. Rainturm Tower

The Rheinturm TV and radio tower in the park on the banks of the Rhine in Dusseldorf Till Niermann

This 240-meter TV tower is the tallest building in the city and graces many magnets, postcards and other souvenirs with its view. Inside the building are open offices of TV and radio companies. If you want to see all the interesting places in Dusseldorf at once, buy a ticket for the Rheinurm observation deck. Together with a restaurant with panoramic windows, it is located at 174 meters, and slowly rotates. It will be equally interesting to see the huge decimal clock, made up of numerous LEDs. A state-of-the-art light system is built into the base of the tower.

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7. King’s Alley

Triton Fountain on the Royal Alley in Dusseldorf

Your trip to Dusseldorf should definitely include a visit to this green complex. Centuries-old chestnuts grow on each side of the avenue. Here you can find chic cafes and restaurants, expensive and trendy stores. Popular alley is also due to the colorful canal with bridges without railings. Walking along it, you will get to the fountain with sculptures, created by F. Kubillier in 1990.

8. New Customs House

The buildings of the "Art Center and Media Center" in the Dusseldorf Harbor

An architectural ensemble with “dancing” planes in brown, silver and white. More than 60 million euros have been spent on the construction of the landmark. In the complex of buildings made of concrete and glass you can look at the Alu-Buerodose with its incredibly curved windows, at the Patience, as if woven from rags, at the 75-meter high Needle, at the Roggendorf-Haus, with people made of plastic climbing up the facade.

9. Goethe Museum

The Goethe Museum on the grounds of the late 18th century Baroque Jörg Wiegels] castle [Jörg Wiegels

As well as many other sights in Germany, this one came about through the efforts of a private collector. A. Kippenberg gave his daughter valuable rarities, which formed the basis of the current exhibition - folios, manuscripts, personal belongings of the famous thinker and writer. For the creation of the museum was chosen an ancient castle, surrounded by a blooming park complex. In the 18th century, the building gradually fell into disrepair and was subjected to raids and looting. Many priceless items disappeared without a trace. The modern museum with a reading room and library has preserved the atmosphere of Goethe’s time. Its visitors can see a collection of coins, paintings, porcelain objects, antique furniture.

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10. Tonhalle Concert Hall

Interior of Mendelssohn Hall Tonhalle Andreas Praefcke

The date of construction is 1926. The building, with its Gothic-style windows, is reminiscent of an indoor stadium. Previously the building belonged to the planetarium, but today its stars are not on the height under the ceiling, but below - on the stage. Performances of famous symphony orchestras, rock singers, jazz performers and opera soloists are regularly arranged. The venue has a new organ. Ticket prices are quite high, but the number of art lovers is always impressive. Experienced guides in Dusseldorf love to tell you that thanks to the reconstruction in 2005, the hall received innovative volumetric decorations and LED lighting - the local productions became even more spectacular.

11. Kunstpalast Museum

The Kunstpalast Art Museum Dusseldorf's painting collection Kippelboy

This 1971 museum complex can be recognized without difficulty by its “Egyptian” appearance and the shape of the developing ribbon. The façade is decorated with an original sculpture standing in a pool. In the halls are collections of art objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. A special place in the expositions is given to the works of the legendary P. Klee - you can look at a hundred paintings of the famous abstractionist.

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12. German Ceramics Museum

The exhibition of ceramics at the Hetjens Museum in Dusseldorf Marcus Cyron

A rare and priceless exhibition of ceramic objects, created in the 20th century thanks to a private collector. Over the years it has been enriched with new works of art. The museum now has over 8,000 specimens from various parts of the world on display. Of particular interest is the giant 17th-century dome - also made of ceramics - which was brought to Dusseldorf from Pakistan.

13. Art collection of North Rhine-Westphalia

The K20 art museum on Grabbeplatz with the exhibition "20th century art" Alice Wiegand
Museum "K21" in Stendenhaus, which presents art from the late 20th and early 21st centuries Alice Wiegand

An exhibition center housing paintings by such masters as Matisse, Pollock and Piccasso. Originally, an ancient castle was given over to the complex. But it wasn’t big enough to showcase more and more masterpieces. Therefore, about 40 years ago, another building was added to the palace. This is the best version of what to see in Dusseldorf in 1 day for all fans of art.

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14. Neanderthal Museum

Entrance to the Neanderthal Museum in Dusseldorf Uniesert

The 1996 building was erected on the site where the country’s first Neanderthal was discovered 150 years ago. The collections of exhibits tell about the theory of the revolution and the development of mankind. The museum has a park complex with its own treasures - the first stone tools.

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15. Film Museum

Film relics at the Dusseldorf Film Museum kodiak

The four levels of the building house half a thousand figures from the ancient shadow theater, discovered back in the 13th century. Other exhibits include ancient posters from film sets, costumes, lighting equipment, cameras and other film-making equipment.

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16. Mustard Museum

The Mustard Museum in one of the company stores of the famous German company Löwensenf Catatine

The museum complex is located in Löwensenf is a famous store that produces and sells German specialty mustard. Guests are offered a tour of the machines, utensils and raw materials used in the production of the condiment. A film about the production process is shown on a projector. Here you can taste and buy mustard with the addition of chili peppers, fruit, beer, etc. Other original products are on sale as well. The reviews about visiting this museum are always rave.

17. Museum of Shipping and Navigation

Museum of Shipping in the Castle Tower Jörg Wiegels

When talking about the main attractions in Dusseldorf briefly, we can’t help but mention this complex from 1984. Now in its collections there are two thousand items (photos, maps, etc.) telling about the history of the city, the development of the port, shipbuilding and shipping.

18. Theater museum

The Dusseldorf Theater Museum in a two-story Renaissance-style building Kurschner (talk)

The Theater Museum contains such exhibits as sketches of puppets and stage costumes, old newspaper clippings, manuscripts, theater textbooks, posters and posters, and ancient photographs.

19. The Aquatic Zoo and Loebbeke Museum

Skeleton of Physcem macrocephalus in the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum in Dusseldorf Frank Vincentz

The Löbbecke is a natural science museum with its own aquatic zoo. Huge tanks contain reptiles and fish. Among the inhabitants there are also insects and amphibians. You can look at penguins, exotic turtles, seals and predatory sharks. Many tourists come to the aqua zoo to walk through this mini jungle: in the humid and hot forest of the tropics are ponds with toothy alligators, hummingbirds and giant colorful butterflies rush through the thickets.

20. Benrath Palace

View of the palace from the Benrath Park

A luxurious 1723 Rococo building with an extensive park area. It was not open to the public until 1929. In addition to the castle itself, the complex includes greenhouses with unique plants, a horseshoe-shaped lake, houses for servants and guests, an underground tunnel (formerly used for food delivery to the palace). The main castle has an incredibly chic decoration: a majestic dome and oval windows with asymmetrical shutters. The interiors are represented by sculptures, pilasters and rich decorations of marble. Visitors are allowed to view the front rooms and octagonal offices, the central hall.

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Dusseldorf sights: what else to visit in Dusseldorf?

We hope that those sights of Dusseldorf, photos with names and descriptions you have now seen, will be of interest to you. In addition to them, we advise to visit:

21. Kalkum Castle

A picturesque building with pale pink towers amid a magnificent landscape Marek Gehrmann

Like some hotels in Dusseldorf, this Neapolitan Baroque chateau has an impressive adjoining territory - a 16th-century forest park with alleys and hunting lodges. Calcum is now municipally owned. It attracts numerous tourists with its loopholes and defensive moat, marquee ceilings and entrance towers.

22. Kastel Hjeltorf

The moat around Castle Heltorf in the Angermund district in northern Dusseldorf Beckstet

A 19th century building that has survived in its original appearance. The fortress walls, watchtowers, bridge and water moat of Heltorf were created much earlier, in the 14th and 16th centuries. The house is still inhabited by the heirs of the count’s family, so you won’t be able to see the interiors. However, you will be allowed to walk through the English park of 1796.

23. Imperial palace in Kaiserswerth

Panorama of the ruins of the Imperial Palace in Dusseldorf

Remains of a defensive structure recognized as a national treasure. The fortress survived into the 18th century, and was destroyed, rebuilt and reconstructed more than once. Only the battles for Spanish succession could destroy the palace.

24. Hofgarten Park

View of the alley in the old Hofgarten Park in Dusseldorf

Date of creation - 16th century. The park complex was originally intended to be a free place for local residents to relax (the first in the country at the time). The landscaped area was made famous by the Neanderthal museum, an artificial lake, numerous sculptures, fountains and shady alleys.

25. Rhine promenade

A late 19th century clock on the Town Hall Embankment (part of the Rhine Embankment) in Dusseldorf

The length of the pedestrian zone is two kilometers. Walking, you can see important monuments such as: the Burgplatz, the castle tower and the city hall.

26. Altstadt beer houses

Standard glass of Dusseldorf viola Johann H. Addicks

The Altstadt is home to over 250 breweries, a huge number of traditional taverns and beer halls. The most common beer here is the local dark beer altbier, which is served in small (200 ml) glasses of thin glass. Visit the street Altstadt is worth every lover of foamy drinks.

Dusseldorf - this is one of those cities, visit which will be interesting to people of all ages and with all hobbies. Read also about sights of Berlin and be inspired for your next trip to Germany.

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