Europe is jam-packed with places to see and things to do. With 51 countries to explore it can be tough to choose what city to visit next– we know. But visiting the German city of Dusseldorf is one you do not want to miss!

Dusseldorf is at the center of the Rhine Ruhr area, a bustling network of 53 connected cities–the EU’s third largest market in volume and spending. The city is an international award-winner for its innovative public parks and gardens and ranks #6 on the global list of cities with the highest quality of living. A biker’s paradise, there are 450 miles of bicycle trails all over the Ruhr region.

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The rare combination of old-world and metropolitan charm provides a strong backdrop for one of Europe’s most modern and prosperous cities. Having so many cities and attractions within short distances of one another in the Ruhr Region, each with their own unique personality, is part of what makes a visit to Dusseldorf  perfect place for student travel.

Not only is it easy to visit Dusseldorf from North America (there are direct student flights from 11 US and Canadian cities) but it is very easy to get to other German cities: Cologne is just a 20 min train ride and Frankfurt is an hour and a half train ride. Dusseldorf is also located near a number of other European countries as well: Amsterdam is 150 miles away, Brussels is 143 miles away and Paris is 340 miles away (a four hour train ride). With its superior infrastructure, these cities are easily reachable by both car and train.

No matter if you are a student studying abroad looking for places to visit on the weekends,  or putting together the itinerary for your next Euro-Trip, you need to put Dusseldorf, Germany on your list.

  1. Historic Old Town and Longest Bar in the Worldthings-to-do-in-Dusseldorf

Just a ten minute ride from the airport is the city center and historic old town.

The city is home to four major colleges, and the city’s central location draws young people from the area and visitors of all ages for nightlife. In less than a square mile there are 260 bars, named “The Longest Bar in the World.” Try the locally-brewed beer, “Alt” (only brewed in Dusseldorf) at any of these pubs (Füchschen, Zum Goldenen Einhorn, Zur Uel and Ohme Jupp) and get a feel for what a German pub is really like! While you’re here you should also check out the town hall and the 19th-century St Lambertus church with its twisted spire.

  1. MediaHarbour

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Take a 20 minute walk from historic Old Town along the Rhine Promenade to MediaHarbour. Here you will be awed by state-of-the-art architecture. These former storage and manufacturing buildings were transformed into sleek and artistic architecture and are now considered to be one of Germany’s newest and most recognizable cityscapes. Dusseldorf is home to about 400 media companies– including TV stations, advertising agencies and telecommunications companies–and this modern workforces shapes this area and the entire city.

This area is a great contrast to Old Town as it features modern restaurants and clubs, like “Berens am Kai” and “Rudas Studios.”

  1. Shopping on Königsallee

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Watch out, Milan! Germany has it’s own glamorous promenade.Known as a major center of international fashion, designers including Armani, Bulgari, Gucci, Prada and Versace showcase their latest collections on the luxurious Königsallee (also known as “Ko”), one of Europe’s top shopping boulevards.

It’s filled with big fashion houses and boutiques alongside cute and couture cafes. Stop by to window shop, enjoy something to eat at a local cafe, and take a str0ll down the tree-lined river walk.

  1. Benrath Palace and Park

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Spend a day at the Benrath Palace and feel like royalty! Benrath Palace is the largest and best known of the 20 castles in Düsseldorf and sits south of Dusseldorf on the banks of the Rhine. In the 18th century when Benrath was built as a hunting palace, it was praised for its artistic and naturally flowing buildings. The 150 square-acre garden is also a main attraction alongside the other three museums that are on premise. Benrath Palace has been preserved both inside and out so you can spend an afternoon being taken back in time. This is just one of the 20 castles in and around the city.

  1. Art and Museums

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Düsseldorf is home to some of the best contemporary art in the world which can be seen at more than 100 galleries and 26 museums throughout the city. You can learn about myths and magic at the Filmmuseum or checkout Dusseldorf’s Natural Science exhibition at the Aquazoo Lobbecke Museum. Just 30 miles from the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site Zeche Zollverein –a former coal mine considered one of the most beautiful in the world with over one million annual visitors.

Interested in seeing these sights for yourself? Well now you can! We are currently running a sweepstakes with airberlin and the Dusseldorf Tourism Board.

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Even if you are not the winner of our contest, you can still see Dusseldorf for cheap! Between now and July 30, 2015 you can purchase a roundtrip fare from New York to Dusseldorf (including taxes and fees) for $499 or Miami to Dusseldorf for $899 (including taxes and fees)  for travel between November 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016.

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