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Duesseldorf Packing It In on the World Stage

Posted by Ryan Klemm on Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 14:57 PM

The past week in Duesseldorf, Germany was – to put it lightly – momentous.

The city put itself front and center on the international stage in more ways that one, and admirably once again demonstrated that it is comfortable player among the first-tier of world-class cities.
eurovision1 In the span of a week, Duesseldorf hosted not only the world’s largest and leading international packaging trade show, interpack, it also simultaneously hosted the renowned Eurovision Song Contest at the Esprit Arena, adjacent to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, this event is perhaps one of the most watched annual TV spectacles in Europe.  Each European country submits a single band or singer performing a single song in a viewer / voter elimination contest, and then on the final night after the field has been narrowed to just 25 countries – the whole of Europe votes for their favorite by text-message voting.

The air was electrified on Saturday evening, May 14.  The city of Duesseldorf turned into one giant block party as thousands converged to the old city and the banks of the Rhine River to watch live coverage on outdoor large screens of the events inside the Arena.  Restaurants, bars and nightclubs were packed to overflowing and the narrow streets outside were full as everyone watched and waited to find out this year’s winner, Azerbaijan (Europe!?) for its contestants’ (Ell/Nikk) entry Running Scared.

At right:  Nikki Jamal and Eldar Kasimov of Ell/Nikki representing Azerbaijan celebrate on Saturday, May 14, 2011 with the Eurovision trophy and their national flag after winning the Grand Final of the 56th Eurovision Song Contest.  © AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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On the dual track, interpack returned to the Duesseldorf fairgrounds also to rave reviews and a palpable perception that the industry is once again on the uptick.  Featuring over 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries, the show attracted a total of 166,000 trade visitors – 60 percent from outside of Germany.  Particularly striking was the further significant increase in the proportion of decision-makers attending the show over the previous staging in 2008.  Almost three quarters of trade visitors reported they came from management with decision making authority – a remarkable figure!

At the same time SAVE FOOD International Congress was held, highlighting the ongoing conflict between nutrition, packaging and sustainability.  In collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this meeting attracted some 300 participants and dignitaries who discussed the magnitude and causes of global food waste and explored the contribution that improved packaging could make in the fight against food waste.

And Duesseldorf handled all these important international events with flair.  For a week under sunny skies the city became the international stage for business and culture, a remarkable feat that many other aspiring cities undoubtedly envy and aspire to.

Congratulations Duesseldorf!

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Altstadt

Posted by Brigitte Cox on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 @ 15:22 PM

The ‘Altstadt’ (Old Town) is the historic town center of Düsseldorf.  There is much to see and taste!  Here is a glimpse – then you can explore this wonderful part of town on your own during your visit to Düsseldorf.

On the south side of the Altstadt a quiet and romantic flair prevails, dominated by the Marxkirche (church) and the small, dreamy Citadellstrasse. If you are lucky, you might just catch an organ concert in the beautiful Baroque church. The Citadellstrasse is lined with neoclassical house fronts, looking much as they did during Heinrich Heine’s day.  At its end is the former palace of Count Spee, which houses a part of Düsseldorf’s City Museum.  In Bäckergasse you’ll find a wrought iron gate, behind which is the most romantic park in the city:  the old Palace Park with its stately trees and idyllic Lake.

On Bernrather Strasse is the very lively Karlsplatz, where a market is set up daily. This is the center of Karlstadt in the Altstadt, where you’ll find quite a few 18th century patrician houses.  Cultural institutes, galleries and countless gastronomical possibilities, an active pub scene as well as quiet streets await you here.

At the Marktplatz (market square) you’ll discover the famous monument to Electoral Price Wilhelm von der Pfalz, lovingly called ‘Jan Wellem’ by Düsseldorf’s residents.  Those who seek the hustle and bustle of crowds will find what they are looking for in the streets that lead away from the Marktstrasse and Bergerstrasse:  Boutiques, pubs and taverns where Düsseldorf’s world-famous Altbier (ale) is served.  Here you’ll be able to experience just why Düsseldorf’s old town district is repeatedly referred to as ‘the longest bar counter in the world’.  A surprisingly different atmosphere can be found in the little Schneider-Wibbel-Gasse, a small street filled with Spanish restaurants, one next to the other, which invite you to stop and sample their cuisine.

To finish your tour, take a walk along the Rhine river promenade to enjoy the beautiful view of the Altstadt. The river path is busy with residents, visitors, sunbathers, as well as ship traffic on the Rhine.  The former Stiftsplatz in front of the church with its beautiful old façade is one of the most idyllic squares in Düsseldorf’s Old Town and the Altestadt Strasse is the oldest street in Düsseldorf.  In the Ritterstrasse you’ll find facades from 18th and 19th century homes and – for even a bit more history stop in the Ursulinengasse, where markings show just where the medieval city wall from 1288 ran.

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Messe Dusseldorf an important economic stimulant for the City of Düsseldorf

Posted by Daniela Knoll on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

Recent economic research indicated that the visitors and exhibitors who attend the Messe Dusseldorf trade fairs contribute largely to the general economy of the City of Dusseldorf.  "Without us, Düsseldorf would most likely not be debt-free" said President and CEO of Messe Dusseldorf, Werner M. Dornscheidt, proudly.  The benefit the city has is that since the trade shows are very international, visitors tend to stay in Düsseldorf longer than just one day.  International visitors spend much of their money on local transportation, restaurants and hotels.

One American event organizer commends Dusseldorf as being the "Ten Minute City".  All central landmarks such as the Messe Dusseldorf fairgrounds, the Dusseldorf Airport, and the city center, can all be reached within 10 minutes.  This makes Dusseldorf one of the most attractive Trade Show Cities in the world.  

In addition, Messe Dusseldorf is a large contributor of job security in Düsseldorf, providing 16,051 jobs through the trade fairs and congresses it organizes on a yearly basis.

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