Things to Do in Düsseldorf

A multitude of cuisines, excellent shopping, events, exhibitions, performances and festivals

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

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Front doors of Cinema movie theatre
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© Amazing Capitals / Greg

The people of Düsseldorf are justifiably proud of their city’s vibrant cultural life. A real kaleidoscope of events, performances, shows and festivals, Düsseldorf boasts an extensive and presentable list of cultural institutions. Along with nine theatres there are eleven museums and a large number of smaller galleries.

They range from a sea-life museum to a film museum, from the arts collection of North Rhine-Westphalia, which hosts works from the 20th and 21st century by Paul Klee, Joseph Beuys, Mark Rothko or Andy Warhol, to such curiosities as a mustard museum.

For lovers of classical music, opera and jazz, Düsseldorf is a veritable feast. From chamber music recitals to rap, hip-hop and rock concerts, the city offers something for everybody virtually every day of the year.

Going Out in Düsseldorf

Going out in Dusseldorf is fun and the so-called Rhenish lust for living infectious. One hub of entertainment is the old town (Altstadt) with door after door providing visitors with apparently the longest bar in the world. Some of the bistros, restaurants, cafés and great clubs are second to none.

Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté

The current production takes the audience to a magical cosmos and places the question - is it a dream, recollection or hallucination? More than just theatre - artistry and dance, music and laughter speak a language that every international guest can understand. Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté offers a unique show & dine experience.

Economic Development Düsseldorf

With a combination of pro-business policies, low costs and a skilled workforce, Düsseldorf is the perfect location for investors. The Office of Economic Development offer "plug and play" services while expats form an integral part of a population that has grown by 22,000 over the past few years.


Expat Service Desk

Image of international people in front of the Gehry buildings in Düsseldorf
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The Expat Service Desk offers initial information concerning living and working within the city of Düsseldorf and the county of Mettmann. This official organisation bundles information, networks and institutions. Gain comprehensive support from us on official procedures and aspects of everyday life.



A view of the fashion emporia building at Kö Bogen of Breuninger in Düsseldorf
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Breuninger inspires with a magnificent shopping experience in their stunning downtown location between Königsallee and Hofgarten. Fashion, accessories, shoes, beauty and cuisine are offered with friendly, professional service across a sales area of over 15,000 square metres in the impressive Kö-Bogen.


boot Düsseldorf



boot Düsseldorf, the largest water sports trade fair in the world sets new standards year after year. January 2019 excites with a 50th anniversary celebration. 250,000 visitors from 102 nations can view a wide range of desirable craft and accessories while interacting with over 2,000 exhibitors from 70 countries.