Double the Plane Spotting Fun at Düsseldorf Airport's Deck Duo
If your heart races and your palms sweat and your stomach is all a-flutter at the mere thought of getting up close and personal with some big, slick airplane bodies, then you should probably check out our series on Prime Planespotting. But wait just a moment, as we've got a huge addition to it right here: the Observation Deck at Germany's Düsseldorf International Airport.
First off, even without the deck the airport is awesome. It's our favorite alternative (when the price is right) to other airports like Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam, being a totally reasonable train ride away from all of those (and the airport has its own long-distance train stationchaching!). Second off, it's elegantly designed and a pleasure to travel through.
Our only issue comes from arriving at DUS from the US, which usually means tromping through a terminal at 6am, bleary-eyed and with no desire to go "explore" until hotel check-in time. What to do?!
Well, if you're like us, you'll head up to the mezzanine's Starbucks to recharge your gadgets and grab some breakfast while enjoying a view over the ticketing hall. Then head on up to the deck atop Concourse B (just up from the Starbucks), as it opens at 6am in the summer and 9am in the winter.
Entrance is 2.20 Euro per adult, which includes three things:
· Access to the Concourse observation deck
· A trip on the SkyTrain
· Access to the Railway station observation deck
That's rightDüsseldorf Airport has two excellent decks, one to watch the apron action and one to watch the runway action. Sadly we've only made it to the former so far, having camped out way too long, then napped in the sun on a bench, then lost track of time amidst the excitement of the up-close departures.
Bonus: There's even an Airbus A320 flight simulator up near the ticket booth for entrance to the observation deck. Check out their website for more information.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted