6 Things to do in summer in Düsseldorf

Good weather has finally come to stay!  (At least it seems so).

Since one week we are enjoying high temperatures as well as a splendid shiny sun that stands up in the sky and which makes all of us feel happier and excited than usual.

As you might know, Düsseldorf is a living city plenty of interesting events and exhibitions, therefore you can imagine how cool can be to enjoy all those events in good weather together with your friends and family.

This year, furthermore, Düsseldorf hosts one of the biggest sporting event of the world and the whole city is ready to celebrate this special occasion.

Before keep talking about this international huge event, I would like to talk you about other annual summer activities and events which usually take place in the lovely city of Düsseldorf.

So, if you are thinking of having a break or if you are already planning your next trip I highly recommend you to keep reading this post and find out all the possibilities that Düsseldorf can offer you in the upcoming months. Are you ready?

2017 Düsseldorf ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships

Each month of June takes place the awaited T3 Triathlon in Düsseldorf . Around 2000 participants register each year at this important event where professional, and not so professional, athletes swim, run and pedal all around the city.

However, this year not only the annual T3 Triathlon will be taking place in the city, but also the Triathlon European Championships. More than 2000 are called to participate in this international event which will take place at Mediahafen.

When

24th of June: Triathlon European Championships

25th of June: Annual T3 Triathlon Championship

Where

In Düsseldorf, in particular at the Mediahafen, where the start and finish lines are located.

What are you going to find

Different kind of stands, good music, interesting people and tasty food.

More information

http://www.triathlon-duesseldorf2017.de/

Mittelaltermarkt

The same day as the Triathlon, but some kilometers away from Düsseldorf, the annual medieval market will take place. This occasion will allow you to find beautiful craft products and also to learn about the daily life in the Middle Ages.

When

From 24th to 25th of June

Where

Burg Castle, a beautiful monument located in Solingen.

What are you going to find

If you are curious about the Middle Ages lifestyle, here you can discover and learn more about those times and, at the same time, you can buy some craft products and try tasty food.

More information 

http://www.schlossburg.de/termine-news/terminkalender/

 

Düsseldorf is a an amazing city full of activities all year around.

Light festival and picnic at Benrath Schloss

The Schloss Benrath light festival is known to be home to one of the most astonishing classical music concert in Germany.

Each year around 10.000 people meet at the gardens of Benrath Castle to enjoy the music, to taste different groceries and to enjoy its impressive fireworks spectacle.

When

Friday the 30th of June from 18.00h

Where

At Schloss Benrath (click here to discover more information about this beautiful castle)

What are you going to find

If you love classical music this summer concert is a must.

More information

http://schloss-benrath-lichterfest.de/

Kirmes am Rhein

How can I introduce you the Kirmes?

Let´s say the truth. The Kirmes is without a doubt the event of the year par excellence in Düsseldorf.

Yes, among all the events that take place in the city during the 360 days of the year, the Rheinkirmes is the most popular one for the citizens of this german city. I am still not sure about the reason why this festival is so important but every time I talk with my german friends they explain me that the Kirmes is a huge party to celebrate life, friendship and, at the same time, to have fun.

No wonder, many companies organize a “Kirmes Tag” (a day at the Kirmes) for their employees as well as for their clients.

When

From the 14th to the 23th of July

Where

In Oberkassel, the Rhein side in front of the Altstadt

What are you going to find

Hundreds of rides, raffle stands, huge brewery stands and tons of fun.

More information

http://www.rheinkirmes.com/

Full Moon Pic-nic am Rheinstrand

An outdoor picnic in Germany?

Everything is possible in Düsseldorf! In fact, this picnic is one of the most famous outdoor events in the region. You just need a sweater (we are in Germany… 😉 ), some food and be ready to have fun.

When

Friday the 7th of August from 20.00h

Where

Düsseldorf Rheinstrand, nearby the Altstadt

What are you going to find

A nice atmosphere and people from all around the world.

More information

https://www.facebook.com/events/275499582912710/

 

And last, but not least, the event of the year in Düssledorf:

Grand Départ der Tour de France

 

As you probably already know the Gran Départ of the most famous bike race in the world takes place in a different city every year.

If two years ago the neighboring city of Utrech had the honor to hold the first stage of the Tour de France, this year this sporting event will start in the cozy city of Düsseldorf.

When

From 29th of June to 2nd of July

Where

In Düsseldorf (the whole city will be a huge party!)

What are you going to find

I am sure you will enjoy from a huge and international party, in fact, there are a lot of events and small parties already organized for the previous days to the Grand Départ.

More information

https://www.duesseldorf.de/letour

 

 

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Art in Düsseldorf: Tomas Saraceno In Orbit

Hey guys! How are you? Long time no see. It is more than one month since I posted something new.

Last month was a busy time for me but I am back and ready to tell you more about our expat adventures here in Düsseldorf.

A couple of weekends ago I had a really special visit. Some old friends came here to celebrate the bachelorette of one of them. I was so excited!! We wanted to prepare a perfect weekend for her and, at the same time, I wanted them to discover this incredible part of Germany.

Therefore I organized a beer taste evening at the Beer Craft Festival in Düsseldorf, a tour around Cologne (the sun shined the whole day :)) and another beer taste afternoon, but this time in Düsseldorf.

However, I was not satisfied enough. I wanted to offer my friends the possibility to enjoy something different, something unique. But what could I do?

Suddenly I realized about something; there is still one thing you can do in Düsseldorf that you can´t do at any other place (and it is not beer related 😉 ).

To carry out my plan I convinced my friends to spend some time in a museum. Although that weather was perfect, I mean, we had more than 20 degrees and a splendid sun shinning above us, they accepted to make some indoor activity.

The exhibition

The museum chosen to experience something unique was the impressive, well known K21 Museum.

One of the main exhibitions of this awesome museum is called In Orbit, an enormous installation suspended at a high of more than 25 meters, created by the argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

The physically accessible work is constructed of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. Five air filled spheres are located within the net structure.

Visitors are welcomed to enter the installation, during 10 minutes, and explore it by climbing it from the inside. Those brave enough to venture into this unique piece of art will experience a mix of feelings up there.

If you suffer from vertigo I would sadly not recommend you to enjoy this “floating in the sky” adventure, unless you feel brave enough to walk 25 meters above the floor.

Inside the installation

As previously mentioned, the installation is a construction of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. To access this art work you will be provided with a special suit to prevent personal things falling down to the museum visitors down below. Furthermore, the museum staff will also provide you with a special pair of shoes so that you can walk safety inside the net.

The entrance to the structure is located at the third level in order that the visitor can decide the path he wants to follow during his visit.

Usually I like to start at the third level to come down calmly until the first one. Personally, I think this is the best way to avoid the initial shock of being 25 meters high protected only by some steel cables.

I must admit that, although I have already visited this exhibition more than 3 times, I am still impressed by the height once I reach the first level of the net.

Price, opening hours & more

The museum opening hours are the following:

  • Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am until 18.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & holiday from 11.00 am until 18.00 pm

The admission price is 12,00€ (9,00€ for children)

Here you can find more information about the museum.

I hope you are brave enough to enjoy this unique experience! 🙂

 

Good Food Festival

This weekend takes place the Good Food Festival in Boui Boui Bilk (Düsseldorf).

As I already talked to you about the festival (check here for more information about what kind of food you could find last year at the  Good Food Festival 2015 ) let me get straight to the point.

What did I like the most at the Food Festival 2016:

1. There are many local producers

This year I decided to go earlier (at 13.00, the moment the doors are opened) and it was a wise decision! The place was not too crowded so I had time enough to check all the different stands and to talk with the local producers.

2. New flavours are ready to be discovered!

  • To start I opted for a veggie and gluten free Frittata (made with pumpkin, onion and apple) while a friend of mine tried a veggie burger with home made ketchup sauce.

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  • Then I could not resist to try some Süßkartoffeln (Sweet potatoes) with chutney and pumpkin sauce.

Good Food Festival

  • As a dessert I tried the best vegan ice cream I have ever tried!

I am Love is an ice-cream bar located in Bochum and Essen. The merchant was really nice and provided me with information about the ingredients of the ice-creams (made with soy). Hazelnut flavour highly recommended 😉

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3. There where special things that will redefine the way we understand cuisine

The moment I saw them I wanted to know more about this revolutionary concept.

 

Good Food Festival

The “DOC´s Essenz” essences are gonna shake up the traditional concept of cocktails. Just with a drop you can provide a drink with an intense new taste.

After a talk with the manufacturer I had the opportunity to add one essence to a home made cocktail. Not only the flavour but also the odor of the cocktail improved drastically after adding the chosen essence.

The product was so original that I  just bought some samples to bring home. I wonder what will happen when I add one of them to a roast… 😉

Good Food Festival

4. You can find some traditional products

After talking with some producers and tasting different kind of products. I decided to buy some home made sauces and some french macarons.

  • The sauces are made with natural ingredients produced in a farm closed to Düsseldorf. Check more information here: issbaldfertig

Good Food Festival

  • The macarons are gluten free and manufactured in a french Pâtisserie which is coming soon to Flinger (Düsseldorf).

Good Food Festival

5. The classics will always remain

A part from all the food that I previously mentioned you can also find some classics like burgers, hot-dogs, german sausages, waffles and greek cheese.

Good Food Festival

And you, have you ever been to a Good Food Festival? Which kind of food have you tried? Did you discover something new? Share your experience!

If you want more information about the manufacturers and the workshops check this website: Good Food Festival. Do not miss the chance to learn more and to try all kind of food this weekend!

 

 

Subway & Art in Düsseldorf

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Last weekend it was the official opening of the new subway´s lines in Düsseldorf, that is the reason why I decided to have a look and tell you more about it

As you can imagine the city hall prepared a huge celebration: music, beer, activities for children…

Maybe most of you are wondering why I am talking about a subway line. Well, the truth is that these new lines are planned since 15 years ago and it took so long to build them because each from their 6 stops were created by a different artist. Which means that each stop has its own personality.

Every stop is work of art. Some of them are created to make us to forget that we are using a public transport, others are thought to make us feeling in the space and the are also stops that interact with us thanks to LED screens.

Following you can find an article from the NY Times to get more information about this modern and new line.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/20/arts/design/art-and-3-d-magic-in-a-german-subway.html

During the opening day we could find out more information about the new lines and we could take the subway for free. Here you have a picture with all the new information to do not miss a subway 😉

 

 

Kölner oder Düsseldorfer?

Now you can vote and show which is your favorite side of the Rhein 😉

Here you can find the link to vote:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/karstenschmehl/welche-stadt-ist-die-nummer-1-am-rhein?utm_term=.wi4036YGG#.hnWJ20Q11

Which one do you like the most, Düsseldorf or Köln? If you are already living in Germany I am sure you already have an answer to the next questions: Altbier or Kölsch? Kö or Rudolfplatz? Düsseldorf Altstadt or Köln Altstadt? If you are thinking about moving to Germany… You can do a small research on Google to try to answer the question!!

My personal opinion: Both cities are charmed and full of life!! Although.. I have already voted for one of them 😉

Seid ihr Düsseldorfer oder Kölner??

5 tips to celebrate carnival

carnival cologne germany

Do you remember I have already talked to you about the fifth season of the year? Yes, carnival is back!! Here I give you a couple of tips so you do not miss anything during the next five days.

When to start the celebration

The Thursday of carnival, also known as Weiberfastnacht, at 11.11h. The first thing you should make at exactly 11.11 is the following:

  • Grab a beer (Kölsch, Alt, etc…)
  • Choose the Berliner you wanna eat
  • Say out loud: Alaaf!! Helau!! (remember the word changes depending on which city you are living in)

Question: Why carnival starts at 11.11h?            

There are many theories about this topic. One of the most famous is related to christian symbology. According to it the number 11 is an incomplete and a sinful number. So from that moment (11.11h) until Ash Wednesday people should celebrate and party, because after Ash Wednesday day it starts Lent time. The period of Lent is the time of purification, illumination and fasting that precedes Eastern.

What to wear 

Some germans have a different costume for each day. Other people they just have a different costume for each year. No matter how, the only important thing is to be dressed up.
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Question: What should I wear during the Weiberfastnacht to go to the office?

The official day of women people should go dressed up to the office!! (in most of the companies). But a good costume is not enough. Men must wear a tie so that women can cut it. I am sure that many of you are wondering; why should women cut ties? Easy. The thursday of carnival is traditionally the women´s day. Women are the leaders of the city during that day. According to a research made by the NRW history institute the tie is a status symbol of masculine power and to cut it represents the equality between both genders. Personal tip: Wear an old one during Weiberfastnacht day 😉

Eating and drinking

I think this part of the celebration is also clear in your minds: Beer and sausages.

Lyrics

I would recommend you to google so you can check what to sign, how, when and where. Here I show you a list of music groups who sing popular carnival songs so you can start checking them ;):

Höhner: http://www.karnevalslieder.de/Hoehner/Hoehner.php

Bläck Föös: http://www.karnevalslieder.de/BlackFoeoess/BlaeckFoeoess.php

Kolibris: http://www.karnevalslieder.de/Kolibris/Kolibris.php

Willy Millowitsch: http://www.karnevalslieder.de/Karnevalskuenstler/WillyMillowitsch.php

Monday

Rosenmontag parade took place for the first time in 1823. Since then, a carnival committee decides  every year which would be the carnival theme, according to that decision each troupe must build up its float and costumes for the whole carnival time.

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Question: When and where to enjoy the parade?

I recommend you to go to Köln, because its parade is the most famous in Germany, although each city has its own parade. Here I show you a few links where to find more information about schedules and parades. Do not forget to bring a huge bag to collect lot of candies!!

http://www.koelnerkarneval.de/

http://www.karneval-in-duesseldorf.de/

http://www.karneval-in-bonn.de/start/index.html

http://www.oche-alaaf.com/

 

Alaaf!!! Helau!!!

Brunch in Düsseldorf

Although I thought everybody knew what a Brunch is, it seems I was wrong. So here I show you which I think are the best places to have brunch in Düsseldorf for you to try them ;).

Pempelfort 

Löffelbar

Tußmannstraße 3, 40477 Düsseldorf

Huge variety of brunch!! Among its offer you can choose a classic breakfast with nutella and croissant or a breakfast for two, with eggs, sausages, cold meat… Attention carnivorous!! The burgers are really good here!!! And… Do not forget to try the homemade french fries… really really tasty!!

Schnell Veg

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Bagelstraße 130, 40479 Düsseldorf

The place to be for vegans and vegetarians. This cozy restaurant is located in Pempelfort and they serve healthy and tasty food. It is a place made for vegetarians but thought for vegans, since they have a assorted offer for them. Its menu is really interesting. Have you ever tried pasta made by vegetable dough? And corn french fries? Both are really delicious! I recommend you to try them!

Breaking News!! After three years delighting us with its tasyt food, Schnell Veg closed its doors one month ago… Althought we are really sad about it we are, at the same time, excited to discover the new restaurant that is coming soon. Stay tuned!! 

Ab der Fisch

Moltkestraße 124, 40479 Düsseldorf

I just discovered this place thanks to a friend of mine. Located between Löffelbar and Schnell Veg, this restaurant can surprise you. At the very beginning you might think you are entering to a traditional german restaurant where to eat german food, but… it is not so!! Its brunch menu is small and international. You can order, for example, an italian brunch or an american one. Its original and tasty teas are the best accompaniment for its meals.

 

Flingern 

 

Bethoveen

Ackerstraße 106, 40233 Düsseldorf

It is always a good idea to have a brunch at Bethoveen, one of the oldest places in the city. Did you know that some years ago in this place were only men allowed to enter? Thanks God now women can also go inside, because the brunch menu is really interesting. I recommend you to go there in summer time, when the german sun join us, to enjoy the meal in its outdoor terrace.

Nooij 

Hoffeldstraße 37, 40235 Düsseldorf

Do you remember it?? Some time ago I talked to you about Nooij, a cute restaurant located close to a small park in Flingern. There is an assorted international brunch menu. They also have salats and good cheese. If you do not drink cow milk, then it is your place! They have a wide variety of milk.

Breaking News!! Noiij restaurant closed some months ago and they opened a neew restaurant instead. I didn´t try its food for the moment, but I will do it soon. I will keep you posted! 

Altstadt

Bazzar

Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53, 40213 Düsseldorf

They have not only good brunch offer but well known coffes and teas. Although the place is not that big here you can find tasty classic brunchs: nutella, cold meat, croissant und cheese are the base of its menu. Do not miss them!!

Bistro Zicke

Bäckerstraße 5a, 40213 Düsseldorf

One of the best brunch places in the Altstadt. It is always full due to its assorted menu and its cute decoration. If you wanna eat enough food (not too much not too less) and spend a nice time while having your meal, I recommend you to have a weekend brunch in this place.

 

Next time will be dessert time!! ;);)

Carnival is back!

Da simmer dabei! Dat es prima! VIVA COLONIA!
Wir lieben das Leben, die Liebe und die Lust
wir glauben an den lieben Gott und han auch immer Durst

Welcome to Carnival!!!!!

carnival cologne germany

The fifth season of the year is already here!! Although many countries of the world are still celebrating Christmas and others are ready to start the celebration, we are ready for Carnival time.

To be honest Carnival started a couple of months ago. The 11th of November at 11.11 hour Carnival started in NRW. At that moment we stopped working and we started singing Carnival songs while eating Berliner and drinking beer.

Another important fact for that day was the costume. The 11th November people wore a costume at the office and at 11.11 we went out and party until we decided to go home.

Although December is a familiar month, after Christmas we are ready to celebrate and enjoy Carnival as much as possible!

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Here some vocabulary you should learn to do not be lost during Carnival time:

Berliner

Stuffed Berliner are really tasty sweet buns. Some of them are stuffed with strawberry jam, others are stuffed with chocolate but… careful!! Some are stuffed with mustard!! So be careful to make a good choice when you pick one Berliner ;).

Karneval Sitzung

Karneval Sitzungen are private parties organized by carnival troupes. Once you get an invitation you can spend a funny night attending to one of them. Usually they take place during four or five hours (from 20.00 until 1 am) inside the hall of a hotel/restaurant, where the carnival troup and different musicians and comedians live up the soiree. They are really fun!! And a rapidly way to learn Kölsch (the dialect of Köln).

Kölsch

Cologne typical beer (And the official drink during carnival time)

Weiberfastnacht

The day of women, do you remember it? Yes!! That day!! It is our time to cut men´s ties and to party!!

Rosenmontag

The last day of Carnival… snifff… But still germans also know how to enjoy this day. A parade travels around the cities during Rosenmontag. Each troup has its own carriages and they throw candies to the children who wait for them on the street.

Alaaf!! Alaaf!! Helau!! Helau!!

Do not stop saying it during these days!! Instead of saying hello you have to say “Alaaf” as loud as possible 😉 To be honest we should say “Kölle Alaaf” (Cologne is for all of us) however, nowadays, it is enough to say “Alaaf”, people will understand you 😉 Helau is the Düsseldorf word for it 🙂

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Santa is coming to Düsseldorf

It is only 4 days left until Christmas arrives and I would like to show you how we do prepare these special days in the NRW region, in Germany.

As I previously mentioned, the most renowned activity during the months of November and December is to visit the Christmas markets. But, why are they so special? In my opinion, the prettiest part of the markets are not the markets itself but the atmosphere that surrounds them.

 

Each city has different christmas markets where to find christmas traditional food: caramel coated almonds, flammkuche, anisette candies, sausages and our beloved and well-known Glühwein. Another possibility is to buy the christmas presents there and to surprise your family with traditional german products such as: Paper lanterns, advent candles, christmas decoration or leather bags.

 

 

Here I show you a list of some markets I have already visited (and I would like to recommend you):

Düsseldorf Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/top-veranstaltungen/duesseldorfer-weihnachtsmarkt/

Köln Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-koeln.net/

Aachen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://aachenweihnachtsmarkt.de/

And if you wanna find out quiet and unknown places I recommend you the following markets:

Solingen Weihnachtsmarkt

http://www2.solingen.de/C12572F80037DB19/0/BE926AB8173E80D6C12576740029D540?OpenDocument

Leverkusen Weihnachtsmarkt

https://www.christkindchenmarkt.de/

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!! FROHE WEIHNACHTEN!!! MERRY XMAS!!!! JOYEUX NOEL!!!

Good Food Festival


Boui Boui Bilk is a well known place located in Bilk, Düsseldorf, where diverse kind of events take place during the year. Boui Boui Bilk is considered as an open cultural platform. During the whole year a huge amount of events are offered: modern and contemporary art exhibitions, night markets, gastronomic events, fashion events, second hand markets… The place looks like an old fabric which transform itself depending on the hosted event.

 

As I already mentioned german people love to organize different kind of outdoor events, at least here in Düsseldorf. The weekend of the 3th of October (an important day here in Germany due to the commemoration of the German reunification) took place the Good Food Festival.

During two days people could come to Bilk to enjoy different international food. Although the decision was hard, we decided to try some different specialities:

Cheviche de pescado Peruano 

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Really tasty. The mix between sauce and fish was highly recommended

Empanadas from Argentina

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A bit spicy but I would recommend them to try tastes which are difficult to find in Europe.

German Hamburger 

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A classic served with cheese and lettuce

French chocolate mousse and chestnut cream

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One of the best desserts I have ever tried!!!. Amazing texture and incomparable taste.

But there was a huge variety of food: vegan food, jamón from Spain, yufka, sparkling wine….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the whole weekend people could take part in different kind of workshops:

– Bier tasting

– How to prepare a perfect chocolate mousse

– Bio Wine tasting

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If you live in Düsseldorf or somewhere around I would like to invite you to the next food event taking place the 26th of November.

          Guten Appetit!!!!!!!!