The city of Mönchengladbach is located in the Lower Rhine lowlands between the rivers Rhein & Maas and, with over 260,000 inhabitants, is one of the largest and most famous cities on the Lower Rhine. In addition to the numerous sights, the legendary football club Borussia Mönchengladbach has contributed to the fact that the green city on the Lower Rhine has become internationally known. During the heyday of textile and fabric manufacturing, Mönchengladbach was also recognized worldwide as the leading location for the textile industry. Today, however, the city produces less for the textile and clothing industry, but rather researches and develops it.
Just go to Mönchengladbach and experience a modern city on the Lower Rhine. Visit one of the numerous museums or go to an exciting football game. The city’s nightlife is also very varied. If you like shopping, you will also get your money’s worth. Mönchengladbach also offers a varied range of leisure, sports and events. As you can already see, the city has a lot to offer.
In Mönchengladbach and its districts of Rheydt, Wickrath, Giesenkirchen, Neuwerk, Rheindahlen and Odenkirchen you will find numerous sights and some wonderful natural sites. The magnificent Münster St. Vitus on the Abteiberg is a must for every visitor. The Romanesque Minor Basilica not only has a Gothic choir chapel, but also interesting Bible windows, which are among the most important in Germany.
Highlights from Mönchengladbach
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At the Alter Markt (Old Market) you can visit the Gothic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and in the Neuwerk district a late Romanesque monastery church, the Madonna of which dates from the 15th century. Other buildings worth seeing include the old water tower on Viersenerstrasse, which was built in Art Nouveau style in 1909, Rheydt Castle and Wickrath Castle. The city’s museums are no less interesting than the sights. Among other things, it is recommended the Abteiberg Museum, which is housed in an architecturally remarkable building, and shows Expressionist works of art and works from the 1960s to 1990s. The Rheydt Castle City Museum, on the other hand, represents the culture of the Renaissance through works of art and furniture. A visit to the treasury of the St.Vitus Basilika Minor, in which relics from the 10th century can be seen, is also worthwhile. The carnival museum “Altes Zeughaus” is much more colorful. Carnival medals are shown in the narrowest house in Mönchengladbach.
The “Old Market” on the Abteiberg ( Abbey Mountain) , which is often mentioned, forms the center of the old town, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. From here you can reach the numerous shops in the pedestrian zone on the one hand, and on the other hand you will find Waldhausener Strasse, where cozy pubs, clubs and evening bars are lined up. This shows the city’s gastronomic diversity. Here you can enjoy Rhenish specialties as well as international dishes in the cozy restaurants and beer gardens. The old market also serves as a venue for various festivals. The most popular events in Mönchengladbach include marksmen´s festivals, literary summer, the Night of a Thousand Lights, the street jazz festival, and the big carnival parade on Violet Tuesday. The event year ends with the Christmas market. Not to forget the numerous performances in the theater and the events in the Kaiser Friedrich Halle.
The zoo in Odenkirchen is also very popular with children and families. It houses numerous animals and offers various play options for children. The Bunter Garten also offers relaxation, where you can also go for a long walk or jog. The new football arena on Hennes Weisweiler Allee is also sporty. Here Borussia Mönchengladbach plays for the title of German soccer champion. The horses trot for completely different trophies on Germany’s oldest trotting track. If you want to be active yourself, you can go for a walk through the city’s parks, or hike extensively in the beautiful Maas-Schwalm-Nette nature reserve or in the Hardter forest. In and around Mönchengladbach you can also go cycling and ride on designated paths. The river Niers also offers the possibility for canoe tours. Golfers can train their handicap on one of the golf courses on the Lower Rhine.
You can also go shopping in the center of Mönchengladbach. Park your car in one of the parking garages and stroll along the pedestrian zones, where shops, boutiques, specialty shops, department stores and shopping arcades are located. Kuhpfad wishes you a pleasant stay in Mönchengladbach.