Do's and Dont's
The Rinish way of life is easygoing but special
What we love and hate
Düsseldorf is a very open-minded and tolerant city. But if you do not want to get in trouble anyway, you should stick to the following tips and tricks.
There is an enmity between the two cities Düsseldorf and Cologne. Nobody really knows, when and why it appears, but you should cautionary avoid to start a great discussion about the cities. Furthermore, never ask for any other beer but an "Altbier", when you visit Düsseldorf. The worst thing to do is to order a "Kölsch", which is the typical beer of the city Cologne!
Furthermore, you should not misunderstand the rough tone which dominates when you visit a typical brewery. The waiters are often stressed out since they have to struggle against the background noise and the unquenchable thirst of their customers.
Problematic, but not unsolvable is the parking situation in Düsseldorf. It's nearly impossible to find a parking space right in the city-centre without losing all your nerves and a lot of money. Car parks are expensive and mostly completely occupied, especially at the weekend. The Königsallee is a popular starting point both for inhabitants who go to work or do some shopping and for tourist who want to explore the city. That's why the parking spaces are crowded all day long. The easiest and cheapest way to get to the city-centre is to take the train or the bus. The public transport is well-constructed and reliable most of the time. Never mind, if you want to use your car: parking on the Königsallee is gratis from Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. till 7 a.m., and from 4 p.m. on Saturday including the whole Sunday.