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Campervan hire Düsseldorf

Enjoy pioneering architecture, rule-breaking art and seriously stylish residents in this sophisticated riverside city on a mission to set trends and blaze trails.

 

Situated where the Rhine river meets the Düssel, Düsseldorf, one of Germany’s wealthiest cities, is an international financial and business powerhouse, a world-renowned destination for art, and a fashion-forward metropolis. Hire a campervan in Düsseldorf and discover a city with norm-defying architecture, convention-breaking artwork, trend-setting residents, and some pretty boundary-pushing beer too. Because Düsseldorf is not all business-savviness and a superb fashion sense. The city also likes to take the edge off — all the while remaining very much cutting-edge. Indeed, Düsseldorf is still a bit of a ‘dorf’ — and that’s not an actually an insult. Dorf means village and Düsseldorf retains the friendly warmth and traditional customs of a village. For one thing, it has a thriving cartwheeling tradition — said to have originated as an expression of celebration when Germans won Battle of Worringen in 1280, and there is a cartwheeling tournament each year. So, if you don’t know your Picasso from your Pollock, your Prada from your Primark, or, indeed, how to cartwheel, rent an RV in Düsseldorf and come and learn.

 

Practical Information

Depot + Transfer

If you want to hire a campervan or motorhome in Düsseldorf, we’re the people for you. Fly into Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), where you can pick up and drop off your RV — free of charge in regular hours, of course!

Parking in the city

In most parts of Düsseldorf, you’ll have to pay for parking and rates are quite high, ranging from €1.50 to €3.00 per hour. Your best bet is the free parking at the Park and Rides on the outskirts of the city where public transport will take you quickly and easily into the city centre. For example, Park + Ride Südfriedhof, only 15 minutes from the city centre by bus.

Camping grounds nearby

There is lots of camping in the area surrounding Düsseldorf, including Campingplatz Süd, 20 minutes south-east of the city centre, or Rheincamping Meerbusch, which has both a river and a pool and is located 30 minutes north of the centre and 20 minutes from the airport. There’s also Campingplatz Rheinblick, 20 minutes south of Düsseldorf and with views of the Rhine.

 

About Düsseldorf

Now a major destination for finance, fashion and art, Düsseldorf was largely ignored by Romans — perhaps because it was a bit too marshy for toga-wearers. It wasn’t until it came under the rule of the Counts of Berg in 1186 that trade took off and, during the 1600s, under the patronage of Johann Wilhelm II, it became a hub for culture and art. But this success was short-lived. The city was ravaged by the French during the Napoleonic Wars before being handed over to Prussia after Napoleon’s defeat. Düsseldorf then saw another boom in development, thanks to its oil, mining and manufacturing industries, fast becoming one of Prussia’s richest cities. But once again, disaster arrived with the Allied bombing of WW2. Following the war, the city gradually rebuilt itself, re-establishing its economic dominance and creating the lively and energetic metropolis we see today.

Begin your visit with a wander through the Altstadt, the historic hub of the city, nicknamed ‘the largest bar in the world’ by locals thanks to its array of buzzing beer houses. Then take a stroll along the Rheinuferpromenade, a riverfront promenade where you’ll find public salsa classes, buskers, cafés and restaurants. Or, if you fancy getting out on the water, take a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine — there’s no better way to see the intriguing architecture of the MedienHafen, designed by Frank Gehry. Plus, these cruises offer free, unlimited booze. Free beer on a boat? How the residents of Düsseldorf stay so sleek and sophisticated is beyond us.

Düsseldorf is also home to more than 100 different art galleries, from the Philara collection in the hipster Flingern to the radical street art at Kiefernstraße. There’s even art at the U-Bahn stations. Indeed, from its architecture to its art scene, this is a city where appearances matter. People don’t just dress well — they dress to impress, and the Königsallee, or the Kö as its known in fashionista lingo, is one of the country’s most expensive shopping streets, home to stores like Gucci and Chanel. Don’t worry though. Düsseldorf may be the swanky home of snappy dressers, but Germany’s best-dressed still enjoy a drink. Sample some of the Düsseldorf special brew, Altbier, which, with its smooth and delicate taste, slightly spicy and herbal, is perfectly in balance — and perfectly easy to drink.

 

What to discover

In and around the city

The Rheinturm

For a room, or rather a restaurant, with a view, head to the Rheinturm, a futuristic television spire located at the entrance to the MedienHafen. At 240 metres is the glass-fronted restaurant that revolves once an hour. Or you can head to the Bar & Lounge M168, a viewing platform where even Cologne Cathedral can be seen in the distance in good weather. But stunning vistas are not the only thing that puts this tower on the map: its illuminated portholes form the biggest digital clock in the world.

Benrath Palace

Schloss Benrath, or Benrath Palace, is a Baroque maison de plaisance, a pleasure palace — not some seedy red-light-district bar but in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as a summer residence and hunting lodge for the Elector Carl Theodor, the building itself is a treasure -trove of ornate furnishings, porcelain, and paintings. But it’s the 60-hectare gardens that really steals the show with its ‘French Garden’, botanical ‘English Garden’, orangery, lime tree avenues which are over 250 years old, and a stretch of woodland full of mosses, ferns, and grasses. Step back in time and imagine yourself a courtier in 18th century Germany.

Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

Formerly the Ständehaus or Parliament building, now a museum, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is the art collection of three different exhibition venues: the K20 at Grabbeplatz, the K21 in the Ständehaus, and the Schmela Haus. The art collection includes major works by Picasso, Matisse, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol, and played a big role in transforming city into an international art destination. The K20 is devoted primarily to 20th- century art while the K21 Ständehaus exhibits 21st- century international art. Particularly worth seeing is the Pardo Bar on the ground floor with its soap bubbles in luminous orange and green creating mesmerizing psychedelic patterns.

 

Recommended locations

Dortmund

Once an industrial power-house, Dortmund is full of relics from its post-war boom: old mines, steelwork factories, breweries, steam turbines, and Art Nouveau architecture. But it’s the city’s football team that really made a name for Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund is Germany’s second most successful team after Bayern Munich and their cathedral-like stadium, the Signal Iduna Park, is the second largest club stadium in Europe. Football fan or not, it’s worth heading there from Düsseldorf (instead of hiring a campervan in Dortmund) for the atmosphere alone. Then take a stroll in Westfalenpark, a 70- hectare green space with a rosarium, a miniature railway, flamingos, and boating lake. Or enjoy a meal or drink at the bustling Alter Markt, the hub of the city and the site of celebrations in the event of a Borussia Dortmund triumph.

Bielefeld

Bielefeld’s claim to fame is somewhat strange. The city is at the heart of a conspiracy theory that argues that, in fact, Bielefeld doesn’t exist. This north-western German city with its population of 323,000 is just an illusion, mass psychological manipulation by the Illuminati, or CIA, or aliens. Some even speculate that Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain are both still alive and living in Bielefeld. But if you want to take your chances with this potential Illuminati hoax, hire a campervan in Düsseldorf and drive the 2-hour journey to Bielefeld. Here you’ll find a historic castle, the Teutoburg Forest, with its spectacular panoramic views, and Kesselbrink, a charming square full of trees and water features as well as Germany’s biggest skatepark. You might even spot Elvis doing a few tricks.

Munster

Münster is most famous for the Friedenssaal, the City Hall where the “Peace of Westphalia” treaty was signed, finally bringing peace to Europe after the Thirty Years’ War. But there are several other sites of historic interest including the Prinzipalmarkt square, the location of an Anabaptist rebellion whose leaders were executed and left to rot in cages. Less morbidly, Münster is also a city of bicycles. There are half a million bicycles here, twice the number of residents. The most scenic ride is along the promenade, following the route of Münster’s old city walls. With less car traffic, the city has a laid-back atmosphere that also owes to its young population. With 50,000 students, there is youthful energy and chilled vibe to Münster, best experienced in one of the many green parks or down by the lakefront. A one-and-a-half-hour drive from Düsseldorf, you might want to not hire a campervan in Münster and drive over instead!

 

Depot Contacts

Phone: +351308 809 080

Email: [email protected]

Address: Düsseldorf Airport - Flughafenstrasse 120, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany

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