Barge traffic on the Rhine River
The Rhine River is said to be the busiest waterway in the world, and that's easy to believe if you just go down to the river bank and look at all the barges going by, mainly carrying heavy cargoes like coal, coke, grain, timber, iron ore and containers that can be transferred to ocean-going ships in Rotterdam, at the end of the river.
The Rhine itself is the longest river in Europe, and there are also canals connecting the Rhine with the Maas, the Rhône-Saône, the Marne and the Danube (via the Main) valleys.
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Bike sharing in Düsseldorf
1. DB CallBikes in Düsseldorf
2. NextBike with eyecatcher slogan
3. NextBike with parking slogan
Like most other large Germany cities, Düsseldorf has numerous NextBikes and DB CallBikes available on the streets for spontaneous rentals.
The DB CallBikes are provided by the German Railway System Deutsche Bahn (DB). I first used them in Karlsruhe when I was there for the big VirtualTourist meeting EuroMeet 2008, so I have explained how the CallBikes work on one of my Karlsruhe tips.
The NextBikes are similar to the CallBikes, but a bit cheaper. I have described the NextBikes in one of my Dresden tips and more recently in one of my Leipzig tips.
I very much enjoy using the bicycles from both NextBike and DB Call-a-Bike, but the one disadvantage of both systems is that to check out a bike you have to have a cell phone -- unlike the Velib' system in Paris, for example, where a modern credit card with a chip is all you need.
The NextBike in the third photo has the slogan: "With me you can park everywhere."Related to:
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Cycling in Düsseldorf
1. Cycling along the Rhine River
2. Cycling on Heinrich-Heine-Allee
3. Cycling past the opera house
Düsseldorf is not one of Germany's outstanding bicycle cities, but they do seem to be working on it.
The city recognizes, on its website, that "the importance of the bicycle as a daily means of transportation has increased significantly in recent years."
So they are spending large amounts of money (they say) to improve the bicycle infrastructure and close gaps in the existing bicycle routes, with the goal of creating a city-wide 500 km bicycle network.Related to:
A fantastic new service offered by two big art museums (K20 and K21): if you buy a ticket for either one or both of the museums you can rent one of their bikes for free - to get from one museum to the next or do a spin around the city.
All you have to do is see one (or both) of the museum, show them your passport and leave a deposit of 20 Euro, and the bike is yours until you bring it back to one of the museums until 5 p.m. You get a map and a lock - and lots of attention at least at the moment, because the bikes are pretty new.Related to:
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This ferry over the Rhein river runs only about 10 days every year, during our Kirmes. It takes you from the Altstadt (city center) across the river to the funfair.
Very useful, coz it takes a long time to walk over, and there's never any parking space.
the better taxi
This is a silly tip, i know
But if you wish to get a taxi from your home/taxi, then call 212121 (Rheintaxi). That is the much better choice. The rain taxi driver are much more friendly, will come with umbrella if it rains aso.
The taxi central will tell exactly, when the taxi will arive (4,5 minutes) ! ? !
You notice Rheinbahn Taxi with the Antenne Düsseldorf ad at the doors.
BTW: This is a typical german standard taxi !
Boats on the Rhine
The Rhine flows through some of the most industrialised areas in Europe. It provides an alternative way of transportation for the congested motorways of this densely populated area. Passenger services are solely for tourist purpose, but the transportation of goods for commercial purposes is very frequent. The boats are constantly sailing the waters of the Rhine with their charge of coal or containers. They are all very low in order to match under the bridges and some of them amazingly long.
Parking in Düsseldorf can be a nightmare
There are no free parking lots in Düsseldorf - most of the time, so getting around by car can be a nightmare somehow... You often see cars parked in the second line. The police has a lot to do in this city I think....
Look, this is Sabsis parking "lot" in front of her house. It´s between a street lampp and the street, and she has to park her car so close to the lamp, otherwise her short Lupo will stand half on the street.....
No better transportation?
Dusseldorf is a perfect example about the transportation system of a city nowadays. It is easily accessible by plane -just a few minutes by train to the centre- or train, it has one of Europe's most modern railway stations (20 lines), located in the centre of the city. This kind of conveyance you see can be better used in the old city...Related to:
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Flights to DUS are quite...
Flights to DUS are quite frequent and easily accessible. Air France is how we arrived.
Driving and Parking can be a hassel. Definately buy a map. The trains are very friendly, you can buy a 4er ticket which will give you two round trips on any train in town for about 5,60 Euro.
Walking is also a nice way to get around.
The taxis are a bit pricey, but still cheaper than NYC.
In case your bike is dead...!
so all you bikers out there, is case your bike is dead, there are many bike shops around the city, one near the centre would be the Cicyle Service on the Talstr.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Always my preffered mode of transportation. The parkig is excellent as well. We parked right along the Rhine. Free of charge!Related to:
- Family Travel
wonderful,luxurious, and friendly, the very best when looking for the best staff knowledgable of all...more
We had a very pleasant stay here! Spacious room and hospitable staff, nice beds too! Opulent...more
Stayed here on business for 2.5 months during mid 2009. 4 star services - very comfortable rooms...more
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