Düsseldorf Carnival 2023

10:00am 16 Feb - 10:00pm 22 Feb, 2023

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Düsseldorf, Germany

Düsseldorf Carnival 2023: Germany’s Epic Carnival Celebration

Düsseldorf Carnival is an annual carnival celebration that takes place in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. Taking place on the banks of the Rhine river, locals and visitors alike dance, sing and celebrate to countless carnival events that take place during the festive period. All the local pubs and bars turn up the music and visitors dance and sing along until the early morning. Everyone from children to the elderly takes part in these celebrations, wearing bright colourful costumes and joining in on the processions that take place around the city centre. 

“There’s no holding back carnival fans in the metropolis on the banks of the Rhine when the carnival season kicks off” 

Düsseldorf Carnival 2023 Schedule

The carnival kicks off on February 16, 2023, with the Altweiberfastnacht. Also known as the Women’s Carnival, the occasion sees some of the city traditionally ‘storm’ the city hall. A street carnival then follows in the Old Town.

Other popular events include the Children’s and Youth Procession, Kö-Treiben (Carnival Sunday) and Rosenmontagszug (Rose Monday Parade on February 20, 2023).

The event officially concludes on Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

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Düsseldorf Carnival takes place in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany. The carnival kicks off in Düsseldorf’s Old Town then makes its way through the entire city. 

How to get around Düsseldorf

The nearest major airport is Düsseldorf Airport, located approximately 10 minutes north of the city centre. Frequent direct trains operate between the airport and Düsseldorf’s Central Station. The city also features a smaller airport ‘Weeze’, located around an hour northwest of the city centre on the border of Germany and the Netherlands. Many budget airlines such as Ryanair operate frequent and extremely affordable flights throughout this airport. 

The city of Düsseldorf offers a frequent and reliable public transport service, making it easy to get around. The extensive network features trams, buses and underground trains, as well as intercity trains, which travel frequently to most major cities around Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands.

You can purchase single and daily tickets from the ticket kiosks or offices at the train stations. If you are visiting for a longer period, you can also purchase the Düsseldorf Card. The card provides free, unlimited access to public transport services within the city and also provides free entry into museums; as well as reduced rates on theatre shows, city tours and boat tours. 

The city centre itself is quite small and can be explored easily on foot. During the Carnival celebrations, many major roads will be closed so it is recommended to walk or take public transport to and from the festivities. 

Where to stay in Düsseldorf

The city of Düsseldorf offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from hostels to hotels, Airbnbs, bed and breakfasts and more. A number of major hotels can be found in the area surrounding the central station, giving visitors quick and easy access to public transport. Popular hotels include ibis Hotel Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, Leonardo Hotel Düsseldorf City Center and Motel One Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof.

You can also find a number of popular hostels nearby, including A&O and DJH Youth Hostel Düsseldorf. There are also a number of hotels located in the old town, including Meliá Düsseldorf, Leonardo Royal Hotel and Hotel Sankt Andreas.

You can explore all the nearby accommodation options below. Accommodation often sells out quickly during the carnival season so get in early! 

Things to do around Düsseldorf

The city of Düsseldorf features a number of things to see and do. The old town offers a number of historical attractions such as the St.Andreas Church, the Stadterhebungsmonument and the Hofgarten.

Just outside the old town, you can also find the Rhine Tower; a telecommunications tower featuring an observation deck and revolving restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the city.

The city also features a number of popular museums, such as the Museum Kunstpalast, the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum and the Neanderthal Museum nearby in the City of Mettmann.  

Düsseldorf Carnival 2023 Dates

Düsseldorf Carnival will take place from February 16-22, 2023. 

Interested in other crazy German Carnivals? Then why not check out Cologne Carnival or head to Berlin for Carnival of Cultures

Photo Credits: Visit Düsseldorf

Germany Travel Tips:

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