Culture & Entertainment

Collection of things outside of ESSLLI that might be interesting for you. Also have a look at the Wikitravel article of Düsseldorf and the Amazing Capitals website about Düsseldorf.


Kunstsammlung, in particular K20 and K21 showing art of the 20th and 21st century respectively. Admission is free every first Wednesday of the month (7th August!) after 18:00.

KIT – art in the tunnel – exhibitions between two traffic tunnels next to the Rhine.

Azzedine Alaϊa exhibition in the NRW-Forum

Exhibitions and collections in the Museum Kunstpalast


Thursday, 15th August, 20:00: Skate Night (Rollnacht) in Düsseldorf. Don’t forget to bring your roller skates!

Several indoor and outdoor swimming pools; overview in German or machine-translated

Indoor beach volleyball hall and climbing gym: Mensch Sportwelt / machine-translated.

Semi-official running spots (machine-translated), including the Rheinparkrunde (PDF) at the Rhine, the Südparkrunde (PDF) at the Südpark near the campus, and the lap around the Uhlenbergpark (PDF) also near the campus.

The university sports area features (amongst others) a basketball court. Note that it is most of the time only accessible from the North, via a footpath starting at the parking area at the stop Südpark. In case of interest in an organized match, contact Daniel Altshuler.

Music and Party

For up-to-date information and an overview, have a look at the suffon calender, the party portal tonight and Prinz Düsseldorf.

Monday, 5th August, 20:30: The Skatalites – one of the earliest Ska bands, founded in 1963. Venue: Zakk (machine-translated) – tickets ca. 22€.

Saturday, 10th/17th August, 15:00: Jazz und Weltmusik im Hofgarten (Jazz and World Music in the Hofgarten), presented by Jazz-Schmiede (machine-translated). Admission free!

Sunday, 11th August, 18:00: Scream it out loud festival with Alkaline Trio, The Flatliners, Teenage Bottlerocket, and more. Venue: Zakk (machine-translated) – tickets ca. 30€.

Open Air Party Sommersuff, Sunday, 11th August, 15:00-22:00, somewhat outside the city center. Information on Facebook and in the event calendar Suffon.


Open Air cinema at the Rhine promenade. Unfortunately, only movies in German language are shown. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance.

CineStar and the Düsseldorf Arthouse Cinemas also screen movies in original, mostly English (sometimes with subtitles).


Large antique and flea market at the Aachener Platz, every Saturday starting at 6:00. Information in German and machine-translated.

Düsseldorf is said to be one of the major centers of Japanese emigration in Europe. During the years the Japanese left their mark with several restaurants, stores and other establishments. Most of them are located on the Immermannstraße near the main station. Alternatively, you could take a look at the small Japanese garden in the Nordpark or the Eko-Haus.