The River Rhine is one of the longest, and most spellbinding, rivers in Europe, beginning in the Swiss Alps before flowing down through Germany, and finally emptying in the North Sea in the Netherlands. For those visiting the city of Düsseldorf, taking a boat tour on the River Rhine is a great way to experience the city from a different perspective, while still seeing many of Dusseldorf’s major sights.
The Düsseldorf Rhine Route
While each boat tour company does do things slightly differently, the route that the boat takes is generally similar throughout, and will usually last for about an hour. Burgplatz Pier is where the majority of boat tours start from, and these will then head over to MedienHafen. This is an area of the city that used to consist of nothing but disused warehouses, until Düsseldorf decided to do up their harbour, and invited world-renowned architects to create iconic buildings. You will also be able to see Altstadt, which is Dusseldorf’s Old Town, as well as the state parliament and the art nouveau architecture of Oberkassel.
Düsseldorf to Duisburg
The German city of Duisburg is packed with culture, and is less than two hours by boat from Düsseldorf. Duisburg has the largest inland port in all of Europe, and there is always a vibrant, lively atmosphere here. Once you arrive at Duisburg, you can either take another cruise that will show you the sights of the harbour, or explore the city on your own, from touring the Maritime Museum to checking out the Oskar Huber, the historical steamer museum. Weisse Flotte is a great company to go with for this tour option, as they are professional, organized, and offer free drinks on board.
Düsseldorf to Kaiserswerth
Kaiserswerth is one of the oldest parts of Düsseldorf, and is known for its baroque houses that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The boat ride from Düsseldorf to Kaiserswerth takes just one hour, and there are multiple times to choose from, meaning that you can plan it so that you spend the whole day in Kaiserswerth if you desire. The quaint city centre is always a delight to stroll around, while the area’s ruins, known as Klemensplatz, never fail to enthral history buffs.
Booking a Boat Tour
It is always best to book a boat tour as far in advance as you can, especially during peak travel season, as Dusseldorf does experience its fair share of tourists. As mentioned above, there are several different boat tour companies to choose from, so you can either have a browse of them online, or head on down to Burgplatz Pier to speak to them for yourself and gain a better understanding of what they are offering.
The River Rhine is an important part of the city of Düsseldorf, and is a great way to explore the city’s sights. Whether you stay within the central part of Düsseldorf itself, or take a longer tour to Kaiserswerth or Duisburg, make sure that this is at the top of your to-do list when visiting the city.