Explore the Old Town
The Old Town was almost completely destroyed after suffering extensive bombing during WW II. Thankfully, it was lovingly restored by locals and is now one of the most famous and charming of Europe's old towns. Also known as the Dusseldorf Altstadt, the old town has earned the name "the longest bar in the world" as it boasts over 260 ale houses, bars, beer halls and clubs. This has made it a firm favorite with tourists and locals looking for a night to remember. With charming cobbled streets, antique gas lamps and an imposing castle tower, Altstadt is the epitome of Old World charm just steps away from the waters of the Rhine Promenade.
What to see and do in Dusseldorf's Old TownSee
- The Burgplatz - a square at the edge of the city's Old Town where the castle of the Earl of Berg once stood before it was burned to ruins in a great fire. Only the castle's tower still stands, but at the top visitors will be rewarded with views across the Rhine.
- The City Monument - an artwork in the Burgplatz that conveys the city's history through sculpture.
- Dusseldorf's famous gas lamps - it is the city with the most gas lamps in Germany.
- Try traditional dishes like Dusseldorfer Senfrostbraten (mustard roast pork) and Rheinischer Sauerbraten (marinated beef and raisins).
- Drink at least one pint of Altbier, a dark beer brewed in the old part of the city, or sip on Killepitsch. This is a fruity-flavored liquor made using a mix of 90 different berries, spices and herbs.
- See the Old Town at night. The area is famous for its great nightlife as visitors crawl "the longest bar in the world."