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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Went in December so the Christmas markets were on. Nice area of the city and worth the walk around. The Christmas market here is on e of the better ones in the city for me but still lacks a bit of atmosphere.
Written 3 January 2024
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
The compact Old Town of Dusseldorf is full of interesting buildings. The Marktplatz with the old Town Hall. The Burgplatz with its quirky Schlossturm tower. The crooked-spire St. Lambertus Church. The Neanderkirche. Etc.
Written 25 June 2024
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Daniel-Schiavini
Utrecht, The Netherlands5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
We spend my birthday in the Altstadt, and had a great time after all with 16 international people.
The only (and unacceptable) point is that the dark-skinned friends wouldn't be allowed to enter in any club, while the white people between us were allowed anywhere. One of them even made a joke saying he was a nazi.
Written 14 March 2012
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EdSalvato
New York City, NY620 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I really enjoyed walking around all town. I had to come here for work otherwise it would not have been on my must-go list. It was mostly quiet and a lot of the shops were closed on a Sunday morning. However it is in the middle of carnival so there are people around in costume. But I think the real partying is at night. Altogether a fun spot but not a must visit
Written 3 March 2019
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Peoutratus
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Germany is a great country but there is one very bizarre thing that few of the natives want to talk about. If you’re not a white person, the nightlife in most major cities can be very hostile. In Dusseldorf’s Altstadt me (originally from Iran), a Brazilian friend and some other friends from Sweden went for a night out. The bouncers let all my white Swedish friends in without any problem but the Brazilian guy and I were not let in without being told why. Even though we pointed out that they let everybody else in but us and asked for a reason they refused and told us to leave. On another occasion exactly same thing happened and I never tried the nightlife in Dusseldorf again. I was told by some that they didn’t let us in because “we look Turkish” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Back at the hostel I found out that the guy from Thailand would also be refused in and the cleaning guy from Africa had stopped even trying as the bouncers had told him they don’t let any black people in. One nightclub that stood out worse than others is called “Kuhstall” in the Altstadt, its extremely discriminatory with regards to racial preference.

I spoke to the police about it and they told me this is happening in all major cities in Germany and they can’t do anything because of the German laws for restaurant and bar owners. It had even happened to one of their own colleague when they were out one night as he is a bit dark skinned and was refused entry.

Moving to Cologne didn’t get that much better even though it is known for being a liberal and open-minded city. It’s unfortunately similar but subtler so I ended up going to nightclubs in the suburbs instead of the city centre as it’s a bit more relaxed.

This practice is a major cause for tension and unnecessarily hurting a lot of people. Parties are meant to connect people not to make others feel disavowed and rejected. It felt like many ignored this subject or tried to excuse it as trivial but Germany is too beautiful to go through something like this again, it doesn’t need to relive it.

To all of you who want to do something about it I suggest a group of guys get together, use a hidden camera while trying to get in to clubs and upload the clip on twitter, facebook etc to shame those idiots. Racism needs to be opposed no matter where it happens.
Written 14 April 2016
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xaii
Belgium116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
We love going to the Dusseldorf Altstadt every few weeks!
It's a 2 hour drive for us from Belgium but it's well worth it. Nice relax atmosphere.
Suggested "tour":
1. Park under the river "parkplatz rheinufer"
2. Go get a dirt cheap and delicious jumbo cocktail at Sausalitos (in the Bolkerstrasse)
3. Walk through the bolkerstrasse towards and then down the konigsallee, (window)shop if you want
4. Walk back to the Altstadt and walk around the commercial area towards the river. Nice and cheap stores should you want to buy something (like shoes in particular)
5. Dinner time at "chop chop" thai restaurant. Seriously, the food is authentic and awesome. Don't forget to drink a macon cola there! (thai whisky cola)
6. Walk down the bolkerstrasse towards the river, take the first left and then left again and stop at the "Kabufke" for a Killepitsch (local liquor), to help you digest the thai food!
7. Drink another Killepitsch cause it's great! (you can buy bottles inside by the way, even if the shop is closed)
8. Walk through the spanish/argentinian alley back to the bolkerstrasse and then either go for:
-cocktails at "sausalitos" or the "mai tai" bar,
-stop at the jazz cafe
-go further to the student area where all the beer is! (get a massage from the neck attack team if you see them, they are great!)
-chill at one the bars in the bolkerstrasse
9. Try to get home without accidents! seriously though, consider staying in a hotel ;-) I can recommend the INNside by Melia (get a cab to take you there), it's only just outside the city center. If you got to dusseldorf by car and want to stay overnight, park your car in the hotel garage. otherwise, if you parked under the river, you can get on the tram to get back to the altstadt to pick up your car and get home safe.
10. plan your next visit! :)
Written 7 October 2014
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K B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Following on Daniel-Schiavini's review, I'd like to reiterate his view on the old town.

Although this part of the city looks really nice and feels authentic, the night life is absolutely horrible for a black person.

All my fair-skinned friends could get in all of the clubs there but I was constantly rejected due to my dark skin. Yes, we've been trying different clubs (Sub had the most blatant racist doormen) and whilst all my friends could get in, I was simply laughed at and unceremoniously told "no entry for you".

The message from those doormen was crystal clear and it is really sad to post such a review in 2014 but it is important to share these sorts of experiences for a better future.
Written 24 March 2014
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AskMeForTips
Bengaluru, India55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010 • Couples
You got to be here for Christmas to see the real beauty and energy of the fellow Dusseldorfers!
GluWein (Hot wine), hot dogs, waffels, crepes .. mouth watering!!
The entire altstadt area stretching till Ko. is filled with Christmas market stalls..
Excellent artifacts from across the country are on display and sale here..
What I loved the most were the cuckoo clocks , table mats, hats, and the candle stands!!
I loved the decoration of this place!
This area has everything that you want! Clothes, food, everything!
In my honest opinion, Altstadt is every dusseldorfer's favourite hang out :)

Do plan to visit it guys!
Written 6 July 2011
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MarciTravels
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic521 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
I live in Dusseldorf and had a guest to stay over the weekend. We booked a couple of places for the Old Town walk (Altstadtrundgang) at the Tourist Office. This 90 minutes, 10 euros walk was supposed to be led by a bilingual guide, balancing English and German. The guide's name was Horst and it was one of the most disappointing walks I ever took part in.

I speak fluently both languages and found it emberassing the quality of information and details the guide provided in German, versus the insufficient, stripped down version in English. Despite having challenged him multiple times by asking specific questions about content he included in German, he made us feel like we were being an inconvenience and kept providing minimum informaiton.

Guided walks are made by interesting stories from the area, not just the hard facts everyone can read in a travel guide. We got none of that, despite the German version being full of detail like this. To cover his own back, he a couple of times commented (when challenged again) that he is answering questions and thus the extra detail, which was a lie. As I speak both languages, I was listening to both talks and he was purely more focusing on his German guests.

Hugely disappointing experience and embarassing for me, as I took my guest to it with view that she will be able to find out about my adopted town. Never again and would not recommend to English speakers.
Written 30 July 2013
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Haak M
Perth, Australia138 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We purchased tickets for a walking tour of the old town at the tourist information centre. The tour is only for 90 minutes and does not cover a lot of ground so even the most unfit could do this tour. It covered mostly the topics of beer, art, literature, a little of the history, but nothing about the war years. To my mind not worth the money.
Written 25 July 2015
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