Düsseldorf Congress

MICE-Destination Düsseldorf – Electrifying metropolis on the Rhine

Inspiring and full of variety the metropolis on the Rhine has for many years been one of the ten nicest cities to live in worldwide.

Business starts in Düsseldorf

Inspiring and full of variety the metropolis on the Rhine has for many years been one of the ten nicest cities to live in worldwide. This comes as no surprise since in terms of infrastructure, sights, culture and leisure Düsseldorf can certainly hold its own when compared with other cities internationally.

Varied, lively and cosmopolitan: the capital of North-Rhine Westphalia is not only a shopping and lifestyle metropolis but also a key hub for international business embedded in one of Europe’s most highly concentrated research and education networks.


Convention Location Düsseldorf

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A very vibrant, growing startup scene with over 420 startups

DUS International is Germany’s third largest airport

240 hotels in the area
with over 20.000 rooms

Science region
58 universities – 50 research institutes

International Business centre
14 million inhabitants and 300,000 companies within a radius of 1 hour by car

Creative hotspot
One of the most frequently awarded cities in terms of architecture

Quality of life
For years now, Düsseldorf has been among the top 10 cities with the highest quality of life worldwide (according to Mercer study)

Düsseldorf am Rhein
Tonhalle Düsseldorf
DUS international Airport
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Düsseldorf: Concentrated Industry Expertise for Your Event

In addition to appropriate venues, a top location and a hospitable infrastructure, meeting planners are placing an increasing amount of importance on industry expertise when searching for event destinations. According to the 2012 Meeting and Event Barometer, 82 percent of the meeting planners surveyed are convinced that interfacing with the local, industry-specific experts is becoming increasingly important.

As the state capital of North-Rhine Westphalia, and one of Germany’s major event metropolises, Düsseldorf is extremely well positioned in this regard, and in many areas.

One of Düsseldorf’s primary areas of expertise is medicine and healthcare. With its solid medical faculty consisting of 30 institutes, Heinrich-Heine University is the primary linchpin here. Cardiology is one of the university’s primary fields of research, based at the Herzzentrum Düsseldorf, while the tumour centre has an oncological focus. Neuroscience, molecular and clinical hepatology and infection medicine are also strongly represented. Moreover, the faculty includes a centre for paediatrics and adolescent medicine, a prominent women’s hospital with a breast centre, as well as one of Germany’s oldest dental clinics.

Düsseldorf is also extraordinarily well established in the area of non-university research. The Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine focuses on the improvement of healthcare in relation to pollution, and the development of preventative strategies.

The Düsseldorf region is also home to several leading relevant suppliers and laboratory equipment providers. Bayer Innovation GmbH, PFK – Planning Office for Hospital Facilities, and Ternieden GmbH Media Technology & Services are just three examples.

As political centre for North-Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf is also home to numerous medical associations and advocacy groups. For example, the Professional Association of German Ophthalmologists (BVA), the German Society of Cardiologists (DGK), and the Professional Association of German Laboratory Physicians (BDL) all have their headquarters in the state capital. Also worth mentioning are the German Society for Urology (DGU), the Independent Association of German Dentists (FZDZ), the Association of German Kidney Centres (DN), and the North Rhine Medical Association (ÄkNo).

MEDICA, COMPANED and Rehacare make the City of Düsseldorf one of the leading locations for medical exhibitions in Germany. Moreover, several PCOs and event agencies that specialise specifically in this field are located here.

Düsseldorf is also well positioned in the field of chemistry and pharmacology, with a focus on life sciences and biotechnology. Many global top players in the chemical and life sciences industry have settled here, including Bayer, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto and 3M Medica. Leading German biotech companies, such as Qiagen, Evotec, and NewLab BioQuality AG, meanwhile a part of the American Charles River corporation, are also located here. All told, more than 90 life sciences and biotech companies have their headquarters in Düsseldorf, as well as numerous specialised goods and services providers.

Two internationally renowned life sciences research institutes are important driving forces in this dynamic development: Heinrich-Heine University and the Düsseldorf University Clinic. The various Heinrich-Heine University spin-offs alone are generating more than 50 percent of the combined revenue from all publicly traded German biotech companies.
Furthermore, important chemistry and life science associations and organisations are located in the North-Rhine Westphalian state capital, including the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Federation of Chemical Employers’ Associations (BAVC), and the BioRiver – LifeSciences of the Rhineland Association, which counts around 100 scientific and economic institutions as members.

One of the industry’s poster children for successful conferences and conventions is the pharma and biotech conference, BioEurope, which has taken place at CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf twice to date.

Düsseldorf also has plenty to show in the area of industrial technology. The state capital offers many locational advantages for industrial enterprises, as can be seen by the number of industrial companies that have settled there. Among other sectors, we find automobile manufacturing, metal production and metalworking, machine and plant engineering, energy production and consumer goods production here. Düsseldorf-based industrial corporations produce world-renowned brand-name products, and generate a gross domestic product of 3.7 billion euros. With an export ratio of 46 percent, Düsseldorf industry also displays an above-average involvement in the global economy. Examples of industrial corporations headquartered in Düsseldorf include Mercedes-Benz, Henkel, Gottwald Port Technology, Komatsu Mining Germany, Vossloh Kiepe, Tata Steel, A.u.K. Müller, and Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes.

Innovation and research form the basis for the market leadership of Düsseldorf-based industrial companies. In fact, Düsseldorf is one of the most research-intensive economic regions in all of Germany. Both Heinrich-Heine University and the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences enjoy excellent scientific reputations, and both institutions are first addresses when it comes to technology transfer.

In order to firmly establish and further develop industry in the state capital, and to make it fit for the future, the city — along with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and several industrial companies and associations — announced a cooperation entitled “Master Plan Industry”. The Association of German Engineers (VDI) represents yet another important industrial technology organisation based in Düsseldorf.

Düsseldorf is also known as “Little Tokyo on the Rhine”, and for good reason: the state capital maintains a close relationship with Japan, and is home to the largest Japanese community in Germany, as well as one of the largest in Europe: close to 7,000 Japanese live in the city. This is reflected in public life, for example through the annual Japan Day, and the numerous Japanese gastronomy and hotel businesses, as well as in the economic landscape.

Düsseldorf is considered to be an important European hub of Japanese business activity. Based in the state capital, the Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce plays an important role in this regard — its primary function is to promote business relations between Japan and Germany, and to further improve the local conditions in Düsseldorf and surrounding areas for Japanese companies.

Japanese businesses are an important economic factor in Düsseldorf. Examples of Japanese companies based here include Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba, the Bank of Tokyo, Crestec, Mitusi & Co, Yusen Logistics, and the Marubeni corporation.

The scientific activities at the Heinrich-Heine University’s Institute for Modern Japan underscore the Japanese expertise in the city.

Similarly, Düsseldorf is the strongest and most dynamic Chinese hub in North-Rhine Westphalia. More than 300 of the approximately 750 Chinese businesses in North-Rhine Westphalia are located in the state capital. The majority of these companies are active in the information and communication industries. Some examples are Yingli Green Energy Europe, Fullcome, Sanda Design, Huawei, ZTE, and the Bank of China. Furthermore, Düsseldorf is home to around 2,300 Chinese.

Düsseldorf - the perfect location for your congress!

The City of Düsseldorf has been voted one of the most attractive business destinations in all of Europe by the “Financial Times”. The capital of North Rhine Westphalia ranked 3rd among the European cities in the category 500,000 to 750,000 inhabitants.

Infrastructure & connections

Whether you travel here by car, train or plane – Düsseldorf offers ideal transport connections. Furthermore, the city is easy to get around: central locations like the international airport, Düsseldorf railway station or the old town can be reached in under 15 minutes from the venues of Düsseldorf Congress GmbH.

Abflughalle Flughafen Düsseldorf

Rolltreppen Eingang Nord

Science & business

Düsseldorf is one of the most important science and business locations in Germany. Some 85,000 companies, nearly 40,000 situated in the municipal area, have established in Düsseldorf. The regional capital is one of the leading international trade, service and communication centres in Germany and Europe.

The Rhine metropolis is the headquarters of numerous companies and research institutions in the field of medicine and health, chemicals and pharma as well as in industrial technology and innovation. Moreover, Düsseldorf is a leading location in the information and communication sector. Fashion & beauty play a major role in the city. Alongside Milan and Paris Düsseldorf is at the forefront of the fashion scene internationally.

Find your suitable hotel in Düsseldorf and book your overnight stay

To make your stay in Düsseldorf as pleasant as possible, the following hotels within walking distance of the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf offer first-class accommodation and the best service.

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Düsseldorf offers a varied range of cultural and leisure options as well as numerous sights making it a popular destination for visitors and tourists from Germany and abroad. The restaurant scene boasts a range of options from Rhineland to Far East specialities. Numerous restaurants, bars and cafés in the old town and along the Rhine promenade invite visitors and locals to dine, enjoy and relax.

As you stroll through the city there are many sights to take in. From the Königsallee and the cobbled streets of the old town to the media harbour there is lots to discover.

The regional capital is also seen as one of the most important cultural locations in  the region. Alongside internationally acclaimed museums and galleries the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and the Tonhalle are popular destinations.

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