So you’re moving to Düsseldorf? Good decision! Okay, I’m not neutral. But when you arrived here you might agree with me. The city with a little more than 600.000 inhabitants isn’t so small that everyone knows each other, nor is it intimidatingly large. Düsseldorf has its own wonderful charm. Atmosphere. Personality. Call it whatever you like. Welcome to Düsseldorf in the very west of Germany, which is the capital of the federal state Northrhine-Westfalia. It hosts great museums, one of the biggest Japanese communities in Europe, and people of at least 178 nationalities. A city where people like to celebrate (not just during carnival), enjoy life at the river Rhine, and drink Altbeer. Its residents are known in Germany for their openness as well as for their stubbornness. Welcome to the heart of Europe.
I hope these information will encourage you and make it easier for you when you arrive and maybe you feel at home here soon. Don’t be surprised if you decide to extend your stay or maybe even become a longterm Düsseldorfer: If so you won’t be the first expat that arrived thinking he’d stay for just a year or two, but then fell in love with the city, its people – or perhaps a special someone.