North Rhine-Westphalia – or rather a village close to Düsseldorf and conveniently near to Düsseldorf Airport used to be my home. People from the area along the River Rhine are cheerful and optimist by nature and I would certainly describe myself as a glass half full kind of girl – most of the time!
Easy to get there
I do enjoy my life and I count myself lucky to have the chance of living in the UK and being able pop back to my birth place whenever I feel the urge. Up to about three years ago it was very easy to swing by my German friends and family. We were lucky to be able to get direct flights to Düsseldorf from London Stansted Airport, which is not available at the moment. Currently there are direct flights to Düsseldorf e.g. from London Heathrow and London City Airport, but also from many other cities across the UK. Being able to swop between the countries, I see as having the best of both worlds!
Let me introduce you to Düsseldorf
In my posts about my region, I’d like to show you the places I love, and that have become my all-time favourites. Maybe it inspires you to discover the little gem city with lots of things to do in Düsseldorf. Enjoy and watch this space!
Kö – Düsseldorf’s ‘posh’ street
I used to love working in the centre of Düsseldorf, which is located directly at the Rhine river. I spent my lunch break around the famous (and very glamorous) shopping boulevard, Königsallee, (Germans call it Kö). I was certainly not spending my money there but just absorbing the atmosphere – well, most of the time! There is a canal running along this swish street, which is framed by magnificent old trees. Sitting on a bench and eating my sandwich always had a calming effect on me. Even though Düsseldorf has around 600,000 inhabitants and is the seventh largest city in Germany, it does have a very special ambience for me and it feels and is also often called ‘little Paris’.
Check out the fashion scene – very trendy!
Düsseldorf is not only an international and financial centre, it is also a well-known hub for its fashion scene, which is mainly due to the fashion shows, exhibitions and events that take place there. Two of the famous shows are the CPD, which is organised by the Igedo company and the shoe and accessories trade show GDS. Igedo was founded in 1949 and used to be the name of the largest fashion show in the world. The fashion scene is still very present and is an important location for international designers and buyers. This is why Düsseldorf has an elegance and charm about it and why it always attracts popular brands to the stores.
Some retail therapy needed?
For shopping lovers, it’s absolute heaven with its fabulous variety of shops. Many of them are mainly concentrated in Düsseldorf’s city centre and all within walking distance. Even better are that many of the shops are individual boutiques and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Some are a bit hidden, not in the main shopping streets like Schadowstraße, Königsallee or Flinger Straße, but rather in districts and areas where you normally wouldn’t go if you don’t know the city well. I’ve been to some of them and going to write a blog about my findings. Watch out for the next blogs!
Düsseldorf goes wild at carnival time
Some love it, some hate it
The carnival season, also known as the ‘fifth season’, is one of the largest and most important events not only in Düsseldorf, but also in other cities near the Rhine river like Cologne, Mönchengladbach, Krefeld, Duisburg, Neuss and Moers. It starts every year on 11th November at 11.11am and has a spectacular parade through the streets of Düsseldorf on Rose Monday (Rosenmontag), the day before Shrove Tuesday. This popular festival ends on Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch). A few days before the event, you’ll see people dressed in costume around the city, especially in the old town (Altstadt), drinking the traditional beer (Altbier) and meeting up with friends or work colleagues. They party in the streets, venues, pubs or private parties. Many people absolutely love this event and can’t wait until the season starts, but there are others who don’t particularly like it.
I must admit, I’m not a huge fan but I do like the buzz that the city offers and may find myself joining the crowd at the Zum Goldenen Einhorn, Ohme Jupp or Füchschen, which are traditional pubs on Ratinger Straße, in the old town.
You should also check out the www.lifeinduesseldorf.com website from the expat Jenna Davis who is living in Düsseldorf with some great blogs about the life in Düsseldorf.
If you’d like to see what events are coming up in Düsseldorf, go to my event calendar here and type in the search box ‘Düsseldorf’ to see the upcoming events in Düsseldorf.
Best wishes. Alles Gute.