Journey To DusseldorfPosted on: 17 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
For its fashion, fairs and flair drive to the city of Dusseldorf for a fabulous taste of German culture.
Fed up of rigorous airport security measures, want to get away but also want the thrill of the open road? Why not check out of one of our ongoing European destinations, available to reach by car, and alternatively train, bus, motorbike or even bicycle.
On a great drive, the destination never surpasses the journey. In Europe, with the densest highway system in the world, good roads are easy to find. Picture postcard hideaways, tranquil, idyllic towns and bustling, beautiful, historic cities can be found almost on your doorstep.
With a map in hand and a port crossing, some of the world’s finest cities can be found within a few hours of reaching land and some of the drives that follow can capture even the most pedestrian imagination.
There are regular ferry services to France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, the Channel Islands, Isle Of Man, Denmark and even Norway and Spain available from selected UK ports so if you fancy an alternative way of travelling why not take the car.
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the economic centres of Germany. It’s located on the River Rhine and in the densely populated Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, with more than 10 million inhabitants.
About The Area
The city is well-known for its many fashion fairs, nightlife and shopping areas. The most popular street in Düsseldorf is the Kö which stands for Königsallee, a well-frequented shopping street with some of the most reputed jewellery shops, designer labels, and galleries. The Kö has about the highest rents for shops and offices in Germany.
Düsseldorf is not only widely known as a centre of the German advertising and fashion industries. In the last few years the city on the River Rhine has become one of the top telecommunications centres in Germany.
The old town is famous for its nightlife. There are more than a hundred bars, discos and pubs very tight together so it’s become known as “the longest bar in the World”.
Düsseldorf and its surroundings have the third largest Japanese community in Europe and the largest in Germany with about 11,000 inhabitants.
The city is located in the far west of Germany, very close to the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands and between the cities of Köln to the south, Dortmund to the east, Monchengladbach to the west and Duisburg to the north.
The central Dutch city of Eindhoven is only 70 miles from Düsseldorf and the German city is only 230 miles from the French port of Calais and 200 from Dunkerque.
Düsseldorf is connected to the highways A3, A44, A46, A52, A57 and A59 making it extremely accessible from all areas in Europe and the three-and-a-half hour drive from either French port.
Starting at Calais or Dunkerque, head east towards Bruges, through Belgium and Ghent and Antwerp, into Holland and pass Eindhoven before the final trip across the border and into Germany.
Stop for breakfast or afternoon tea in the beautiful city of Bruges, known as the “Venice of the north”, relax in the low stress lifestyle of Antwerp, renowned for being the “world’s leading diamond city”, or take a break in the cultural Dutch city of Eindhoven.
If you’d prefer to leave the car at home, Düsseldorf’s Hauptbahnhof Station is the city’s main station and is a major stop for the German state railway.
Take a Eurostar train to Brussels; catch an intercity train through Belgium and Holland before arriving in Germany.
For die-hard flyers, Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is the third largest airport in Germany and offers connections to 175 destinations worldwide. The main airport of Düsseldorf is located about 10 miles away from the main railway station. It takes 12 minutes by city railway to the main railway station, while by car, bus or taxi it takes about 20 minutes.
Lufthansa fly from Birmingham, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Newquay, FlyBe offer services from Birmingham, Manchester, London Heathrow and Southampton while Air Berlin fly from Jersey and London Stanstead.
Sights & Attractions
One of the biggest cultural events in Düsseldorf is the Düsseldorfer Karneval, also referred to as the "fifth season" which starts every year on 11th November at 11:11 am, and reaches its peak on Rosenmontag - Rose Monday - featuring a huge parade through the streets of Düsseldorf.
The Old City is known as the party region of the city and the “longest bar in the world” because of the sheer number of bars, clubs and discos to suit all ages and tastes.
Apart from its busy nightlife, the Old Town is also an enjoyable place to walk around, including some notable buildings such as the birthplace of Heinrich Heine - a famous German poet - the Schlossturm or Castle Tower, St. Andreas Church and Neander Church.
Rhine Promenade travels along the river bordering the Old City and leads all the way down to the Media Harbour, a funky and designer area with plenty of interesting buildings by well-known German architects.
The Media Harbour also features the Rhine Tower, a 240 metre high tower on the right of the Rhine River. It offers a 360 degree view from the restaurant, at 172 meters and amazing views of the city and surrounding area.
Düsseldorf - The official website for the German city of Düsseldorf.
Germany - The official website for tourism in Germany.
Ferry Booker - Find the cheapest fares to France by ferry or Eurotunnel.
Eurostar - Check train prices to Brussels and train travel to Germany.
SkyScanner - Search for the cheapest fares to Germany and Dusseldorf online.
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