Welcome to DEICHGRAF by Dr. Thompson‘s
The event location Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s was brought back to life in 2023 and is located in the historic building of Haus Deichgraf right in the center of Düsseldorf’s green lung.
The application for the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Garden Show) in 1987 marked the start of the large-scale redevelopment of the Volksgarten and the design of the Südpark. At the heart and on the longitudinal axis connecting the two parks, the construction of Haus Deichgraf began at about the same time. With its mirrored roof visible from afar, the Deichgraf still dominates the parks today. In the first years, Haus Deichgraf was operated by the well-established Günnewig hotel group as a restaurant and conference location. It was later run by various lessees.
After several years of vacancy, the Leonardo Group and Seifenfabrik Dr. Thompson’s have aimed to reopen the location after six months of remodeling and restoration and to bring this little green paradise back to life.
We offer full-service solutions from planning and realization to catering as well as additional technical services and entertainment elements – with us, you will get an all-in-one solution if you wish!
The history of Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s dates back to the 1980s. In 1987, the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Garden Show) took place in Düsseldorf. The original motto “A garden for all of us,” still holds true today.
What used to be more of a landfill with junkyards, garden plots and industrial wastelands was transformed into Düsseldorf’s green lung within just a few years at a cost of 55 million marks. In 1987, the Bundesgartenschau attracted seven million visitors.
The Südpark area includes 16 themed gardens, which start directly in front of Haus Deichgraf. Tulips, dahlias, pansies, roses, ornamental leeks and peonies bloom here, depending on the season.
On the other side, below the spacious terrace of Haus Deichgraf, there is a large water zone with a bird protection island. Here, even rare kingfishers and stock doves feel at home. The dike, which gave the building its name, was built 500 years ago to protect residents from the high waters of the river Rhine.
Volksgarten and Südpark are at the very top of the hit list of the city’s most popular parks, attracting locals of all ages with various recreational activities.
In 2023, the building was acquired by the current owners who transformed it into a state-of-the-art event location with historical roots. Combining modern design components with historical charm, Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson´s can be used for all sorts of events, both private and commercial. The venue can accommodate groups of up to 199 people. Our experienced staff takes care of all the details and provides an unforgettable experience for our guests.
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s is a young company that combines tradition and innovation and is constantly evolving. We provide our customers with full-service solutions covering all needs and wishes.
Our team – a matter of the heart!
We love food and we live service!
We are passionate about the perfect event, and for us, the appropriate food selection is a key component. We provide our customers with tailor-made catering solutions that meet every demand. The kitchen team at Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s is constantly creating innovative dishes and combining them with tried and tested classics. Finger food, 3-, 4- and 5-course menus, individual buffets, fork food offerings, food market concepts and daytime catering – our catering offers everything your heart desires. All categories are also available in an “organic-regional” version, using only organic and regional products.
We are especially proud of our high quality level and the freshness of the products we use. Last but not least, it is our great team that ensures the success of the company: all employees work hand in hand and are actively involved in all tasks. In a friendly working atmosphere, the staff manages to develop exceptional solutions and deliver perfect results every day.
- Our suppliers are carefully selected and constantly monitored in terms of hygiene and quality.
- Additives such as flavor enhancers are a taboo for us.
- Daily freshness and quality are our top priority.
- ccupational safety, fair working conditions and the satisfaction of our staff are very important to us.
We also attach great value to high-quality premium products in our range of beverages. We completely avoid plastic bottles and provide soft drinks from the company Fritz Kola and the organic soft drinks from the Organics range.
In addition, we have a large selection of wines for you to choose from in advance. Do you have your own favorite wine that you would like to enjoy? No problem, just let us know and bring it with you!
An extensive and well selected spirits list completes our range of beverages. From digestives such as Hierbas, 15 different types of gin to 16-year-old whiskey and numerous international vodka specialties – our professionally trained bar staff will find the perfect long drink and cocktail for every guest, of course also in a non-alcoholic version!
To sum up
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s is a wonderful and well-established venue located in the center of Düsseldorf’s green lung. Appealing, charming and up for almost any fun and occasion!
Capacity of up to 199 people
Total area of 1.100 sqm
Indoor and all-weather outdoor areas
Suitable for private and commercial events
Optional in-house catering
Close to the city center, with very good access to public transportation and freeways
- own parking spaces and public garage close to the venue
Event & B2B
Are you looking for an exclusive, central and unique event location that really stands apart from all the others? With Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson’s, Düsseldorf has gained an exclusive location with a feel-good character that provides a unique setting for your event.
Whether private occasions such as birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries or business events like Christmas parties, summer parties, company parties, anniversaries, incentives, meetings, photo shootings, film productions or others, Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson’s can host from 10 to 199 people and impresses with its charming location in green surroundings, atmospheric lighting in the event rooms and an outstanding gastronomy concept, situated in the immediate vicinity of the city center of Düsseldorf.
The design of the spaces, the interior and the open-air area are truly appealing. Whether it is taking place on the outdoor terrace facing the water, including a spacious winter garden, or indoors with dining, lounge, dance and bar areas – your event at Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson’s will be a special experience. In the summer months, the spacious terrace overlooking the green surroundings is an inviting place to relax; in the winter, the indoor area is lit up in a cozy and comfortable light.
The venue is unprecedentedly versatile – in just a few steps, the rooms can be transformed from a dinner setting into a trendy, club-like venue. At Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson’s, the threads of sophisticated event culture come together. Here you can celebrate your event in a relaxed atmosphere in classy surroundings.
Technically speaking, the event location is also optimally equipped. Numerous lighting effects and moving heads, atmospheric lighting and an integrated sound system are included in the basic equipment. Furthermore, we are constantly striving to further improve the location and to add new highlights.
Decoration & entertainment
We create impressive environments and settings with innovative decoration concepts. A farmer’s market atmosphere or an elegant dinner – the location with its spacious outdoor area leaves room for numerous ideas. And with their love of detail, our event team caters to your exact wishes. Add an extra touch to your event with walking act or a live act! We have the right idea for every occasion, be it a saxophone act or a live band.
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s attaches great importance to quality in the kitchen. Our 10-strong kitchen team is always on the lookout for new and fresh creations and also conjures up tasty delights for the palates of our customers.
Let us spoil you with our menus and buffets specially tailored to your wishes – starting at 39 euros per person! Regional and seasonal products are very important to us in the selection of our suppliers and the production of our dishes. We rely on a multitude of suppliers to guarantee affordable prices and to offer you an unmatched culinary taste experience with high-quality and hand-picked products.
The Food Market is another highlight. Depending on your budget and the size of your group, you can select from different components to create your own individual menu. Our kitchen team prepares the food fresh for you at the food booths. Sushi, burgers, a large BBQ grill, wok dishes, fresh pinsa, bowls and a lot more. Allow your creativity to run free.
Celebrate an extraordinary celebration for your employees or business customers
Company Parties &- Christmas Parties
Do you want to score points with your team, throw a memorable summer party, celebrate a special anniversary or go one better again at the end of the year? Then host your event at Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson’s!
We will be by your side from your inquiry to the wrap-up meeting, supporting you every step of the way in the planning process and the implementation of your event.
At Christmas time, Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s sparkles with Christmas decorations and thousands of lights. This cozy atmosphere is rounded off by numerous other eye-catchers such as Christmas trees and other decoration ideas that are adjusted and modified every year. Up to 199 people can attend events at the venue during the winter months.
Don’t wait too long to book your event, as popular summer and winter dates are reserved 12 months in advance. Send us an inquiry via our contact form or call our event hotline and you will receive a first transparent offer within 24 hours. We are available for an on-site visit of the venue during our business hours or by appointment in the evening hours.
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s is the location for summer events with a bad weather option. Plan your outdoor event without stress, because in the unwelcome event of rain you are on the safe side with us. Our winter garden can be electrically closed, and the indoor area provides protection from bad weather. We also have other interesting options with sufficient space for groups of up to 350 people, for which we hold a special permit.
Book our popular street food concept, including food trucks, if you wish – you are guaranteed to capture the spirit of the times and score points with your guests. Take a culinary world tour courtesy of our kitchen team and discover the exciting tastes of other cultures.
Conferences – Presentations
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s offers a perfect plenum for up to 100 people – depending on how the stage is used – and is thus an ideal space for your presentation. In no time at all, we can transform the room into a dinner venue where you can round off the day in a relaxed atmosphere.
Should there be a need for breakout rooms, we have the option here to access other areas of the location or even separate rooms as needed. Be it as catering area, an additional meeting room or a presentation area – the possibilities are manifold.
Ask for our conference package and work together with us to implement your own ideas in an extraordinary ambience.
Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries
For the unforgettable moments in life
Private Occasions: Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries
Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s is one of the most popular wedding locations in the region. Numerous couples have said I do” here and enjoyed memorable moments.
A civil ceremony in the open air is just one highlight that our event location has to offer for your wedding. From a champagne reception on the terrace, to coffee and cake, to a seated dinner or barbecue buffet with an open charcoal grill and the subsequent party in the club area with DJ or live music – when you celebrate with us, your day of days is in the right hands!
It is not only the location’s charm that makes it so convincing as a venue, but also the outside terrace facing the water and the bad weather option provided by our winter garden.
But you will also find the desired quality and the smooth-running organization of your event at other private occasions, such as birthdays or anniversaries.
Nearby hotels at affordable rates, on-site parking, excellent public transport connections as well as the nearby freeway A46 make Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s a very interesting venue, even beyond our own service portfolio.
Due to its location surrounded by a green oasis, there are no nearby residents who might be bothered by an open door or loud laughter outside at night.
Film- & Foto Location
Unique motifs for photo and film sets
Film- & Foto Location
Are you looking for an out-of-the-ordinary set for an advertising shoot or a film production? Deichgraf by Dr. Thompson‘s offers you numerous individual settings to lend your photo or film shoot a special something.