Germany: 48 hours in Düsseldorf

C&IT offers a selection of 48-hour itineraries for three of Germany's second cities. First up, Düsseldorf.

48 hours in Düsseldorf
48 hours in Düsseldorf

Day one

8am Check in at the new Mercure Hotel Dusseldorf Centrum, which opened its doors in late 2015. It has 68 rooms and is walking distance from the Rhine, the Zoo Quarter and the Pempelfort neighbourhood. It's a great-value option and close to public transport options.

10am The Congress Centre Dusseldorf has a wealth of options for corporate presentations or meetings, with room capacity up to 2,500. Emma Platt, marketing project manager for Ashfield Meetings and Events, says it's "an ideally located hub of activity".

12pm Take a riverside lunch at Kit Cafe, overlooking the Rhine. It's a focal point for the arts, from the paintings that adorn the walls to the musicians who drop by to play intimate sets.

3pm Kit Cafe is part of the impressive Kunst im Tunnel, a contemporary art gallery in a road tunnel that passes under the Rhine. Organise a guided tour and expect to see cutting-edge works, including sculpture and interactive exhibits.

8pm There's a huge Japanese community in the city, and Nagaya is the zenith of Japanese food here. Taste Michelin-starred cuisine in exquisite surroundings - the house delicacy is miso black cod. There's also a private dining room for up to 22 people.

Day two

9.30am After breakfast, take an architectural tour focusing on the legendary Frank Gehry. His most celebrated works are the three buildings that make up the Rheinhafen centre of arts. The building itself is like a giant sculpture.

1pm Lunch can take place on site at Rocca in Gehry's, a striking dining room decked out in glass and leather, with tables of Indian apple. For a private event, it can hold 110 people. Inna Root, account team manager at Banks Sadler Dusseldorf, says: "They have an 800-degree oven and make perfect steaks."

3pm Get a different view of Dusseldorf on a private Rhine river tour. Starting at Burgplatz pier, your vessel will loop through the Medienhafen, home to the famous Rhine Tower. The MS Heinrich Heine can comfortably hold 140 people.

7pm Unwind during pre-dinner cocktails at Innside: The View Bar while looking out over the best vista of Dusseldorf, according to Root, who says: "The 16th floor has amazing 360-degree views of the entire city."

9pm End with dinner at Radisson Blu Harbour Hotel's Amano Verde. It specialises in vegan and vegetarian food, but meat lovers may also be seduced by the menu, which is lactoseand gluten-free. The capacity is 80 people for buy-outs.

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