Start with a hotel pickup, and delve into the streets of central Düsseldorf to learn about the city from your private driver-guide. As you travel along the scenic Rhine River promenade, aka Rheinuferpromenade, hear how the city developed from a riverside farming settlement to the lively Rhine-area metropolis that it is today. If you have any particular areas of interest, let your guide know. Your commentary and itinerary can be tailored to your preference.
After passing the pretty Rheinuferpromenade, stop for a look at Rheinturm, the city’s tallest and best-known landmark. Pause for photos of the TV tower set against the lively hustle of the Media Harbor. A modern-looking place, the harbor benefited from a facelift in the 1990s that transformed it from an industrial area to a stylish district with swanky offices and Gehry buildings.
The heart of Düsseldorf is, of course, its Old Town, so head here next to see the Old City Hall (Düsseldorf Rathaus), which is one of only two pre–World War II buildings still standing in the city. Learn about the history of the area, and hear about the last days of WWII when most of the beautiful Old Town was destroyed.
Travel a few blocks west of the Old Town to see the main shopping street of Königsallee. Known by the locals as “Ko,” the picturesque boulevard is not only the city’s busiest shopping street, but also boasts a medley of lively cafes, restaurants and bars. Get tips for interesting places to visit, and hear some amusing tidbits of history that link the street to King Wilhelm IV.
After two hours exploring the city with your driver-guide, your tour ends with a drop-off at your Düsseldorf hotel.