The NA Office of Duesseldorf Tourism & Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Duesseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine,” July 11-20: Four Million Visitors Expected

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One of Germany’s biggest parades -- with 3,000 marchers and 10 days of sensational outdoor summer fest family fun and rides – is an astonishing mix of traditional and modern German fest, and around 4 million visitors have been joining one of the world’s top outdoor family parties in recent years. A celebration that dates back over 690 years and today is one of the most popular and longest summer events Germany, Düsseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine” is a festive collection of superlatives and leaves nothing to be desired for the German fest lover.

A show of superlatives

More than 690 years ago, a local shooting club started celebrating its patron saint’s day. Today, the event, Düsseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine,” is also one of the biggest outdoor celebrations in Germany and beyond -- a spectacular 10-day event with nearly 4 million visitors annually that rivals some of the world’s better-known annual mega celebrations including Oktoberfest. Time to put the international spotlight on the “Biggest Fun Fair” (2014 dates: July 11-20) and visit Düsseldorf at the height of the warm season for some bona fide German fest family fun.

The fair ties together tradition and modern entertainment in one of the most extensive and colorful outdoor festivals in the world: Visitors will find not only the German fest staples - beer tents with live music, costumed servers, and all imaginable German fest food delicacies from savory to sweet: sausage, roast, pig knuckles to potatoes and sauerkraut to apple cake and ginger bread and much more – but also state-of-the-art rides, including some of the world’s biggest temporary rides for kids of all ages. Even the event’s start is a show of superlatives: 3,000 uniformed marksmen on horseback and foot, marching bands and other traditional teams make their way through Düsseldorf’s streets in what is one of Germany’s largest parades and kick-off for the fair. The actual Fun Fair will take place for the 113th time this year in its current location: the vast Rhine meadows on the Rhine River right across the city’s center and easily reachable by foot, ferries, and public transportation.

The Fair is a huge hit with audiences from the surrounding Ruhr Region, one of Europe’s most densely populated areas with 53 connected cities and 18 million residents in a 40 mile radius – giving the event much local character at world-class proportions and making it one of the best-kept secrets on the international mega outdoor festival circuit.

Many of the fair visitors stay to explore Düsseldorf’s other world-class attractions, as the city is growing immensely as an international leisure destination (a new record of 4 million hotel nights was broken for the second year in a row in 2013).

Moreover, the Fun Fair takes place in July, during the height of the summer, offering travelers a German outdoor fest and city experience during the warm season.

Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering a hotel and city specials for visitors. The package, called “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at 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 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

For more information about Düsseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine” and about the destination Düsseldorf, please visit


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

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation Hub™, 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

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Rainer Perry - NA Representative