A great way to get to know a city such as Dusseldorf is to walk, allowing impressions to cause a pause or interaction and details to remain more memorable.
Admiring the quaint sidestreets of the old town (Altstadt) down to the promenade is highly rewarding. Many bars, pubs and restaurants are in the Ratinger Strasse and on Bolker Strasse.
Another popular route for walking is the along the Rhine from the Ehrenhof, past the arts academy (Kunstakademie) to the Schlossturm (castle tower). Here, the Burgplatz is a perfect place to sit on the steps at the shore and the Kasematten a desirable place to take a drink. Further south, the imposing building of the state parliament awaits as does the modern harbour area with its excellent nightlife.
The centre of Dusseldorf invites pleasant strolling. With is exquisite shops, the Königsallee is also worthwhile. A noble shopping street par excellence, the avenue presents itself in summer under a green foliage canopy and with outdoor cafés enabling people spotting.
The delightful district of Kaiserswerth is one of the oldest parts of Dusseldorf, where picturesque ancient buildings in the vicinity of the Rhine remind of past glory. Pretty Oberkassel, on the left bank of the Rhine, has splendid historical houses from the late 19th and early 20th century with the Rhine banks in close proximity.
A walk through the woods in Grafenberg is also rewarding as is hiking along the flats beside the river towards Ilverich. Those walking their dog should be aware of where to place them on a leash. Fenced dog pens (Hundeauslaufplätze) can be found in many places across Düsseldorf.