The Civil Code defines a main residence as the place were you living the most. This is already an important exception: in the case of married persons or people living in a life partnership, it is to be assumed that the common apartment is the food point, even if you are mainly in a different city for professional reasons. Nevertheless, in this case the second home must be registered.
As in other cities in Germany, you must go to the registration office in Dusseldorf within 14 days of moving there. This may also be done by an authorized person. Registration is free of charge. If you are personally present, the registration is done immediately, no processing period is required. You should arrange an appointment with one of the registration offices. You can do this online (German only), by phone (0211 – 8999680) or at a terminal in one of the local offices.
- For German citizenship: official photo identification (passport). If you have an ID card issued after 1 November 2010, you should bring it with you so that the address can be changed on its chip
- For other nationalities: the corresponding national passport with residence permit or visa passport or national passport) of all persons subject to registration and, in the case of dual states, all national passports
- When registering a family: the above-mentioned ID documents of all persons who are to be admitted
- In addition, upon registration by an authorized person: authorization and identification of the respective person, complete registration form with signature of the person subject to the notification.
- When registering minors: declaration of consent of the persons entitled to custody, provided they do not come as accompanying person.
- Housing confirmation of the landlord of your temporary apartment in Dusseldorf
Culture and theatre
Dusseldorf has an important place in the art scene. On the one hand, there is the Kunstakademie, where Joseph Beuys once taught. The Kunsthalle and the Kunstpalast (Kunstkunstpalast) are also renowned art museums. In addition to the Schauspielhaus and the Opera House, there are also various private theatres. The FFT Dusseldorf belongs to one of the most important houses of the private theatre scene in Germany.
Fitness activities in Dusseldorf
In Dusseldorf itself and in the surrounding region, the range of sport activities is extensive. Various club and sport facilities offer both members and other users a wide range of sports. There are also countless parks or the Rheinpromenade, which are ideally suited as jogging trails. Once a year, the METRO Marathon Dusseldorf takes place, which attracts around 16,000 runners and a cycling race around the Kö. In addition, Dusseldorf was one of the venues for the Cross Country Skiing World Cup.
Sightseeing in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf has many sights to see. In the last few years, the Rhine Promenade has become a hotspot of the city, which connects different sights. One of them is the Media Harbor, which is characterized by modern architecture and an innovative feeling. Dusseldorf is also one of the major fashion cities, with Königsallee, known as Kö, one of the most famous shopping streets in Germany. If you want to take a comprehensive view of the metropolis, you should climb to the top of the TV tower. From there you have a 360° view of the city and its sights. Afterwards, Dusseldorf’s Old Town invites you to dinner.
Major events are the Hofgarten concerts and Japantag, in which Dusseldorf changes into “Japan am Rhein”. Besides specialties from Japan and information about the country, many people disguise themselves as anime characters throughout the city.
Useful apps and links
Rheinbahn App – Android und iPhone
The Rheinbahn App provides information about the public transport in Dusseldorf, Mettmann, Rheinkreis Neuss and the entire VRR. The VRR is the transport association, which is part of Dusseldorf and neighboring cities. You can also purchase your tickets without registering through the app.
Dusseldorf TO GO – Android und iPhone
Dusseldorf TO GO offers tourists all the important information about the city: sights, museums, city guides and current events.
Rhein-Taxi – Android and iPhone
A taxi can be booked conveniently via this app. The estimated time of arrival of the taxi is displayed. If you specify your destination address, it is also possible to request a price.
DUS App (Dusseldorf Airport App) – Android und iPhone
As a counterpart to the Rheinbahn app, the DUS App provides information on arrivals and departures at Dusseldorf Airport. The My Flight function also notifies you of all changes to your flight.
Messe Dusseldorf App – Android und iPhone
This app for the Messe (trade fair) provides all relevant information about the Dusseldorf trade fair. There is also an interactive hall plan to help you find your way around the exhibition grounds.
duesseldorf.de is the official website of the city of Dusseldorf. It provides information on all facilities, public or major events, sights and news from the city.
Here you will find all the important information about tourism in Dusseldorf such as sightseeing, city tours and city tours.
This is the official site of Dusseldorf Airport. In addition to departure and arrival times, it provides an overview of shops and services at the airport.
Here you will find an overview of upcoming trade fairs in Dusseldorf, the construction of the exhibition grounds and how to get there.