Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf is a cosmopolitan city that is renowned as an international business centre. The Messe Düsseldorf organises many trade shows, and five Fortune Global 500 companies have their headquarters here. The city is also home to excellent restaurants and countless museums. However, there is also another inspiring side to Düsseldorf: the city has its own beer, Altbier, and a great music and nightlife scene. Like many other cities in Germany, it is famous for its Carnival celebrations, which start every year on 11 November at 11:11 a.m. and end on Ash Wednesday. Two days earlier, on Rose Monday, a huge parade meanders through the streets of Düsseldorf. Dress in your craziest outfit and have fun!