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December 31 2023 - Januar 1 2024

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It should come as no surprise, that the new year in Germany begins on January 1, since their country is firmly nestled in the Gregorian calendar and has been for centuries. Whatever day of the week it falls on, that day is a bank holiday with virtually everything closed. Sundays are especially disappointing for most due to the loss of that extra day free from work.


It follows the extended previous Christmastime period, which is popular in Düsseldorf for office parties, gatherings with friends and family, heavy eating. For many, it also marks the approaching return to serious work.

Yet in spite of all that Germany hits the streets in a big way on New Year’s Eve. Many restaurants offer special menus. At the stroke of midnight on December 31, people head to their balconies and gardens to light their own fireworks. Others dash to gather in public spaces in their hundreds and thousands to create a mass display. The banks of the Rhine and its bridges are particularly popular and offer terrific
options to view or join in. Many of those among the crowds stay out well into the early hours.

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day in Düsseldorf tends to be a quieter event with many bars, bistros and restaurants discovering various ideas to cure a hangover. Streets are quiet and evenings are tranquil as people prepare for the rude awakening the next day.

For Germans, making and breaking their New Year revolutions are high on the list of things to do. It should come as no surprise that the most popular concerns are losing weight and abstaining from drinking alcohol.

By Vincent Green, Jan 3 2022


The International School of Düsseldorf offers world-class education to inspire their students to be confident, creative and critical thinkers. They work together to challenge and support all their students to be successful and responsible in an evolving world.

Suspended railway to airport


Located a mere ten kilometres from the city centre, Düsseldorf has one of the world’s most accessible airports. Times for taxi rides can vary enormously depending on the time of day. Public transport includes an S-Bahn train to the terminal, rail to the Skytrain connection or busses.

The Events Calendar

Besides the overview of major events, a wide variety of expat relevant occurrences in Düsseldorf are posted on the events calendar. Discover such diverse annual activities as the rundgang, book fair, CSD, pink Monday, museums night, jazz rally, the cartwheeling tournament and several festivals.

Variety of colourful books