The capital of North Rhine - Westphalia, Dusseldorf is known for prestigious trade fairs, dazzling nightlife and modern art and architecture. The decidedly upmarket city enjoys a superb location on the banks of the Rhine and though much was destroyed during the Second World War the bustling Old Town has been meticulously rebuilt. Essential stops for visitors include the City Monument, the Neander Church and Media Harbor where incredible buildings by Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield and Claude Vasconi dominate the skyline.
Tourists can travel to Dusseldorf by plane, train or bus from cities all over Europe or around the world.
Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) is one of Air Berlin's main hubs and Germany's third largest airport. It is about 15 km from the city centre and passengers can travel to Dusseldorf from over 175 global destinations each week with airlines such as British Airways, Alitalia and Etihad. Other carriers such as Ryanair sometimes fly to Dusseldorf Weeze Airport which is 80 km from the city centre. Both airports have excellent train and bus links to the city centre.
Trains from all over Europe arrive at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, the city's main railway station and a major link in the Deutsche Bahn national rail network. These include high-speed Thalys trains from Brussels and Paris and Intercity Express and Eurocity trains from other parts of Germany. Dusseldorf Stadtbahn trains and local trams stop at the station enabling passengers to reach any part of the city easily.
There are several National Express buses to Dusseldorf from London each week. Tourists can also travel to Dusseldorf by bus with operators like Eurolines, Infobus, OuiBus and Flixbus from most European cities including Amsterdam and Paris. Buses arrive at the Central Station in Worringer Strasse which is in the city centre and well served by local transport.