One of Dusseldorf‘s 49 boroughs, Altstadt is the historical heart of the city, and literally means Old Town in English. While the area may only stretch out for one square kilometer, there is still so much to see and do here that it would be well worth setting aside an entire day to spend in Altstadt.
Explore Altstadt’s Museums
The best way to begin your day in Altstadt is with a strong dose of art and culture, and this is easy to do thanks to the area’s many museums. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is one of the most recognized art museums in the world, while the NRW Forum is an innovative space that brings together the diverse aspects of modern pop culture, from photography to architecture to advertising. The Museum Kunstpalast is another world-renowned art museum, with a permanent collection that is held in extremely high regard, while the Filmmuseum is one for movie lovers, as this documents the history of movies and how they have progressed over time.
Lunch at Im Fuchsten
Meaning Little Fox in English, Im Fuchsten is one of the oldest pubs and breweries in Düsseldorf, and is the perfect place to soak up the unique Altstadt atmosphere. While there are many specialties on the menu, one of the most traditional of local dishes to try is the pork shank, which can be paired with a craft beer if you so desire.
Visit a Couple of Churches
Altstadt is home to a handful of churches, whose twisting spires are an iconic part of the city’s skyline. The Sankt Lambertus Basilika, which was built in the 13th century, is the most recognizable of them all, and forms part of the Old Town’s original core. Other churches worth visiting include the Bergerkirche, which was built in the 17th century, and the Johanneskirche, both of which will no doubt impress with their architecture and ambiance.
Many people refer to Altstadt as “the longest bar in the world”, as there are over 260 pubs lined up here. While you may have already visited one when you stopped for lunch, the only way to really get a feel for more of them is by spending a few hours bar-hopping, and tasting the specialties at each one. From local breweries to sophisticated cocktail bars, there may be a breathtaking array of bars and pubs here, but each one still has something quite different to offer. Be sure to stop off at Et Kabuffke along the way, because while this may be the smallest bar in the city with space always seeming quite tight, it is also the only place where you can try some Killepitsch, a local specialty liqueur that is made up of over 90 different fruits, herbs and spices. While you are bar-hopping your way around Altstadt, you are likely to come across quite a few venues that are serving up delicious local dishes, so be sure to try as many local foods as you can, in addition to all of the drinks!
While Altstadt may be steeped in history and culture, it also has a vibrant and energetic ambiance that will not fail to captivate you. While the area may be small, it still has the most to offer out of all of the boroughs in Düsseldorf, so be sure to allocate plenty of time to explore all that Altstadt is home to.