Visiting Düsseldorf On A Budget

About Düsseldorf 

“Düsseldorf dazzles with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. It’s a posh and modern city that seems all buttoned-up business at first glance: banking, advertising, fashion and telecommunications are among the fields that have made North Rhine–Westphalia’s capital one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.” 
Lonely Planet


Düsseldorf at night. Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


Düsseldorf is a lovely German town, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. It’s mostly famous for its German beer, shopping street called Königsallee and the Museum Kunst Palast with Europe’s best art collections. If you are travelling around Germany, Belgium, Holland or even France, you can easily reach this place by air, bus, train or car.

Getting In

By plane

If you decide to fly to Düsseldorf, you can pick up one of 3 airports:

#1 Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) – one of the largest airports in Germany, located around 15 km away from the main railway station from where you can easily catch a train (S7, S11) to the main railway station (price: €2,50).

#2 Köln Bonn Airport (CGN) which is located around 60 min drive away from Düsseldorf city centre.

# Airport Weeze (NRN) – located around 80 km from Düsseldorf main railway station and it costs approximately €14 to get to the city center by bus. 

By train


The main railway station in Düsseldorf is called Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof and it offers various types of trains – from Regionalexpress, through Regionalbahn to S-Bahn. Before deciding to travel by one of these, remember that your ticket has to be validated before departure (the fine is around €40). There’s an orange machine before you go up the stairs to the platform, where you have to stamp your ticket. 

By car

Düsseldorf is connected to the following highways: A3, A44, A46, A52, A57, A59.

Getting Around


Magnificent scenery of Düsseldorf . Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


When is Düsseldorf, you can easily explore the city on foot, but buses, trams and subway is also available. My favourite one was S-Bahn which costs only €1,50 per short single ride (valid for 30 min, about 4 stops). You can also purchase a normal A-ticket which costs €2.50 (valid for 90 min) or a day ticket (valid until 2am of the following day) for €5.90.


If not couchsurfing (which is free of charge), I would recommend to stay either in Backpackers-Düsseldorf or A&O Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof hostel. For travelers wanting to explore Düsseldorf and its interesting surroundings, these two places are ideal to stay! For 6 bed dorm – mixed (shared bathroom) with buffet breakfast included in Backpackers-Duesseldorf you can pay around $18 if you book it in advance, whereas A&O Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof offers a great location and 6 bed dorm – mixed with private bathroom for around $19-$20 a night.

Where to eat

#1 Woyton coffee shop.

Woyton serves the best hot chocolate and brownies in the city, it’s a very affordable place extremely friendly to bloggers as you can use the free Wi-Fi and stay there as long as you want to. It is open from 8 am till 8 pm. Location: Mittelstraße 11, 40213 Düsseldorf. Contact them at +49 211 86298599 or visit their website:


#2 Caffe im NRW Forum.

Before popping into the museum, you can check out the very stylish Caffe im NRW Forum where the coffee is great and affordable (€2.50) and there are a lot of hipsters who surf the free Internet. Location: Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf, phone: +49 211 8926699.


#3 Lunch at the Farmers Market.


For your lunch or snacks you can go to the excellent Farmers Market in the Old Town. You can try out some Reibekuchen –delicious Germany potatoes served with some apple cause or a typical kebab for less than €3.

What to do on the cheap

Let’s see what you can do in  Düsseldorf throughout your day with a very tight budget:

#1 Walk around the Old Town.


Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


The Old Town is a historic section is filled with restaurants and taverns located throughout a series of pedestrian alleyways. You can stroll down the streets, take some photos or rent a bike and cycle around. When you feel tired, sit down on the bench and admire the beautiful historical buildings and tenement houses and when you feel hungry, grab a local kebab or some ice-cream!

Altstadt (Old Town) is the fun hub of Düsseldorf. I was here on a Sunday during a big soccer game. People were walking the streets in cafes and bars watching the game in their team colors. It had a fun festive party feel all through the streets. Altstadt is where you will find a lot of the good German restaurants and places to grab a beer. You can walk along the Rhine, take a short Rhine cruise or just wander and people watch.

Sadly much of Düsseldorf was bombed badly in World War II, but this area has been rebuilt with some German style. This is the area you will want to visit on your Düsseldorf trip, it has a lot to offer in the entertainment arena and a great place to see modern and old Düsseldorf come together.

#2 Visit Rhine Tower (Rheinturm).

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Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


The view at a height of some 170 meters over the city of Dusseldorf and surroundings is quite impressive. Also the tower seen from the ground is very nice. It costs only €5 to get to the top, sit down and have a good look.

#3 Relax at Nordpark.

Nordpark is a nice park especially in the Spring when the Cherry Blossom and Magnolia tress are in bloom. There is a nice cafe and restaurant as well as children playgrounds. The Aquazoo is also located in the park but it currently closed for renovations. It’s a nice place to take a walk at anytime. Lots of gardens, water fountains and ducks. The park’s big and calm. Worth a visit.


Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


#4 Walk across Rheinufer.

It’s a very nice place just to stroll around or for jogging and inline skating in the less busy times. It’s also a very good place to meet up with friends for dinner or for a date. There are restaurants, bars and also ice cream shops, though not always very cheap. The great staircase is also a nice place to sit down in order to enjoy the charming scenery especially during sunset.

#5 Head to Burgplatz.


Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


This is near the Burgplatz where you will also find many of the other top attractions, along with shopping, food, and drink. Stop by Reilly’s Pub for a Guinness Pint or the Schweine Janes for a pork sandwich while you are there in the area.

#6 Explore Neanderthal Museum.

Awesome museum, a must see for adults and children. Beautiful display and explanation of human and world evolution. Beautiful, peaceful site, full of trees, rivers and valleys simply worth visiting.

#7 See the ruins of Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth.

Nice castle ruins with signs that do a great job explaining the historic significance of the castle.You can access it via the U79 tram. Get off at Klementzplatz and head across the street and towards the river. Plenty of places to eat near the tram stop and along the road down to the river.

#8 Spend an afternoon at Loebbecke-Museum und Aquazoo.


Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


It’s a very interesting place for kids and adults as well. The plenty of different animals and fish all around.

#9 Visit Düsseldorf Film Museum.

As movie lovers we could not skip this one. The museum is located in a relatively small building on 4 different floors. It tries to show a lot of things, maybe a bit too much: not only the (pre)history of movie making with antique panoptica/camera obscura stuff, but also artifacts from modern movies and information on modern special effects and a ‘gallery of honour’ for some of the greatest directors from the history of cinema. The entrance is only €5.

#10 See Johanneskirchea.

If you are looking for a place to pray, St John’s Church would be a perfect choice. It is the largest Protestant church in Düsseldorf, located at the Martin-Luther-Platz.


Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.


 Have you been to Düsseldorf already? If so, how affordable was it for you?


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  • santafetraveler June 4, 2014, 4:26 am

    I would love the historic section of the city and lunch at the farmers market in Dusseldorf,

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:43 am

      Me too! Omomomo!

  • Justyna | June 4, 2014, 10:30 am

    Great post, Agness. Düsseldorf is super lovely! :) It’s a combination of everything what’s the best – friendly people, places to chill and an incredible night life. Besides this, it’s super close to France, Belgium and the Netherlands what gives a perfect opportunity for weekend trips! :)

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:44 am

      Thanks Justyna. So true. My sister lives there so she often goes for a weekend trip to Paris, Amsterdam or Bruges in Belgium!

  • The Guy June 4, 2014, 10:43 am

    Fabulous tips as always Agness, you really know how to make venues fit into all budgets.

    Whenever I go to Germany I always love the architecture and feel of the place. Whilst I’ve never been to Dusseldorf it looks as though it fits in nicely with my other experiences.

    Free wifi in a Cafe, just what we all need :-)

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:45 am

      Thanks! I’m in love with German architecture, cuisine and of course the street art!

  • Mstraveltipsy June 4, 2014, 12:07 pm

    What’s great about Düsseldorf is that you can walk everywhere. The city is not that big and most likely you will not get lost. However, the shopping is excellent there so you might spend some money on that. However, shoes you can get for a really good price. I’m soon about to release my own little Düsseldorf post on my travel blog:)

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:45 am

      Yeah, walking is a great way to explore the city like a local and discover some new places!

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:46 am

      That’s great! Send me the link once your post on Dusseldorf goes live!

  • Katie June 4, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Awesome tips, as always! I haven’t been to Dusseldorf, but the parts of Germany I went to seemed pretty affordable, especially since my favorite past time is mostly just walking the old streets and window shopping at the markets. :)

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:47 am

      Germany is very affordable nowadays. I remember visiting Berlin 2 years ago and it was cheap for me!

  • Catherine June 4, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Ah, you’ve made me want to go to Dusseldorf now! So many amazing sounding places that you can go to for free! The old town sounds lovely :)

    • Agness Walewinder June 5, 2014, 12:47 am

      Amazing!! Hope you can make it there soon!

  • rebecca June 5, 2014, 4:57 am

    Think I would have to spend most of my budget on food there. Love German food

  • Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats June 6, 2014, 2:14 am

    We were in Düsseldorf last year but sadly just came from the airport and did a drive by. Would love to explore further in the future. I think it is a great place to see modern Germany as it doesn’t hold the tourist appeal of a lot of other cities in Germany. These are some great budget tips for when we return!

    • Agness Walewinder June 8, 2014, 3:53 am

      One day would be more than enough to see what the city has to offer, but 2-3 days would be perfect to see how locals live !

  • Mary {The World Is A Book} June 6, 2014, 6:15 am

    Dusseldorf looks so pretty. I know very little about it and glad that there are so many budget-friendly things to do in such a wonderful city. I always see the German airlines with sales to Dusseldorf here in the USA but now I have to start thinking of this city compared to the other cities. Great tips!

    • Agness Walewinder June 8, 2014, 3:52 am

      It’s charming and pretty, not very overcrowded and it offers a lot to budget travelers. You should definitely add it to your travel bucket list!!

  • Tim | UrbanDuniya June 6, 2014, 8:07 am

    Ok so I want to be at the Woyton Coffee Shop NOW. But that aside, Düsseldorf looks quite interesting – I’d love to visit some day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Agness Walewinder June 8, 2014, 3:50 am

      Hahaha me too Tim. It’s a great place for a big coffee and a nice cake :-D!!

  • jenna farmer June 6, 2014, 8:13 am

    I’ve visited a lot of Germany but never Dusseldorf! it looks really interesting and I’d love to visit one day!

    • Agness Walewinder June 8, 2014, 3:49 am

      It’s an amazing city. My sister’s been living there for over a year and she loves being there.

  • Becky Padmore June 6, 2014, 10:23 am

    I have to admit I’ve never been but I’m now intrigued, I especially love the river front view!

    • Agness Walewinder June 8, 2014, 3:48 am

      You should definitely go there!!

  • Rosemarie June 8, 2014, 3:41 am

    This is such an informative post. We have yet to visit these parts of Europe and I will bookmark this page for when we do!

  • Franca June 8, 2014, 7:10 am

    I’ve never been to Dusseldorf so I don’t have any tips to add but the farmers market in the Old Town looks good and the food very local, I’d stop there for lunch for sure! :)

    • Agness Walewinder June 9, 2014, 1:23 am

      That’s true Franca, the food sold at farmers’ market is super delicious!

  • Emily June 8, 2014, 1:39 pm

    I don’t think we will make it to Dusseldorf this summer when we go through Germany, but this post shows a lot of great stuff so it will have to wait until our next visit to the country!

    • Agness Walewinder June 9, 2014, 1:24 am

      Thanks Emily. Even if you miss Dusseldorf, there are still hidden gems in Germany you can visit!

  • Mike | Earthdrifter June 9, 2014, 1:19 am

    Düsseldorf looks beautiful. Makes me want to consider traveling throughout Germany by train…

  • [email protected] June 9, 2014, 6:17 am

    If i ever get to visit Dusseldorf, I would love to visit the old town, snack at the farmers market, get to view the town from the Rheinturm and most definitely attend a soccer match.
    Excellent travel tips as always.

    • Agness Walewinder June 11, 2014, 2:01 am

      It’s indeed a nice place to stop by!! :) Thank you Rachel xx

  • Victoria June 9, 2014, 10:39 am

    I live in Germany and of course, I’ve been to Düsseldorf a few times but it’s probably a good time to go back again. An excellent reminder!

    • Agness Walewinder June 11, 2014, 2:01 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Victoria!!

  • Jessica (Barcelona Blonde) June 11, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I’ve never been to Düsseldorf, but it looks quite lovely. Lunch at a farmer’s market is always a good plan! And if it involves potatoes too, that’s even better. ;)

    • Agness Walewinder June 12, 2014, 12:52 am

      Yes, lunch at farmers’ market is never a bad idea :D !!

  • [email protected] June 12, 2014, 2:27 am

    Hello Agness, what a lovely post about Dusseldorf. I haven’t been. This confirms all the nice things I’ve heard about it. The food looks delectable and the sights seem diverse and interesting. Would love to explore the Old Town. Really great tips. I’m sure they will come handy when I go to visit (soon I hope).

    • Agness Walewinder June 13, 2014, 2:22 am

      Thank you so much. I hope you can make it there soon!

  • Sofie June 14, 2014, 4:53 pm

    In Dusseldorf you should definitely go to the Gut&Gerne chocolate bar and shop. They serve the most delicious chocolate-everything!

    • Agness Walewinder June 15, 2014, 5:02 am

      I’ll, that’s for sure. Thanks a lot for the info.

  • Simone June 17, 2014, 5:38 am

    I guess Dusseldorf is one of those places that is so close to home for me that I never get around to visiting it… I’ve passed it on many occasions so you just given me plenty of reasons to get into the city!

    • Agness Walewinder June 18, 2014, 7:07 am

      Stop by next time and enjoy it Simone!

  • Rebekah Voss June 17, 2014, 12:03 pm

    That skyline on the river is simply stunning! I’ve only been in the airport in Dusseldorf for a layover – looks like I definitely need to venture out next time!

    • Agness Walewinder June 18, 2014, 7:07 am

      You should, definitely.

  • Mstraeltipsy June 23, 2014, 6:59 pm

    And here is my post on bars and restaurants in Düsseldorf if you are interested in that too :)

    • Agness Walewinder June 25, 2014, 2:26 am

      Many thanks!!


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