Dusseldorf

The favourite city guide for expats, internationals & business travellers

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Welcome to Düsseldorf and Amazing Dusseldorf, the English language guide with all that’s needed to assist expats and internationals living or working in the city.

Upcoming events include the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf and TourNatur at the trade fair grounds alongside the Rhine. Almost anything and everything concerning outdoor lifestyles can be discovered. Held annually, this is the largest fair in its long history.

Looking ahead, an English language play penned by an Australian in Düsseldorf will be performed in the Theatermuseum on September 1 & 2. J’n‘R by Fiona Leonard is a fast-paced comedy about what happens when life doesn’t go according to plan: It’s 4am and Jules is sitting in an airport coffee lounge waiting for her flight to be called. The last thing she wants is to see anyone or talk to anyone. And she sure as hell isn’t planning on falling in love…especially not with the very weird (but oddly familiar) guy in the corner quoting Shakespeare..

On the Königsallee, the Gourmet Festival will be repeated again this year. A delight for all who wish to pamper their taste buds.

The weekly movie update reveals a number of current releases of many genres. This week in English and French.

 

Düsseldorf Festival

The spectacular, sophisticated düsseldorf festival! truly touches the soul. A magnificent, vibrant collection of performing arts from an inspiring selection of national and international artists takes place every year. Many in a large yet surprisingly intimate marquee in the old town.

Caravan Salon Düsseldorf

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© Messe Düsseldorf

The world’s largest fair for mobile vacationing offers its visitors a vast choice of brands, models and layouts as well as unrivalled accessories, technical equipment, fittings, awnings, motorhomes, campsites and travel destinations. Germany’s unique public fair for hiking and trekking takes place in parallel.

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Tent Festival Ruhr

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Arieal view of tents and marquees at the tent festival
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A rock music festival takes place late summer in a city of tents on the shore of lake Kemnade in Bochum. In addition to concerts, there are also many other performances to be enjoyed such as cabaret, comedy and stage.

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Gourmet Festival

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© InnoFairs Gourmet Festival

The Düsseldorf Gourmet Festival is an explosion of impressions for all the senses. Quality wines and other beverages, delicious foods and tasty delicacies are on offer along the stunning Königsallee. Over one hundred exhibitors are packed along the Kö and some 30.000 visitors are expected.

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OV Movies and Films in Düsseldorf

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August 16-23 Filmkunstkinos: Hampstead, The Promise, Tulip Fever, Chavela, Viceroy‘s House, The Party, Dunkirk, Gifted, Bonjour Anne. Cinestar: The Dark Tower, War for the Planet of the Apes, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Spider-Man: Homecoming

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International Clubs in Düsseldorf

Dusseldorf offers several clubs for expats. Lively and varied, many provide events where members and guests have an opportunity to meet other foreigners and local people in the similar situation of living in a new location in a foreign country.

International School of Düsseldorf

Cartwheel sculpture of the ISD international school düsseldorf
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Choosing a school for your child is a big undertaking and one of the most important factors in relocating. The ISD fully understands this and welcomes you and your child in a truly international community which supports positive and cooperative working relationships between students, teachers and parents.

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Progedo

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From the search for housing and logistics of a move through to the completion of all related formalities which can include speeding up the process of integration, dealing with local labour law requirements, language courses and cultural awareness training; Progedo gets new employees up to speed.

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Pets in Düsseldorf

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Bringing a pet is relatively easy, however, dogs need to be registered when they accompany a family relocating to Düsseldorf. Owners may then take their pet virtually anywhere including out to dinner. Dogs need to be micro chipped, vaccined and licensed. A leash is a must under many if not most circumstances.

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THINK Global School

Students of THINK Global School with elephant
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Living and learning in four countries a year, a THINK Global School education combines an academically rigorous project-based learning curriculum, a competitive 1:5 faculty/student ratio, student-driven and technology-forward teaching philosophies and integrated service learning to create a 360º educational experience.

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Public Transport in Düsseldorf

Courtesy of the Rheinbahn, public transport in Düsseldorf is efficient so waiting is generally kept to a minimum. A densely woven network of subway, trams and buses reveals an opportunity to alight on virtually every corner of one of the most compact cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

Rivers in Düsseldorf

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Two rivers flow through Düsseldorf. The Rhine is one of the longest rivers and one of the most important waterways in Europe. The Düssel is one of the shortest with its most visible stretch flowing down the Königsallee and around the Köbogen to the Hofgarten.

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Geography

© Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) is Germany's largest federal state by population and fourth by size. Green meadows and woodlands, hilly and mountainous regions, agriculture and dense urban zones as well as forty-four rivers such as the Rhine and Ruhr define the state.

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State

Over time, a patchwork of small and large states has come into being. Since 1990 there are a total of sixteen federal states. Some are cities, others vast geographical regions. The country's federal system spreads responsibility to many institutions.

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Jaywalking in Düsseldorf

Button for changing pedestrian lights to cross road
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Crossing a street in Germany to this day still reveals a discipline that is seldom experienced elsewhere. When the red light is showing at a pedestrian crossing, people mostly wait for a green one. Often for excruciatingly long periods on completely empty streets.

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