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Carnival in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Helau! There's no holding back carnival fans in the metropolis on the banks of the Rhine when the fifth season kicks off. Revellers will be in their element from 11 November 2017, when Hoppeditz awakes, to Ash Wednesday on 14 February 2018. At Düsseldorf’s carnival, people laugh, dance and kiss, as countless carnival events are held throughout the season.

Carnival highlight: The politically themed floats of satire artist Jacques Tilly:

Carnival weekend:

  • 8 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 14 February 2018 (Ash Wednesday)
  • Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 12 February 2018

Where: throughout the Düsseldorf region, especially the city centre

Scheduled dates:

  • 2019: 28 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 6 March 2019 (Ash Wednesday), Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 4 March 2019
  • 2020: 20 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 26 February 2020 (Ash Wednesday), Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 24 February 2020
  • 2021: 11 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 17 February 2021 (Ash Wednesday), Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 15 February 2021

Highlight of the 2017/2018 street carnival:

Hoppeditz Awakes
11 November 2017, 11:11 a.m., Marktplatz
Kick-off to the carnival season at the Rathaus (city hall), with "Narrenschelte" (Jester’s Scolding) from Hoppeditz

Altweiberfastnacht (Women’s Carnival Day)
8 February 2018, 11:11 a.m., Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town)
The occasion when the women of the city traditionally ‘storm’ the Rathaus (city hall), followed by a street carnival in the Altstadt (Old Town)

Children’s and Youth Procession
10 February 2018, 14:00 p.m., Düsseldorf city centre
Young and old carnival revellers ("Jecken") gather to march through Düsseldorf’s city centre – a must for all families.

Carnival Sunday ‘Kö-Treiben’
11 February 2018, from morning, Königsallee
Informal street carnival on Königsallee, with spectacular costumes and small ‘home-made’ floats

Rosenmontagszug (Rose Monday Parade)
12 February 2018, 12:00 noon, Düsseldorf city centre
The grandest procession, with decorated floats and countless revellers on foot parading through the city centre. The politically themed floats of satirist Jacques Tilly are famous the world over.

For more information, dates and news on Düsseldorf’s carnival go to our Event Calendar or visit and

Event Organiser:
Comitee Düsseldorfer Carneval
Tel: +49 211 330 101/02
Fax: +49 211 31 80 418