About Dusseldorf Funfair on the Rhine
Dusseldorf Funfair has a long history.
It first took place 690 years ago when the local shooting club, St. Sebastianus, starting celebrating its patron saint’s day.
The event starts with one of Germany’s biggest parades.
Over 3,000 marchers make their way through the streets of Düsseldorf.
There are uniformed marksmen on horseback and foot, marching bands and other traditional teams.
Biggest funfair in Germany
Today the fair is one of the biggest outdoor celebrations in Germany.
Because of its popularity, there are around four million visitors expected to visit Dusseldorf during this funfair.
A highlight at Dusseldorf funfair is the historic parade, one of the largest in all Germany.
The whole family can enjoy this festival, with its state-of-the art fairground rides.
Beer Tents and Live Music
It wouldn’t be a true German festival without the beer tents with costumed servers.
There is also plenty of live music to enjoy.
What’s special about the Dusseldorf funfair?
The fireworks display on the first and last Friday of the Dusseldorf fun fair are a highlight of the event.
The skies above Dusseldorf light up with the spectacular firework display.
A great way to view the fireworks is from a boat trip along the Rhine.
Another fun fair high point is the selection of the “Schützenkönig” (otherwise known as the “King of Marksmen”).
The shooting club marksmen shoot at a dummy bird raised on a target.
The one who shoots the bird down is awarded the title of King.
Where does the Dusseldorf Funfair take place?
The Dusseldorf funfair is traditionally set up on the Oberkassel Rheinwiesen, and it will once again be held there.
It’s a beautiful site on the banks of the Rhine.
More about Dusseldorf, Germany
Düsseldorf is home to more than just the annual fun fair.
It’s the capital city of the German district North Rhine, with a population of over half a million, making it the seventh most populous city in Germany.
It’s well-known for it’s fashion and shopping, especially along the Königsallee.
Dusseldorf also has a lively art scene, in addition to being an international business and financial center.
Old and new architecture exist harmoniously, with the Altstadt and the new harbor area both offering a range of restaurants and interesting sights to see.
How to get there
Dusseldorf Airport is an international airport, with regular flights arriving from the around world.
The city is also easy to reach via car or train.
IMPORTANT: There is no parking close to the fun fair.
It is a six-minute ride on the U-Bahn from the main station to ‘Luegplatz’, the fun fair stop.
There are park and ride options available, as well as special parking places available for cyclists.
Check out Duesseldorf Tourism website for full details.
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