Been there a few times in run-up to Show setting up stands. Huge difference from London, etc - loads of Halls (15 I think ?), all connected. Great selection of every type of boat imaginable, gear, dinghies, canoes, basically anything connected with water ! Only problem is everyone speaks German...!
yep, went last year. It is miles miles better than libs really. There are praps twenty huge halls. We had two days, only enough to do a bit of it really. One hall does dive holidays, another leisure boats and dinghies, another hall does superyachts with a mang 108 tucked away in a corner, another hall has every single benny jeanneau, bav etc etc model in there, plus loads of big steel customish boats, lots of one-off designers ready to chat, another hall is praps twice the area of one libs hall but entirely dedicated to chandlery, another the same size as libs dedicated to marine art, and so on and so on. Travelators take you around, and i think there are buses as well. Amazing. Bluddy cold tho.
people selling chandlery are local, but the boat sellers all have english (and french, spanish, itlaian, german) reps on the stand. And the germans make a big effort in english too, no real prob imho.
Just checked the dates there's no way I can make it this weekend /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif however, I think I'll go next year instead of LIBS it'll probably be cheaper and that's including flights!
I may go this weekend - we were planning a long weekend somewhere in north europe and dusseldorf seems as good as anywhere. Easyjet are about 70 quid return, BA about the same. BA can do 28 quid plus tax if you book a bit earlier. show Entrance is 10-15 euros. I will probably drive - its about 200-250 miles from calais so not too bad. I used to work in cologne and I know theres lots of hotels and nice restaurants around there - only a few miles from dusseldorf
I agree with TCM. V Good.
If you got [scrounged] your ticket in advance in 2001 it gave you free use of the regional transport services too. [LIBS please note]
The KLM flight from London to Dusseldorf was £38 return all paid.
Compared to anything in the UK it's massive, almost like the whole of the NEC dedicated to all things watery. Whether thats sailing, fishing, winsurfing or big superyachts Dusseldorf has it all...including leather clad germans with mullets and long sausages sticking out of round bread rolls!! Driving was pretty easy, left London 7:30am , on a ferry, arrived DDorf @ 3pm via the scenic route through the Mosel valley...Flighing is just as easy, public transport is pretty simple round the city, though if you buy a ticket you have to validate it on the tram/train in the little box that goes ding (€40 if you don't)
You also get a lot more variety, and boats you don't see over here, although there are some makes that are better left out...if you thought Bavs were cheap there are some shocking Polish boats /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif...some of the dutch boats are real beauties though.
Personally I like the show, although I've never managed to get all the way around. It's never too crowded, beer is good and food is cheap i you like sausages!...avoid the restaurants built into the walls. Which, like Excel, you could afford a small flat for the same price as fish and chips /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Like most cities, keep an eye on your wallet, keep it with you, don't leave it in your jacket on the back of your seat, like one of our group did...if you do eat out, head for Zumschiffen - in the old town, lots of pork for not a lot of money, great atmosphere and friendly service...mind you most of the pig and beer houses serve really good value meals!!