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It’s officially Christmas in Düsseldorf and the Christmas markets across town are open for business. And fun. With it’s unusual, tasty white mulled wine (Glühwein) and delicious Flammkuchen my favourite is the Alsace stand at the town hall. Movie junkies can view all four The Hunger Games: Mockingjay films from 11 am on Sunday morning.

The view from the Ferris Wheel in the heart of the Altstadt (old town) is particularly pretty with the festive season’s 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.


boot Düsseldorf

Providing an exciting insight into the entire water sports world, the annual boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world where some 1700 exhibitors from more than 60 countries presen their interesting innovations, attractive developments and maritime equipment.

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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On Christmas in Germany the evening of December 24 is the major day of celebration and togetherness, traditionally reserved for family gatherings. Eating together and exchanging gifts next to the Christmas tree are the highlights of the festivities.


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Come along to our open day on December 05 from 12pm to 3 pm and meet the team of specialists in one of our orthodontic practices in Meerbusch-Büderich. Enjoy salon music, snacks of sushi and seasonal goose along with a clown performing as well as surprises for the children.


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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.

Society & Folk

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Anyone who has experienced the hospitality offered by German society knows how peaceful the place is. This country and the folk here have changed much over recent years and people are much more laid back, friendly and humerous than first meets the eye.


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