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Düsseldorf in a day

If you spend a whole day in Düsseldorf, here are three suggestions for your afternoon.

  • Rhine Tower with parliament
  • Going out in the MediaHarbour


Start your discovery tour with a panoramic view from the Rhine Tower over the city and harbour (discount on using the elevator with the DüsseldorfCard). In 168 m (172 m) height, it grants an ideal view over the city, landscape and river. Next to it, North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament, and nearby the Stadttor (City Gate) (awarded a prize as Europe’s best office building) or Colorium – Düsseldorf’s MedienHafen has some spectacular landmarks and is famous far beyond Düsseldorf’s city limits.

When Düsseldorf’s old Rhine harbour was restructured, the concept was not to rehabilitate a large surface, but to treat each plot of land individually, adapting it to its future user. Instead of forcing the area into one uniform architectural corset, international star architects such as Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Joe Coenen, Steven Holl and Claude Vasconi were given the opportunity of making their creative contribution to the overall picture. Listed storage houses were fitted with state-of-the-art technology and creative interiors, old rooms today shine in new splendour.

In spite of all the innovations, the harbour atmosphere is tangible everywhere. The former industrial harbour owes its name ‘MedienHafen’ (media harbour) to the dense concentration of broadcasting corporations. Apart from different TV and radio stations, renowned advertising and TV agencies, digital media designers and design agencies have their headquarters in the harbour.

  • Palace of Benrath - Corps de Logis
  • Palace of Benrath

Palace and Park Benrath

You can reach the small station "Benrath" in the south of the city by regional train from the main station within 6 minutes (free ride with the DüsseldorfCard). From here it is only a few steps to the Palace and Park Benrath. Benrath Palace was built as a pleasure and hunting palace for the elector Carl Theodor.

Today, the ensemble in its artistic unity of buildings, interior and gardens, 60 hectares in all, is considered one of Europe’s rare total works of art of the late baroque period. The main palace building (corps de logis) with its furniture, porcelain, paintings etc. gives an  impression of court life in the second half of the 18th century. The eastern wing houses the ‘Museum für Europäische Gartenkunst’ (Museum of European Garden art) and the western wing the ‘Museum für Naturkunde’ (Museum of Natural Sciences) (reduced entry fee with the DüsseldorfCard).

TIP: Take a stroll through the magnificent park up to the Rhine.

  • Barbarossa's palace
  • Beer garden

Barbarossa's imperial palace, Kaiserswerth

You reach the tram stop Klemensplatz in Kaiserswerth from the city centre within approx. 20 minutes by underground U79 (free ride with the DüsseldorfCard). There you start your journey into the middle-age.

On the edge of the picturesque centre of Kaiserswerth, the mighty ruins of the legendary emperor Barbarossa’s medieval palace rise directly from the river bank, once one of the most important fortresses on the Rhine. Emperor Barbarossa had the imperial palace enlarged when he transferred the customs point from the Netherlands to Kaiserswerth and needed a fortress to dominate the Rhine. Ships transported mighty trachyte blocks from the Drachenfels rocks in the Siebengebirge mountain range to Kaiserswerth. The impressive ruins still measure more than 50 metres in length, only a part of the ancient imperial palace that was much bigger. The walls of the imperial fortress are up to four and a half metres thick.

TIP: We recommend a boat tour on the Rhine with the Weiße Flotte from the city centre to Kaiserswerth from April to October.