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Welcome to Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf is one of Germany's economic hubs, with a densely populated city centre housing over 10 million people. The city is lively, with a love of music and culture that is hard to resist. Streets like Bolkerstraße, Ratinger Straße and Kurze Straße are alive with nightlife in the evenings, and those looking for a quiet drink can sample the locally-produced Altbier (meaning old-style beer) for which Düsseldorf is known.

Because much of Düsseldorf was destroyed in World War II, the city is not as scenic as others in Germany; modern architecture enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, however, in Frank Gehry buildings and the colourful Colorium, all clustered in the media harbour. There are several pedestrian malls to stroll and plenty of museums and parks to enjoy, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a cleaner and more elegant city in Germany.


Information & Facts

Language
German is the official language. English is also widely spoken and understood.
Money

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks often won't change them. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.

Time
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
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