Tour de France in Düsseldorf


Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

Cyclist Group sprinting image for the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Frank Bodenmüller
Two people presenting the Grand Départ, Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf / Melanie Zanin
Map of the Grand Départ, Day 1 Tour de France 2017
© Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Le Grand Départ of the iconic Tour de France in 2017 is being staged in Düsseldorf. Day 1 sees Le Grand Départ commence at the trade fair and congress centre, passing the centre of Düsseldorf then circling across the calm waters of the majestic Rhine. Passing by the delightful district of Oberkassel, cyclists head over another bridge and up the impressive avenue again parallel to the river.

Local residents of the city known by some as “Little Paris” enjoy spectator sports. This event will be warmly welcomed thirty years following the last occasion Le Tour slipped over the border onto German soil.

After commencing in the state capital, Day 2 takes competitors out of the city to the east through Neanderthal, the famous home of archaic humans. For the first time in the history of the race, cyclists will head back into the city then loop out again to the north, west and then south west. Passing through many towns they cross the Belgium border and on to complete some 200km in Liège.

Many interesting sights will form the backdrop for TV viewers across the globe such as impressive architecture, riverside scenes and excited spectators. Many events and activities are on offer.

Try the Light Festival at Schloss Benrath, a short trip south of the city centre. Friday evening. Or evesdrop from the fringe to the sold out open air concert performed by German KRAFTWERK and French AIR. Eherenhof on Sunday.

The Strandpiraten invite to electronic music on the Berger Strasse on Sunday. Stephan Schrader, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie performs all six cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. Melanchthonkirche, Graf-Recke-Strasse on Sunday. The concert BICI is partly performed on pieces of bicycles. Also Sunday, Bergerkirche,Bergerstrasse.

Personal Opinion

This is a personal opinion about a special place that was once your writer's home. Fashionistas still roam the inner city and the place has become surprisingly cosmopolitan. Friendly and still an easygoing village, it reveals secret places to eat, refuel, relax and shop.

Events in Düsseldorf

With excellent exhibitions in many art venues and museums and fascinating events almost every month, the kaleidoscope of things to do in Düsseldorf is surprising. Carnival, the Fun Fair, Christmas markets, Japanese and French festivals and the Altstadt all attract the crowds.

Relocating to Düsseldorf

Desirable districts in Düsseldorf include lively Oberkassel, Hafen and Derendorf, the quieter Zoo and Kaiserswerth neighbourhoods and also Flingern or Altstadt for the more adventurous. Consider also such formalities as registration, drivers and pet licenses upon arrival in this rather unique city.


Ruhr Meeting

Outdoor view of the structures of the Zeche Zollverein
© Ruhr Tourismus / Lueger

Meetings, incentives, conferences, events, MICE, is a global industry constantly in search of the right destination. The fascinating Ruhr Metropolis a short distance from the state capital of Düsseldorf is a big player offering unlimited locations and opportunities.


Economic Development Düsseldorf

View of water and buildings of the harbour in Düsseldorf
© Landeshauptstadt 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.


Route Highlights Day 1

Messe Düsseldorf
Japanischer Garten
Rheinpark Golzheim
Rheinterrassen Düsseldorf
NRW Forum
Museum Kunstpalast
Ratinger Tor
Kunstsammlung NRW K20
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Düsseldorfer Altstadt
Kunstsammlung K21/Ständehaus
Medienhafen/Gehry Bauten
Congress Centre

Events and happenings

A grand affair leading up to and on the day
Date Showing Venue

Route Highlights Day 2

Kunstsammlung K21/Ständehaus
Fundstätte des Neandertalers
Historischer Stadtkern Meerbusch
Rathaus Meerbusch
Industriehafen Neuss
Sportforum Kaarst-Büttgen
Schloss Wickrath mit Wasserschlossanlage Niers
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Zitadelle Jülich
Historisches Rathaus Aachen