Flights to Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf (or more accurately Düsseldorf!), is a city in Western Germany situated on the River Rhine. It’s a popular destination for trade fairs, carnivals, special events, nightlife, fashion and shopping.
Flights from South Africa to Dusseldorf are available with a number of airlines, flying in-direct from either Johannesburg or Cape Town, or with two stops via Johannesburg from other South African cities.
The airlines to choose from for a flight from Johannesburg are: Egyptair, Air France, KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Air and BMI flying via Cairo, Paris, Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Munich or Zurich. From Cape Town you can choose to fly with Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways, South African Airways, Swiss Air or BMI via Dubai, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Heathrow or Zurich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Dusseldorf:
Dusseldorf’s Altstadt is the ‘old town’ area of the city and is very beautiful with attractive old German architecture, including the Basilica St. Lambertus the Old City Hall (Rathaus) and the old Grammar School (St. Ursula-Gymnasium).
The Altstadt is most famous for its huge concentration of bars and discos though, and is commonly referred to as ‘the longest bar in the world’ because the streets feature bar after bar! There are actually over 300 places in the quaint old town which is only half a square kilometre in area!
If you’re visiting the bars you must try Dusseldorf’s own beer, called Altbier (meaning old beer). This is a dark beer, brewed from a traditional recipe and is served in small glasses just about everywhere. Also in the old town are several other breweries which have traditional brewery restaurants attached where you can sample the beers over a good meal.
A lovely part of Dusseldorf to visit is around Konigsallee; nicknamed simply ‘Ko’ by the locals. Ko is a famous street known as the ‘Champs-Elysees of Germany’ because of its many high class fashion stores and other luxury retail shopping areas. Through the middle of this runs a canal which is good for taking a walk day or night. There are many big name stores here such as Hugo Boss, Chanel, Gucci and Armani to name a few, and it is also a great place for shopping for high-end electronics too.
Dusseldorf’s landmark is the Rheinturm (TV Tower) which stands 240.5 metres high and does of course have an observation deck which you can visit at a height of 170 metres, as well as a revolving restaurant at a height of 174.5 metres. At night, the tower features the largest digital clock in the world!
Dusseldorf is a good city to visit for culture and the arts, as it has a number of theatres which mainly seem to focus on one particular type of performance each. In addition there are a good number of museums and art institutes, including the Aquazoo-Lobbecke-Museum which is interesting combination of aquarium and zoological museum.
One of Dusseldorf’s biggest cultural events is the Dusseldorfer Karneval (also known as the ‘fifth season’. This starts every year on 11 November at 11.11am and is a popular draw to the city.
At Christmas Dusseldorf is popular too for its Christmas Market which is centred around the Altstadt, old town, area of the city.
When Should You Visit?:
Dusseldorf has a mild climate all year round so is good to visit any time of the year. Summers are pleasant and warm with an average high in July of 18.7C. The coldest month is January with an average high of 3C.
Rainfall is fairly common all year round, though the wettest month is June and the driest is February.