Dusseldorf, one of the top 10 Business Travel Destinations for 2019 is seen as one of the top places to conduct business.
Home to one of best art and fashion scenes in Europe, it’s no wonder the crème de la crème of the fashion world flock here and is home to the headquarters large businesses such as Loreal, HSBC.
Top Industries: Financial services, Fashion, Banking & Chemicals.
Düsseldorf is the third largest airport in Germany after Frankfurt and Munich, handling 24.5 million passengers in 2017.
Business travellers can expect a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and sights in Dusseldorf. In this guide, we provide corporate travellers with all the information they will need when spending time travelling for business as well as some of our favourite places we have visited, weather forecasts, transport links, what to see, where to eat and much more…
Travelling to Dusseldorf
It’s always good to check what VISA requirements need to be in place prior to booking travel. If using a Travel Management Company, they will be able to guide you on this. For Dusseldorf, (at the time of writing) the GOV.uk website states that there is a 90-day visa-free period.
Germany is known for the efficiency, speed, and reliability of its transport systems, and Dusseldorf is no exception. Dusseldorf’s old town (Altstadt) is relatively compact and easy to get around on foot. The rest of the city has an array of transport links including Buses, Trams, U-bhan and S-bhan.
Navigating the metro, tram and bus lines that make up the Rhine-Main Transport Association (RMV) transportation network is straight forward and likely faster than a car, meaning the transport facilities Dusseldorf has to offer satisfies the needs of both tourists and Business Travellers alike.
App-based transportation services Uber operates in Dusseldorf so you can arrange a ride via your smartphone as you would do in any major UK city.
Bicycle hire is becoming increasingly popular in Dusseldorf and you can rent one from Next Bike for 9 Euros for the whole day or 1euro for 30 minutes. There are docking stations around the city and it’s a great way of seeing Dusseldorf in all of its glory (whilst keeping fit and healthy)
Dusseldorf’s bus and metro system run throughout the city and are a great way to get around. Buses run 24 hours a day, and cross-town routes are a convenient and inexpensive way to soak in the city. Most bus stops have a roof overhang for protection from the elements and tickets can be purchased on-board.
Whilst you can plan out your journey on the RMV website or via Google Maps, its recommended travellers download the RMV app to a phone. The app comes with a navigation service and connects directly to the credit card of your choice.
Where to stay:
Dusseldorf is home to a fashion and artistic culture like no other and the architect of the city doesn’t disappoint either, so staying in the city centre will not only be comfortable but picturesque too.
There’s plenty to see and do with top-notch restaurants at budget-friendly prices, dozens of, moated villas, scenic streets and artsy vibe there’s plenty on offer.
TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list of hotels best for business travellers along with the top 10 budget hotels.
Top things to see and do:
Whether you're spending free time in between meetings or adding on some “Bleisure” time to the end of your stay, a trip to Dusseldorf isn't complete without a visit to the following areas.
Fancy letting your hair down after a business meeting or two? Try the Altstadt! The narrow streets of Altstadt (Düsseldorf’s old town) are home to chic cocktail bars, cool clubs and pubs pouring the city’s traditional Altbier – great for a night-time refreshment or two!
Have some retail therapy and visit the Königsallee. It’s noted for both the landscaped canal that runs along its centre as well as the luxury retail stores located along its sides.
The Rhine Tower is one of Dusseldorf's most recognisable landmarks. Created by architect H. Deilmann and built between 1979 – 1982. Positioned at the top of the tower at a height of 172.5 metres, is a viewing tower as well as QOMO, a restaurant featuring 144 seats, rotating around its own axis once every 72 minutes and is a real must see!
Daily tickets can be purchased HERE for a fantastically priced 9 Euros.
Kaiserswerth is a relaxed riverside suburb with a village feel, known for the ruins of Kaiserpfalz, a 12th-century castle with striking views of the Rhine and surrounding countryside. The cobblestone streets of Kaiserswerth are lined with baroque buildings housing boutiques, gift shops and stores selling cheese, wurst and sweets.
Where to eat:
When it comes to food, Dusseldorf definitely does not disappoint! Here are some of our favourites:
#1 Restaurant le flair
Restaurant le flair provides a perfectly coordinated French inspired taste experience fulfilling the dream of a cosy restaurant with sophisticated cuisine and casual elegance. You can book a table here through Open Table HERE.
#2 Ristorante La Luce Due
Ristorante La Luce Due serves Mediterranean style pizzas, pastas and main dishes, available to eat-in or collect/delivery. The menus change 4 times a month so there’s always something new to try and is a real culinary treat.
#3 The Bull Steak Expert
For the meat lovers The Bull Steak Expert is the restaurant for you! Argentinian beef is at the heart of the concept and is the best quality the country has to offer. The award-winning chef prepares traditional, country-specific cuisine in a modern way and presents it in a puristic and loving way, complemented by wines from small, high-quality family wineries.
You can book a table HERE on Open Table.
Bibimcup is an extremely popular Korean restaurant providing culinary diversity. Their lunch and evening menus provide fresh Korean fayre enough to satisfy any road warriors taste buds. It is relatively good priced also, meaning it wont break the bank on your corporate card.
Dusseldorf Best Practice
It can be really difficult adjusting to a new culture when travelling for business. The GOV.UK website has some really useful information on best practice when visiting Dusseldorf from various laws and customs to health, terrorism and everything in between, it's essential to be prepared before you travel.