Things to do in Düsseldorf

Come for the shopping and art, and stay for the history, riverside cuisine, and traditional German beer.

Our most recommended things to do in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

1. Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Take in the highlights of Düsseldorf from a hop-on hop-off bus. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will take you right around and through the city center of the vibrant metropolis on the Rhine. Get off at any stop and explore at your own leisure with a hop-on hop-off ticket. En route, learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones with commentary available in 10 languages. Enjoy the freedom to explore the city for 24 hours from when you first activate your ticket. Stops: • Königsallee (Kö-Brücke Königsallee/Steinstraße) • Burgplatz/Altstadt • Rheinturm/Medienhafen (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinturm - 1) • Rheinterrasse/Ehrenhof (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinterrasse) • Nordpark/Aquazoo (Kaiserswerther Str.) • Kunstakademie/Altstadt (öffentliche Haltestelle: Tonhalle/Ehrenhof - 5) • Tourist-Information Hauptbahnhof

Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

2. Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Ring in the holiday season on board a Christmas river cruise sailing along the Rhine in Düsseldorf. Soak in the festive atmosphere on board and admire sights of the Old Town like the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Rhine Promenade, lit up with Christmas decorations. Board the ship on the Promenade and take in the festive ambiance on board. The 2-hour cruise will take you along the Rhine past Düsseldorf's Old Town, with riverside views of landmarks like the Rathaus and the Rhine Promenade. As you admire the Old Town skyline, enjoy the sound of festive music in the background, and take the opportunity to try out some local sweet delicacies available on board, like waffles and hot chocolate.

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

3. Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

Enjoy authentic Düsseldorf beer culture and lifestyle on this city walking tour. Sample local microbrews and learn about production as your guide takes you through the process. Your tour starts in front of the Schloßturm at Burgplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. In the Brauerei Kürzer, get an insight into the brewing process and see the "beer barrel which is never empty." Sample the non-pasteurized craft beers with unique flavors you could taste blindfolded. Drink like a local, standing on the street in front of the brewery, and listen as your guide shares stories of the local beer culture. Discover the answers to questions like why you don't have to order a beer in Düsseldorf, why the glasses are so small, and where the longest bar in the world is. Afterward, make new friends and reserve a table at one of the breweries, where your tour will end on a high note.

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

4. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your guide and take a trip through the city's most famous breweries such as the im Füchschen, Zum Schlüsse, Brasserie Kürzer, and more. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. Sip on the famous Alt beer while enjoying the warm and traditional atmosphere of the breweries. You will meet fellow travelers from around the globe and learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture of Düsseldorf. Taste many other types of beers and play lay interactive party games with your new friends to break the ice. Enjoy the unique public brewery tour with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team, or even by yourself. 

Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

5. Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf's most recognizable landmark, was created by architect H. Deilmann and built in 1982 on the edge of the city center’s southern district at the entrance to the Media Harbour. From the tower, you will experience the most breathtaking view of the Rhine Metropolis: the Media Harbour, historic city center, Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine. If on the day of your visit the weather is clear, the view extends as far as the Cologne Cathedral.  Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 AM - 12:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Holidays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

6. Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

Experience Düsseldorf from a different perspective as you join a night watchman at the end of the day and take a stroll through the historical Altstadt (Old Town). Venture down the romantic lanes and see the streets and buildings illuminated after dark by the glow of the atmospheric lanterns.  Follow a guide equipped with a hand lantern, horn and halberd, as in days of old, and admire his typical gown and costume. Listen intently to interesting tales and hear juicy details of the customs and everyday life of the olden days. When the watchman cries, ‘Hark, ye folks," it is time to explore!

DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

7. DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

Create your own itinerary in Düsseldorf with an affordable city card offering discounts of up to 100% at a host of participating museums and attractions. Enjoy unlimited use of the city's trams and buses, along with all surcharge-free RE, RB and S-Bahn trains within zone A of Düsseldorf city center to get from site to site. Benefit from reduced-price entry to a host of exhibitions and avail of leisure facilities included for the duration of your DüsseldorfCard.

Düsseldorf: Altstadt Guided Tour

8. Düsseldorf: Altstadt Guided Tour

Discover the longest bar in the world on a 1.5-hour tour of the Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) with an expert guide. Stroll through the lively entertainment area, where more than 260 bars, restaurants, cafés and breweries add to the flair of the historical city center. Venture along the pretty lanes and take a look behind the scenes to make surprising discoveries you wouldn't find on your own. Marvel as history is brought to life and find out why the landmark Renaissance-style Basilica St. Lambertus has a twisted tower. Hear why the equestrian statue of Jan Wellem from the Wittelsbach dynasty was erected and see where the poet Heinrich Heine was born. Listen to how the play Wibbel the Tailor, set in the city, gained fame and enjoy great views of the River Rhine and city skyline from the riverside Rhine Promenade.

Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Segway Tour along the Rhine

9. Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Segway Tour along the Rhine

Explore Düsseldorf's green heart on a Segway tour along the beautiful banks of the Rhine. Ride across the Rhine promenade to the old town, pass the Burgplatz and Rhine Tower and visit a picturesque brewery for an altbier (traditional beer).  Meet your guide and get set up with your Segway and helmet. Visit Düsseldorf's house brewery Uerige and refresh yourself tasting a traditional Altbier. Make your way through the green oasis of Rhine Park, which home to some hidden gems.  Glide across the Theodor Heuss Bridge and get a glimpse of the harbor and see the place where industry, trade, and logistics come together. Go by Rhine Tower, the marina and the parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia before returning to the starting point.

Düsseldorf: Sushi, Sake & Japanese Lifestyle Tour

10. Düsseldorf: Sushi, Sake & Japanese Lifestyle Tour

Meet your guide at Hotel Nikko, right in the heart of Düsseldorf’s “Little Tokyo”. Spread across Immermannstraße and Klosterstraße, discover the area’s Japanese influences and learn about local life in this culturally-rich hub. With your guide, visit a selection of Japanese bookshops, authentic bakeries, and fantastic restaurants. Enjoy a sampling of four culinary dishes, including tasty sushi. You’ll also learn how to prepare traditional Japanese tea, find out which sushi is most valuable, and get to know more about manga comics and current comic trends.

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What people are saying about Düsseldorf

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,022 reviews

I gave my boyfriend the "Sweet Treats Tour in Düsseldorf" for his birthday and we were both very excited. Our guide, Philipp, gave us many small delicacies to try and we were spoiled with a unique culinary experience. We also learned a lot of background information about the respective cafés. The tour is especially recommended for those with a sweet tooth :)

Just walking around with my beer while finding out more about the city in my own pace, just feeling the vibe of the city. How could it be better?

Sehr gut aufgebaut, lustig, interessant, lehrreich, spannend.....die Zeit fliegt nur so davon. Tolles Erlebnis. ich werde es wieder machen

Interesting and fun - perfect for families (and fun for grown ups), and a nice way to discover new parts of the city.

Tolles Konzept. Wir hatten als Familie sehr viel Spass beim absolvieren des Explorial. Coole Sache!!!