Düsseldorf is a beautiful German city with a historic center located on the Rhine River. There is a lot to see and experience. Moreover, Düsseldorf is easily accessible from the Netherlands.
Are the stores in Düsseldorf open on Sundays?
No, the usual chain stores are closed on Sundays. Yet that really does not detract from a particularly enjoyable Sunday in Düsseldorf. Enjoy all the beauty and goodness that Düsseldorf has to offer you, even if stores in Düsseldorf are not open on Sundays. About 4 times a year there is a shopping Sunday in Düsseldorf. This is usually scheduled when there are other festivities or holidays.
Which attractions are open on Sundays in Düsseldorf?
There are many great alternatives to shopping on Sundays in Düsseldorf. From the Netherlands, it is also not too far of a drive. We give you an overview of the nicest sights that are just open on Sundays. Read more about the shopping centers in Düsseldorf.
The Altstadt of Düsseldorf
Although the area of the Altstadt covers only half a square kilometer, it is Düsseldorf’s main attraction. Here you will find narrow streets with historic buildings, lots of nice stores and bars, cafes and restaurants galore. Be sure to taste a nice cold glass of Altbier, which was originally brewed here in the Altstadt. The Altstadt is largely pedestrian only.
The St. Andreas Kirche
When visiting the Altstadt, the St. Andreas Kirche is actually unmissable and should not be missed. It is the most beautiful baroque church in Düsseldorf. The Andreaskirche is bright and richly decorated with statues, ornaments and stucco. In the mausoleum you can admire richly decorated sarcophagi. On Sundays you have free admission from 08:30 to 19:00.
The Rhine promenade
In good weather, you should definitely take a walk along the Rhine. It’s great to start at Burgplatz, where you can take a look at the historic Burgturm. This houses the shipping museum. An interesting museum where you have the opportunity to pilot a ship into the harbor yourself. From here you have a beautiful view of the Rhine.
Directly at the Burgturm is the Rhine stairs. It is fun to take a seat here (with a beer) among the locals. There is always something to see or hear here ( someone making music).
When you walk from the Rhine stairs to the left, you come to the Greenhouse Mats, named after the shafts that used to catch the flood waters of the Rhine. It is now the place to be and can’t be missed. Here there is bustle and friendliness and you will find plenty of culinary delights. Restaurants and bars abound. At Schlüssel you should definitely drink a cool Schlüssel Alt and try the tarte flambéé.
Some insider tips for Düsseldorf
Bolkerstraße has made a name for itself as the longest bar (so to speak) in the world. Here you will find one nice pub, cozy bar and tasty restaurant after another.
A few meters away, in Kurze Straße, between brewery pubs and cocktail bars are two punk bars, the Tube and Engelchen.
In Ratingerstraße, it’s all about fun. You can socialize at one of the many bar tables while enjoying a drink until midnight.
The best view from the Rheinturm
No less than 240 meters high, the Rhine Tower is not only a transmitter mast but also a tourist attraction. By elevator you can reach a height of up to 168 meters. From the panoramic deck you have a magnificent view of the surroundings and the city, as well as what is below you. It is fun to eat or drink something in the revolving restaurant, which is located one floor above the panorama deck. In about an hour, the restaurant rotates completely on its axis. You can enjoy brunch in the restaurant on Sundays from 11:00 to 15:00.
Tip: Buy a ticket early in the morning or late at night (also very special), then they are the cheapest.
Art lovers are well catered for in Düsseldorf. There are two famous museums of modern art, K20 and K21. The names of the museums refer to the time period in which the artworks were created. So in K20 you can admire artworks from the 20th century and in K21 you can see work from the 1980s to the present. Open Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The trendy Medienhafen
After walking along the Rhine for about 15 minutes, you pass through a little park. And suddenly you have landed in the middle of the trendy Medienhafen, the modern heart of Düsseldorf. The name of this modern harbor district refers to the many media companies located here. Here you will find unusual buildings and groundbreaking, modern architecture. Frank Ghery (known, among others, for the Güggenheim Museum in Bilbao) designed the gleaming Neuer Zollhof. Those who dine at the Rocca restaurant can admire the Neuer Zollhof up close. The motley warehouse “Flossis” opposite it is also a real eye-catcher.
Great for kids, the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum (North Park)
An aquarium, zoo and natural history museum are united in the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum. Here over 600 animal species (in terrariums, aquariums and a tropical hall) can be admired. Since it can be very crowded here on weekends (including Sundays), it is advised to buy tickets online in advance.
Discover Düsseldorf by bus or city walk
If you want to get a good impression of Düsseldorf in a short time on Sunday, you should especially book a ticket for the Hop-on-hop-off double-decker bus. You can then get off wherever you want.
But there are several ways to discover Düsseldorf. A short city walk is also a nice way to explore the city when the weather is nice. Moreover, the guides often give very nice tips.
If you have more time, you can admire almost all of Düsseldorf’s highlights in one day with this free city tour.