The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announces Mega-sized German Fest Includes One of Germany’s Biggest Outdoor LGBTQ Events: Pink Monday at Duesseldorf’s "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine"

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Mixing family entertainment and gay parties is a rare recipe for success at Düsseldorf’s "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine." In fact, it’s a ball; thousands of gays and lesbians show up on the first Monday of the huge 10-day fair and give the bona-fide German fest a pink makeover: Pink Monday in Düsseldorf.

Thousands of gays and lesbians join the families and other visitors – about 400,00 on a regular day – and add their magic.

With more than 4 million visitors, Düsseldorf’s 10-day "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine" (2013 dates: July 12-21) is one of Germany’s biggest outdoor beer and summer fests, and is such a big draw that it was extended by one day in 2011. On the first Monday of the fair (2013: July 15), the fair is also a magnet for the LGBTQ community: thousands of gays and lesbians join the families and other visitors – about 400,00 on a regular day – and add their magic. The event turns pink, literally, as vendors and visitors decorate the place and themselves in pink. Pink Monday started decades ago and is now Düsseldorf’s biggest LGBTQ event and among the biggest outdoor festivals in the country.

Pink Monday is more good fun piled on an event that’s already huge fun on any of the ten days. It’s a bona-fide German outdoor summer fest, complete with beer tents and all kinds of fest foods, a temporary amusement park with some of the biggest state-of-the-art rides and live music everywhere. For Pink Monday, one of the beer tents turns into a performance space (a popular meeting point is the "Schwarzwald Christel" "Black Forest Christel") and the party vibe extends from there into the local nightlife, where it continues into the wee hours. Many of the GBTQ visitors are from the local Rhine-Ruhr region, and the number of international visitors grows every year.

The "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine" has been around for 500 years and takes place on about 42 acres right on the Rhine River. Many who come here take advantage of the short distances to other destinations, including Cologne, Belgium, the Netherlands -- all in easy reach from Düsseldorf.

For more information on the Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine, visit: http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/our-top-events/biggest-fun-fair-on-the-rhine/.

The city’s tourism office is offering hotel and city special for the event. The travel package called “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/hotel-packages/hotel-package-biggest-fun-fair-on-the-rhine/. Prices start at €52 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €72 per person for a 3-4 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a ferry ride across the Rhine, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits, plus more than 40 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package.

Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de/en.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com and http://dus-int.de/dus_en/.

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