Carnival in Düsseldorf


Written by Philipp Schiwek and last edited by Garry on

© Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus

While the temperature may be higher in Rio, this hot event is right on local doorsteps. And since locals love to overdo things, the general rule of thumb is stay and party or, for those who don’t wish to, leave town. While carneval starts on November 11 at 11:11 hrs, the experience of the crazy days leading up to and including the procession in the following year is one to remember.

Whilst the exact date of the season varies from year to year, Thursday is the day things commence in earnest. At eleven minutes past eleven, masses of women storm the town hall in the old town and following which, chaos breaks out. Literally everyone on the street or in the bars is enticed to party and men have their ties cut off by drunken dames.

Events take place all weekend, two traditions of note on Sunday being the Kö Treiben on the Königsallee from 11am and the Tonnenrennen in Niederkassel from 1pm.

The grand finale can be enjoyed on Monday from 12:30pm, when an enormous procession sets off from the river front to meander for hours throughout the city centre. Over a million people line the streets, food and drinks are everywhere and sweets are tossed from the floats.

Tuesday morning, the streets are spotless again, all evidence is removed and the fanatics start planning for next November.

International School of Düsseldorf

ISD inspires their students to be confident, creative and critical thinkers. They work together to challenge and support all their students to be successful and responsible in an evolving world. The International School of Düsseldorf is an international community of learners.

ISR International School on the Rhine

ISR International School on the Rhine a short drive from the centre of Düsseldorf is an accredited, private and international all-day school starting at Kindergarten. Many choose ISR because the academic program prepares students for the world-wide renowned International Baccalaureate or IB.

International School Ruhr

The International School Ruhr in Essen offers an exciting new environment for educating international children from countries across the globe. For many expat and German executives, the availability of a school geared towards international requirements is essential when choosing a base to live and to work.


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.




Art on walls
© Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

The Rundgang in Düsseldorf is an inspiring exhibition of works of art by the students of the Art Academy. Early every year the doors of the impressive academy building are opened to the public revealing some magnificent and surprising creations. The Kunstakademie has given the world many well known artists.


ProWein goes City


© Messe Düsseldorf

Once a year during March, the professionals gather in Düsseldorf to attend a leading international trade fair of wines and spirits. To enable those not from the trade to partake, ProWein goes City takes place in bars, bistros, restaurants, clubs, wine merchants and hotels.




Comitee Düsseldorfer Carneval e. V.

Zollstrasse 9

40213 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 330 101

Fax: +49 211 318 0418

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