1. A third-generation ICE train in Düsseldorf main station
2. An ICE train going through Montabaur station on the new high-speed line
3. The Loreley and the Rhine River from the train on the old route.
The fastest trains between Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf are the third generation InterCityExpress (ICE) trains on the new high-speed rail line. A few of these trains make the journey in less than an hour and a half because they stop only at Frankfurt Airport and at Köln-Deutz. But most of the connections are about twenty minutes longer because they take a long loop around the city of Cologne so as to stop at Cologne Main Station.
A slower but nicer way to go is along the old Rhine River route (also by train, of course) by way of Mainz, Koblenz and Bonn.
Heinrich Heine's most famous poem is about one of the landmarks on this route, the Loreley (third photo), which is a big chunk of rock that is in the way of the Rhine River and forces the river to flow around it in a sharp loop.
Actually Heine's poem is about the legend of the Loreley, which has to do with a lovely maiden who sat on the rock combing her lovely golden hair and singing so beautifully that the captains of the river boats forgot to concentrate on their steering and crashed their boats against the rock.
This poem has been set to music several times, and to this day if you take a boat trip along the Rhine you can hear Japanese tourists singing it on deck as they pass the Loreley.
Another legend, which has never been proven and may not even be true, has to do with what happened to this poem during the 1930s and 40s while the Nazis were in power. Since Heine was Jewish his writings were of course banned (and burned) by the Nazis, but allegedly his Loreley poem was so popular that even the Nazis left it in the anthologies and just took his name off of it, claiming it was by an unknown German poet.
Not sure why this is the CENTRAL train station in Dusseldorf - it hardly lives up to its name. Buses and trams connect well here but its a way out from the shopping centre or the Aldstadt - best to hop on a tram or bus for that. Vey busy place at rush hour.
The Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (central train station) is the main transportation hub within the city. It is Germany's fourth busiest train station. All modes of rail transport are offered, like InterCityExpress, InterCity and EuroCity trains for long distance travel, DB NachtZug, D-Nacht and EuroNight overnight trains as well as RegionalExpress, RegionalBahn and S-Bahn services for regional distribution. The station is integrated into the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn network and local traffic is operating under the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr transport association. The underground station, operated by Rheinbahn, provides connections to the major Stadtbahn lines of Düsseldorf, whilst the tramway stop in front of the station connects the central station to the local tram network, also operated by Rheinbahn.
There are numerous cafes, shops, and vendors within and around the station. With all of the people coming and going through here, it is an interesting place for people-watching. For instance, while I waited there in the evening for VTers Sabs and Thomas before going to dinner, I saw a presumed groom-to-be in a stag party run through the station in only his underwear wearing a certain strap-on appendage. Since I was only at the station for a short time, I can only imagine what other things go on at this place.
Another great feature of the Hauptbahnhof is its striking clock tower.
Düsseldorf is a key city in one of the world's biggest population centres, right smack in the middle of Europe, so you can imagine it has a very busy station, and trains to all over the continent. Trains to all over the Rhine and Ruhr region run all the way through the night, and there are direct trains to a number of major cities, including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna, Hamburg, Luxembourg, and Basel. There are also night trains to, among others places, Milan, Venice, Warsaw, Zurich, Copenhagen and Ljubljana. The station is a little bit away from the centre, a good 15-20 minute walk from the Altstadt, but it is well served by public transport.
If you will go from Hamburg or to Hamburg, use this unique train "Metropolitan".
It is the most comfortable train in Germany.
THe train does stop only at Cologne --> Düsseldorf --> Essen and go directly to Hamburg. THe train is faster and better.
There are four different wagons
2. cl.: Travellers
The tickets are normally 99 € (Traveller - one way) or 116€ (other).
But the do offer plenty of reduced tickets from 19 - 59 €.
In 1. cl you get free newspaper, a meal, beverages and have only to pay for alcoholic drinks.
In 1.cl you can either chose between themes.
In silence you will get pillows, in club you get DVD and in Office nothing except power for your lap.
If you are able to get reduced tickets (you should get them) there is no better way and cheaper to travel from/to Hamburg.
1. Back side of the station
2. Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz behind the station
3. Front side of the station
The front side of the main railroad station looks rather dumpy, just like any typical German station of the 1950s, which is why I have relegated that photo to the # 3 position.
The facade at the back side (first photo) was added later and looks much more urban, facing onto the Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz where the Adult Education Center is.
GPS 51°13'10.69" North; 6°47'39.18" East
There is two big disadvantages of arriving in Düsseldorf by train:
Firstly the main station isn't a very welcoming place unfortunately. It's quite dark and dodgy actually. I hope the we-are-making-our-main-station-nicer boom will hit Düsseldorf as well some day.
The other problem with the main station is that it isn't located directly in the city centre. When I came here for my interview I had a little time before my train left and decided to walk into town. I walked and walked and walked... and realised that there's no city centre nearby ;-) Better jump into the subway and get off after 3 stops - you will be right in the old town!
I visted Dusseldorf for a day in July 2006, arriving in the city by train from nearby Cologne. The following information was correct as of summer 2006, and some of it may prove useful to other travellers:
- I paid 9 Euros each way to travel between Cologne and Dusseldorf by train. I enquired at the ticket desk and found that it was no cheaper to purchase a return ticket, so I purchased my outbound ticket at Cologne Hauptbahnhof and then purchased a one way ticket back to Cologne from Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof;
- The journey between the two cities took approximately 30 minutes. This included stops at Mulheim, Leverkusen and a few smaller stops en route;
- There are regular trains (every 20-30 minutes) between the two cities throughout the day;
- Some trains terminate at Dusseldorf, while most trains call at Dusseldorf en route to somewhere else. Outbound, I caught a train bound for Wesel (calling at Dusseldorf en route). Returning, I caught a train bound for Koblenz (calling at Cologne en route);
- Tickets must be validated in machines at the railway station, prior to boarding the train. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
- The train that I caught was a large, double decker train with both first and second class seats;
- Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof is located approximately 15-20 minutes walk from the Rhine. There are lots of shops, cafes and ticket desks at the station, as well as information kiosks dispensing free maps.
Düsseldorf is well served by the D-Bahn with frequent trains (several every hour) up and down the Rhine Valley. Getting to Cologne is a snap. The airport is also conveniently right on one of the main trainlines, with a station right in the terminal itself.
The Sky Train is an automatic train serving the Dusseldorf Airport Train station with the Dusseldorf International Airport Terminal (A. B & C) building. In between is a stop at the P4 Parking garage (also for the P5 & P6 parking garages).
The train is in service between 3.45AM till 0:45AM with intervals of 3.5 or 7 minutes.
Travel time between the train station and the terminal is 6.5 minutes.
The sky train accept DB train tickets and Parking tickets of the P4, P5 and P6 parkings.
It is huge train station and there were so many signs in German but it was good all the machines have English and I bought my ticket without any problems.
The train station is in the center of the city and it's accessible by almost each tram and U-bahn
There are excellent connetion to Dusseldorf by trains from all over Germany and the netherlands.
It is easy to use and there are also special family tickets on sale in lower cost if you use the regional trains or S-Bahn.
I've arrived many ways to the city of Alt. My first two visits were via train. The ICE (InterCity Express) train from Bamberg was expensive at 151 DM (about 70 dollars) for the five hour trip in 2001.
My last two visits were by plane since it was my entry point to Germany from Florida. The nine hour flight from Miami on LTU runs about $650 in shoulder season. Düsseldorf is a bit of a hub so we can easily get to Dresden where my wife's family lives in about an hour with price varying greatly depending on how early you book
Great tram system to get to outskirts but the Old Town is easily explored on foot.
Train is best from Amsterdam. The trip only takes about 3 hours and costs around 100 guilders for a weekend return ticket.
Walking is the best way to get around the city. It is quite compact and most items of interest like shopping and nightlife is concentrated in the Aldstadt area.
easy to reach düsseldorf by train from every direction - and good connections to subway, buses and suburban trains.