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Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

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Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

We will be arriving in Dusseldorf airport at 9pm and departing the next day at 1pm. We have never been to Germany before and so would like to take this opportunity to eperience the German culture in some way. We won't have much time that evening, by the time we get settled into our hotel, but can anyone recommend something to do in the morning before boarding our flight? I was thinking to keep it simple and take a walk along the Rhine and get breakfast out instead of at the hotel. Any other suggestions of things to do or a good suggestion on where to get breakfast would be appreciated. Also, we haven't decided on a hotel, yet. I think we will need to get to the airport by 11am, so won't have too much time. Thanks!

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1. Re: Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

We also have a layover and hoping for some info as well. We arrive into town at 4:20pm, so need dinner suggestions as well. Traveling in June 2015.

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Babynurse,

as you only arrive at 9pm, you will probably not be able to do anything but walk up and down the quays and have a look at Königsallee. And on the next morning it is maybe 10am when you have to get up, but 4am on your New York Time. You might just want to sleep. Many hotels have breakfast included in their rates, if not I propose just to buy something quick and easy at the rail station.

Mamalombo,

you have a bit more time. You could go to Kaiserswerth, which is a nice little town North of Düsseldorf.There are some restaurants, whith the "Schiffchen" being the most posh one in Düsseldorf (it's Michelin rated). In the middle of Düsseldorf, you will find several pubs where you can eat and drink for reasonable prices - the probably oldest and most traditional one here is also called "Schiffchen", but significantly less expensive. brauerei-zum-schiffchen.de/speise-und-getrae… The traditional drink in Düsseldorf is the "Altbier".

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3. Re: Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

To find a hotel, try www.hotel.de or www.hrs.de, set a budget, then have the hotels displayed on a map.

The IBIS in Düsseldorf is right next to the central station, and in your case, it wouldn't be a bad choice since you have so little time. The only problem with this hotel is that breakfast there is too expensive, but you could get a coffee to go and a bread roll or something at the central station. If you like cinnamon, try a "Zimtwuppi" at Kamps bakery, which is somewhat similar to a cinnamon muffin, only in a different shape, and not bad for breakfast, I think.

You could then take the subway (any line will do) to Luegplatz (4 or 5 stops), then take some photos of the Düsseldorf skyline from the other side of the bridge. Then, you could walk along the tram tracks in the same direction that the tram you just got out of was goint. This is Oberkassel, one of the most expensive areas in Düsseldorf to live in. If you're still hungry after that one cinnamon roll, get something from the supermarket or from the bakery on the left-hand side.

After two stops, you'll reach Belsenplatz. If you walk left here, you'll reach the Rhine after just five minutes or so. (Get a map somewhere, so that you won't lose your way just such a short time before your flight).

When you reach the Rhine, turn left and walk in that direction until you reach the Youth Hostel (big, modern, colorful building). This should take about 30 minutes. Then, turn left, follow that street for another 10 minutes or so, and you'll get back to Luegplatz where you can take the subway back to central station.

By the way, the "subway" runs above ground in Düsseldorf most of the time, and looks just like a tram. So don't be confused by the terms.

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Arriving at 9pm and then customs and bag claim and getting to your hotel will demand sleep. Period. Where is your hotel? Normally, I would recommend breakfast there, as a German hotel breakfast is by itself a cultural experience. Try quark, six minte eggs, lux with tomato and cream cheese, hard rolls, dark bread, toast it, with many kinds of cheeses and be sure and try yogurt. Also, Sekt and orange juice is normally available, Mimosa! Yes, you will need to be at the airport by 11 or so, so not much touring is possible, depending on your hotel location.

ZB

Edited: 20 July 2014, 15:57
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MamaL,

Do not go to Kaiserswerth. Yes, it is quant but Duesseldorf is far better and more scenic. Pick a hotel as close to the center and Altstadt as you can. Try and not stay at the train station. More on what to see later! And where to eat!

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6. Re: Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

It also depends in the day you are flying in.

But coming in at 9pm will not give you so much time enjoying the great city - have to follow toe postings before. Limit it to breakfast (but restaurants typically open at 10am!) and a short quick walk over Königsallee (also, stores will open at 10am!). And then you already have to leave.

Coming in at 4:30 means a little bit more time. E.g I would head to Königsallee and finish the evening in Altstadt with dinner/beer.

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Thank you all for the very detailed responses! We have not settled on a hotel, yet. Looking for something around $100, or less. I am considering Hotel Berial. Any thoughts on this location, as far as ease of transportation to airport, but also ease of being able to go for a quick walk in the morning in Aldstat and along the Rhine? Also, this will be at the end of a trip to Spain so we will be on European time at that point and our flight that day is only 2 1/2 hrs. So even though we arrive at 9 pm it won't have been a long day of travel for us. So getting up in the morning around 7am shouldn't be a problem. But, VERY good to know that the restaurants don't even open until 10am. Would we be able to get breakfast at the hotel earlier?

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Thank you for all the helpful responses.

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I am considering Hotel Berial. Any thoughts on this location, as far as ease of transportation to airport, but also ease of being able to go for a quick walk in the morning in Aldstat and along the Rhine?

>> Airport transfer would be most convenient by cab/taxi. You can work to Alstadt/Koe from there - it's an OK-walk. The hotel location is fine - but I am also sure that there are better ones. When do you want to go?

But, VERY good to know that the restaurants don't even open until 10am. Would we be able to get breakfast at the hotel earlier?

>> Yes, like in other major cities and upscale hotels, bf will start at round about 6:30am. And most hotels serve pretty solid breakfast.

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10. Re: Advice on where to stay and eat during layover in Dusseldorf

Andie, thanks for your reply! We will be there the end of August. Any thoughts on a better hotel for around $100 or less that would be convenient to airport, but also convenient in the morning to take a walk in Aldstat before flying out?

Edited: 23 July 2014, 12:08