Things to see/do in Dusseldorf, and day trips?

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  1. TheBeerHunter
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    My husband and I will be spending 3 or 4 days next month in Dusseldorf -- strictly leisure, choosing this location mostly based on the fact that I am able to use an InterContinental Ambassador BOGO over the dates we want at the IC here :)

    Looks to be a quick train ride to visit Cologne from here.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for things to see/do while in town? We'll be there in February. Restaurant recommendations would be welcome, too!
     
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    It might be cold in Februrary, however Dusseldorf is a town I like.

    Do walk through the old town- it is very close the IC and is quite pleasant.

    The largest Japanese community in Europe lives in Dusseldorf- head into the Japanese area and be sure to eat sushi- some of the best you can eat in Germany.

    Spend a day in Cologne- it is a wonderful city and is less than one hour by train away.
     
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    Had no idea about the Japanese community. Will definitely seek out Japanese food! Thanks for the tips.
     
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    I asked my German colleague who is from NW Germany...

    Dusseldorf - The Rhein River, shopping in Old Town
    Cologne - Chocolate Museum, the church and city, beer factories, and Carnivale is 17-22/23 Feb (very crazy and fun)
    Bonn - House of German History, wine vinters

    :)
     
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    Oooh...the chocolate museum, my husband will love. Beer factories -- we both will enjoy those. :D

    Alas, we'll be there at the beginning of the month, so will miss Carnivale.

    Thanks for the tips on Bonn, too! Excellent suggestions!
     
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    In Dusseldorf, walk around the old town, along the river, and through the fashionable shopping district. All are very close. This city has been known for fashion designers, especially for upscale women's clothing.

    In Bonn, besides the old city and city hall, see two castles which are part of the university now, walk around the river, maybe go to Bad Godesberg (another castle, IIRC with a boutique hotel built into it's walls). Across the river and a bit south one finds yet more castles and a small private zoo IIRC. There are good restaurants in Bonn.

    In Cologne, you can see a lot of the old city walls and towers, although it's not that close to the cathedral and pedestrian shopping area next to the main train station.

    Another interesting day trip would be Aachen, with a cathedral associated with Charlemagne.
     
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    Just be sure not to tell the locals in either Dusseldorf or Cologne that you have been to the other and liked it.
     
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    LOL, why is that?
     
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    Rivalry. Good tip from Tenmoc.

    Similar to the Melbourne and Sydney debates in Australia for example.
     
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