11 Things to Do on Rainy Days in Düsseldorf
The weather may be beautiful right now in Düsseldorf, but the rainy days of Spring have already been starting to creep up on us. Here are 11 of the coolest things you can do around the city without boring yourself crazy or becoming addicted to Netflix.
PS. Thanks to Emese Jobbik for the inspiration to write this post. While I might have recently wrote a post about combating homesickness, Emese asked, “do you have tips on how to deal with the greyness that lasts 5 months?” This one’s for you.
Here are 11 things to do on rainy days in Düsseldorf
While I haven’t yet visited the Classic Remise Düsseldorf, it ranks #1 on Things to Do on TripAdvisor, certainly worth a mention. The Classic Remise is an old historic roundhouse and home to some pretty wicked vintage automobiles. Opening in 2006, this place now presents the classical historic vehicles from across the world. While I’m not one for car reminiscing, the architecture of this building alone has me sold.
I never use to play badminton back in Canada so I wasn’t extremely eager to jump on the opportunity to play here either. To my surprise the atmosphere specifically at Alma was amazing. They’ve got 7 indoor badminton courts and if you play during the weekday mornings you’ll get some great discounts.
I never knew this, until I read the brochure, the first Neanderthal was actually spotted very close to where the Neanderthal Museum is now located (Talstr. 300, Mettman). I’m not usually a huge fan of museums but the Neanderthal Museum is an extremely modern and interactive museum that teaches you all about mankind and those who roamed earth more than 4 million years back.
There’s actually (approx.) 4 escape games in the city of Düsseldorf! If you haven’t heard of escape games before, it’s time you check it out. This might sound strange – you’re locked up for one hour and you’re only mission is to escape. Get it? You’ll have obstacles, puzzles, questions, and clues to battle through before unlocking the door. Each escape game is different and is usually based during a certain period of time or a certain place (space, pirate ships, caves, etc.)
Somewhere in between fun and games and an unreal workout, you’ll find the active sport of trampolining. AirHop is a new trampoline park in Düsseldorf (and Munich and Essen too) open for people of all ages to bounce around and have some fun. Whether you’re there for the kids or have decided to blow off a little steam with some friends, you’ll have the chance to bounce throughout 4,000 square meters of different trampoline activities.
Shop till you drop, I had to put it in there. Not to mention, if the rainy days turn to sun for a while, you’re also able to explore the KÖ and the shops just outside of the Schadow Arcaden Mall.
Even if art and history aren’t your fortay, the K21 is quite a place to be! Tomas Saraceno’s ‘In Orbit’ art piece has attracted more than just art fanatics. With his 3 story high spider web, the K21 allows 10 people at a time to crawl across this massive ‘spider web’ of ropes to experience being “in orbit.” It’s not something you can just read about, you’ll have to check it out yourself. If you’re looking for a longer explanation, check out the english feature on the Daily Mail.
There are more than enough breweries in the city to keep you busy for a while. Click on the title link for a complete list of the home breweries in Düsseldorf that are worth a visit! Don’t forget to indulge in some altbier and mettwurst!
If you’re looking for a massage in Düsseldorf, it won’t be hard to find. Thai massages are a popular massage of choice here in the city. While I could recommend quite a few, it’s easy enough to Google on your own. There are a couple other places worth mentioning that are very unique (my favorite – thermal baths). Münster Therme, while not overly fantastic, is close and located in the center of the city. Mediterana has a much more unique atmosphere but you’ll need a car get to Bergisch Gladbach.
The NRW Forum is a cultural center for international exhibitions which include photography, visual art, architecture and design. I’ve been to the NRW Forum for the February Photography Weekend and the EGO Update, both fantastic exhibitions! You can keep up-to-date on their upcoming events if you head to their event page.
What many people don’t realize is that most movies theatres across Germany showcase quite a few movies in their original versions (OV). This means that they will be featuring these films in English. Keep an eye open on their websites and check out this post here for an entire listing of theatres (and websites) throughout the city: English Language Movie Theatres in Düsseldorf.
Do you have any other awesome activities for rainy days you’d like to add to the list? Do you have any questions about living #LifeInDüsseldorf? Feel free to send us an email with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have tips you’d like to share with others, we’re also accepting guest posts which include the author’s name, bio and photo.