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Happy Thanksgiving to al our US readers in Düsseldorf and across the pond. Here’s hoping you can be together with family today and can enjoy a wonderful time together.

A traditional must do for many expats is the annual charitable Advent Market organised by Christ Church. Offerings include bric-a-brac, homemade treats, refreshments, music and proceeds go to the church. The Christmas Markets across town have opened, offering a great way to swing into the festive mood. With it’s unusual, not so sweet mulled white wine (Glühwein) and delicious Flammkuchen my favourite is the Alsace stand at the town hall.

Planning ahead, the boot trade fair is an incredible experience, whether purchasing a new vessel or enjoying a day out. Meanwhile, the view from the Ferris or big Wheel in the heart of the Altstadt (old town) is particularly pretty with the seasonal lights.

Everything international business professionals and foreign residents need to know about life in Düsseldorf is available under Expat Life. Or discover more about the wonderful state capital of NRW, the region and the locals under The Location. Find out what’s on and what could be enjoyed on Düsseldorf’s extensive cultural timetable under Things to Do.


OV Movies and Films in Düsseldorf

From November 19 to 25, Cinestar's leading movie in original English is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Filmkunstkinos are showing a diverse collection of films in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Icelandic OmU. Spectre is still showing daily in both, Steve Jobs is fading.

Christmas Market Düsseldorf


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Varied and quite beautiful, themed collections of small booths can be found across the centre of Düsseldorf. Traditional German gingerbread, marzipan, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are on offer to tease the palate. Artisan crafts such as crib figures and other merchandise make perfect Christmas presents.


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Thanksgiving in Düsseldorf and the rest of Germany compares little with the American celebration on the fourth Thursday in November but harvest celebrations hold a long tradition here too. Wine producing areas celebrate grapes being picked and Alpine regions reaping of grain.

Anglican Church

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The evangelical church is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Europe providing a spiritual home for international English-speakers in the Düsseldorf and Ruhr region. Its members are varied in background, age, and denominational heritage.


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Parks, Gardens & Woodlands

The city became known as the garden city in the 18th century when Johann Wilhelm II, Elector of Palatinate, chose Düsseldorf as his royal capital. Today, residents can enjoy several beautiful parks, gardens and green spaces, especially when the crocusses bloom in spring.

Mayor's Greeting

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The attractiveness of Düsseldorf as a place to both live and work is the number one motivation for highly qualified professionals from Germany and abroad to move here. Our goal is for you and your family’s experiences in Düsseldorf to exceed your expectations.


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