Have you decided on a city trip to Düsseldorf? Good choice! This beautiful city on the Rhine is not only known for its diverse shopping and entertainment opportunities, but also as the financial and art capital of the region and much more! See for yourself and discover the diversity of the North Rhine-Westphalian capital - from the Königsallee to the Rhine embankment promenade to the city museum!
Düsseldorf is the capital of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and, with more than 612,000 inhabitants, the seventh largest city in the whole of Germany. It belongs to the Rhineland as well as the Rhine-Ruhr region and is thus located in a European economic centre. Every year, Düsseldorf attracts more than 2.7 million visitors, and its not hard to see why! The modern and multicultural, tolerant and at the same time traditional city has a lot to offer!
Go shopping along the Kö, cheer along with the other fans in the football stadium or end the evening on the Rhine - all this and much more is possible in Düsseldorf!
Düsseldorf's history began as early as the 7th century right where the Düssel flows into the Rhine - as a small settlement of fishermen and farmers. Over time, the community grew so that Düsseldorf was granted city rights in 1288. But this was not entirely without controversy: the appointment as a city was preceded by a dispute with the Archbishop of Cologne, which ended in the "Battle of Worringen". This battle was also the beginning of all rivalries between the two cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf. Even today, the mutual dislike is still noticeable, in a humorous way, especially during carnival and in sports.
The Second World War literally reduced Düsseldorf to rubble - 85% of the city was destroyed. However, due to the city's designation as the "Office of the Ruhr", Düsseldorf recovered comparatively well from the destruction and became the administrative and financial centre of the region.
Anyone travelling by car in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia quickly faces one and the same problem: finding parking in Düsseldorf!
So that you can enjoy your city trip right from the start, we have summarised the most important information about parking for you here:
First of all, you should know that parking on the streets of Düsseldorf almost always involves parking fees. The city is divided into Parking Zones 1, 2 and 3. Parking Zone 1 is located directly in the centre of the city. Here you pay a fee of €1.50 per half hour during the week and up to and including 8 pm. This is followed immediately by the 2nd and then the 3rd Parking Zone. The same principle applies here, only the prices vary. In addition, there are special regulations for the area around the harbour and the Kaiserwerth.
But there is one help that the city of Düsseldorf has in store for you: the parking guidance system! To make sure you don't get completely lost, dynamic signposts show drivers where they have the best chance of finding a free parking space. You can also access the information on the internet.
Despite the parking guidance system, it can often take what feels like an eternity to find a free parking space! That's why we advise you to book a parking space in advance.
One thing is for sure: it is a challenge to cope with the increasing traffic in Düsseldorf day after day. But there is an alternative to the car or public transport - how about a bike ride?!
Although Amsterdam in particular is known for its many cyclists, you will also see them in Düsseldorf and many other German cities. So how about a bike ride in the fresh air and a sightseeing tour of a different kind? For more interesting information, Düsseldorf even has its own RADschlag app for you.
With a total of 25 S-Bahn stations, 50 different bus lines and 18 city and tram lines, you can get to any place quickly! By underground, for example, you can get from the main station to Düsseldorf city centre in just 3 minutes. It also takes only 10 minutes to get to the airport by S-Bahn from the main station!
Be careful: Düsseldorf has had an Low Emissions Zone since 2009. Only those with a green sticker are allowed to drive here.
There is so much to see in Düsseldorf! We have a list of the most important highlights for you:
You should definitely not miss the Königsallee. It is the city's flagship site. Along the boulevard you will find exclusive shops like Gucci, Prada or Micheal Kors.
Don't worry, Düsseldorf wouldn't be the fashion city if it didn't have more to offer. Of course, there are numerous cheaper alternatives. Schadowstraße also invites you to shop with its numerous department stores and shops!
In addition, you shouldn't miss the historic old town with its more than 200 restaurants. Everyone will find the right restaurant here, whether upmarket or more rustic!
And of course there is no way around the Rhine promenade! Especially in summer, everyone is here, young and old! From the sunbathing lawns, cafés or beer gardens, you can watch the Rhine boats go by. The promenade also connects the Old Town with the MedienHafen. The North Rhine-Westphalian parliament and the state parliament are also close to the harbour.
A visit to the St. Lambertus Church, the city's landmark, and the Rhine Tower is a must. From the viewing platform, 234 metres above the ground, you can see all of Düsseldorf!
In addition to fashion, Düsseldorf is also a city of art! In addition to the renowned art academy, there are countless museums. The oldest museum in the city is the Stadtmuseum. Another two important art galleries include the Kunsthalle and the Museum Kunstpalast.
It's best to see the different facets of Düsseldorf for yourself! Book your parking space with Parclick and start your journey! Would you like to discover more European cities? Then take a look at our car parks in Paris, Venice or Barcelona :)