While Dusseldorf is only the seventh largest city in Germany, Dusseldorf Airport is the country’s the third largest behind Munich and Frankfurt. Located 7 kilometres north of the central city, it serves around 21.5 million passengers per year and welcomes airlines from around the world.
Car rental at Dusseldorf Airport is easy to find with rental booths located in the Arrivals hall of the main terminal. In partnership with Germany’s top rental providors including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Keddy and SIXT, DriveNow offers the widest possible choice of vendors and vehicles at the airport making it easy to compare and book before you travel.
When it comes time to drop off your hire car at Dusseldorf Airport simply follow the Departures (Abflug) sign on the Motorway slip road and then look for the Hire Cars (Mietwagen) signage. If you need to top up there’s a Shell fuel station right next door.
With modern facilities and infrastructure, Dusseldorf Airport offers everything that today's traveller requires, with one special bonus - a Travel Market. Known as "Germany's largest travel agency", the market within the airport is home to around 40 travel agencies that help you plan your next destination. Whether you are heading in or out of Dusseldorf, the agents can ensure your holiday is fun, enjoyable and full of great memories. Of course, if you have spare few hours, dreaming about your next adventure can be very relaxing!
Dusseldorf is certainly a tale of two cities. Intersected by the winding Rhine river, its fabled fashion industry and art scene are located on the modern west bank, while the Old Town sits on the opposite side - the contrast providing a true representation of Dusseldorf from throughout the ages.
The city is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, a region which borders the Netherlands and Belgium to the west. These nearby borders make Dusseldorf an ideal location to venture into other parts of western Europe while still remaining close to Germany. Of course, this also impacts Dusseldorf's climate - offering moderate winters and comfortable summers with very few occurrences of extreme temperatures over the different seasons.
The term 'Dusseldorf' dates back to the 12th century when the Rhine was used as an important trading point through Europe. This land was used as an outpost for soldiers to watch movement on the river and later became settled under the rule of the Counts of Berg. After a number of power struggles, Dusseldorf as we know it today developed into a productive community.
In more modern times, Dusseldorf was a prime target during World War II meaning that much of the city that you see when you fly in was actually built after this period.
Dusseldorf is the home of German fashion and shopping with two of the country's busiest and most upscale streets (Konigsallee and Stadttor) offering industry names and brands. As well as this, the modern city architecture of the Rheinturm, Neuer Zollhof and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen offer an insight into the art and culture of the region. However, with a rental car, your scope can be much wider. Here is a couple of spots to check out outside the CBD.
Mettmann - Located 30 minutes from Dusseldorf, Mettmann is home is to the Neanderthal Museum - the site of the first ever Neanderthal discovery. As well as providing key information on human evolution and history, there are walking trails and an archaeological park.
Essen - Situated to the northeast of Dusseldorf, Essen has strong ties to the coal economy of the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site hosting both art exhibitions and cultural performances. The town also has great accommodation should you want to stay the night.
If you would like more information about hiring a car at Dusseldorf Airport, get in touch with the team at DriveNow today or book online.