Dusseldorf’s blend of old-world charm and modern architecture provides an interesting backdrop for this bustling city located on the Rhine.In my opinion, a weekend is certainly long enough to explore the main sights of this pretty city by foot.
Take a walk around the Altstadt
The Altstadt of Dusseldorf with streets lined by beautiful grand old buildings, is a wonderful location to spend a day exploring.With more than 300 bars in the Altstadt this area is aptly dubbed ‘the longest bar in the world’. It’s the ideal location to try the local beer, with many microbreweries to choose from.Tour the Mediahafen
A mere 15 minute walk from the Altstadt is the Mediahafen, however this area looks like an entirely different city! Boasting incredible architecture designed by Frank Gehry, this fusion of modern architecture and old manufacturing buildings is a must see.Once a working harbour, the old storage and manufacturing buildings have become a hub for Dusseldorf’s media companies including fashion houses, TV stations and advertising agencies. The futuristic and artistic architecture has transformed this area and created a recognisable city scape.Window shop along the ‘Kö’
Königsallee aka ‘Kö is a huge shopping boulevard boasting international brands including Prada, Gucci, Cartier and many more.This is the perfect place to take a stroll along the tree-lined river and enjoy a spot of window shopping and stop in for a drink at one of the cute little cafes. If you’re feeling like treating yourself, this is definitely the place to be!
Sunset on the Rhine
The Rhine embankment promenade is a great location to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset. As you can see from my pictures, the weather was constantly changing, even though it was freezing the little bars lining the river have heaters to keep you feeling snug.This area also offers you the perfect view of the city – especially the prominent Rheinturm.
Where to Stay
The Melia Dusseldorf is a modern, chic hotel located next to the Hofgarten which is the oldest public park in Germany. Only a short walk from great restaurants and bars in the Altstadt and with a tram stop nearby, the hotel has easy access to the rest of the city.
Melia Dusseldorf is the first biosphere hotel in Germany; they have incorporated aspects of nature into the design of the hotel through art and photography. I particularly enjoyed the photographs from the Hofgarten which are displayed throughout the hotel.
A festive treat
We were kindly invited into the kitchen to bake festive cookies. We were shown around behind the scenes of the restaurant – which I really enjoyed having never seen this before.We then went to a little station and made two types of cookies. The hotel chef then baked them and they were delivered to our room fully packaged. The cinnamon cookies were my favourite and so delicious, a real festive treat!
Our room was bright with understated modern decor – nature was feature through the use of floral flooring and photography from the Hofgarten.The views over the park and city skyline were incredible, the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and take in the scenes below.
Melia Dusseldorf boasts a wellness area, where you can relax with heated seats, foot spas, saunas and a steam room. This is the perfect location to rejuvenate after a long day of exploring the city.
Have you ever visited Dusseldorf? What was your favourite place? Let me know below!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Melia Dusseldorf and Dusseldorf Tourism arranged a tour of the Mediahafen. As always, all photography and opinions are my own.