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Dusseldorf Holidays Overview
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is located on the Rhine River in Germany’s most highly populated metropolitan area. It is well known as a centre for trade, fashion and culture.
Düsseldorf began to thrive during the nineteenth century, and doubled in size during the industrial revolution. It was heavily bombed during the Second World War as German industry was targeted, and was badly damaged by the end of the war. Following the war Düsseldorf underwent a rapid reconstruction, and began to develop into the wealthy city of trade and services it is today.
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A two week festival held every two years which is dedicated to the works of the nineteenth century German romantic composer Robert Schumann. The festival features numerous concerts by renowned musicians, playing music written or inspired by Schumann. Many of the concerts take place in the Robert Schumann Hall.
During July and August, thousands flock to the open air cinema, FrankenheimKino on the banks of the Rhine River for a festival of film. There is an extensive program of films including premieres, short films, special themed nights, and classic and contemporary films. The cinema looks spectacular lit up against the night sky.
Düsseldorf is one of the three strongholds of Rhenish Carnival which takes place between November and February and incorporates over three hundred parades, events and masked balls. Carneval is characterised by people acting the fool, so be prepared for men in dresses and high heels, and children in various fun costumes. Each year the carnival has a specific theme.
FIS Ski Cross Country World Cup
This is an important event in Düsseldorf’s sporting calendar, involving two races, a single race and a team sprint, over one weekend in December. As well as the races, there are shows, an opening ceremony, family activities, and plenty of après ski. Admission to the event is free.
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Flying from Australia to Dusseldorf will take at least twenty five hours. British Airways fly via Singapore and London, or an alternative route with Qantas and Lufthansa stops in Singapore and Munich.