JOIN THE CELEBRATIONS AT DÜSSELDORF FUNFAIR
Every July, Düsseldorf celebrates the feast of Saint Apollinaris, a disciple of St. Peter and the city’s patron saint. The city celebrates by hosting a spectacular funfair that features traditional carousels, modern thrill-rides and parades with marching bands and marksmen, which is followed by a coronation ceremony and a grand ball. The funfair in Düsseldorf is the largest in the entire Rhine region.
A long-running tradition of festivitiesFor centuries, the celebrations of the city’s patron saint, Apollinaris, has been a time to feast and make merry. Traditionally, the celebrations were particularly important for young, unmarried men, as they could earn the right to marry a fair maiden by proving themselves as expert marksmen. To this day, the tradition is upheld as the young men of Düsseldorf compete at the funfair to be crowned as ‘Schutzenkonig’, the King of Marksmen. He who best hits a dummy bird raised on a target is crowned the King. Young boys over the age of six participate as ‘pages’ and compete to be crowned Young King of Marksmen and King of Pages. Following the competition, the kings are crowned at a grand ball held in their honor.
Part of the funfair celebrations also includes a historic procession, where more than 3,000 uniformed soldiers, marching bands, and horse-drawn carriages make their way through the city. If you are visiting Düsseldorf in July, you simply can’t miss this exhilarating display of old traditions at the funfair. The celebrations conclude on the last Friday in July with an impressive display of fireworks over the Rhine River, which is an enjoyable sight for everyone.