5 days in Dusseldorf, Bielefeld & Cologne Itinerary

5 days in Dusseldorf, Bielefeld & Cologne Itinerary

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5 days in Dusseldorf, Bielefeld & Cologne Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
2
Bielefeld
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Cologne
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
On the 11th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Schloss Benrath and then don't miss a visit to Kirche St. Andreas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take a spin around town with Nordbahntrasse, examine the collection at Zeiss Planetarium, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinufer.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dusseldorf online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Dusseldorf is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to Dusseldorf, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Dusseldorf can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Bochum, Nordbahntrasse
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Schloss Benrath ©
Schloss Benrath
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum ©
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium

1
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Bielefeld

Bielefeld ©
Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
On the 13th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen, then explore the historical opulence of Sparrenburg, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally see the interesting displays at Historisches Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bielefeld trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Dusseldorf to Bielefeld in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bielefeld are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen ©
Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen
Sparrenburg ©
Sparrenburg
Historisches Museum ©
Historisches Museum

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at OMS Beachclub, see the interesting displays at Kathe Kollwitz Museum, and then examine the collection at Schnutgen Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker, then don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Kolumba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Bielefeld to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cologne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

OMS Beachclub, Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker
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Dokumentationsstaette Regierungsbunker ©
Kolumba ©
Kolumba
Kathe Kollwitz Museum ©
Kathe Kollwitz Museum

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