What to do with 3 days to get from Munich to Dussledorf?

Our trip is almost all set, but we still have the last few days left to plan. We're flying out of Dussledorf on a Sunday morning this October, and are currently planning on arriving in Munich (by train from Ljublijana) on the Thursday afternoon before. Any itinerary suggestions for our 3 nights? We are equally happy to spend almost the whole time in/around Munich and take a train directly to Dussledorf or just slowly make our way there with a rental car or other transit. Neither of us have ever been to Germany, so even getting a glimpse will be nice. We have no expectations of making this a whirlwind/hit everything kind of weekend, but just wondering what highlights more experienced travelers would recommend.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Nothing has been set except for the flight out out of Dussledorf and the hotel in Ljublijana, so if you have a different idea for us (not taking the train to Munich and instead going a different route), we're open to that too. Thanks!

Posted by Joan
Gettysburg, PA, USA
365 posts

I would suggest that you plan to spend all of your free time in Munich. It is a wonderful city and will give you a good taste of Bavaria (southern Germany).
The art museums are excellent, The Residenz, home to the Wittelsbach family who ruled Bavaria for a long time, Nymphenburg Palace, Deutsches Museum--all worth a visit. Good food and drink can be found almost everywhere in Munich, depending on what you would like to have.
On a good clear day, you can see the Alps.
Look at a visit to the MarianPlatz, the Ratzkellar there for a nice taste of local eating and drinking/
You can't go wrong in Munich. (I hope:-)

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
4559 posts

You really don't have that much time in Munich. You arrive Thursday afternoon, check in to a hotel. That gives you Thursday evening, all day Friday and Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon you should head to Duesseldorf, its a 4:45 hour train ride on the fastest direct train. You can get a hotel in Duesseldorf Saturday night and ride to the airport on the S-Bahn Sunday morning for your flight.

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
4030 posts

Hi,

I would spend that time in Munich, unless you are absolutely bent on seeing something specifically historical en route, such as in Frankfurt, Koblenz, Ulm, Stuttgart, etc. There is also the night train connection from Munich to Düsseldorf on the CNL.

Posted by bobbiv
4 posts

Looks like the recommendation is to just maximize time in Munich. Thanks for the tip about the overnight train - that will really help us maximize the little time we have!

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
4559 posts

Night train right before a flight back over the Atlantic? They are not known for providing the most restful sleep environment. The train will make 11 stops through the night between Munich and Duesseldorf Hbf. If you do decide to go for it, looks like you could get a deluxe double cabin for 239 euro if you buy NOW on line at ww.bahn.com. That is just a 20 euro upcharge from an economy double, probably worth it.
For your connection at Duesseldorf Hbf, take the S-11 train to the airport. That will take you right to the terminal. Duesseldorf Flughafen Terminal is the station name. All other trains go to the main airport station (Duesseldorf Flughafen), which is out by the end of the runway and connected to the terminal by a skytrain system.

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
4030 posts

Hi,

You don't mention where in the US you'll be flying to from Düsseldorf (DUS). If it's to the west coast, I'm counting on a flight of 10.5 to 11 hrs and would certainly would take the CNL night train option since this route offers the sleeperette (Ruhesessel) option. I've done that option a couple of times, no problems sleeping, and much cheaper than a sleeper. You'll have to decide whether that option is better or taking a late ICE direct to Düsseldorf Hbf. If no night train, then stay at a small hotel near the station, ca 2 mins. Take the U-Bahn to DUS the next morning....all very convenient from Düsseldorf Hbf.

Posted by bobbiv
4 posts

If it helps in offering advice, I'll be flying back home on a non-stop flight to Chicago, leaving Dussledorf at 10am. The flight will be just over 9 hours, but I'll be boarding a flight to Charlotte a few hours later for a conference (which came up after the flights to and from Europe were already booked) so I'll have a whole day on planes and/or at airports on that Sunday regardless of how much sleep I potentially get (or do not get) on an overnight train.

Thanks again - I really appreciate everyone's input!