On the 28th of August my partner and I ventured to the German city of Düsseldorf. A city I have always wanted to visit. Dubbed ‘little Paris ’ this city is full of culture and couture.

We stayed at Villa Achenbach, a historic hotel dating back to 1907. It was grand and beautiful with polite staff, who spoke wonderful English and is located right around the corner from La Luce Duo, the number one restaurant in the city.

The best way to get around the city is on the tram, it goes both on and under the roads. You need to buy a ticket at the machines on board, while most locals seemed to just jump on and off without a ticket, as a tourist I feel compelled to get one just in case.

Shopping is a huge part of the culture in Düsseldorf, so our first stop was at the Schadowstrasse, the streets cut through downtown offering on one side familiar shops such as H&M and Primark, on the other side, Prada and Gucci.

As with every city, Düsseldorf has a beautiful Old Town which plays host to the longest bar in the world, known as the Düsseldorf Altstadt, it has more than 300 bars with each linked to the other.

We ate in Kasematten, enjoying a very traditional German meal of Nuremberg Sausage with sauerkraut all washed down with great German beer.

Most of the things to do in Düsseldorf, like many European cities involved getting your most suitable shoes on and walking here there and everywhere.

I’d highly suggest venturing here in spring/autumn, it’s a beautiful city that should be enjoyed in the sunshine but not the heat.

There isn’t any one thing I’d say you have to do in this city. My favourite things about Düsseldorf was that I could just wander around freely, jump on a tram if my legs got tired or stop for a beer.

Düsseldorf should be your next city break.

This post was originally written in 2016.

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