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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the fascinating view of the valleys surrounding Heiligenhaus. Cyclists ride on the Panorama cycle track niederbergbahn, a disused railway track, and discover the versatile landscape with its numerous attractions such as the monument area Abtsküche. The town centre lies right next to the track and invites you to linger a bit.
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.
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.
The district and Neanderthal town welcomes you year-round with a multifaceted leisure and culture programme. Explore the world-renowned Neanderthal Museum or idyllic paths through the green belt of Mettmann, e.g. along the Düssel river. Cosy cafés, including some in the historic upper town, invite you to linger.
Discover the promenade of the neanderland and enjoy the riverside, far-reaching views, and nature! Along the Rhine and in the historic town centre, many restaurants and pubs invite you to stay for a while. Explore the city by foot, bike or from the waterside, i.e. on a trip with the “Piwipper Böötchen”.
Tourist Information Marke Monheim
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Tel. +49 (0)2173-276444 | Fax +49 (0)2173-276389
Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tourist Information Giebner
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Mobile +49 (0)172-2410332
Sat 3 – 7 p.m.
Sun and public holidays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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.
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.
Velbert is a lively and lovely town immersed in the green. Hiking through woods and fields, cycling on the beautiful Panorama cycle track, visiting organic farms in the Windrath valley are only some examples of what Velbert hasto offer, and are complemented by theaterand concert events and typical town festivals.
Tourist information Velbert-Mitte
Mon–Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tourist information Velbert-Neviges
Café Monsieur M.
Elberfelder Straße 29
Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun and public holidays 1 – 6 p.m.
Tourist information Velbert-Langenberg
Antiquariat „Im Honnes“
Tue–Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Why not go on a journey through 400 million years of earth history at the ‘time tunnel’ or stroll through the quaint old town with its pretty half-timbered houses. And don’t miss the Niederbergisches Museum and the spectacular views of the limestone quarries near the time tunnel.