Tour de France in Düsseldorf

Tour de France in “Little Paris”! The ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) announced that the Grand Départ of the most famous bike race in the world will be held in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state capital of Düsseldorf in 2017.

Mayor Thomas Geisel: “The Grand Départ is a huge opportunity for Düsseldorf – for our city marketing, the Sport City Düsseldorf and Düsseldorf as a cycling-friendly community. It will also be a great opportunity for Germany as a sporting nation, when the world’s biggest sporting event of 2017 gets under way in Düsseldorf and, in particular, since I am confident that the entire Tour de France will be broadcast live on German TV.”


A metropolis that promotes an art de vivre

Cosmopolitan charm and Rhenish joie de vivre characterise the North Rhine-Westphalia state capital Düsseldorf with its almost 620,000 inhabitants. And yet Düsseldorf used to be just a small village which grew up alongside the Düssel stream (explaining the name, Düssel plus “Dorf” or village in English) and the settlement was granted town privileges in 1288. Today, this dynamic and likeable metropolis on the Rhine stands for business, shopping, culture, sports and hospitality.

The business location of Düsseldorf is the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr region with 11.6 million inhabitants and 500,000 companies and is one of the leading commercial, service and communication centres. It is not far from the shopping boulevard Königsallee, affectionately known as “Kö”, to the historic Old Town with its 260 bars and restaurants where visitors can easily enter into conversation with the Düsseldorf locals. The neighbouring Rhine embankment promenade contributes to the city’s Mediterranean lifestyle, inviting visitors for a stroll alongside the water. The “Kunstakademie” or Arts Academy as well as more than two dozen museums and exhibition halls, Schloss Benrath, the Düsseldorf theatre, the German opera house, “Deutsche Oper am Rhein”, the concert hall “Tonhalle”, over one hundred galleries, numerous stages and concert venues make Düsseldorf a recognised cultural metropolis. Sports are also popular here. In addition to recreational sports and the city’s professional sports teams, major sporting events are also regularly staged here. In 2017 alone, not only the Grand Départ but also the Table Tennis World Championship and the Triathlon European Championship will be taking place in the sporting city of Düsseldorf. No wonder that international research surveys rank Düsseldorf among the leading cities in the world when it comes to quality of life.

Düsseldorf Stadtansichten (Ständehaus, Medienhafen, Messe Düsseldorf, Königsallee)



By plane:
International airport of Düsseldorf, 8 kilometres from the city centre.

By train:
Several daily Thalys trains from Paris. Time of journey: 3h45.

By road:
505 kms from Paris to Düsseldorf by the highway.


Wednesday, June 28th
Opening of the race headquarters and the press centre at Messe Düsseldorf (Exhibition Park).

Thursday, June 29th
Team presentation of the 2017 Tour de France at the Burgplatz.

Saturday, July 1st
First stage, Düsseldorf > Düsseldorf individual time-trial of 13 kilometres.

Sunday, July 2nd
Start of the second stage, Düsseldorf > …


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