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We’ve already talked a lot about how to prepare for quarantine and help fight COVID-19 in Düsseldorf, but what about finding ways to keep busy during such a chaotic period?
A lot of us at the moment are stuck in this slump avoiding all of our extracurricular activities and meetups, however, at the same time, we don’t want to be stuck at home all day long. While we are being urged to self-quarantine (for a very good reason), officials also say that it’s important to get out and grab some fresh air when possible (just make sure you’re avoiding contact with others and not taking public transportation or taxis – or if so, be sure to wear a mask).
Of course, this should go without saying, but if you are planning on leaving the house, it is important to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your face, and avoid close contact with others.
IN THE EVENT THAT YOU DO NEED TO GO INTO QUARANTINE, PLEASE DO NOT GO OUTDOORS.
Here are 20 ways to keep busy while social distancing in Düsseldorf during the Coronavirus outbreak:
Note: please, do not think that these are things you should or need to be doing at the moment. If you are unsure and would prefer to stay at home, that’s great! However, I do know that there are some of us (many of us with kiddies who are already getting cabin fever) who are looking for a way to get out of the house while still avoiding close contact with others.
Take a stroll outside of one of Düsseldorfs 10 Castles
Not many of the castles in Düsseldorf allow visitors to enter, but since we’re in the midst of avoiding confined spaces anyway, strolling around the outside of one (or all) of Düsseldorfs castles is a great way to get some fresh air and keep busy.
Roam through the old town of Kaiserswerth
While the old town of Kaiserswerth is often frequently visited by locals and visitors alike, due to the recent outbreak, the streets have seen a lot less action. Of course, there will still be others on the streets, so just try your best to keep your distance from one another and go about enjoying the beautiful sites of Kaiserswerth including the (outdoor) Kaiserpfalz ruins.
Embrace the outdoors at Unterbachersee
There are so many things you can do at Unterbachersee during all seasons of the year. You’ll find 11 different ways to keep busy at Unterbachersee, here. A couple of my favorites include walking the entire circumference of Unterbachersee (and Elbsee if you want a challenge) and sitting by the lake watching the birds and fish pass by.
Watch the boats pass by at the Rheinpark in Golzheim
If you’re looking for a place to relax and perhaps drink a couple of beers, the Rheinpark Golzheim is a large open green space located directly along the Rhine River which also makes it a great place for boat watching – assuming not all the captains have gone into quarantine.
Test out your golf skills at the golfing range
In the best scenario, you’ll bring along your own set of clubs. However, if you need to rent a set of clubs, just make sure to disinfect your hands and the shafts of the clubs before and after using them. You may also choose to do the same with the buckets of balls you can buy from the vending machine.
Explore the entire Südpark one day
Südpark, as I’m sure you know, is absolutely massive and filled with fun activities for the whole family. You’ll find the petting zoo (may or may not be open), ponds, a maze, a splash pad, cycling trails, and tons of wide-open green spaces to relax or play games.
Visit the FREE botanical garden
The botanical garden is located on the grounds of Heinrich-Heine-Universität and stretches across 8 hectares leaving you ample space to keep your distance from others while still enjoying the beautiful surroundings. They have thousands of different plant species from all over the world which you can enjoy on a circular walking route around the grounds of the gardens.
Bike some of Düsseldorf’s most beautiful cycling paths
Düsseldorf certainly has no shortage of gorgeous cycling paths and we’ve built up a list of 10 of the best for you. Cycling is a great way to get out in the fresh air, avoiding the need to stop and chat with strangers, and is a relatively safe way to get out and keep busy.
Go bird spotting for the green parrots in the Hofgarten
You can likely spot the green parrots in other areas of Düsseldorf as well, but many have the most luck finding them in the Hofgarten. Plus, the Hofgarten is home to many other beautiful birds and plant species from around the world.
Visit the site where the oldest Neanderthal was found
The Neanderthal Museum might be an indoor exhibit (so if you’d like to visit, make sure you wear a mask), but the location where the oldest Neanderthal was found is actually on an outdoor walking path in the woods. Why not go on a little hike?
Visit one of the many lakes around Düsseldorf
I can’t recommend that you visit all the many lakes around Düsseldorf in the summer, because a number of the lakes around Düsseldorf are not swimmable. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t beautiful places to enjoy some peace and quiet in the great outdoors. Here are just a few worth visiting:
- Grüner See
- Lichtenbroicher Baggersee
- Angermunder See
Drive around and find all the Saülenheiligen statues around Düsseldorf
I actually did this when I was stuck on bedrest while pregnant and it was an awesome way to stay entertained even when technically I wasn’t allowed to leave my house. The Saülenheiligen statues are super cool works of art hidden around the city, and can actually be really fun to try and scout out as not all of them are easy to find!
Fly a kite along the Rheinwiesen
Its springtime, which means we’re getting a lot of windy days at the moment, making the Rheinwiesen the perfect place to fly a kite. You’ll need a wide-open space to fly your kites which means you’ll also need to steer clear of others while you’re there. You may even spot the Düsseldorf sheep while you’re there!
Talk a walk along the beach from Paradiesstrand all the way to Hamm
You could technically spend an entire day walking along the river’s edge in Düsseldorf, but one of my favorite stretches is from Paradiesstrand to Hamm. Are you up for the challenge?
Get to know the roads of the Urdenbacher Kämpe
This is something I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do, but it’s on my list and sounds like a beautiful place to visit. The Urdenbacher Kämpe is a large nature reserve filled with budding fruit trees and various types of terrain.
Go for a hike in Grafenbergerwald or Aaperwald
There are so many awesome hiking routes in Grafenbergerwald and Aaperwald worth taking a journey on, so this tip may keep you busy for a few days at least. Of course, there is always the option to visit the Wildpark which is an outdoor game reserve here in Düsseldorf, but the reason I didn’t specifically mention it in this post is that it’s a very popular spot for locals with families which means you may end up being in close contact with others while you’re there.
Get lost in the Eller Forst
You have 235 acres of forests and wetlands throughout the Eller Forst to explore so I’m sure staying away from others here won’t be a problem at all. Eller Forst is an awesome suburban nature reserve in the heart of Düsseldorf.
Explore the Himmelgeist nature reserve
Himmelgeist is home to a 5-kilometer nature reserve where you can walk, hike, and cycle the day away. You can start your adventure at Schloss Mickeln and even pack a picnic if you’d like, so you can stop for a bite to eat when you hit the Rhine River.
Hike the Düsselauen bei Gödinghoven
This is something I haven’t yet done, but I’ve added it to the list as it’s something I’m looking forward to exploring in the next days. Düsselauen bei Gödinghoven is located in between Düsseldorf and Erkrath and is a picturesque nature reserve with plenty of lush green forests and trail paths for cyclers and hikers.
Stroll through the cemeteries
I know, it might sound a little strange to suggest you take a stroll around one of the many cemeteries here in Düsseldorf, but I’ve been to many and can honestly say that they are some of the most beautiful cemeteries I have ever been to. If this is something you are up for, I’d definitely recommend visiting Der Golzheimer Friedhof, Alter Bilker Friedhof, Südfriedhof, Nordfriedhof, and Waldfriedhof.
Have anything else you’d add to this list? I am genuinely asking you to let us know in the comments below so that I can add some more places to my own list too! Trying to keep busy with a toddler while cooped up in the house hasn’t proven to be easy.
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