Visit Insel Hombroich

Founded in 1987 by the art collector Karl-Heinrich-Müller, Insel Hombroich is an exciting and unique destination.

The founder acquired the area with the aim of combining art, nature and architecture. This contemporary park, based on Paul Cézannes’s concept of “art parallel to nature”, was an elemental park landscape in the 17th century. The island’s woods, meadows and stretches make it a unique place located between Neuss and Grevenbroich.

Ready to discover more about this dramatic place? Let’s start the visit!

A bit of history

The valley has been the site of human habitation for thousand of years. Evidence of this can be seen in Stone-Age artefacts, Roman ruins and remains of mediaeval earth mounds.

In 1820, when the Hombroich family acquired a country residence here, a geometrical park was laid out on this terrain. The residence is known as the “Rosa Haus” and it is part of the visit.

It was not until 1984 when Karl-Heinrich-Müller acquired the park and its residence with the intention of presenting his art collection to the public. In 1986, the landscape designer Bernhard Korte gave this park a magical touch with the creation of an area consisting of parkland, river plain and terraced ground.

In 1987 Karl-Heinrich opened this unique place to the public with the intention to support local artists and architects.

The island is characterized by a constant change and transformation. In summer, the landscape is full of flowers, while in fall it has a melancholy air.  

What to find in an “island museum”?

A part from the magnificent landscape, there are 11 pavilions, each of which – art in itself – is home to other works of art.

These pavilions were designed by Erwin Heerich, who adapted the buildings to the landscape in a harmonious manner. The outside walls are faced with broken bricks while the inside surfaces are colored in pure white. Each building is also a resonating chamber for acoustic experiences, in this way musicians are always welcome to try out musical experiments. Finally, the rooms are decorated with large windows and open doors. Due to this architectural harmony, the sun’s position provides a play of light between nature and architecture the whole year.

Other unique building you can find is the “Rosa Haus”, a villa from the 19th century.

The “Rosa Haus” and its axial garden of 1820, are considered to be the origin of the present-day park. When vistining it you can find magnificent oaks and cypress, which date back to the park’s beginnings. Furthermore, various sculptures stand or lie hidden in the grass or between the hydrangeas and rhododendrons.

Finally, you can find a café, built in the style of an orangery with large areas of glass. This is the right place to enjoy some regional cuisine – included in the entrance fee – on its terrace.

Price & Opening hours

The island of Hombroich is a special destination designed as a daylight museum. The idea is to make the sculptures and buildings a unique experience for the visitor, which is why there is no artificial lighting.

You should allow around four hours for a thorough inspection. Therefore, I highly recommend you to visit it during spring or summer time – when the days are longer.

Opening hours:

April – September

Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00

October – March

Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00

Price:

During the week – 15€ regular ticket, 35€ family ticket

During the weekends – 20€ regular ticket, 45€ family ticket

Website: https://www.inselhombroich.de/en

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Best Ice Cream Shops in Düsseldorf

 

March has many reasons to get us excited. Spring is around the corner, days are longer, we get our first sunny days back to enjoy the city and ice-cream shops start opening again!

In Düsseldorf, ice cream shops are the most beloved places during spring and summer days. And let’s be honest, not only kids, but also grown-ups queue outside these shops to enjoy a tasty ice cream. Since Düsseldorfers are huge ice-cream fans, you can find a shop in every corner.

To make it easier for you, I made a pre-selection of the best ice-creams shops in the city. Ready to try all of them? 😉

 

Pia Eis

A classic: Pia Eis.

This shop, located in the Altstadt, is managed by a north-italian family. Their ice-creams will transport you to Italy with its unique flavor.

Due to its popularity, it is normal to find long queues outside the shop – mostly during hot summer days and weekends.

In winter the place reminds open offering italian coffee, waffles and hot chocolate. And to be honest, it is always crowded!

Website: Pia Eis

I am love

The first shop opened in Bochum some years ago. According to legend, the couple who started this business was in love – hence the name – and decided to open their first shop as a way to offer a new, exotic ice-cream selection by using bio products.

Nowaday they also have a shop in Essen, Witten and Düsseldorf, more specifically in Düsseltal. During summer time, you can also find them in different parks of the city. They have their own ice-creams carts, which are always there for us during hot summer days.

To make their ice-creams the owners use bio and regional products. If you are a vegan or you follow a dairy-free diet, I am love is the best place for you. A part of traditional sorbets, here you will find interesting, exotic toppings such as macadamia, hazelnus or white chocolate. All of them are incredible tasty!

In winter time only the shops in Bochum and Essen are open. There you can find waffles, crêpes and tasty coffee. They also offer brunchs during the weekends.

Website: I am love 

Nordmanns

This shop is known in Düsseldorf for making 16 different flavors of ice cream in the Italian style.

Although Nordmanns can be found in various parts of the city, the best known is the one located in Flingern Nord. There they have a huge terrace where you can enjoy a good ice-cream under the sun.

In case you are following a diary-free diet or you are a vegan, in Nordmanns you will find options for you. Here you can find traditional strawberry, lemon or kiwi sorbets, among others.

Website: Nordmanns

Gelateria La Romana

This chain arrived in Düsseldorf a few years ago and it became immediately in a success.

If you wanna try an ice-cream which taste like a real italian ice-cream – or at least this is what my italian friends say – cross to the other side of the river and pay a visit to Oberkassel. Here is where you can find this shop.

The owners – two italian brothers – started this chain in 1947 to show the world real italian ice-creams. To make them, they use sugar, cream and bio milk. A part from ice-creams you can also find cakes and pralinés.

No recommended for vegans or people under a diary-free diet.

Website: Gelateria la Romana

TATI

Let’s come back to the other side of the river. This time we go to Pempelfort, more specifically to the area of Toulouser Alle.

Close to the most modern buildings of the city, we can find a small ice-cream shop which offers different toppings almost every day. It is normal to see a huge queue outside the shop during summer days since there are many business and playgrounds in this area.

Tati’s ice-creams are make with regional products and apart from traditional flavours such as strawberry and chocolate, they also offer exotic toppings such as mango lassi.

Website: Tati

Yomaro

If you thought Frozen Yogurt was already something from the past, you do not live in Düssledorf.

No matter which season of the year, Düsseldorfers love eating frozen yogurt. This is the reason why Yomaro, located in the Altstadt, is always crowded.

To be honest, Yomaro’s frozen yogurts are really tasty by their own. However, you can add your favorite toppings and make them more special. In the shop you will find everything: From Kinder chocolate to seasonal fruits.

By the way, the also offer vegan frozen yogurts. Ideal for those following a dairy-free diet.

Website: Yomaro

Your turn

Did you know these ice-cream shops? Which is your favorite? Do you want to recommend any other shop?

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Best Coffee Shops in Düsseldorf

After several hours of negotiations, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the federal states have agreed to once again extend lockdown restrictions in Germany, this time until at least March 7.

Which means that supporting local businesses is still necessary. On previous posts in this series, I showed you some awesome local restaurant, as well as different ways to help those who need it the most these days.

Today I want to talk once again about food. Buying some coffee to go is one of the easiest ways to support local cafeterias – and a good excuse to discover new places.

In order to help you with the search for the perfect coffee (and cake), here are some awesome cafés that are offering coffee to go at the moment – and which are delicious:

 

PYC Cheesecake

Best cheesecakes ever and tasty coffee, all in one place 😊

Where?:

  • Düsseltal: Weseler Str. 65, 40239
  • Oberkassel: Belsenstrassen 18, 40545

Website: PYC Cheesecake

Cafe Nikan

For coffee lovers who want to try coffee from different parts of the world.

Where?: Rethelstraße 98-100, 40237

Website: Cafe Nikan

Birdie & Co

Good coffee, great cakes (try the carrot cake) and more.

Where?:

  • Pempelfort: Marc-Chagall-Straße 108, 40477
  • Pempelfort: Bagelstraße 130, 40479
  • Altstadt: Mittelstraße 6, 40213

Website: Birdie & Co

Roasted Kaffebar

Intense coffee from different parts of the world and some good cakes.

Where?: Moltkestraße 75, 40479

Website: Roasted Kaffebar

KYTO Coffee & Deli

A good place for a breakfast to go. They offer good coffee and croissants.

Where?: Am Wehrhahn 42, 40211

Website: KYTO

Tenten coffe

A nice place with a variety of coffee and sandwiches.

Where?: Oststraße 57, 40210

Website: Tenten Coffee

Tomo Café

A hidden gem in Düsseldorf: Great coffee and cakes.

Where?: Klosterstraße 67, 40211

Website: Tomo Café

Woyton

A nice coffee place. I used to go a lot! Lately they only offer regular or oat milk, which I cannot drink. However, if you like and/or can drink these type of milk products, I highly recommend you to try a capuccino or a latte macchiato. In the Altsadt café, you can also buy salad to go.

Where?:

  • Stadtmitte: Schadowplatz 16, 40212
  • Altstadt:  Hunsrückenstraße 40, 40213

Website: Woyton

Coffee Fellows

Good coffee and cakes (the brownie is really tasty).

Where?:

  • Stadtmitte: Königsallee 92, 40212
  • Stadtmitte: Berliner Allee 4, 40212

Website: Coffee Fellows

Espresso Perfetto

They offer good italian coffee.

Where?:

  • Friedrichstadt: Bilker Allee 228, 40215
  • Grafenberg: Grafenberger Allee 400, 4235

Website: Espresso Perfetto

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

French pastry + tasty coffe: Best combination ever!

Where?: Kasernenstraße 15, 40213

Website: Aux marveilleux de fred

Cøffe

Small coffee shop with coffee beans from all around the world.

Where?: Benrather Str. 6B, 40213

Website: Cøffe

Kaffepiraten

Good coffee and cakes (try the lemon one).

Where?: Neusser Str. 121, 40219

Website: Kaffepiraten

Café Hüftgold

Best cakes ever and tasty coffee to go.

Where?: Ackerstraße 113, 40233

Website: Café Hüftgold

 

Do you know any other café you would like to recommend? Then leave a comment below. We are always happy to discover new places 😊

 

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Best places to takeout in Düsseldorf

Every day I am more convinced that supporting local businesses is good for the community. Can you imagine your neighborhood empty of stores and restaurants? I think we are all on board by now that we should increase the amount of money we spend on local business in comparison to the amount we spend on large corporations. But, how can we do that? How can we help local businesses without leaving our houses?

Good question.

At the moment most of these places are not open for daily business. However, many of them offer vouchers or are still open for pickup o delivery.

Today I want to talk about food. Ordering food for pickup or delivery is one of the easiest ways to support local restaurants – and a good way to discover new places. Sure there are other business that need our support right now, but we will talk about them in a later post.

How can I find local restaurants?

Many local restaurants have pickup and delivery menu-options on their websites directly. You can also use the German-wide web called Local Gastro, or the well-known Lieferando.

Local gastro was built during the first semester of 2020 as a way to support local restaurants, and thanks to it I was able to discover new tasty places.

In order to help you with the search, here are some awesome local restaurants that are offering pickup/take away at the moment – and which are delicious 😊:

Delivery

Aloha Poke

Fresh bowls with the best ingredients. If you want a rice or salad bowl with veggies and fruits, this is the place to order.

Address: Friedenstraße 65, 40219 Düsseldorf

Website: Aloha Poke

Cala D’Or

Traditional Spanish food: Tapas, fish, meat… They also offer a wide range of Spanish wine.

Address: Dorotheenstraße 6, 40235 Düsseldorf

Website: Cala D’Or

Em Brass

This restaurant offers fresh food: From the market to the kitchen.

And you can feel it when you taste any of their main dishes.

Address: Moltkestraße 122, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Em Brass

Naniwa

The soup & noodles restaurant par excellence in Düsseldorf. Usually there is a huge queue in front of the door.

Address: Oststraße 55, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Naniwa

Pizzeria Romantica

It is not me talking, it is my Italian friends: It is real Italian pizza!

Address: Düsselthaler Str. 48, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Pizzeria Romantica

Rhodos Taverne

Authentic Greek food, for Greek food lovers.

Address: Bismarckstraße 67, 40210 Düsseldorf

Website: Rhodos Taverne

Pickup

Casita Mexicana

Choose among different kind of tacos, burritos, nachos and bowls. Tasty Mexican food to feel like in Mexico while you are at home.

Address: All around the city. Just check their website.

Website: Casita Mexicana

La Copita

If you like Spanish tapas I suggest you try this restaurant. Good food, good quality and fast service.

Address: Nordstraße 52, 40477 Düsseldorf

Website: La Copita

Sattgrün

A vegan restaurant with delicious food – also for not vegans. Do not forget to try a piece of one of their cakes 🙂

Address: All around the city

Website: Sattgürn

Sumi

High quality Japanese food. Rediscover Japanese food with this restaurant.

Address: Schinkelstraße 28, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Sumi

Tamam

High quality traditional Turkish food to take away.

Address: Moltkestraße 115, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Tamam

Delivery & Pickup

Askitis

Are you a Greek food lover? Then I advice you to try Askitis. Fresh, natural, delicious food.

Address: Herderstraße 73, 40237 Düsseldorf

Website: Askitis

Bánh mì

Ready to eat unique Vietnamese food? Pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches… Here you will find these delicatessen and more.

Address: Ackerstraße 161, 40233 Düsseldorf

Address: Friedenstraße 65, 40219 Düsseldorf

Website: Bahn Mi

Bistro Erminig

Oh la la! The best place to eat traditional French Galette in Düsseldorf. They also offer French charcuterie and delicious desserts.

Address: Gegenüber, Mutter-Ey-Straße 5, Neustraße 10, 40213 Düsseldorf

Website: Bistro Erminig

Kamikaze Sushi

A huge variety of sushi and pokes.

Address: Grafenberger Allee 51 – 55, 40237 Düsseldorf

Website: Kamikaze Sushi

Kirti’s Dhaba

It is not me talking, it is my Indian friends: Authentic Indian food!

Address: Düsselthaler Str. 1 a, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Kirti’s Dhaba

Laura’s Deli

Health, fresh meals. In the menu you can also find fresh juices and smoothies.

Address: Carlspl. 1, 40213 Düsseldorf

Website: Laura’s Deli

Les Halles St. Honoré

A French restaurant with traditional French food. They also have a bakery with baguettes and French sweets.

Address: Nordstraße 31, 40477 Düsseldorf

Website: Les Halles 

Lunitas Düsseldorf

Best Colombian empandas in the city! Also vegetarian options.

Address: Ulmenstraße 18, 40476 Düsseldorf

Website: Lunitas

Massi

A mix of western and Arab cuisine. Delicious, fresh – they buy only fresh products in the market – and surprising.

Address: Moltkestraße 110, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Massi

Restaurant Herr Knillmann

High quality German food. Try the cheesecake 😉

Address: Alter Markt 1a, 40625 Düsseldorf

Website: Herr Knillmann

Takumi

If you are a Ramen fan, this is the right place for you.

Address: Immermannstraße 28, 40210 Düsseldorf

Website: Takumi

 

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6 places to swim in Düsseldorf

Let’s face it, it is cold out there! 

Winter is coming and indoor activities are really appreciated by all of us living in Germany. Mostly during gray, rainy days when it is not so pleasant to walk down the street. 

One of the things that shocked me the most about winter activities in this country is that Germans love to spend time in swimming pools.

I – with my Spanish mindset – had always associated swimming pools to both summer and sports. Now that the holiday season is gone, I can only think of visiting a swimming pool to strength my muscles. However, Germans like not only to do some sports, but also to bring the whole family to spend some time in the pool. No matter whether it is 10 o’clock in the morning, or 7 o’clock in the afternoon. Swimming pools are fully book every day of the week.

What about you? Are you more a sport or a leisure person?

Anyway, no matter which kind of person you are. If you live in Düsseldorf and you are looking for the best swimming pool to enjoy your free time, this post is for you.

Ready to learn more about the best pools in the city? Let’s go:

Schwimm’ in Bilk

Here you can find a 25 meter pool with different lanes and springboards. Lanes are divided in “Power lane”, for those who want to swim fast, and “Relax lane”, for those more relaxed.

This pool has the perfect length for swimming without being an athlete 😉

Website

Hallenbad Allwetterbad Flingern

Also a place with a 25 meter pool divided in “Power” and “Relax”.

Here you can find different type of courses: Swimming for beginners, Aqua Fitness, Baby courses…

Another ideal place for not professionals who want to get rid of the daily stress by training their muscles. 

Website

50-meter Schwimmhalle Rheinbad

As its name suggests, this places has an Olympic-size swimming pool for those braves enough to swim as professionals. As you can imagine, many semi-professionals and professionals use this place to train.

Here you can also find a variety of courses such as Aqua Fitness and swimming for beginners. 

In case you’d rather swim in a shorter pool, here there is also a 33 meter pool whose temperature (28°) is perfect for these winter days.

Furthermore, both pools are also divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane”. 

However, you have to choose in advance in which of them you want to swim. It is not allowed to visit both pools during the same time slot. 

Website

Freizeitbad Düsselstrand

This one is the favorite place for families with children in Düsseldorf. 

Why?

This place has a 25 meter pool divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane” perfect to strength the muscles.

At the same time, this place counts with three more pools. Two of them are thought for children, since the water depth is limited to 1.35 meters. The third one is a perfect combination for both adults and children, since there is a small wellness area and a pool slide. 

A part from that, there are three jacuzzis, a second huge pool slide and they also offer swimming and Aqua Fitness courses.

Wesbite

Münster Terme

This place is not just a swimming pool but a health center with different facilities. Among them you can find a 25 meter swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness studio, a physiotherapy center and a salt grotto.

This is the right place if you are looking to escape the cold, windy days to enjoy a moment for yourself.

Website

Family Bath Niederheid

This is another family oriented swimming pool.

Here you can find a special area for children, a non-swimmers pool -the water depth is limited to 1.35 meter- and a 25 meters pool also divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane”.

Website

 

This year, due to COVID-19, the entrance to the pools is limited. If you want to buy a ticket just choose a swimming pool, visit its website and check the availability in the different time slots.

Take into account that online reservations can be made up to three days in advance. A new day is always online at 21:00 pm.

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

The origin and history of Carnival in Germany

Once again we reach this time of the year so important for the NRW region, especially for the cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Carnival has been celebrated since the Middle Ages in Germany, however, few people talks about the historical roots of this (great) tradition.

Ancient times

This pagan tradition comes from the ancient Greek and Roman times. During those times, people along the Rhine celebrated a festival in honor of Dionysus, God of wine and festivity, and Saturn God of seed and sowing. The festival consisted of a feast with wine and dance, during which people had freedom to criticize and satirize authorities without any repercussion.

Christian times

When this area got Christianized, the above mentioned festival was included in the church calendar. However, things changed a bit and the feast started taking place six weeks before Easter, just before the fasting or Lent period began.

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Eastern in the Christian calendar. This is a quiet, reflective time when Christians remember the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus in his last days. Whereas Easter celebrates his resurrection and it is a festivity time for Christians.

Therefore, Carnival was a time for rowdy behavior, where people could eat and drink in excess as a way to prepare themselves for the fast. And, as surprising as it seems, the Catholic church allowed it.

Therefore, Carnival is nowadays mostly celebrated in the Catholic regions of Germany – along the Rhine.

Prussian times

 It wasn’t until the 19th century, time when the Prussians governed the regions along the Rhine, when carnival was institutionalized.

During Carnival days, people dressed up in the uniform of Prussian soldiers as a satire of them and their rules. The normal order of things was reversed: Party and drunkenness were allowed and soldiers and royals were satirized.

During this festivity a tradition arose. People – craftsmen, farmers, workers… – rose to the position of princes and royals and paraded through the streets delivering food and wine.

Nowadays, we still find this tradition during Carnival time. In the Rhine area it exists different “carnival societies” which have their own regiments, military orders and their own prince. To differentiate one from the others, each of them wear different colors, bands and medals.

Modern times

The carnival season in Germany is known as the “Fifth season of the year” and it officially begins the 11th of November at 11:11 a.m.

Since that moment the “ElferratCouncil of Eleven – together with the different carnival societies start planning the upcoming events.

One of the most popular events, that take place during those days are the “Carnival Sitzung”, private parties – you need to be invited or get a ticket – where people dance, drink and have a great time together with the members of the society which organizes the event.

Relevant events during Carnival

Altweiber

At 11:11 a.m. people stop working and start eating “Berliner” to celebrate the beginning of the most intense Carnival days.

However, Altweiber is women’s day and it is tradition that they gather in the street to have fun and celebrate. This day they are allowed to “attack” men by cutting off their ties.

In the afternoon there are masked balls and parties all around the cities lasting until late night.

Rosenmontag

On Monday the cities along the Rhine celebrate “Rosenmontag”. A parade, organized by the different societies, takes place during that day. Floats depicting caricatures of politicians and famous personalities go through the city with performers tossing out “Kamelle” (sweets) and flowers.

Usually, each float belong to a different carnival society – which work during 7 months to design and build it – and drives dancers, music bands and the “prince guard” all around the city.

Veilchendienstag  

This tradition is mostly celebrated in Cologne area.

It consist in a ceremonial burning of the “Nubbel” – a straw doll – as a symbolical cremation of the misconduct committed during the carnival festivities.

Coming to an end…

Carnival is not a national holiday in Germany, in fact it is mainly celebrated in the region along the Rhine. In cities such as Düsseldorf or Cologne many schools, companies and stores close for the festivities.

If you ever visit NRW region in this period do not forget to greet people as follows:

  • Düsseldorf area: Helau! (instead of “Hallo”)
  • Cologne area: Alaf! (instead of “Hallo”)

Until “Aschermittwoch” and during 5 days, all the cities and towns of this region are full of floats – for children and adults -, music bands, prince guards and costumed people ready to enjoy this festivity. Once the festivities are over – Aschermittwoch or Ash Wednesday – it is time for Lent.

 

Ready to enjoy the festivities? 😉

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

Best Christmas Markets in Germany

 

If you are a huge fan of Christmas season, I am glad to tell you that next Thursday (11/21/2019) is the opening of the Christmas Markets in Germany. A magical time of the year where each city, full of Christmas lights and decoration, emits a delightful scent of Glühwein (typical mulled wine) and traditional food.

To be honest, I also think that this is a beautiful time of the year. Most of the people here in Germany enjoy this time to spend some quality time with family and friends, to open their advents calendars, to offer little surprises and to be more compassionate. Families come together and spend time buying Christmas decoration and having some hot drinks in the markets.

This markets tradition is celebrated all around the country. However, each city has different markets and each market has its own decoration and stands.

Do you want to know which are the top 5 Christmas markets in Germany?

Let’s check them together!

 

Dresden

The capital city of Saxony is our first stop.

The Striezelmarkt is considered the first Christmas market not only in Dresden, but in whole Germany.

It dates from 1434, when Friedrich II, Elector of Saxony, allowed traders to have a public holiday the Monday before Christmas. This celebration took place at Altmarkt square, where the Striezelmarkt is located today.

Its 240 stands attract around 2 million visitors every year. 80% of the stands belong to traders who come from the Saxony region.

One of the most relevant moments, during the time the market is open, takes place the Saturday before the second Sunday of Advent. That day a 4 ton Dresdner Christsollen – a raisin stollen – will be baked and carried from Zwinger Schloss to Striezelmarkt. The Dresdner Christollen is a piece of cultural history produced in only 120 bakeries and pastry stores around Dresden.

This festivity is known as “Stollenfest” and the organizer is the Schutzverband Desdner Stolle e.V. association.

The blaze of lights, the smell of Glühwein and Christmas music spreading through the market make this place a to-put-on-your-list one.

 

Opening time 2019

From the 27th  of November to the 24th of December

 

Monschau

This medieval city situated on the border with Belgium deserves a visit at this time of the year.

If you have already been here during summer time, you might already know that this stunning city is located between mountains – which gives it with a magical feeling. This feeling becomes stronger during Advent and Christmas time.

Here not only the market is decorated with lights and advent wreaths, also other business such as bakeries, restaurants and fashion stores are decorated according to the decoration of the Christmas market.

In the market, among all the stands, we can find Glühwein as well as traditional food such as Flammkuchen and melted cheese.

The most beautiful moment comes when the city’s choirs sing Christmas songs and go all over the market.

However, if you’d rather buy Christmas decoration during summer or spring, do not worry! There is a 3 floors store in Monschau where only Christmas objects are sold. And you know what? It is open from March to December! 😉

 

Opening time 2019

From the 22nd of November to the 22nd of December

 

Cologne

I am sure you have already heard some opinions about the Christmas market in front Cologne’s cathedral. Or maybe, you have already heard about the one in front of the Chocolate Museum.

Well, those markets are good. But what about discovering some less-touristic ones?

In this post I want to talk you about the one in Rudolfplatz, beside the famous Hahnentorburg from s.XIII.

This market is called “Santa Claus Village” and its decoration is stunning. Most of the stands are “two floor houses”, whose roofs are decorated with reindeers, candies, presents… It is a familiar market where you really feel in Santa’s village.

Another nice thing about this market is that some bands play live Christmas music every evening.

 

Opening time 2019

From the 25th of November to the 23rd of December

 

If you are willing to discover more cute places, I highly recommend you the Heumarkt market.

This market is one of the oldest in the city and the stands are organized by trades (food, leather, toys…), as tradition dictates.

Also an ice skate rink can be found in this market. In fact, this rink is the largest in Germany with a 1,800 square meters surface. This rink will open until the 5 th of January 2020.

 

Opening time 2019

From the 25th of November to the 23rd of December

 

Münster

In my opinion this could be the largest Christmas market in Germany because the whole city is a market.

How is this possible?

Easy. Münster is the home of 5 Christmas markets which are connected among them in a way that you can walk from one to another without even realizing. Well, that’s not 100% true… Each market has its own decoration and thematic, so at a certain point you realize 😉

A market that I really like is Aegidii market. This market has an impressive nativity scene, a 6 metres high wooden pyramid and a fairy tale area.

This year traders will even offer warm beer and cocktails. Are you ready to try them?

 

Opening time 2019

From the 25th of November to the 23rd of December

 

Nuremberg

I must recognize that I have never been to this market, however, the information I am about to tell you is really reliable 😊

The most stunning market in Nuremberg is called Christkindlesmarkt. Every year one child acts as a Christkind and appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady to open the holiday season and sing a traditional Christmas song.

This festivity takes place on Friday before the first Sunday in Advent.

Once this market is open the whole city scent mulled wine, rum punch and roasted almonds. If you visit this market, do not forget to try its famous Nuremberg bratwurst and gingerbread.

 

Opening time 2019

From the 29th of November to the 23rd of December

 

Your turn

Have you ever been to a german Christmas market? How was the experience? Do you know any of the above mentioned ones?

In case you want to share your experience feel free to leave a comment below or to contact me via social network. I am alway thrilled to read your adventures!

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

Upcoming events – Summer in Düsseldorf

Looking for something to do in Düsseldorf this summer? Whether you’re a local, new in town or just cruising through I have loads of great ideas for you.

Ready to find the upcoming summer events in Düsseldorf?

June

European Fencing Championships

Did you know that fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympic games? In fact, competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in EVERY modern Olympics.

This month of June Düsseldorf will be the house of all fencing athletes competing for their qualification for the Olympics Games 2020.

To experience fencing on the highest level with all possible emotions just come to Düsseldorf 😉

When: From the 17th to the 22nd of June 2019

Where: Messe Düsseldorf

More information: https://www.madeofsteel2019.de/en/

T3 Triathlon

Once again the awaited T3 Triathlon is coming to Düsseldorf. Around 2,000 participants register each year for this important event, where both professional and non-professional athletes swim, run and cycle around the city. As usual, “Mediahafen” is the starting point of this intense competition.

During two days, the meadow in front of the NRW state parliament will be the meeting point. Around 40,000 people come every year to enjoy the triathlon, support all the athletes and spend some time surrounded by friends and family.

When: The 23rd of June 2019

Where: The meadow in front of the NRW state parliament (registration point).

More information: https://www.t3-duesseldorf.de/

Nacht die Metropole Ruhr

50 venues, 24 cities, 300,000 visitors, one night: Die Nacht die Metropole Ruhr.

Since 2001 the Night of the Industrial Culture or “Nacht die Metropole Ruhr” became a unique cultural event where the industrial part of NRW (Ruhrgebiet) opens its doors, so that visitors can discover its impressive industrial heritage. Therefore, around 500 events, from classical music to stand up comedies and fireworks, take part among the different cities of this area.

Dortmund, Duisburg, Dorsten and Essen, among other cities, welcome around 300,000 visitors who easily switch between locations and cities thanks to a free shuttle bus.

If you are interested in discovering more about the industrial heritage of the NRW, do not miss the chance to take part in this event. For only 17€ you have access to all venues and the already mentioned shuttle bus.

When: The 29th of June 2019

Where: Find here all the cities taking part in this annual event – https://bit.ly/2Kija3Q

More information: https://www.extraschicht.de/home/

July

Düsseldorf Frankreichfest

The event of the year is coming to Düsseldorf.

As every year since 1989, the Frankreichfest is a great opportunity to keep cultivating Franco-German relations.

During three days, visitors can experience delicious French wine, local specialties from places such as Alsace and Bretagne and live french music.

In the year of the 30th anniversary LEJ, one of the most successful music band in France today, will be playing in the courtyard of the town hall. At the same time, another anniversary will be celebrated this year during the Frankreichfest: Citroen celebrates its 100th anniversary!. Ready to enjoy one of the biggest gatherings of Citroen cars in Germany?

When: From the 5th to the 7th of July 2019

Where: Rheinpromenade and Düsseldorf town hall

More information: https://www.duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de/

23. Open MIC Comedy-Show Punchline

The 23rd open mic comedy show is a nice opportunity to discover new comedians and to experience a crazy show guaranteed to make you laugh.

When: The 9th of July 2019

Where: Biergarten VierLinden, Düsseldorf

More information: https://bit.ly/2wS1t2a

Lichterfest

The festival of lights or “Lichterfest” is the most popular open-air event in Benrath. Here you will find classical music of the highest standard, breathtaking water features and colourful fireworks.

Every year around 11,000 people experience this unique event. Ready for a unique experience?

When: The 13th of July 2019

Where: Palace of Benrath, Düsseldorf

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

Open Source Festival

THE music festival of the summer season in Düsseldorf for the last 15 years.

If you like to discover new artists and new music styles do not miss the chance to experience this unique festival.

When: The 13th of July 2019

Where: Galopprennbahn Düsseldorf

More information: https://www.open-source-festival.de/

Kirmes am Rhein

The Rheinkirmes is the largest temporary amusement park in NRW with around 4,000,000 visitors per year. This event lasts 10 days and it takes place every year between the second and third week of the month of July.

The 19th of July do not forget to enjoy the impressive fireworks performance 😉

When: From the 12th to the 21st of July 2019

Where: Oberkassel, Düsseldorf

More information: http://rheinkirmes.com/

August

Open Air Kino

Are you a cinephile? In this case I suggest you to experience the largest open air movie theater in Germany.

Open Air Kino is the best chance to watch the latest movies during warm summer nights. This yearly event takes place in different spots of Düsseldorf during one month.

Ready to eat pop corns under the stars?

When: From the 25th of July until the 25th of August 2019

Where: Düsseldorf (different spots)

More information: https://alltours-kino.de/

Gourmet Festival

Do you enjoy trying different kinds of food? Are you a foodie? Are you willing to discover new tastes? Then the annual Gourmet Festival is the right place for you!

Here you will find high quality restaurateurs, special producers and wine from all around the world.

When: From the 23rd to the 25th of August 2019

Where: Königsalle, Düsseldorf

More information: https://gourmetfestival-duesseldorf.de/

 

Your turn

Do you know any other interesting summer event in Düsseldorf? Are you planning to attend to any of the above mentioned events?

Since I love to try new things and to discover new places, I would be really happy if you leave a comment below to share any other summer event that you love and you want to recommend to all of us! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

The 5 best cafés in Düsseldorf

Cakes, among other sweet treats, are a hugely important part of German culture. Germans would rather get together for cake and coffee on a weekend afternoon, than at home for cocktails and ham, like in France, or for dinner, like in other countries. Across the country you can find many coffee places which bake their own delicious, homemade cakes every day.

But an afternoon coffee and cake break isn´t just for the weekend. Germans love to enjoy a nice piece of cake accompanied with a cup of coffee also during the week.

Also, when it comes to birthday celebrations tradition dictates that the birthday person has to bake or buy a cake to share with other people. Each year on my birthday I buy some homemade cakes – sorry, I do not know how to cook- for my friends and for my colleagues. In fact, every time it is someone´s birthday at the office, the main table is full of cake and cookies.

Of course, our modern times mean that people living in germany have less time for recreational breaks – people should work- but with such strong traditions like socializing around a piece of cake, also known as Kaffee und Kuchen or Kaffeezeit, german bakers need to have a sizable repertoire of cakes.

Since german baking is something traditional, you might think that traditional cafés are the only places where you can enjoy a Kaffe und Kuchen. Not at all! German bakery is all around!

Now, let me share with you the 5 best cafés in Düsseldorf to taste delicious cakes and good coffee.

Sulis Cafe

If you follow the blog since some time ago, Sulis Cafe shouldn´t sound new to you. This cozy cafeteria was mentioned in my old post about the best places to have brunch in Düsseldorf , however, this place is more than a mere place to brunch. Sulis´ cakes are known due to their high quality ingredients and their delicious taste

Sulis – the owner of the cafeteria – prepares a vast repertoire of cakes based on traditional recipes every day, so that their customers can feel like at home when they visit his café.

One thing I like a lot about this place is that in winter it is a cozy café where you can enjoy one of the offered tea specialities while eating a cake and in summer you can enjoy the sun sitting outdoor, in the spacious terrace.

Take a look at the website to find out more: Sulis Cafe (if you have a diary allergy or intolerance don´t worry Sulis is well prepared 😉 you can find soy milk here).

Nikan Café

Do you like croissants? What about fresh milled coffee? And pralinés and cakes?

Yes, Nikan Café offers a wide variety of patisserie and bakery, from german cakes to unique french pralinés, all of them accompanied with fresh milled coffee brought from exotic places such as Ecuador, Colombia or Kenya. In fact, if you are a coffee lover I highly recommend you to buy here your next package of coffee.

Does it sound interesting? Check Nikan´s website to learn more: Nikan Café (oat and soy milk are available in this café).

Cafe Hüftgold

This little coffee place has a very comfy atmosphere, making it easy to conduct any kind of conversations for hours on end. Its homemade cakes are pieces of heaven brought to earth. The staff is always nice and coffee and teas are made with love.

This cafeteria is the perfect place to enjoy a unique Kaffee und Kuchen moment in winter and in summer also – they have a spacious terrace decorated with wooden tables.

You can find more information in the website: Cafe Hüftgold  (I´m sure that they have soy milk, and they might also have oat milk).

Espresso Perfetto

Located in  Friedrichstadt, this rosa, cute place serves one of the best coffees in town. In fact, they are also known for offering barista trainings for those interested in learning how to prepare nice coffee.

Among its bakery you can find delicious cakes such as the hazelnut or the apple-almond one. Furthermore, if you enter this cozy coffee place during lunch time, you can always try one of their tasty ciabattas.

Find more information about this place in its website: Espresso Perfetto Düsseldorf.

Cafe Knülle

And last but not least, a small bar/café that I discovered some weeks ago: Cafe Knülle.

Gilbert Knülle opened this establishment in 1988 and since then the charm of this place remains intact. Legendary is not only its breakfast offer – try the delicious croissants – but also its coffee specialities, made with an ancient espresso machine, its varieties of tea and its homemade cakes.

Of course you can always combine a cake with a glass of French or Italian wine, or even with a cold alt beer 😉

Cafe Knülle does not have a website, therefore, if you are curious enough to visit it you can find it in Oberbilker Allee 24. (This place is also ready to serve you a good coffee with soy milk 🙂 ).

A present for vegans…

Carrot Cake

If you are a vegan living or visiting Düsseldorf, this place should be in your bucket list. This lovely, cozy cafeteria is the ideal place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while eating one of its incredible homemade vegan cakes, such as the chocolate one, the nougat cake or the berry one. Some of them are even gluten-free!

The place is closed on Monday and Tuesday, however, they offer delicious vegan brunches during weekends.

Check the website for more information: Carrot Cake

 

Your turn

What about you? Did you already know these coffee places? Do you have any favourite café in Düsseldorf?

The above mentioned coffee places where chosen based on my personal opinion. Since I love to try new things and to discover new places, I would be really happy if you leave a comment below sharing any other café that you love and you want to recommend us! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

New brunch places in Düsseldorf

One of the things I love the most about Düsseldorf is the possibility to enjoy a delicious brunch during the weekend. Almost every restaurant or coffeehouse in the city is ready to offer different kind of brunches to their clients.

If you already follow me on Twitter this post won´t be a surprise for you, since you probably already know that I am a brunch lover and that one of my favorite hobbies is to discover different brunch places around the city.

Some time ago I wrote a post talking about some of the nicest places to have brunch in Düsseldorf

Today I want to show you new coffeehouses and restaurants that I have discovered since then (and which I would love to recommend you).

Ready for a culinary visit through Düsseldorf? Let´s go!

Stadtmitte

Rosie´s

If you like international meals, Rosie´s is your place to be!

In the menu you can find a worldwide variety: American brunch, Monaco breakfast, Spanish brunch… All of them are well prepared, with high quality ingredients, and quite fast served.

Food is not the only positive thing about this restaurant. The crew is always really nice and attentive, in fact, if you want to modify your dish (let´s say you are a Nutella lover and you would rather eat more Nutella than strawberry jam) you won´t have any problem. They are quite open to adapt the ingredients for you.

Food alert: They have gluten free bread, different kinds of milk and vegan dishes.

Address:

Adersstraße 21, 40215 Düsseldorf

Alex

Do you want to go for brunch but you are not sure what to eat? Then come to Alex Düsseldorf.

Every Sunday they offer a buffet with a huge variety of food, such as salmon, german style fries, soups, cold meat and different kind of desserts. They also offer nice coffee and fresh orange juice.

Food alert: They have soja milk

Address:

Kasernenstraße 48, 40213 Düsseldorf

Pempelfort

Sulis

A nice, cozy place where to enjoy tasty classic brunch recipes and delicious cakes.

Sulis is a cozy coffeehouse where you can easily feel at home. They even have a special computer friendly area in case people need to use their laptop while enjoying a nice meal.

Hint: Make a reservation if you plan to go on Sunday, it is always crowded.

Address:

Tußmannstraße 5, 40477 Düsseldorf

Carrot Cake

This is the perfect place to enjoy a vegan meal even if you are not vegan.

During the weekends Carrot Cake offers a nice breakfast, which includes fruits, yogurt and jam. Coffees and teas are prepared with love, as well as their amazing, tasty cakes. If I should choose one, I would go for the brownie… But to be honest, it is really hard to decide, all of them are tasty!

I highly recommend this place! Some friends of mine, which are not vegan, and which had a misconception about vegan meals, went to Carrot Cake and they were highly surprised!

Address:

Moltkerstraße 75, 40479 Düsseldorf

Derendorf

Mangold

American Pancakes, Avocado Brunch, Eggs Benedict, Canadian Breakfast… I mean… Here you can find whatever you want to eat! Just imagine something and order it 😉

It can be really crowded during the weekends, so do not hesitate to make a reservation to avoid problems finding a free table.

Food alert: They do not offer alternatives to regular milk but they are really friendly if you have any allergy or intolerance and you need to order some additional ingredients.

Address:

Glockenstraße 20, 40476 Düsseldorf

Kwadrat

Right now, Kwadrat is the place to be if you want to have a cool brunch.

In the menu you can find traditional breakfasts (croissants with nutella and butter), different kind of scramble eggs and some extras such as yogurt, muesli and toasts.

Food alert: Depending on your food allergies or intolerances I wouldn´t recommend you this place since they don´t offer many alternatives

Address:

Blücherstraße 51, 40477 Düsseldorf

Spoerl Fabrik

During the weekend, at brunch time, you can choose between their variety of breakfasts or the lunch menu. They are quite classical in terms of weekend-breakfast, however, the place is really nice both in winter and summer time (they have a huge terrace).

Many people love this place and I wanted to recommend it to you, although I did not have a good experience (here comes a “Food alert”).

Due to my food intolerances I asked for alternatives (gluten free bread and soja milk), which they didn´t have. Usually it is not a problem for me. What I usually do is to order something and to change some ingredients (more fries instead of eggs for example).

In this case, the waitress told me that they couldn´t not adapt the dishes for me and that I had to order what I saw in the menu.

The moral of this story is: If you have food allergies or intolerances…. Maybe this is not a place for you… 😦

Address:

Tußmannstraße 70, 40477 Düsseldorf

#YourSundayBrunch

I hope you like these recommendations and that you have time to try some of these places. In that case, feel free to share your brunch with me via Twitter or IG.

If you feel like recommending any other place to have brunch in Düsseldorf leave a comment below 😉