If you couldn’t tell by my Instagram, I spend A LOT of time in the Düsseldorf area and Germany as a whole. Being married to a German has its advantages. I have access to all the sauerkraut in the world, the opportunity to work/live in Germany, and the RIGHT to blow up massive fireworks without adult supervision on New Year’s Eve in Dusseldorf, Germany.
My extended family in Düsseldorf has always welcomed me in with open arms so I can only speak of Düsseldorf’s culture and community with the highest praise!
Here are my top recommendations for New Year’s Eve (and the winter holidays in general) for Düsseldorf.
Düsseldorf is a very walkable city so be sure to bring your walking shoes! There’s nothing worse than cutting an excursion day short due to achy feet.
In order of my own preference, I would recommend visiting classic sites, such as:
- Old Town (Altstadt)
- Christmas markets and streets filled with pubs!
A few less touristy options for your trip would include:
New Years Activities
- Watch fireworks from the Kasematten (Beer Garden)
- Traditional Raclette dinner at Boui Boui Bilk
- Pub crawl down the Altstadt (Old City) to see the fireworks over the Rhein River
Düsseldorf if you get tired of walking (like meee) then you can also use the various public transport systems available in the city.
It’s extremely easy to use public transportation in Düsseldorf and if you’re spending all day in town, I would recommend buying a Day (Tages) Ticket since buying individual rides can add up.
However, if you’re staying in Düsseldorf for a few days, you might want to consider buying a multiple-use ticket that won’t expire after one day.
There are two types:
4 Rides (4er):
10 Rides (10er):
*** The 10er ticket is actually available ONLINE via the Rheinbahn App. Welcome to the future y’all!
Whenever I visit Düsseldorf, I always stay with family so I don’t have a specific hotel recommendation. However, there’s a variety of budget and baller options.
Düsseldorf is known to be quite posh so accommodation will be a bit more expensive than other cities (i.e. Berlin, Munster, etc) but staying where you intend on hanging out most is always a good rule of thumb!
Depending on your food/drink consumption, I would guesstimate that you could enjoy loads of things that Düsseldorf offers for 20-40 euros per day.
A few local delicacies to try include:
- Himmel und Hölle (Heaven and Hell)