If there is one this I know as a Dance graduate its that if you are on the hunt for a culturally rich experience in Europe then you need to get yourself to Germany! Here are my 3 tips for exploring Dusseldorf.
A friend of mine was commissioned to create a piece on the late Pina Baushes company in Wuppertal. If you know anything about contemporary dance you will know that this is HUGE! So when he casually mentioned I should fly out for opening night I though, why the hell not!
After a bit of research I realised there wasn’t really a lot to do in Wuppertal so after convincing a friend to join me, we decided to stay in neighbouring Dusseldorf.
Where to stay
One of the great things about Airbnb is all the information the hosts (if you have a good one) give you. All of this information made the trip so much simpler getting round as our host provided us with detailed maps, bus and train times, basically, everything you need to help you get around.
As it was the end of September we caught some of Octoberfest and there was a great arts festival on so plenty to do.
Visiting Wuppertal was fun, we ended up heading out armed with our cameras to the sculpture garden. One day there was plenty to see the sites.
On our last day we visited galleries and explored the city a bit more.
For all of you Yoga lovers we took a class at Yoga Kitchen and I would highly recommend them. The teacher even helped us out by speaking some of the class in English.
Here are my 3 tips for visiting Düsseldorf:
- If you are going for a weekend you need to be aware that Germany is still pretty strict on Sunday trading. Sundays are very quiet and most shops, business and tourist attractions are closed. It is very much a family day and if the weather is nice its a day for visiting parks and spending quality time at home. So be sure to take this into account.
- Travel is very easy. The public transport in Düsseldorf is excellent with buses, trains and trams. There are a few apps you can download but I found Google Maps was the easiest to use. Most of the city has good wifi coverage so getting online wasn’t an issue. Another bonus of Airbnb is that the host normally gives you excellent info about travelling around the city.
- Don’t go on a river trip. Quite possibly the worst boat trip I have ever been on. There is nothing to see. So save your money and your time and take a walk down the river bank instead.