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Getting around Düsseldorf

Public transport

Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) is reasonably compact and quite easy to cover on foot. The remainder of the city has an efficient and extensive network of trams, buses, U-bahn (partially underground metro trains), and an S-Bahn (regional trains, with lines linking Düsseldorf with nearby Dortmund and Essen). Pick up a route map from any station or the tourist office.

Rheinbahn (tel: +49 1806 504 030; www.rheinbahn.com) runs Düsseldorf's integrated public transport system. Single tickets (EinzelTickets) are available from vending machines located at all tram and U-bahn stops, and from bus drivers. Validate them before use. You can also buy a day ticket (Tagesticket), which is valid until 0300 the following morning, but a much better alternative if you are sightseeing is the DüsseldorfCard, which gives you unlimited free travel within the city as well as free entry to museums. Note also that many hotels offer free transport passes for the duration of your stay.

Taxis

Companies include Taxi-Düsseldorf (tel: +49 211 33333) and Rhein-Taxi (tel: +49 211 212 121). You must hail taxis from designated ranks, or book them by phone. You can't flag them down on the street.

Driving

Central Düsseldorf is compact, so you generally won’t need to drive unless visiting outlying areas. There is plenty of parking available across the city, including parking garages. Always park in a secure place if possible.

Car hire

The Rhein-Ruhr region (including Cologne) is well served by public transport, so unless your plans include a lot of touring, car hire is probably unnecessary. If you do want to hire a car, all the major national and international companies operate out of Düsseldorf airport.

Car hire companies in Düsseldorf include Avis (tel: +49 211 865 6220; www.avis.com), Budget (tel: +49 697 1044 5596; www.budget.com) and Hertz (tel: +49 211 357 025; www.hertz.com).

Bicycle hire

Cycling is a popular way of getting around Düsseldorf and is highly recommended if you have experience of urban cycling. Biking around the narrow lanes of the Altstadt and along the Rhine promenade is particularly enjoyable. Pay special attention to trams and never leave an unattended bike unlocked. For bicycle hire, try Rad ab, Friedrichstrasse 112 (tel: +49 211 336 661; www.radab.de).

Alternatively, nextbike (www.nextbike.de/en/duesseldorf) runs a bikeshare scheme, with docking stations across the city.

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Steigenberger Parkhotel

This 5 star hotel with 130 luxuriously furnished rooms is conveniently located on Königsallee. It offers all amenities expected by tourists and businessmen alike: three onsite restaurants, a bar and a lounge, modern gym facilities and a sauna, high speed Wi-Fi and meeting rooms. 

Hotel Orangerie

Housed in a handsome classical building in the peaceful, leafy Carlstadt immediately south of the Altstadt and just a few yards from the river, this small hotel in Düsseldorf is very tastefully designed in fresh modern style. Hotel Orangerie is perfect for travellers looking for an independent, luxury hotel with a difference.

Hotel Terminus

Unprepossessing from the street, this small 3-star hotel in Düsseldorf has attractive and airy bedrooms, a small swimming pool, sauna, solarium, extremely friendly multilingual owners and staff, and serves excellent breakfast.

Ibis Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof

Centrally located by the main railway station in Düsseldorf, this is a comfortable, modern chain hotel that features a terrace area, a bar open 24 hours and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served all morning from 0400 to noon.

InterCityHotel Düsseldorf

This very comfortable and modern, business-oriented 4-star hotel, a few yards from the main railway station, offers smart, simple rooms, an attractive conservatory-style breakfast room and very helpful, efficient staff. InterCityHotel Düsseldorf is excellent value.

InterContinental Düsseldorf

InterContinental Düsseldorf is an impressive and state-of-the-art 5-star hotel, arranged around a 40m-high (131ft) glass atrium. This luxury hotel in Düsseldorf has all the comforts, facilities (including gym next door) and style befitting its prestigious address in the heart of the shopping district, just a short walk from the Altstadt.