I had driven through Dusseldorf before on my way from the airport to my brother's house in Spangdahlem, but what I thought was the downtown area was not. After visiting the city for the Christmas market, I quickly learned that the downtown area is very lively. Besides the side streets that are full of restaurants and shops, there is a true "downtown" that is literally just a street full of bars and restaurants. We took a wrong turn while visiting the markets and ended up in this very kid unfriendly spot. There were so many drunk and rowdy people and my 8 year old took a hit in the chest and got a bruise when someone stumbled into her. It was loud and rowdy, so if you are into this kind of thing, then you might want to head to downtown Dusseldorf if you are ever in the area.