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Layover In Düsseldorf, Germany

| July 28, 2014

A Düsseldorf layover at the Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) in Germany leaves plenty to do for travelers both inside and outside the airport. As the third largest airport in Germany, the Düsseldorf airport is a hub for Air Berlin and Lufthansa. It is located roughly 6 miles from downtown Düsseldorf which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Düsseldorf layover, click here for useful tips.
Dusseldorf Layover stopover

If you’re stuck inside the airport during your Düsseldorf layover, there’s many facilities to keep you entertained. There’s many shops and restaurants to help you bide your time until your connecting flight (click here to learn about the different shops and restaurants in each terminal). There’s also airport tours and events, VIP services, and a spectator terrace to enjoy views of the runway. Internet service is also available at the airport.

There are a number of lounges at the airport including Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounges, British Airways Terrace Lounge, Air France Lounge, Air Berlin Lounge, Emirates Lounge and Open Sky Lounge. For additional contact information on each lounge, click here.

In addition, the Düsseldorf airport offers a large number of services including a dental practice, banks, a pharmacy, and baby changing rooms. For the full list of services at the Düsseldorf airport, click here.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are two hotels at the airport – The Maritim Airport Hotel and the Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel. In addition, if you’re looking for a hotel in Düsseldorf, click here for a comprehensive list of varying price points. For a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Düsseldorf layover, there are a number of transportation options to and from the airport, including taxi, train, sky train, bus, and car rental.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Düsseldorf Layover:

Dusseldorf Tours

There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Dusseldorf, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. Check out the Dusseldorf sightseeing cruises and Rhine River cruises.

Old Town

Wander through the pedestrian only sidewalks in the Old Town of Düsseldorf and visit the restaurants and over 300 bars and discotheques. Try the Althbier, Düsseldorf’s special beer while you’re there!


Looking for a great view of Düsseldorf? The Rheinturm tower is the highest building in Düsseldorf at over 240 meters high and has an observation deck and revolving restaurant near the top. Fun Fact: It is also home to the biggest digital clock in the world.

Carlsplatz Market

Düsseldorf’s Carlsplatz Market is a market that sells all sorts of fresh produce, cheese and spices. The market is open each day except Sundays and offers a lot of places to grab a fresh bite to eat.

Schloss Benrath

The Schloss Benrath or Benrath Palace and Park Foundation is a an area with museums (Museum of European Garden History, Corps de Logis, and Museum for Natural History), Palace park, exhibitions, events and more.

None of these interest you? Click here for more things to do on your Düsseldorf layover.

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  1. Colleen @ AdlibTraveller says:

    Useful blog post, thanks for the breakdown of things to do. I have an upcoming layover for 9 hours and this is a perfect intro for things to keep me occupied.

  2. bennie gooding says:

    hi i have a layover coming from the states. i have 8 hours between my flight to florence. is that enough time for me to head downtown and back ?