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A visit to Dusseldorf, Germany via airberlin’s gracious business class service will set the tone for your clients as they set off to vacation in a city that is fashion-infused, culturally rich and quite elegant.
While in the air, your clients will experience airberlin’s efficiency and genuine hospitality. Our business class service included pods that are truly comfortable, converting into flat beds, complemented by 15-inch HD screens featuring 200 channels and LED technology. WiFi, currently available on select flights, will be available on the entire long-haul fleet by the end of January 2017. The food, served in four courses along with paired wines from Europe, is curated by Sansibar, a gourmet German restaurant. And even before your clients board the plane, if they opt for business class (highly recommended), they’ll be pampered with perks such as priority check-in, and access to premium lounges with WiFi and an array of complimentary food and beverages.
Dusseldorf makes quite a good impression upon arrival, with an efficient and top-notch airport as its gateway; it’s the third largest in Germany serving 70 airlines and 200 destinations worldwide (11 within Germany alone). And truth be told, this is one of the most welcoming airports we’ve ever stepped foot in, with beautiful displays of fresh foods at the variety of dining venues (40 restaurants in total), as well as 60 retail outlets for shopping and other specialty services.
Booking a multi-European city vacation with Dusseldorf as the hub is easy, as well, because many of Europe’s major cities such
as Berlin are within 1-hour flying time from here.
Travel professionals should note that through May 2017, airberlin will be offering up to 55 flights per week from the U.S. to Dusseldorf and Berlin. Then in May, airberlin will increase its air service up to 78 flights per week, and add Orlando to its existing gateways of Boston, Chicago, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.
Walkable City on the Rhine
Dusseldorf, founded in 1288, wonderfully combines tradition with a modern spirit and is known for its arts, fashion and architecture. We recommend a walking tour of Altstadt (Old Town), which is in the heart of the city. Here, visitors will find architectural and historical sites such as St. Andreas, a beautiful baroque church; the birthplace home of renowned German poet Heinrich Heine; and Marktplatz, home to City Hall, with the iconic and beautiful baroque equestrian monument of Johann Wellem II, Elector Palatine, who was born in Dusseldorf and is buried in St. Andreas Church.
Altstadt sits on the Rhine, where clients can hop on a sightseeing river cruise at the Burgplatz or simply walk along the river on the embankment promenade. Tell clients to linger at the Burgplatz, regaled as one of the most beautiful squares of post-war Germany, and take time to visit the old castle tower, now housing the SchifffahrtMuseum (shipping museum and a cafe with an amazing view over the Rhine).
Of course, when in Germany one must do like the locals and try the beer, so a can’t-miss is a visit to one of Dusseldorf’s microbreweries (beer garden) to try the typical beer (altbier) and local snacks; we recommend Uerige Brewery, located in Altstadt and one of the oldest breweries.
Adjacent to Altstadt is the Konigsallee, a boulevard where the fashion scene is vibrant, and young and established designers come to show off their innovations. Since October 2014, visitors to the Konigsallee have also enjoyed the upscale shopping arcade “Breuninger,” situated in the architectural masterpiece “Ko-Bogen,” created by Daniel Libeskind. Dusseldorf is also known for its focus on the arts, with its 26 museums
and more than 100 galleries definitely worth a visit.
Book your clients at the historic, 200-year-old Breidenbacher Hof property, a Capella Hotel located next to Altstadt on the Konigsallee. It’s an elegant and recently renovated 106-room and -suite property. They will love the spacious yet cozy accommodations that come with a bedside electronic control system for lights and drapes, as well as large bathrooms that sport heated floors. Extras included in the rate are complimentary Internet, soft drinks in the in-room fridge and “anytime check-in and check-out.” For even more luxury, the hotel offers a Royal Floor featuring five suites and six larger guestrooms under the Grand Deluxe Rooms category. Suites and rooms on this floor all have spectacular views of the city.
Your clients will also love the hotel’s “Living Room” area, accessible only to hotel guests. Here, there are Personal Assistants able to arrange shopping tours, or set up afternoon tea in the privacy of the guestroom for when clients want to relax. A unique feature of the property is its direct access to two adjacent private clinics for those visitors who want the luxury of staying at the hotel while using the services of the neighboring medical facilities. One facility is for plastic surgeries and the other is a center for cardiovascular health and preventive medicine. It’s very popular with guests coming for “executive checkups.” This hotel is true luxury at a great value. Weekend rates start at €295 (approximately $331), and midweek rates start at €345 (approximately $387).
• Brasserie “1806”—Located on site at Breidenbacher Hof, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is fresh, regionally sourced and the menu includes both local and international dishes. Don’t miss the house specialty, the “original wiener schnitzel,” or the scrumptious breakfast buffet.
• Palavrion Urban Grill—Located at Dusseldorf Airport, this 140-seat restaurant won’t disappoint. It offers a selection of meats, fish, vegetarian dishes and a wide choice of starters and side dishes. Don’t miss the king prawns marinated with herbs and olive oil, served with a pineapple-lemon chili chutney. There’s a nice selection of wines as well. palavrion.com/grill-duesseldorf
• Zum Schlussel—Located in Old Town (Altstadt), this festive, casual restaurant/brewery has a wide array of typical local German food that’s a must-try—from pork cutlet to beef roast. And, of course, plenty of local beer. zumschluessel.de
n Nagaya—A Japanese Michelin-starred restaurant in the Japanese district of Dusseldorf. The dishes exceptionally combine flavors and techniques of Asian and European cooking. nagaya.de