District & Cities

The district of Mettmann und its ten cities are an attractive tourism destination with plenty of leisure facilities. Useful information and related websites about the region between Rhine, Ruhr and Bergisches Land can be found below. The tourist infos provide you with information on the cities’ highlights.

District of Mettmann

The term „neanderland“ encompasses the district of Mettmann with its ten member towns of Erkrath, Haan, Heiligenhaus, Hilden, Langenfeld, Mettmann, Monheim am Rhein, Ratingen, Velbert, and Wülfrath. The idea to market the district of Mettmann culturally and touristically under the label neanderland was born at the end of the 1990ies, alluding to the first place of discovery of Neanderthal man, who as we now know is related to modern man.


neanderland/Kreis Mettmann
Düsseldorfer Str. 26
40822 Mettmann
Tel. +49 (0)2104-991199 | Fax +49 (0)2104-995049

Rathaus Erkrath © Stadt Erkrath


This is where skeleton parts of world-famous Neanderthal man were found in 1856. The place of discovery in a former limestone quarry can now be visited. Erkrath is also popular with hikers and cyclists for its numerous local recreation areas. From the Neanderhöhe Observatory the starry sky can be explored.


Stadt Erkrath
Fachbereich für Schule, Kultur und Sport
Bahnstr. 16
40699 Erkrath
Tel. +49 (0)211-24074023 | Fax +49 (0)211-24074006

Haan Griten Dorf © Kreis Mettmann
Haan Griten Dorf © Kreis Mettmann


Haan combines the flair of a garden city with an urban atmosphere and the facilities of a modern city. Definite eye-catchers are the protected slate-clad and timbered houses in the town centre and in the picturesque village of Gruiten, as well as the idyllic landscapes of the valleys of rivers Düssel and Itter and the Neandertal.


Stadt Haan
Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung, Tourismus und Kultur
Kaiserstr. 85
42781 Haan
Tel. 02129-911-241

Abtsküche Heiligenhaus © Stadt Heiligenhaus



Hike over the neanderland STEIG and enjoy fascinating views of the city and views into the Rhine and Ruhr area. The historical monument area Abtsküche, the unique Waggonbrücke and the adjoining barrier-free and bicycle-friendly city center invite you to linger and return.


Stadt Heiligenhaus
Bürgerbüro der Stadt Heiligenhaus
Hauptstr. 159
42579 Heiligenhaus
Tel. +49 (0)2056-130 | Fax +49 (0)2056 13-395

Hilden © Dominik Ketz


The special ambiance of Hilden town centre with its market and the 13th century Reformationskirche (church) as well as its excellent shopping facilities are known beyond the town boundaries, as are the Wilhelm Fabry Museum with the historic corn distillery and the Hilden Jazz Days. The Hildorado water park and the outdoor pool in the woods promise unlimited bathing fun.


Stadtmarketing Hilden GmbH
Mittelstraße 41
40721 Hilden
Tel. +49 (0)2103-910344 | Fax +49 (0)2103-910345

Wasserburg Haus Graben, Langenfeld © Kreis Mettmann, Hutchins


Numerous shops and restaurants in Langenfeld’s town centre and its market place offer plenty of opportunities for strolling, wining and dining. Hikers can discover the sights of the green city walking along the post horn trail. Langenfeld water skiing lake with four individual cables is a unique attraction worldwide.


Stadt Langenfeld
Referat Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
40764 Langenfeld
Tel. +49 (0)2173-794 1500 | Fax +49 (0)2173-794 9 1500

Stadtgeschichtshaus Mettmann, © Stadt Mettmann/Villière, Lietzow
Stadtgeschichtshaus Mettmann, © Stadt Mettmann/Villière, Lietzow


The Neanderthal town of Mettmann is Surrounded by a green belt of idyllic hiking and walking trails. The world-famous Neanderthal Museum offers you an warm welcome. You can also see the historic upper town, enjoy a variety of cafés and restaurants, browse in charming shops or go to one of the charming festivals.


Stadt Mettmann
Stabsstelle Wirtschaftsförderung und Stadtmarketing
Neanderstr. 85
40822 Mettmann
Tel. 02104-980121 | Fax 02104-980714


Tourist information Art Reisen GmbH
Mühlenstraße 17
40822 Mettmann
Mon- Fri 10 am–1 pm and 2 pm-6 pm, Sat 10 am- 1 pm

onheim am Rhein Schiff © Stadt Monheim am Rhein Thomas Spekowius
onheim am Rhein Schiff © Stadt Monheim am Rhein Thomas Spekowius

Monheim am Rhein

Welcome to the neanderland promenade! The old town offers you lovingly restored houses, cafés and welcoming beer gardens. Visit our carnival cabinet, the intriguing eel fishing museum or take a guided tour of the own. The Rheinbogen landscape Park is a paradise for families with its water playground, nature discovery trail, cycle paths and hiking trails.


Stadt Monheim am Rhein
Wirtschaftsförderung und Tourismus
Rathausplatz 2
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Tel. +49 (0)2173-951833 | Fax +49 (0)2173-95125833

Tourist Information am Busbahnhof
Monheimer Kulturwerke

Rathausplatz 20
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Tel. +49 (0)2173-276444 | Fax +49 (0)2173-276389

Opening hours:
Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tourist Information (Zweigstelle)
am Landschaftspark Rheinbogen
Pedal-Gocart, Fahrrad- und E-Bike-Verleih Giebner
Am Vogelort
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Mobile +49 (0)172-2410332

Opening hours:
Sat 3 – 7 p.m.
Sun and public holidays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Ratingen, Platz vor dem Rathaus
Ratingen, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin


The biggest city in the neanderland is the green heart and offers an eclectic choice of culture and leisure facilities. Amongst the attractions are ‘Cromford’ – the first factory on the European continent (now an LVR industrial museum), the Ratingen city museum, and the historic town centre.


Stadt Ratingen – Amt für Kultur und Tourismus
Minoritenstr. 2-6
40878 Ratingen
Tel. +49 (0)2102-5504111, Fax +49 (0)2102-5509411

Tourist information opening hours:

Mon 2 – 4 p.m.
Tue 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.
Wed 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thu 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.
Fri 9.30 a.m. – noon
Sat 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Außenansicht Mariendom © Schleßelmann
Außenansicht Mariendom © Schleßelmann


Velbert - the city with many faces - is an attractive yet lively city surrounded by green countryside. Delbert has everything from shopping opportunities, a world full of art and creativity, impressive architecture and numerous opportunities for outdoor pursuits in the surrounding nature, such as hiking on the neanderland STEIG and cycling.

Tourist Information Velbert-Mitte

Velbert Marketing GmbH
im Deutschen Schloss- und Beschlägemuseum
Oststraße 12
42551 Velbert
Phone +49 (0)2051-6055-0
Fax +49 (0)2051-6055-18


Mon–Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm

Tourist Information Velbert-Langenberg

Hellerstraße 12
42555 Velbert-Langenberg
Tue-Sun 10 am–6 pm

Kirchplatz Wülfrath, © Kreis Mettmann/Martina Chardin
Kirchplatz Wülfrath, © Kreis Mettmann/Martina Chardin


You can travel through 400 million years of geological history in the Zeittunnel (time tunnel), enjoy a hike through the Steinbruch Schlupkothen nature reserv, or wander through the quaint Old Town with its halftimbered houses. You can also treat yourself to coffee and cakes in traditional Bergisch style at the Niederbergischen Museum.


Stadt Wülfrath
Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung, Kultur und Tourismus
Am Rathaus 1
42489 Wülfrath
Tel. +49 (0)2058-18336

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