Clustered around a charming historic kernel, Düsseldorf is both a cultural mecca and the nightlife capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Discover its world-class art museums, designer shopping and famous regional beers on a weekend away to Düsseldorf from GlasgowAirport.
A combination of stately regional galleries and progressive boho studios makes this eclectic city a must-visit for art lovers. Start your sightseeing at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Grabbeplatz 5), with its prestigious collection of works by Picasso, Paul Klee and Matisse, then mosey down to the banks of the Rhine to explore fashion, media and design-focused museum NRW-Forum Düsseldorf (Ehrenhof 2). Uncover a lesser-known side to the city’s art scene in the streets around the station, where you’ll find hipster institutions such as funky Galerie Art 204 (Rethelstrasse 139).
Beer and blutwurst
No city does comfort food quite like Düsseldorf. Its traditional specialities include black pudding, thick pea soup and mellow ‘Alt’ beer – all of which are produced to perfection in cosy gastropubs such as Zum Schiffen (Hafenstrasse 5) and Uerige (Berger Strasse 1). Looking for something a little lighter? Modern trendy hangout D’Vine Restaurant & Weinbar (Lorettostrasse 23) serves elegant Mediterranean-inspired cuisine accompanied by superb wines, while Schlösser Quartier Bohème (Ratinger Strasse 25) transforms on weekend evenings from à la carte eatery to nightlife hotspot.
Fanatic about fashion
From Hermes and Gucci to Armani and Prada, most of the fashion world’s biggest international names have outlets in Düsseldorf. The city’s traditional shopping areas include the Old Town, Schadowstrasse and the Königsallee, but the edgy districts of Nord-Flingern and Unterbilk are increasingly catering for a younger generation of fashion addicts. Pick up vintage LPs, retro clothing and local craft items at the weekly flea markets on Aachener Platz (Saturday), Schützenplatz Frankfurter Strasse (Sunday) and Schützenplatz Spangerstrasse (weekends). Or browse designer stores at malls such as Kö Galerie (Königsallee 60E) and Stilwerk (Grünstrasse 15).