What You Need To Know

Dusseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. The city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies. Messe Düsseldorf organises nearly one fifth of premier trade shows.

Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts (Joseph Beuys, Emanuel Leutze, August Macke, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Andreas Gursky), its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music (Kraftwerk) and its Japanese community. On the river Rhine, Düsseldorf holds Rhenish Carnival celebrations every year in February / March. Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living survey ranked Düsseldorf sixth city in the world.

Düsseldorf is a city in western Germany known for its fashion industry and art scene. It’s divided by the Rhine River, with its Old Town on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. In the Old Town, St. Lambertus Church and Castle Tower both date to the 13th century. Streets such as Königsalle and Schadowstraße are lined with boutiques.

Area: 83.78 mi²
Population: 593,682 (2013)

Currency

  • Dusseldorf uses the euro as its official currency, a unit that is comprised of 100 eurocents. Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents, and 1 and 2 euro denominations.
  • You can exchange currency at any bank throughout the city, as well as at train stations or at the airport.
  • You will be able to use your credit card at most places in Frankfurt, but it is advisable that you carry cash as well. ATM machines will allow you to withdraw cash quickly and hassle-free. There is no general rule to determine which kinds of shops accept credit cards.

Climate

  • Düsseldorf experiences moderate winters with little snowfall and mild to warm summers. The average annual temperature is 10.6 °C (51 °F) with an average yearly precipitation of 797 millimetres (31 in). The dominant wind direction is from the west with velocities in the range of 3 to 4 m/s (7–9 mph), with gusts of 3.5 −4.8 m/s (8–10.7 mph). The wind is calm (defined as being under 2 m/s or 4.5 mph) about 35% of the time, more frequently at night and in the winter.
  • The months June, July and August have nice weather with a good average temperature.
  • On average, the warmest month is August.
  • On average, the coolest month is January.
  • July is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don’t like too much rain.
  • April is the driest month.

Language

The official spoken language in Dusseldorf is German, although as the city is home to a large population of foreigners (17% of the total). English, Turkish, Italian, Greek and Japanese is also spoken by minorities.

Safety

Düsseldorf is generally as safe as other European cities of similar size. However the surroundings of the central railway station can be a bit intimidating especially at night due to the presence of junkies. Non-white single males may often be denied entry into bars, due to common occurrences of brawls among Turkish or Middle Eastern population. This may come as a surprise if you are visiting from a more racially tolerant country. In such incidence, do not argue with the staff as they have the right to reserve the entry to the premises. Simply move on to a different bar.

DON’T

  • Do not get drunk in public. Public drunkenness is frowned upon.
  • Do not jaywalk. Nobody else does, and you might get fined.
  • Do not eat with your fingers.

DO

  • Do shake hands with everyone including children, say “Guten Tag” (good day), and keep eye contact when greeting somebody.
  • Do get proper medical insurance when visiting Germany. Medical care is expensive, get health insurance especially when you stay longer.
  • Do remove your shoes before entering a German house.
  • Do have cash with you. Cash is king in Germany, and many restaurants don’t take credit cards

Getting Around

Public transportation consists of both buses and trains, each of which is relatively inexpensive, easy to use, comfortable, and safe.  Together, these methods of transportation can get travellers everywhere they wish to go in the area.

The bus, tramway and subway network Map is operated by Rheinbahn AG. There is also a suburban railway network (S-Bahn). Most destinations in Düsseldorf can be reached by local transportation. Tickets must be purchased and postmarked before using the transportation service. Tickets are bought from vending machines on the tram or subway stops. There are many different ticket types and the vending machine’s instructions are only in German. The city centre is not that large and most attractions are a walkable distance from each other.

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