Motorhoming in Germany | Discovering Dusseldorf’s many delights…
Taking our kids to over 50+ Cities across 30+ European countries has been such an experience. So if your kids also love visiting them for their different architecture, activities, culture, people or food. Hopefully there’ll be something to capture your families imagination in the family friendly city of Düsseldorf in Germany.
It’s such a safe, well laid out city, it might just push it’s way into our Top 20 European Family City Break locations….. But if you want to find out which European Cities top our list currently? You’re in the right place just click here…
So how would you describe Düsseldorf?
But who was to know that Düsseldorf is apparently the city of cartwheels (Radschlager) (see here)…Regular readers may already have seen our budding gymnast cartwheel her way across Portuguese Beaches, Italian Volcanoes and even try it midair whilst indoor sky diving in Norway.…. so just imagine Libby’s delight as she was positively encouraged to cartwheel her way down the streets of Düsseldorf.
For those who didn’t already know, Düsseldorf is a comparatively small city in western Germany known for its fashion industry, wealthy residents and art scene (and it’s connections with the motor homing industry due to it’s annual show). It’s divided in two by the beautiful Rhine River, with its Altstadt (Old Town) on the east bank and constantly renovated modern areas to the west. In the Altstadt, St. Lambertus Church and Schlossturm (Castle Tower) both date to before the 13th century. With Lottie particularly enjoying streets such as Königsallee and Schadowstrasse which are both lined with boutique shops….. (if a little expensive for our pockets!)
Sitting down last year to write an article for a UK newspaper about ‘RoadSchooling our Children across Europe’….(click here) it reminded us that sometimes you need to really search for the next ‘Ed-Venture’… But with the city of Düsseldorf so close to the historic Neanderthals Valley (20mins by car)… we simply couldn’t miss the chance to learn about the origins of the Neanderthals…. and where better than in the very ‘cradle’ of mankind in Düsseldorf?
So what’s really special in Düsseldorf?
Situated no more than 1km from the beautiful city centre, it is easily reached by bike or public transport…. and its proximity to the banks of the Rhine ensures it is perfectly located for afternoon strolls along its complex canal system. Past ‘English, ‘French’ and ‘Tiergarten’ gardens bedecked in spring colours, you can even grab a tasty lunch in the daffodil covered gardens…
see it from a different perspective?
So what about food in Düsseldorf?
If you’re looking for a city that comes alive each evening, yet feels perfectly safe…. or a city that offers something for all ages… it really does make sense to head for Düsseldorf. Picture yourself biking the Rhine-side bike paths, exploring the Old Town, jumping into the lift in the TV Tower, exploring the Neanderthals Valley or simply strolling the streets with their interesting, unconventional architecture….So if you’ve got kids who love exploring safe new cities, then there’s plenty of fun to be found in Düsseldorf, just take a peek for yourself!!!
so where did we park the bus for the night?
There are plenty of options close to Dusseldorf. We settled for Camping Unterbacher See, but those who love a good city aire/stellplatz should head for the parking overnight option beside Dussledorf’s picturesque pedestrianised area overlooking the Rhine (GPS Latitude 51° 14′ 3″ N, Longitude 6° 46′ 16″ E). Others might opt for the other side of the river, and the Rheincamping Meerbusch site…. the choice is yours. Enjoy!
European Cities Review
Summary Need to escape for a few days? Want to compare weekend breaks to top cities such as Bordeaux, Rome or Copenhagen? Does your family love to explore new cities too? Do you also think that city breaks aren't just for adults and are a great way to learn, relax and bond as a family. If so, grab a seat, make yourself comfortable & discover some of the favourite 'family friendly' cities we've visited in our 700+ day European Roadtrip