Life in Düsseldorf

The Life in Düsseldorf Story

By on January 1st, 2017

You had no idea what to expect when you moved to Düsseldorf. Whether you came here for love or work or study, you’ve never been one to turn down a challenge. But now that you’re here, you can’t read the parking signs or order a loaf of bread. It’s hard to make friends or go anywhere alone without a German-speaking escort. We get it. Moving abroad is hard. Tack on German bureaucracy and their famous “sense of humor,” and you find yourself hiding out watching Netflix more often than you’d like to admit.

But actually, Düsseldorf is enchanting. It’s a vibrant, international and captivating place to live. And it’s time to brave the outside. Let us be your digital tour guide, translator, best friend and local support system—all rolled into one.

Finally, One Place To Access The Best Of Life in Düsseldorf

We are the city’s first English-language publication dedicated to helping expats settle in and live it up in their new home.

From summer strawberry picking to our Best Of series, we gather tips from locals, community groups, forums and our own everyday adventures. (We also make a lot of phone calls on your behalf that start off with “Sprechen sie Englisch?” You’re welcome.)

We believe that armed with the right tools and information you can feel at home in your new home.


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Who Runs This Joint?

My name is Jenna. I left my quaint Canadian hometown in 2014 to settle in this city of contradictions. I moved here for a boy, but my yoga pants and messy bun didn’t quite fit in with Dusseldorf’s excess of Prada shoes and Gucci bags.

Moving to Düsseldorf was like that first day of Kindergarten… 24/7. I didn’t know anyone, Germans looked at me funny, and my self confidence was clearing hiding deep at the bottom of the Rhine.

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But I knew that if my relationship was going to work, I needed to commit to living in and understanding this city long-term.

That mindset shift changed everything. I started spending an hour every day discovering the secret gems this city had to offer.

I started noticing the little things…

  • The morning flow of people riding their bikes to work.
  • Couples sitting and drinking coffee (none of this triple-shot-to-go nonsense).
  • The supermarkets on every corner, the ducklings, the tree-lined canals, the fairytale castles, the chirping birds and the delicious Altbier.

Once I discovered my love for this city, I realized how much I wanted to help other expats discover theirs too.

So I started Life in Düsseldorf to help you settle in faster than I did.

By day I’m a professional blogger specializing in sustainable travel at Give For Granted. My work has been featured on Flight Network, Girls Life Magazine and Pink Pangea.


We’re so much more than a blog

We’re a team of locals, communities, teachers, tradespeople and students. We’re an online publication dedicated to sharing the best of this city in a generous, kind and honest way. We spend our afternoons interviewing locals, participating in forums and calling businesses so you don’t have to.


Life in Düsseldorf is better when we’re together

Like any abroad experience, expat life is better when we collaborate. And we need YOU.

To grow Life in Düsseldorf and provide the best expat information, we need your stories, recommendations, and tips.


There are two ways to get involved:

Comment on our posts

If we’re writing a post about the top 8 English-Speaking Lawyers in Düsseldorf, and we forgot to mention one, let us know in the comments! Comments are incredibly useful for new visitors. We’re a small team and the best experiences come from the collective, so don’t be shy.

Commenting is easy. You don’t need to register—just fill out the form at the bottom of each post and click “Submit.”

Become a guest contributor

There are so many stories to share from the trenches of this city. If you’re a mommy expat, working expat, jobless expat, single expat, dog-owning expat, student expat… we want to hear from you!

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Jenna Davis
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Graffitiworkshop für Mädchen* und junge Frauen* (14-23 J.)
January 20, 2018 · 10:00 am · 2:00 pm
Jägerstraße 31, 40231 Düsseldorf, Deutschland
Anmeldung bis zum 17.01 an

2tägiger Workshop: 21.01.18 von 11-15 Uhr


Du findest Straßenkunst cool und hast Bock selbst einmal Hand anzulegen, verschiedene Techniken auszuprobieren und am Ende dein Kunstwerk an einer Wand in deinem Stadtteil zu sehen?
Dann komm zu unserem Workshop im Internationalen Treff in Eller. Dort habt ihr zwei Tage lang Zeit mit der Künstlerin Strassenmaid.

Am ersten Tag wird es eine Einführung in die Graffitiszene geben, danach könnt ihr euch ein Motiv oder Slogan überlegen, welches/n ihr gerne sprayen würdet. Davon zeichnet ihr dann eine Skizze und wir starten mit den ersten Sprayübungen. Als Abschluss des Tages wird eine Wand im Jugendzentrum gestaltet. Am zweiten Tag geht es dann an die Hall of Fame in Eller und ihr könnt mit euren neuen Skills loslegen.

Vorkenntnisse sind nicht nötig. Wir fangen bei den Basics an und ihr habt genug Zeit Fragen zu stellen. Wir sind gespannt auf eure Ideen!

**zakk.findet.Stadt will raus aus dem Stammhaus in Flingern, mit Anwohner*innen kooperieren und von ihnen lernen, um dort zu stadt- und stadtteilspezifischen Themen zu intervenieren, wo der Bedarf ist – im Stadtteil selbst. Ob auf öffentlichen Plätzen, in leer stehenden Ladenlokalen oder in bereits bestehenden Einrichtungen wird es Lesungen, Theater, Konzerte, Workshops, Diskussionen und viele weitere spannende Veranstaltungen geben.**

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