If you want to think beyond dinner and a movie and make your date really special and offbeat, Düsseldorf has you covered. Whether you opt for a lazy cruise on the Rhine or a romantic walk in a palace garden, exploring ancient ruins together or having a beach picnic, the city’s many unique spots will ensure that your date will be anything but cliché.
A special lunch or dinner date deserves a spectacular setting, like the 240-meter-high (789 feet) futuristic architecture of the Rhineturm dominating the city skyscape. At the revolving restaurant, Günnewig Restaurant Top 180, you can enjoy a sumptuous, romantic meal while enjoying a panoramic view across the city from a height of 172.5 meters (566 feet). The restaurant makes a full rotation in an hour, and allows great views from all tables.
If the idea of experiencing a new, exotic culture together excites you, EKŌ-Haus der Japanischen Kultur is the perfect idea for a unique date. This little oasis in the middle of the city celebrates Japanese culture, and consists of a traditional temple and house and acres of beautiful walkways punctuated by adorable bridges. They offer guided tours and invite visitors to attend special events and ceremonies. It’s never crowded unless there is an event going on, so you can enjoy your solitude as you explore the park.
Less than a half-hour drive from Düsseldorf, Schloss Dyck sits like a painting in the landscape, with the promise of a romantic summer afternoon. This beautiful moated castle dates back to the 11th century and offers public tours of its museum. Afterwards, you can go for a lazy stroll or sit in the lush gardens by the water with ducks for company.
The earliest existence of Kaiserpfalz dates back to the 10th century, and the palace still stands as a witness to all these centuries of history, wars, conquests and destruction. Though most of it is today in ruins, the romance lurking in Emperor Barbarossa‘s palace is undeniable. An afternoon spent exploring its amazingly thick walls, staircases, ancient windows and gazing out toward the river is bound to be delightful. The palace itself is situated in one of the loveliest parts of the city, amid tree-lined avenues, and offers great gastronomic options nearby. It is also a great starting point for a lovely cruise across the Rhine.
Unterbacher See is a great idea for a relaxed date at Düsseldorf’s very own lake beach, Unterbacher See. The beach has soft sand and barbecue facilities, making it a perfect place for a cozy picnic. To add to the fun, you can always go swimming boating, hiking, or biking here.
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