“Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine”

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Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine

Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine

More than 690 years ago in Dusseldorf, 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. It’s 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. The fair takes place from July 11th until the 20th.
The fair ties together tradition and modern entertainment in one of the most extensive and colourful outdoor festivals in the world: Visitors will find not only the German fest standby’s – beer tents with live music, costumed servers, and all imaginable German fest food delicacies from savoury 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 centre 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.

For more information about Düsseldorf’s “Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine,” click here.

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