Things to Do in Düsseldorf This Winter

Brrr…it’s chilly out there. But don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the best things to do in Düsseldorf this winter!
Whether you’re looking to avoid the cold or embrace it, this list of indoor and outdoor activities should help keep you entertained, even on the coldest of days.

Düsseldorf Skyline from Grafenberger Forest

The popular ferris wheel known as the Wheel of Vision is back at Burgplatz, and just in time for the holidays.

Take a spin inside one of the heated pods for an awesome view of the Rhine and city skyline. (The Wheel of Vision is open through 8 January, 2017)
 Where: Burgplatz, City Center

Orangery — Botanical Garden

Miss the green trees and warm colors of summer? Head to the Botanical Garden at Heinrich Heine University to explore the orangery and the iconic 60 foot tall geodesic dome, home to exotic plants from around the world. Both buildings are enclosed and protected from the elements. Entry is free.
 Where: Universitätsstraße 1, Düsseldorf-Bilk (Campus of Heinrich Heine University)

Sit by the Fire

Momentum Spa

Let stress melt away at Momentum Spa, home to a cosy fireplace room, salt water swimming pool, saunas and more.
 Where: Am Bonneshof 30a, Düssledorf-Golzheim

Hyatt Regency Lounge

Take a stroll around the Media Harbour, then order a drink and sit fireside at the lounge inside Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf. It might be freezing cold outside, but in here it’s nice and warm. If you’re hungry, the hotel is one of the few places in Düsseldorf that offers fondue.
 Where: Speditionstraße 19, Media Harbour

Spas, Saunas & Swimming

Indoor Swimming & Saunas

Swimming in the winter is no problem thanks to the many indoor swimming halls in Düsseldorf. From the action oriented Düsselstrand waterpark to the more relaxed Münster Therme bath, there’s a location for everyone. In addition, many offer other services such as saunas and massages.
 Where: Multiple locations

Vabali Spa — a Look Ahead (Coming Winter 2017)

A sprawling Balinese-themed wellness complex that is sure to become a popular place to relax and rejuvenate when it opens early next year.
 Where: Schalbruch 210, Düsseldorf at Elbsee (Lake Elb)

Learn Something New

From sushi making and improv comedy to brewery tours, there are a ton of great workshops and courses available in Düsseldorf. Read more…

Go Where There’s Snow

Hit the snowy slopes at Jever Skihalle in Neuss, the first indoor ski hall in Germany. Just minutes from Düsseldorf, it’s open year-round and features trails for beginner through advanced skiers and snowboarders. Tip: Rental packages are 3 euros cheaper on Wednesday nights.
 Where: An der Skihalle 1, 41472 Neuss

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and hit the ice at Eisstadion Brehmstraße (Brehmstraße 27 near Zoopark), Düsseldorfer Eissporthalle (Paulsmühlenstraße 6, Düsseldorf-Benrath) or the outdoor rink at the Kö-Bogen Christmas Market.

Traveling during the holidays, or looking for something a little different? Drop by Düsseldorf Airport to try the skating rink located inside the main terminal. It’s free and open to the public from 11am — 6pm on all advent weekends in December, plus New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Experience Japanese Culture

EKŌ Haus of Japanese Culture — Düsseldorf

Kick off your shoes and learn about Japanese culture with a self guided tour of the traditional Japanese house and temple at EKŌ-Haus. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported half a world away.
 Where: Brüggener Weg 6, Niederkassel

Glow Golfing

Indoor mini golf with a twist — at Glowing Rooms the course is illuminated by blacklight and players are provided special 3-D glasses to make things more challenging.
 Where: Kettwiger Straße 6, Flingern

Try Virtual Reality

Experience the wonders of Virtual Reality at Holo Cafe, a brand new pop-up at Düsseldorf Arkaden. Sessions are inexpensive and there are games for everyone — from beginners to serious gamers.
 Where: Düsseldorf Arkaden, Bilk

Experience New Events

Keep an eye on our monthly event guides for tips on local concerts, comedy shows, indoor markets, theater and more.

Hang Out at a Hip Hotel

Max Brown Midtown Hotel | Photo: Steve Herud

A hotel bar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a night out, but these cool new boutique hotels are likely to change that:

The Bar at Max Brown Midtown

The bar inside the new Max Brown Midtown Hotel is a great place to unwind, thanks to its stylish blend of retro and modern design. It’s unlike anything else in the city, and well worth a visit.
 Where: Kreuzstraße 19A, City Center

Lounge at Me & All Hotel
 
This modern spot on the 11th floor of the hotel features a sweeping view of Düsseldorf and hosts live music and special events.
 Where: Immermannstraße 23, City Center

Shopping Spree at Schee

Schee (Berger Straße 18, Altstadt) is a trendy art & design shop that carries a wide array of letterpress, screen prints and home accessories. We were tempted to buy one of everything. After your visit, don’t miss Carlsplatz Market, which is just around the corner.

Have a Hot Chocolate

Gut & Gerne
 
This popular chocolate shop in the Altstadt is serves traditional hot chocolate and cakes.
 Where: Burgplatz. 3, Altstadt

bittersüß & edelweiß
 
Order a homemade hot chocolate and a few delicious pralines from this great artisanal chocolate shop on Lorettostraße in Unterbilk, then discover the neighborhood. Where: Lorettostraße 41, Unterbilk

TenTen Coffee
 
Looking to spice things up? Consider the hot chocolate with a pinch of Chili at TenTen. Where: Oststraße 57, City Center

Cafe Hüftgold
 
Grab a seat at Cafe Hüftgold and order the Lumumba, a hot chocolate with rum. Because…why not? Where: Ackerstraße 113, Flingern

Visit Some Museums — for Free

Many of the museums in Düsseldorf offer free admission on select days and/or the last hour of their day. Here’s our list.

Break a Sweat

Escape the cold weather and burn some calories while you’re at it. Try hot yoga at Bikram Yoga (Moltkestraße 84, Derendorf) or get competitive at Cosmo Sports, a 21,000 square meter indoor sports complex that has everything from indoor tennis to billiards and badminton. Where: Diepenstraße 83, Gerreshheim

Distillery Tour

Take a tour of the historic Schmittmann Distillery in Düsseldorf-Niederkassel. It dates back to 1818 and produces high quality spirits such as gin and hazelnut liquor. Where: Niederkasseler Straße 106, Niederkassel

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Originally published at duesseldorfnow.de.

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