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Cologne or Dusseldorf

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Cologne or Dusseldorf

I have to go to Dusseldorf for work 2 days mid April. I will have wife and 14 and 9 year old. Which city would be better? Coming from Paris after 3 days there. Thanks

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1. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

Both cities are beautiful. You can't go wrong with either. Given their close proximity, you can easily visit both based in either city.

I guess Cologne wins most tourists versus Düsseldorf simply because of its world famous Gothic cathedral.

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2. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

Both are of equal interest. Personally I prefer D-Dorf for better beer, nightlife and a few mins closer from where I live.

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3. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

Cologne wins hands down. Düsseldorf is IMHO highly overated, and I would not call it "beautiful". Unless you are into either heavy beer drinking, or very posh shopping and yuppie culture, there isn't much reason to visit Düsseldorf. The region has more interesting destinations to offer.

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4. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

Cologne, hands down. Lots of old churches besides the cathedral. Very good museums. Roman history. More easy going.

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5. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

I am slightly biased, but Cologne is far more interesting, with the cathedral one sight you wont forget easily. I am also with Blandine, and find Dusseldorf a bit overrated.

Besides, Koelsch is by far the better beer than Alt from Duesseldorf. But again, I am biased

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6. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

I´m somewhat biased too, but after some visits at Dusseldorf I have noticed that this city has some very nice fascets too.

So I think you won´t go wronge with both cities, and it´s just a short (train) ride between them.

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7. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

I don't think either place is beautiful, being mainly post-1945 reconstruction but I'd vote for Cologne over Düsseldorf esp. with kids that age (various kid-friendly museums include Chocolate and Sport as well as the Römisch-Germanisches.)

Düsseldorf when we were there last autumn was suffering from major redevelopment work in the centre so not even the Kö was beautiful (and as blandine says, there's the question of how much posh shops appeal in any case) . I enjoyed visiting the Goethe Museum but that's not of huge appeal to many!.

In fact I most enjoyed the day-trip i made to Zons http://www.dormagen.de/432.html and to Neuss which are both a lot prettier http://www.neuss.de/tourismus I found out about Zons from a tourist brochure, where it was described as being rather like Rothenburg ob der Tauber (without the tourists!)

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8. Re: Cologne or Dusseldorf

Thanks for the help!

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