It may not be regarded as the most exciting city in the world, but
Bob Breen can’t get enough of Dusseldorf. In fact, he likes it so much
that he’s lived there for 25 years. So what is it that stops him from
saying ’auf weidersein pet’ to this small German city?
’Perhaps it’s a well kept secret,’ says Breen, international advertising
director at GWP Media Marketing, the sales and marketing arm of the
giant Handelsblatt publishing group. ’But my friends keep coming back -
and they absolutely love it.
’When I was at college in Germany I had a ball, so when things got tough
in the UK in the 70s, I moved back here. My first job was selling men’s
clothes in a department store. Later I sold French, Austrian and Swiss
paper to wholesalers. Then, fortunately, I was offered a job at
’Dusseldorf is a city of only 600,000 people, so it doesn’t have traffic
or pollution problems. The fact that it’s clean and that everything
works efficiently appeals to a certain pedantic streak in me.
’In terms of nightlife and eating out, it’s certainly not a
wine-drinking or fish-eating area. The food tends to be on the robust
side. But apart from the traditional beer and pork knuckle combination,
there are plenty of international restaurants. It’s the largest centre
for Japanese expatriates in Europe, so you can get great sushi.’
Preferable to pork knuckle, we’re sure.