Düsseldorf’s status as the capital of Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region has made it the centre of Germany’s industrial engine room. But the city plays as hard as it works, and is beginning to prepare for the 110th return of the annual Largest Fair on the Rhine.
Each July the city’s population explodes as over 4 million people take advantage of an abundance of cheap flights to the city, and Ferris Wheels, roller coasters and enormous fireworks displays draw families and revellers alike to the festivities over 9 days and 165,000 square metres.
King For The Day
Originally a celebration of the patron saint of Düsseldorf, over time the holiday has been married with secular celebrations and shooting competitions to become a giant festival held in the city’s Oberkassel district, overlooking the historic Old Town. Düsseldorf produces world-famous beers and fine Germanic cuisine, all of which are in abundance along procession routes.
Winners of the St Sebastianus Marksmen’s Club shooting competition are pronounced Kings for the year to come, and the carnival atmosphere continues with Pink Monday, the year’s biggest celebration of the city’s gay and lesbian community.
The rest of the year Düsseldorf is also famous for its museums and art galleries, the latter lavishly furnished with the work of graduates of the Kunstakademie art college. Travel to and around these institutions has never been easier since the introduction of the Düsseldorf Welcome Card, providing cheap family travel around the city and free entry to exhibitions and displays.
Cheap flights to Dusseldorf from most major airports place this vibrant city within a few hours of much of Europe, and Jet2.com can get you there.