The favourite city guide for expats, internationals & business travellers

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Welcome to Düsseldorf and Amazing Dusseldorf, the English language guide with all that’s needed to assist expats and internationals living or working in the city.

Sometimes a personal touch is required upon arrival. The goal of the newly instigated Expat Service Desk is to provide just that. They are holding their first Expat Meet Up on March 9 from 6:30 pm. I am pleased to be able to spread the word. Admission is free after prior registration. Check out the article and download their form.

For those with interest in art, 100 sculptures & pictures from various artists on the topics of flight and torture are on display from the wekend in Neuss. An auction of works in aid of charity will be held on February 18 at 6 pm. View the exhibitions article on Amazing Neuss for this and other exibits.

Anyone who has lived in the city for less than a year be warned. Carnival in Düsseldorf is fast approaching its impressive culmination. It runs from a unique storming of the town hall, through old wives night and a weekend full of local events to the massive procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). Lovers of the bizarre and insane prepare to join in for a few days of madness. Those that don’t run for the hills, and that’s no joke!

Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté is running its new show Carnival in Venice. 2017 marks tweny years of their vaudeville performances in Düsseldorf. Alternatively, an impressive variety of exhibitions is continuously on offer in many of the well known art venues and museums too.

This year will see interesting events as usual throughout the year. An unusual occurrence will also take place in the summer when the iconic Tour de France stages its socalled Grand Départ in the city. Big city business, small town charm


Exhibitions in Neuss

Art venues and museums in Neuss and the region regularly present selections of their fine pieces. Unable to show their extensive works as a whole due to lack of space, these opportunities and regularly staged events present well researched and comprehensive insights.

Carnival in Düsseldorf


© Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus

Every year at this time a decision is made by most expats. Stay, party and join in the unavoidable, or, for those who don't wish to, leave town. Whilst the exact date of the season varies from year to year, Thursday is the day things commence in earnest. Chaos reigns until Monday evening.



A view inside the fashion emporia Breuninger in Düsseldorf
© Breuninger

Breuninger brings together fashion, accessories, shoes, beauty and cuisine across a sales area of more than 15,000 square metres. The department store offers a most magnificent shopping experience to discerning customers in the Kö-Bogen, an impressive downtown location.


Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté


© Apollo

Far more than just theatre; artistry and dance, music and laughter speak a language that every international guest can understand. Apollo offers an extraordinary show & dine experience. Located directly on the bank of the Rhine, Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté is an ideal attraction for all audiences.


OV Movies and Films in Düsseldorf


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23.02 - 01.03 Cinestar: English: A Dog's Purpose, Fifty Shades Darker, Fences, Hidden Figures, La La Land OV. Filmkunstkinos: English: T2 Trainspotting, Silence, The Forbidden Room, Lion, Fences, Hell or High Water, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, The Happy Film; French: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort OmU.


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Relocation Agencies in Düsseldorf

Professional assistance for relocating is at hand for both companies and individuals to help weigh the sometimes hidden pros and cons of a locality. Using a partner can provide a level of support needed to start a new job while completing a smooth transition into a new environment.

Expat Service Desk

Image of international people in front of the Gehry buildings in Düsseldorf
© Expat Service Desk

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.


THINK Global School

Students of THINK Global School with elephant
© Think Global School

Living and learning in four countries a year, a THINK Global School education combines an academically rigorous project-based learning curriculum, a competitive 1:5 faculty/student ratio, student-driven and technology-forward teaching philosophies and integrated service learning to create a 360º educational experience.


International School Ruhr

several students in the park
© Ralf Schultheiß

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.


ISR International School on the Rhine

Students at the ISR in Neuss

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.


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City Topics

As the State capital, the city represents the seat of power yet the city is tiny in comparison to the megacities of the world. The commercial centre is a pleasantly small collection of streets flanked by parks and the river. Residents are some of the most contented in the world.

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.


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.


The Promenade

© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

The promenade is a sidewalk on the east banks of the Rhine. On sunny days a fine mix of people can be seen strolling, sitting on the benches, riding bikes, skating, jogging, playing patenque, watching street performers or simply relaxing and enjoying the view.


Airport Getaway

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Düsseldorf Airport offers easy access to the city via taxi and bus as well as access the rail network via the Sky Train, the suspended monorail. A mere ten kilometres from downtown, getting to and from this easy airport couldn't be better.


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