Caravanning is a trend that has now become part of mainstream society and continues to grow from strength to strength. This is reflected in noticeably younger audiences and many new visitors to CARAVAN SALON. The world’s largest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans will again lure caravanning enthusiasts from all over the world to Düsseldorf with the latest trends from August 31 to September 8 this year.
All renowned international manufacturers showcase their latest motorhomes and caravans. Some 600 exhibitors are presenting over 2,100 recreational vehicles catering to every taste and budget. In addition to this, visitors can also find accessories, attachments, awnings and tents, mobile homes, holiday destinations as well as campsites and RV parks on 214,000 square metres in 13 halls and outdoor exhibition spaces. Beyond exhibitors’ ranges, CARAVAN SALON is again offering an informative and entertaining programme.
Freedom, independence, proximity to nature and, above all, a desire to reach unknown regions and cities continue to be the ingredients that make this way of holiday-making so fascinating.
The Trends of the Next Season
Variable leisure-vehicle interior configuration and modern design concepts are key, while innovative use of light-weight materials keeps vehicle weights down. Rising popularity of compact caravans and motor caravans is in evidence this year and the selection of basic motor caravan models is wider today than ever before. Everyone with an interest in caravanning can find their matching vehicle at CARAVAN SALON in Düsseldorf, from entry-level models through to luxury motorhomes.
Special Caravanning Sports
The special “Caravanning Sports” show is celebrating its debut In the outdoor area. Vehicles will be on show that are particularly well suited to combining sports activities with “four-wheel” vacationing – be it water sports, cycling, winter sports or other fun and action hobbies. In front of Halls 15 and 16 various manufacturers will be demonstrating their ideas revolving around the transport of sports gear – from surf boards to motorcycles. They will be showcasing carrier systems, customised furniture concepts, smart interiors but also sporty designs.
StarterWorld in the Outdoor Area
An assistance centre with heart and service is available for the very high percentage of first-time visitors, which reached over a third in 2018. A service-driven and customer-friendly centre is on offer in the outdoor area of Hall 18. In various themed worlds both new and seasoned caravanners can learn everything they ever wanted or needed to know about mobile holidays. At “StarterWorld” experts provide practical tips and recommendations on vehicle types, travel routes, or the right choice of campsite and they are also available for specific enquiries and one-on-one guidance.
RV Park with Great Atmosphere and Comfort
At the Caravan Center on Großparkplatz P1, the trade fair visit becomes a real experience. After all, for the duration of the CARAVAN SALON, it becomes Europe’s biggest RV park. Between 60,000 and 70,000 overnight stays are planned and the park caters to just about every wish with its 3,500 fully serviced and unserviced pitches.
After trade fair hours the Caravan Center is the meeting point for the community bringing together exhibitors, visitors, journalists and all other friends of mobile leisure. A big marquee with musical performances every evening ensures fun, entertainment and cosy gatherings. Open non-stop from 7.30 pm to 10 pm, high demand means pitches are booked up quickly and should therefore be reserved in good time at the Ticketshop. Those wanting to explore Düsseldorf’s famous old town can also make use of a free shuttle bus that conveniently takes guests to the city and back to the Caravan Center at night.
Caravan Salon Club 20th Anniversary
This year, the CARAVAN Salon Club celebrates its 20th anniversary and can look back on impressive growth over the past two decades. The world’s biggest trade fair club now has registered over 186,000 members. Club membership is completely free and offers all caravanning fans helpful information as well as useful bargain offers and price discounts. At the trade fair members will have the opportunity to meet other club members in the exclusive setting of the Club-Lounge on the first floor in Hall 7.1 or to take some time out and simply relax.
Dreamlike Caravanning Trips
At the Dream Tour Cinema on the first floor in Hall 7.1, visitors will also be in for exciting caravanning destinations this year. Konstantin Abert, Janette Emerich and Uwe Hamm whisk visitors away to dream countries near and far. This time the following destinations feature on the agenda: France, Mongolia and Central Asia, the Panamericana, Japan, Norway and Russia as well as an adventure trip overland to Australia. Multi-vision shows at the Dream Tour Cinema will be screened every hour from 11 am to 4 pm daily. The cinema can be accessed via the Nord entrance or Hall 7.
Fun and Action for Kids
The youngest of visitors will also get their money’s worth at this year’s CARAVAN SALON. As in previous years, our younger visitors are in for a great programme with join-in activities, fun, games and highlights galore. “Stadtsportbund Düsseldorf”, the City Sports Association, will convert part of the outdoor area into a thrilling Adventure Park. Children and youths are invited to let off steam here pursuing the versatile fun and sports activities on offer. A climbing wall, the Time-Run, a surf simulator, to name but a few attractions, are awaiting those little adventurers. This year staff from AWO, the Workers’ Welfare Association, will be on hand to look after kids aged 4 years and above at the Nord entrance on the first floor so that adults can stroll through the halls at ease. There will be a host of games in store for kids, along with face painting, painting and handicrafts with the attendants.
Bike Show featuring Danny MacAskill
Another spectacular attraction is professional biker and Eberspächer brand ambassador Danny MacAskill staging his Bike Trial show on the first weekend (Saturday and Sunday at 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm). Danny MacAskill is considered the best-known biker in the world – he is not only a real biking professional but also a star in the community and a YouTube icon. With his team the Scot will present an action-packed show with breath-taking bike stunts and jumps on the outdoor concourse (between Halls 9 and 17) as part of his Drop and Roll Tour. On top of this, there will be an autograph session on both days at 3.00 pm at Eberspächer in Hall 13 / booth A11.
TourNatur for Hiking and Trekking
Fitting well into an outdoor lifestyle, the TourNatur fair runs in parallel on the second weekend and is incuded in the entrance fee. In addition to presenting more than 5,000 hiking destinations, exhibitors offer the latest equipment as well as expert advice on the expansive topic of hiking and trekking. A total of 284 exhibitors are represented at the fair, Germany’s only consumer exhibition of its kind.
Tickets purchased online cost less and are valid for twice the time. Thus offering more enjoyment for the whole family.
Ticket categories for both Caravan Salon and Tour Natur are as follows:
Entrance adult € 15 online valid 2 days, €18 at the door valid 1 day
Entrance reduced € 11 valid 2 days, €15 at the door valid 1 day (proof of eligiblity required)
Entrance accompanied child aged 6-12 yrs € 6 online valid 2 days, €7 at the door valid 1 day
Tickets for Caravan Salon can be purchased directly at the Messe Düsseldorf online shop
Tickets for Tour Natur can be purchased directly at the Messe Düsseldorf online shop