Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany. Düsseldorf is an international business and financial centre, renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. The city is headquarters to one Fortune Global 500 and two DAX companies. Düsseldorf is known for its academy of fine arts , its pioneering influence on electronic/experimental music and its Japanese community. Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living survey ranked Düsseldorf the sixth most livable city in the world.
Banks are usually open from 08:00 to 16:00 (weekdays), 09:00 to 18:00 on Thursday and are closed on weekends.
You will find ATMs (Automatic Teller Machine) all over the city. Currency exchange offices are located at the airport, the main train station and along the main commercial streets of Düsseldorf.
Although Düsseldorf (like the rest of Germany) is mostly Catholic or Protestant, different religions are practiced by many citizens. Catholic, Protestant and Jewish church services are available. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services or nearby churches.
Düsseldorf is the 7th largest city in Germany and the capital of the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The city is a financial centre and is well known for its trade fairs. It is popular for its arts scene and for having the largest Japanese community in the world outside of Japan. The city offers several tourist attractions and national heritage that can be visited.
Düsseldorf is located along the banks of the Rhine river and is one of Germany’s most cosmopolitan, creative and modern cities. One of the best ways to experience the panoramic landscape of this vibrant city is on a cruise. Düsseldorf houses the largest inland port in the world including the famous Gehry buildings and the spectacular Media Harbour. The Rhine Tower is another famous landmark and a popular attraction.
For more easily accessible information please visit: https://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/tourist-information-offices/
The current city tax is 3.2% on net accommodation costs. Per law, all hotels must display this amount (either at reception or at the invoice). All advertised prices are including all taxes.
The daytime temperatures in mid-end October linger between 7°-14° Celsius and it may also be rainy and windy during the entire month.
The official currency in Germany is Euro (€). You can exchange your currency without any limits for total amount at all banks as well as many exchange offices in Düsseldorf. When you are exchanging your currency, you need your passport or official ID-card. If you do not have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency.
The power supply in Germany is 220/240 V. Most electric outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor for the two-pin sockets in use in Germany.
There is a large choice of restaurants in Düsseldorf, offering various kinds of local and international dishes. Downtown restaurants normally open for lunch from 11:00 to 15:00 and for dinner from 19:30 to 23:00. Cafés and breakfast bars may already open at 07:00 and serve food until 18:00. Fast food, kebab, and take-away pizza stalls usually serve food all day long, and some of them stay open until midnight. Bars, night-clubs and discotheques usually open from 22:00 to 04:00.
Düsseldorf is known as a very safe city. Nevertheless, as in each tourist hot-spot, simply carry your wallets in closed/zipped bags and keep an eye on your bag when standing/walking in crowded areas, packed metro stations or buses, etc. The main emergency numbers are: Police: 110, Ambulance: 112. European Emergency call: 112.
Düsseldorf has an interesting shopping scene, mostly situated in the area around the Königsallee. Shops and department stores are generally open Monday through Friday 09:00 to 18:00, some until 19:00, Saturdays 09:00 to 17:00.
VAT is always included in the price presented to the customers/guests in shops, hotels, restaurants and other service providers. Non-EU citizens can directly claim back their VAT at the shops (excluding restaurants, hotels and other food). Please ask at the shops for more information. A service charge is not always automatically included in hotel and restaurant bills, it will be stated on the bill or in the menu. Tipping is not mandatory, but a small gratuity (5-10%) is expected in restaurants or taxis if good service is received.
Taxis are not the most affordable alternative to public transportation. A 15 minutes journey will cost about € 15,00 depending on the traffic. It is not recommended to use taxis in the inner city as a lot of the streets are pedestrian areas and the traffic is quite high. The rates are showed on the taxometer next to the driver. The minimum rate for a taxi is approx. € 4,00. Night rides start at € 4,50.
Düsseldorf is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
All foreign visitors entering Germany must possess valid passports. For citizen from the European Union Member countries, a valid identity card is sufficient.
Please check the current visa requirements with the nearest German Consulate/Embassy in your country before your departure to Germany.
All registered congress participants with a completed registration can download a visa invitation letter within their vEANM Area.
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