Famed for its fashion week, fine art academy and annual carnival, Dusseldorf has cast off its old industrial image and reinvented itself as Germany’s capital of cool. Heading for the runway at Dusseldorf Airport, you’ll catch a bird’s-eye view of its iconic location on the banks of the mighty Rhine. The river has been bringing prosperity to the city since Roman times and is still one of its busiest arteries. The home of Altbier, electronica, mustard and Mendelssohn has more than enough attractions to entice you to book those flights to Dusseldorf for your next city break.
A packed programme of cultural and sporting events, international trade fairs and conferences keeps Dusseldorf Airport busy year round. Visitor numbers soar for the city’s legendary New Year celebrations and throughout the carnival season, which begins officially on 11 November and reaches its climax on Ash Wednesday. But it’s still possible to find cheap flights to Dusseldorf if you shop around, keep your dates flexible, and book well in advance. If you hold your nerve and don’t mind what time of day you fly, you can also pick up some great last-minute bargains.
Regular flights to Dusseldorf Airport, sometimes known as Rhein-Ruhr Airport, depart from London Heathrow courtesy of British Airways and from London City under the BA CityFlyer branding. Budget carrier Eurowings links Dusseldorf with Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne, while Flybe supplies the low-cost option from Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and Southampton.
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Dusseldorf’s busy international airport is located less than five miles from the city centre, with great onward connections to the public transport networks. The quickest way to hit town is on two rails. Hop on the S-Bahn from its convenient station below the terminal: line S11 serves central locations in Dusseldorf itself and runs right through to Cologne and beyond. There are also several local bus routes into the city centre, along with a reliable fleet of Germany’s comfortable buff-coloured taxis.
Visit the galleries of the imposing Kunstakademie where Joseph Beuys learned his craft, attend a concert in the city which gave the young Mendelssohn his first professional break, or check out the cutting-edge cabaret at Kom(m)ödchen, which has been ruffling the feathers of the political elite since 1947. Sample Dusseldorf’s famous Sauerbraten – roast meat marinated in vinegar and spices – washed down with a glass of traditional Altbier in a cosy brewhouse in the old town, or take a walk along the Rheinuferpromenade to enjoy the architectural contrasts of its fabled skyline. Dusseldorfers love to party, and there’s no better time than Karneval to catch them letting their hair down – the huge street parade held on the Monday before the start of Lent each year is a truly unforgettable experience.
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