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Dusseldorf is known globally as a commercial powerhouse and is unquestionably one of the leading business cities in Germany. Hence, the influx of keen young professionals looking to hit the ground running with a new job and a furnished apartment can be intimidating for new arrivals. Here you can get an idea of the most popular neighbourhoods while searching for a short-term rental in Dusseldorf.
Living in Dusseldorf-Stadtmitte
Stadtmitte is a good choice for new residents looking to live at the heart of the action or close to the office. Both the city’s cultural and financial centre, Stadtmitte has a lot to offer in terms of business and entertainment.
The Dusseldorf-Stadtmitte Neighbourhood
Shoppers in Stadtmitte flock to the Königsallee, the city’s best shopping street with a wide variety of luxury boutiques. Additionally, culture fans enjoy the Schauspielhaus (theatre), which is a modern architectural landmark of its own. Without having to leave the city centre, those in Dusseldorf on business also benefit from their proximity to financial influencers WestLB, also known as the central bank of North-Rhine Westphalia, and the stock exchange.
Rent Prices in Dusseldorf-Stadtmitte
Given its role as a business centre of the highest order, it is hardly surprising that Stadtmitte is one of the more expensive areas in Düsseldorf with prices around €950 - €1.380 per month for a furnished one-bedroom apartment.
Living in Dusseldorf-Eller
In contrast to Stadtmitte, Eller is an area with a local feel. It is a great environment for young families looking for a quiet, residential district. Highlights include the largest skatepark in Germany, which caters both to professionals and beginners. It even has a dedicated skate area for kids.
The Dusseldorf-Eller Neighbourhood
Eller is laid out somewhat like a town within the city. The area has its own unofficial centre in Getrudisplatz, which is home to a central landmark, the district’s local church. The area includes a range of high-rise apartments that are contrasted with smaller, older buildings for an eclectic aesthetic.
Rent Prices in Dusseldorf-Eller
With many large apartment buildings in the area, Eller offers short-term rentals in Dusseldorf at a more affordable rate than business districts such as Stadtmitte. The average prices are between €800 - €1.200 per month for a furnished one-bedroom apartment.
Living in Dusseldorf-Bilk
Bilk is a popular area amongst young people due to its role as the home of Heinrich-Heine-University. Yet Bilk is not only a residential area - with both the Kunstsammlung, with its impressive selection of art, and the Botanical gardens situated here, tourists and new citizens like to visit as well.
The Dusseldorf-Bilk Neighbourhood
Bilk is a fairly lively area that is home to a wide range of cafes and restaurants as well as several nightclubs. Its impressive cityscape has a sharp and unusual contrast between smaller and older buildings like the Alte Bilker Church and newer colossi such as the Rheinturm telecommunications tower.
Rent Prices in Dusseldorf-Bilk
Located in District 3, which is the most densely populated district in the city, tenants can expect to pay an average of €780 - €1.300 per month for a furnished one-bedroom apartment.
Living in Dusseldorf-Gerresheim
Gerresheim is one of the oldest areas in the city and is located at the Eastern edge of the municipality. It has its own unique style and aesthetic thanks to the fact that it was an independent city until it merged with Dusseldorf in 1909.
The Dusseldorf-Gerresheim Neighbourhood
Gerresheim is considered to be a hidden gem in the city and is ideal for singles or older professionals looking for a quiet area. The neighbourhood is a great choice for culture buffs who enjoy a local exploration, as the area is chock full of lesser-known historical sights, theatres, art galleries, and even a Belgian chocolatier.
Rent Prices in Dusseldorf-Gerresheim
Prices in Gerresheim are generally lower than those in central areas (such as Stadtmitte and Bilk) due to its distance from the city centre, but higher than other suburbs due to its desirability. Expect prices around €800 - €1.250 per month for a furnished one-room flat.
Living in Dusseldorf
The first days in a new city can be hard to navigate. Here are some tips for getting to know the city and its services.
Transport in Dusseldorf
Whether you prefer navigating new cities by bike, by train, or by car, Dusseldorf offers options for all three. Not only is there a robust public transport network, but innovative bike and car-sharing schemes are available as well.
Train services in Dusseldorf can be broken down into U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (overground). U-Bahn trains are best-suited for getting around the city, while S-Bahn services travel faster and can connect you to different districts quickly. All tickets are purchased from the Rheinbahn and cover many tram and bus services as well. A day ticket covering both buses and trains can cost as little as €7.30 and as much as €30, depending on the zones you wish to cover.
While taxis are more expensive than car sharing, they are convenient for your first few days or for a trip to the airport. The price starts at a base fare of €4.50 and you pay an additional price of €2.20 per kilometre.
Sightseeing in Dusseldorf
There is no shortage of sights and experiences in Dusseldorf. Here are some of the things to see and do while you are here.
The Altstadt (Old Town)
The Altstadt or 'Old Town' of Dusseldorf is a small section at the heart of the city that is filled with culinary and drinking delights. Some 260 different pubs and restaurants line the street known as the 'longest bar in the world', and a range of art galleries and museums are also located here.
The Alter Golzheimer Friedhof (Old Golzheim Cemetery)
Golzheimer Friedhof is a cemetery no longer in use, with famous tombstones now listed as historical monuments. Residents include the painters Otto Rethel, Christian Sell, and sculptor Dietrich Meinardus.
The Carlsplatz Market
This farmers’ market is an evolved version of a traditional market. Not only are fruits and vegetables sold, but there is also a wine stand and even gourmet chefs are selling their dishes here.
For those who want to go on a luxury shopping spree in beautiful surroundings, the Königsallee or 'Kö' is an upscale shopping avenue that is lined with an impressively landscaped canal.
The Embankment Promenade
This stretch of the street-lined riverfront reaches its zenith during the summer months when a Mediterranean spirit arises in visitors who like to drink coffee, enjoy meals, and soak up some sun.
Schloss Benrath (Benrath Palace)
This Baroque-style palace offers visitors a chance to take in remarkable architecture as well as garden art and natural history exhibits all less than 30 minutes away from the city centre.
The Rheinturm (Rhine Tower)
The tallest building in Dusseldorf, the Rhine Tower, is a 240.5-metre telecommunications tower similar to the TV tower of Berlin. An observation deck that is open to the public offers impressive vistas of the city.
Nordpark's Japanese Garden
Just north of the city lies Nordpark, which contains a Japanese botanical garden. Designed by the Japanese community in Dusseldorf it offers tranquillity with its trimmed firs and still ponds.
Useful Services in Dusseldorf
As a vibrant financial city, Dusseldorf is filled with a number of useful services that help residents and short-term guests get more out of their life here.
Car sharing is a great way to get the benefits of a premium vehicle without high costs. Share Now offers a number of BMWs, Minis, Smarts, and more. You will be charged by the minute and prices are all-inclusive.
For new citizens who have just arrived and want to enjoy restaurant-quality food from the comfort of their short-term rental, delivery is an optimal choice. Lieferando is an online delivery website that connects at-home diners with food from the best restaurants in the city.
Starting a new job in a new city can mean that daily chores like cleaning your apartment can get put on the long finger. Mr.Cleaner is an easy and flexible way to get your apartment cleaned with minimal effort and commitment.
De-stressing at the end of a long day is best done at the gym. Fitness First is a gym with multiple locations in Dusseldorf including one with a 2.800 square metre pool and various fitness classes. For a premium gym close to work or your apartment in Düsseldorf, take a look at the website of the Urban Sports Club.