Top areas in Dusseldorf
There's no questioning Dusseldorf's position as a German powerhouse of business and finance, but that doesn't mean it lacks history or culture. The city straddles the Rhine River, with its commercially-driven city center on the west bank. The best accommodation in Dusseldorf is on the opposite bank in the Alstadt (old city), thick with old-world ambiance and a world-renowned party scene. Nicknamed the 'longest bar in the world', this district hosts more than 200 bars and entertains white-collar workers and tourists, alike.
South of central Dusseldorf is Friedrichstadt, a 19th-century neighborhood teeming with leafy parks and stoic parliamentary buildings. Hotels near Friedrichstadt capitalize on their proximity to museums and performance venues.
The Medienhafen is another enviable district that's been receiving a lot of attention lately. Its after-hours scene can't rival the Alstadt's in terms of intensity, but it still boasts a fast-growing entertainment scene. The local harbor was recently reworked, and it hosts a beautiful collection of avant-garde buildings.
Well-heeled Europeans regularly spend weekends in Dusseldorf for the haute shopping experience. Joining the exclusive boutiques and department stores is a range of antique shops and the Shadow Arcade. The latter reigns over Königsallee, Europe's most lucrative shopping street.
Dusseldorf Airport accesses the GermanRail network. This means transferring to hotels near Dusseldorf is fast and painless. Trains connect the city with regional capitals across Germany, with tourists regularly arriving overnight from Munich and Frankfurt.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Dusseldorf, click on the interactive Dusseldorf map on the left-hand side of the page.