What’s to do in Düsseldorf? Plenty – and it’s only one and a half hours away by air from Leeds Bradford airport! Choose an early, mid- or late summer Jet2.com flight to this lively city on the banks of the River Rhine and you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Whenever you choose to go, you’ll find some event in Düsseldorf celebrating the coming of summer – whether it’s a performance from the city’s colourful summer programme of ballet, opera and music, one of the many festive, cultural or gastronomic events, or the end-ofseason Altstadtherbst Kulturfestival Düsseldorf, the Old Town autumn culture festival in September to October when classical, folklore and experimental music, dance and theatre performances fill the picturesque old town.
Did you know, for example, that Düsseldorf is known as Le Petit Paris? To prove it, over the week-end of 9–11July, the Burgplatz will be given over to a French cultural extravaganza featuring entertainment and food and wine promotions.
A week later, a highlight of the city’s calendar is the Grösste Kirmes am Rhein, the biggest festival on the Rhine, a traditional family celebration going back hundreds of years. Running from 17–25 July, today’s more modern version sees the Rheinwiesen riverside transformed by fairground rides and rollercoasters, beer tents and countless stalls. The fair draws to a close with a magnificent firework display.
From July to August, Düsseldorf’s renowned annual Benrath Bierbörse offers a prime opportunity to sample some famous brews when the city turns its pedestrian streets into a massive beer garden. The event draws tens of thousand of enthusiasts, keen to try Düsseldorf’s distinctive, hoppy Altbier, or ‘old beer’, a pale slightly fruity ale that is similar to lager and particularly refreshing in summer. The local brews to look out for are Füchschen, Schlüssel, Schumacher and Uerige.
For something completely different, there’s also the annual Frankenheim-Kino, a cinema festival on Germany’s biggest open-air screen, set up on the stunning riverside Rheinterrasse. The programme runs from 22nd July to 22nd August, with films ranging from independent and cult movies to classics and international blockbusters.
Then, in September, for something a little more active, there’s the Internationaler Kö-Lauf, an annual run for everyone, from children to top athletes, in 14 distinct marathon events.
Finally, when you’ve exhausted these possibilities and feel in need of a little retail therapy, head for the famous and elegant Königsallee (the “Kö”!) and you’ll find out why Düsseldorf is considered a leading centre of fashion! So, when to go? Well, Jet2.com flights operate every day of the week except Saturday... once again you’re spoiled for choice!