If you’re looking for a show with absolutely everything water-based all under one enormous roof, then boot Düsseldorf is that show. Boot is the first of Europe’s major boat shows in the New Year – and one of the world’s largest - and the 51st edition promises just as much innovation and excitement as always. Packed into the 220,000 square metres of exhibition space and 19 themed areas covering everything from boats and superyachts, to water sports, fishing, engines and equipment, services and much more. In fact, there are over 2,000 exhibitors from 70 countries who welcome 250,000 visitors.
For those in the market for a new boat or watercraft – we’re talking everything from stand-up paddleboards to water-skis, jet skis windsurfs, kitesurfs, canoes and kayaks, and scuba diving gear – then boots offers not just the very latest product launches but the chance to try them out and compare them objectively.
This show is as much for complete beginners as it is for pros, and is the perfect place to learn, be amazed and get serious about buying.
The show is held in the Messe Düsseldorf, a vast 17-hall exhibition space on the shores of the River Rhine. There are several entrances; North A (downstairs), North B (upstairs 1st floor), Northeast, East and South, and with such a big floor space it is worth finding out which entrance is closest to the halls you are interested in visiting here - River Rhine.
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Over half of boots accommodates motor and sail boats including a whole hall dedicated to superyachts over 24 metres in length. The show is the first to have a Superboat (Hall 5) dedicated to luxury tenders, and there are 9 connected halls for motorboats alone. In this grand arena you’ll find all the big names, but it’s a great opportunity for emerging brands to make a big impression too. You’ll find the complete list of exhibiting yachts and all the new launches on the official website (Düsseldorf Boat Show Watersports Exhibition), but make sure you don’t miss:
Beneteau Gran Turismo 32: First launched at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2019, this fun, sporty model is really turning heads. With a clever, innovative design which focuses on head space and light, it creates a sense of space which far exceeds the boats easily manageable 10 metres length. With two double berths and copious amounts of deck space, this is much more than a day boat.
DutchCraft 25: Set to make waves when it launches here at boots is this sleek, 100% electric, carbon fibre tender. Built by relative newcomers DutchCraft, the 8-metre tender promises silent cruising, sustainability, and a clear conscience. It comes hot on the heels of the 17-metre DutchCraft 56 which wowed at Cannes in September.
Cranchi 78 Settantotto: Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2020, Cranchi thought they’d celebrate with the launch of their new and impressive 24-metre flagship motor cruiser. This is the largest of the Italian shipbuilder’s designs, and begins a new era for this well-established brand.
The Dusseldorf Boat Show’s appeal lies in its staggering variety, where there truly is something for everyone. It is an important show for B2B transactions, but where boots really flourishes is in giving its visitors a tantalizing display of all the things which make us love the water. With fascinating scuba demonstrations, suspense-filled surfing competitions in wave pools, halls filled with everything from superyachts to tenders, and all the accessories you could every need, you’ll certainly need more than one day to get around it all.
Love Your Ocean Events: As boaters we love the ocean, and boots put a big emphasis on ocean conservation. There will be talks by renowned ocean activist Emily Penn, a keynote speech by Prince Albert II at the Ocean Symposium, and the 350 square metre ‘love your ocean’ stand organised by the German Ocean Foundation. The stand will feature information on sustainable interactive projects alongside an informative programme on the Water Pixel World stage.
Start Boating Hall: If you want to get into boating but it all seems a bit daunting, then head along to the Start Boating Hall 3 for expert advice and guidance. You can use a simulator to drive a boat down the River Rhine, ask questions and, with guidance, work out what kind of boating is right for you.
The Diving Halls: The newly expanded diving halls are one of the most popular areas of the show, with a packed itinerary of pool demonstrations by the world’s leading manufacturers. It is a space not just for diving equipment but to highlight diving destinations, and there is an excitable, friendly buzz. 2019 saw the first year that boots offered the experience of test diving and 1,200 children and adults took their first breaths underwater. So be sure to sign up and give it a go yourself.
Location: Messe Dusseldorf, Germany
Dates: 18th to 26th January 2020
Opening times: Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Tickets: General admittance tickets start from €19 per day if bought in advance online(Buy Düsseldorf International Boat Show Tickets Online), or €25 at the gate. Two-day tickets cost €27 and €33 respectively. All tickets entitle you to free transport on non-supplemented public transportation.
Where to Stay
Dusseldorf is a city that blends tradition and culture with forward-thinking modernity, and its hotels are the perfect reflection of that. Thanks to free public transport included with your boots ticket, you can have your pick of the city’s hotels, from those lining the cobblestone streets of Altstadt (Old Town) to the glittering skyscrapers of the harbour. Our top picks for the best places to stay in Dusseldorf are:
Meliá Dusseldorf: With a perfect location in the city centre, just steps from the Nordstraße underground station, this 4-star hotel ticks all the boxes: comfortable, stylish, convenient and a bit of a treat. There is a charming bar and restaurant, panoramic views from the top floor suites and an impressive spa. What more could you want?
Derag Livinghotel De Medici: For something truly remarkable choose this hotel and small museum housed within a 17th-century building. With precious relics displayed in the common areas, and 112 exquisite rooms and 58 apartments, this is a true gem in Dusseldorf’s cultural heart.
Villas and Apartments: From studio apartments tucked into the Alsdtadt old town, to quaint family-run B&B’s and zimmers within easy walking distance of the arena, there is a huge selection of high-quality accommodation to be found on websites such as Airbnb.com and HomeAway.co.uk.
Where to Eat
Dusseldorf’s perfect mix of medieval and modern transcends to its culinary scene, and you’ll find traditional eating houses serving hearty German specialties alongside cosy cafes and swanky Michelin-starred restaurants specialising in European/Asian fusion. Here are some of our top picks:
At the Show: While you’re at the show enjoy some traditional German bratwurst, goulash and big mugs of beer at the very pleasant outdoor food market at the show’s centre, as well as several restaurants and food courts spread all over the exhibition centre. You never have to look far for somewhere good to eat at boots!
Japan Quarter: When you’ve had your fill of hearty German dishes, head to the city’s Japan Quarter for sushi and lots and lots of ramen noodles. You don’t have to look far to find a pick-your-own-toppings noodle bar – Takumi is a great choice - or mouth-watering bakery serving matcha-filled delights.
Brasserie 1806: Amidst the trendy fusion restaurants and Michelin-stars is this traditional restaurant oozing old-time glamour. Serving classic European cuisine, it is housed inside the delightful Breidenbacher Hof hotel and has charming views over the Altstadt.
The closest airport is Dusseldorf Airport, which welcomes flights from all over Europe and beyond. Taxis will drop you off outside the convention centre in under 10 minutes, and for the Alstadt it takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, the public transport into and from the city centre is fast, comfortable and efficient and makes for the best way to reach the exhibition centre.
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