Düsseldorf Airport (DUS/EDDL) | #1 the Observation deck
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About Düsseldorf Airport:
With more than 23.5 million passengers in 2016 Düsseldorf Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in Germany. The airport is an important hub for some major German airlines like Air Berlin and Eurowings and has domestic, continental and intercontinental destinations. There are two parallel runways at Düsseldorf Airport (23L/05R + 23R/05L).
About this spot:
The observation deck is a large area on top of Terminal B which offers a great view on the apron and the runways.
How to get there:
First you have to get to terminal B.
The observation deck is a nearly rectangular area on top of terminal B with the old tower building and some other parts of the airport building in the middle. Around the observation deck there are some protruding parts at the gates which limit the view from some perspectives. The entrance is located at the eastern side.
At the southern side (left hand seen from the entrance) you get a good view on the inner side of terminal A (often used for heavies of Air Berlin, Etihad and Emirates).
If you follow the observation deck clockwise, you get a great view on some apron action.
The rear of the observation deck (western side) offers a good view on the taxiways.
The best place for filming RWY23L/R departures and arrivals is located aft on the northern side between the gates B03 and B04 (have a look for the yellow sings at the gates).
Here you get a great view on touch-down and rotate, but a part of the building and other people might cover the view on longer takeoffs.
As there are many gates around the observation deck you can get great footage of ground handling, push-back and other apron action all around the observation deck.
Düsseldorf Airport is very busy and there is a lot of action on the apron. Usual visitors are many narrow and wide bodies, including A350s, A380s and B787s. Check the flight plan for the best days and times for a good traffic.
There are many different shops, restaurants and also lavatories located in the terminal.
All information efficient March 2017.