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Basic information

  • Area: 217 km² (84 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49 211
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 584,217
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Dusseldorf – Regular Events

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German Unity Day

This national holiday commemorates the day when East Germany officially joined the Federal Republic. Düsseldorf marks the occasion by hosting a number of events across the city.

St Martin’s Festival

Düsseldorf celebrates St Martin’s Day on November 11th. The event features re-enactments of historical events and a night time procession of children with lanterns. Visitors can enjoy sampling Martinsgans a delicious goose dish, traditionally cooked at this time of year.

Christmas Markets

Düsseldorf’s Christmas Markets are some of the most charming in Germany. Staged at six different locations across the city’s Old Town, over 200 stalls transform Düsseldorf into a festive wonderland. Visitors can browse handicrafts, sample seasonal foods or even take a trip on the outdoor ice rink.

New Year’s Day

After the high spirited festivities of New Year’s Eve, visitors to Düsseldorf can relax at the annual New Year concert. Held on the banks of the Rhine River, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra guides audiences through a programme of orchestral works and waltzes.

Carnival

Düsseldorf’s Carnival officially begins in November, with festivities running across a number of months. February brings a spectacular parade that passes through the Old Town and is watched by over one million onlookers. Visitors can also enjoy street parties, dancing and sample local food and beers.

Hoppenditz

Düsseldorf’s Carnival season comes to a close on Ash Wednesday. Residents gather in front of the Town Hall to witness the burning of the Hoppenditz, a jester like figure that was erected at the start of festival.

Easter Fun Fair

Every Easter Düsseldorf enjoys its annual Fun Fair located at Staufenplatz. Great for families, the fair features a host of exciting rides, traditional fair ground games and stalls selling snacks and souvenirs. In the evenings the skies are illuminated by a series of stunning firework displays.

Japan Week

Düsseldorf has one of Europe’s largest Japanese communities and in honour of its residents, annually hosts Japan Week. The vibrant festival features an elaborate cultural programme that includes stage shows, sports demonstrations and stalls. The grand finale is a magnificent display ignited of Japanese fireworks.

Six Days of Opera

Düsseldorf’s Six Days of Opera is a renowned biannual event and a must for all music lovers. The festival features an eclectic programme of musical theatre and chamber music by contemporary composers. Experimental and groundbreaking works are also showcased at venues around the city.

The Largest Fair on the Rhine

July brings to life Düsseldorf’s largest festival, in honour of its patron saint. Millions of thrill seekers and families flock to the left bank of the Rhine River to enjoy a huge fun fair. The event features beer and food tents, exciting rides, games and a range of associated activities.

Brazilian Night

August nights in Düsseldorf are warmed by the rhythmic and sultry sounds of Brazil. Complete with dancing, competitions and stage shows, this festival showcases the best of Latino music and culture.

Old Town Autumn Culture Festival

In September Düsseldorf hosts its annual Altstadtherbst, a sophisticated festival that celebrates the performing arts. The event presents an array of unique and experimental work by opera, dance theatre and jazz artists. Venues include many of the city’s churches, galleries, museums and squares.

German Unity Day

This national holiday commemorates the day when East Germany officially joined the Federal Republic. Düsseldorf marks the occasion by hosting a number of events across the city.

St Martin’s Festival

Düsseldorf celebrates St Martin’s Day on November 11th. The event features re-enactments of historical events and a night time procession of children with lanterns. Visitors can enjoy sampling Martinsgans a delicious goose dish, traditionally cooked at this time of year.

Christmas Markets

Düsseldorf’s Christmas Markets are some of the most charming in Germany. Staged at six different locations across the city’s Old Town, over 200 stalls transform Düsseldorf into a festive wonderland. Visitors can browse handicrafts, sample seasonal foods or even take a trip on the outdoor ice rink.

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