I recently got back from a quick little layover in Düsseldorf. It was actually my first time visiting the city, however it’s never been somewhere I’ve been particularly interested in visiting.
The flight over was relatively busy but only around 6 hours, so we were there before we knew it. Our hotel is right next to the airport, so we walked over from the terminal and once I got up to my room I collapsed onto the bed!
I’ve been doing a lot of flying lately with not many days off in between so I was pretty exhausted (even if it wasn’t a long flight, getting up at 4am takes its toll!).
A few hours later a few of us met up to head into town for some dinner. Since it was Sunday, almost everything was shut, as is the norm in Germany. If not I would have made more of an effort to see a bit of the city, but I’ll have to save that for my next trip there!
After a quick trip on the train, we were in the city centre. It was pretty quiet, and although it was chilly, it was nice to get some fresh air and see a new city.
We crossed over the river and walked a little bit further to a street which was full of restaurants. I don’t remember the name now, but it was one of the only areas that was busy and bustling that evening.
Most of the buildings were very pretty, and we wandered along until we found the restaurant.
The captain had been recently and had a restaurant in mind, which served typical German food so we were all happy to try that one. It also had a giant pig out the front which was quite a novelty factor!
I had a delicious schnitzel, and the others all had some kind of typical German dish, ranging from curry-wurst (a sausage chopped up and served with a kind of curry sauce) to huge pork knuckles.
After dinner we strolled back through the street and stopped at a restaurant/bar which specialised in beer. We encountered the rudest waiter I have ever seen, and since I don’t drink beer the only other drink on offer was apple juice. We left after one drink as the service was absolutely terrible and the waiter was just incredibly rude to us! Who knows why, since myself and one of the other girls spoke German, so it can’t of been that we were speaking English amongst each other. If only I remembered the name, I’d tell you so you never have to go there, haha!
On our way back to the train station we stopped to get an ice-cream …perhaps not ideal for the freezing weather, but very yummy!
The next morning there was time for a quick workout in the gym and a spot of breakfast before the flight home.
All in all it was a pretty uneventful trip to Düsseldorf. Here’s hoping I get to do a bit more exploring next time! 🙂