Places of History

Do you need inspiration for your next excursion in North Rhine-Wesphalia? Here you will find a selection of historic sights worth seeing in neanderland such as moated castles and churches. Explore the history and stories of the places and combine several to an individual excursion to remember. Be it for a weekend or a longer vacation – the District of Mettmann offers something for everyone. We have listed some day excursions through neanderland here.

Fachwerkarchitektur in Haan-Gruiten
Haan-Gruiten, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

Historic Town Centres

These treasures with their numerous historic buildings are very special destinations for an excursion. The historic village of Gruiten and the town centres of Mettmann, Velbert-Langenberg, Velbert-Neviges and Wülfrath are particularly beautiful examples of the typical architecture of the Niederbergisches Land. Ratingen boasts the only medieval town centre.



Velbert-Langenberg and Velbert-Neviges | Tel. 02051-60550 

Wülfrath | Tel. 02058-18305 


Wasserburg Haus zum Haus, © Stadt Ratingen
Wasserburg Haus zum Haus, © Stadt Ratingen

Wasserburg (Moated Castle) Haus zum Haus, Ratingen

The moated castle is a testimony to the Franks’ ability to defend themselves, picturesquely located in a shallow dip on the banks of the Anger.


Am Mühlenkämpchen | 40878 Ratingen | Tel. 02102-992417

St. Peter und Paul, Stadt Ratingen
St. Peter und Paul (Ratingen), © Stadt Ratingen

Catholic Parish Church St. Peter and Paul, Ratingen

Beside the nave of Essen cathedral, this church in Ratingen ranks amongst the earliest hall churches of the Rhineland. A particular attraction is the monstrance turret dating from the 14th century.

The Ratinger Kirchenmusik at the town’s traditional parish church St. Peter und Paul is one of the centres of church music of the archdiocese Köln and presents a comprehensive concert programme with well-known visiting organists from all over the world – exciting and at the same time visionary at the new concert console.


Grütstraße 2 | 40878 Ratingen | Tel. 02102-26041
Open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Visits only outside the times of church services)

Kirchenfenster in St. Suitbertus © Stadt Heiligenhaus/Stephan Nau
Kirchenfenster in St. Suitbertus © Stadt Heiligenhaus/Stephan Nau

Church window of St. Suitbertus, Heiligenhaus

One special feature of the parish church St. Suitbertus are the high-reaching elaborate windows by freelance artist Wilhelm Buschulte. The interior of the neo-Gothic church is illuminated in varying color nuances depending on the time of day and weather, inspiring visitors to meditate in the calm. Light is the defining element of this type of art.


Parish church St. Suitbertus | Hauptstraße 132 | 42579 Heiligenhaus
Tel. 02056-5858-0 | Fax 02056-5858-11 |

Second Hand Bookshop in Booktown Langenberg, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Second Hand Bookshop in Booktown Langenberg, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

Bücherstadt (Book Town) Langenberg, Velbert-Langenberg

Langenberg’s old town with its historic half-timbered houses, picturesque corners and lanes and the pretty little shops is the perfect setting for a book town, where not only bibliophiles feel at home.


Tel. 02052-925714

Historic Town House Langenberg (© Spitzlicht Fotografie, Daniel Schmitt)
Historic Town House Langenberg (© Spitzlicht Fotografie, Daniel Schmitt)

Historic Town House Langenberg

The Historische Bürgerhaus (Historic Town House) is a cultural heritage and the landmark of Langenberg’s historic town centre. Between typically Bergisch timber-frame and slate houses, surrounded by small alleys, the monumental, castle-like house has been standing for more than 100 years. It offers rooms for cultural events, seminars, festivals, a historic room for wedding ceremonies and facilities for sports activities. The art project ‘Grundsteinkisten’ (corner stone boxes), a permanent exhibition of works by renowned artists, is especially worth seeing.


Hauptstraße 64 | 42555 Velbert | Tel. 02051 262828 

Schloss Hardenberg (Velbert-Neviges)
Schloss Hardenberg (Velbert-Neviges), © Stadt Velbert

Hardenberg Castle with Outer Bailey, Velbert-Neviges

The 13th century castle is in the process of being converted, but the outer bailey provides a setting for many events, amongst which a diversified programme of concerts and plays and an annual medieval market.


Zum Hardenberger Schloss 1 | 42553 Velbert | Tel. 02051 262828 

Mariendom in Velbert-Neviges
Mariendom in Velbert-Neviges, © Stadt Velbert

Mariendom, Velbert-Neviges

This impressive concrete building, designed by Gottfried Böhm, is Europe’s most modern sacral building. The pilgrim cathedral attracts every year thousands of pilgrims and impresses even the regular tourist by its exceptional architecture. One of the highlights of the Mariendom is the rose window.


Elberfelder Straße 12 | 42553 Velbert | Tel. 02053-93180
Open workdays 6.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m.,

Sundays and holidays 8.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
(Visits only outside the times of church services)

St. Lambertus (Mettmann), © Freiburger Orgelbau
St. Lambertus (Mettmann), © Freiburger Orgelbau

Organ of the St. Lambertus church, Mettmann

Regional cantor Matthias Röttger will show you the century-old ‘Queen’ of the St. Lambertus church on advance notice.


Markt | 40822 Mett mann | Tel. 02104-74671

Lokschuppen Erkrath, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin
Lokschuppen Erkrath, © Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin

Lokschuppen, Erkrath-Hochdahl

The Lokschuppen is an impressive monument from the times of the Bergisch-Märkische railway (1843 – 1886). A museum visualizes the history of West Germany’s oldest railway line.


Ziegeleiweg 1-3 | 40699 Erkrath | Tel. 0211 30 26 90 05 | info(at) | opening hours on request

Reformationskirche Hilden, © Klaus Graf
Reformationskirche Hilden, © Klaus Graf

Reformation Church, Hilden

One of the most important late gallery basilicas in the Roman style at the Lower Rhine.


Marktstraße 18 | 40721 Hilden | Tel. 02103-984230

Wasserburg Haus Graven (Langenfeld), © Wasserburg Haus Graven e.V./L. Marienhagen
Wasserburg Haus Graven (Langenfeld), © Wasserburg Haus Graven e.V./L. Marienhagen

Moated castle Haus Graven, Langenfeld

The impressive 14th century moated castle houses an exhibition place and a cultural forum as well as the bistro ”Burgstube”.


Haus Graven 1 | 40764 Langenfeld
Castle compound open in summer months Wednesday to Friday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Exhibitions: Saturday, Sundays and holidays: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Schalenschneiderkotten (Langenfeld), © Stadt Langenfeld
Schalenschneiderkotten (Langenfeld), © Stadt Langenfeld

Historic Schalenschneider-Kotten (Workshop), Langenfeld

The reconstructed workshop displays the production of wooden knife handles for the cutlery industry, which has been an important industrial branch in the regions of Bergisches Land and Langenfeld until the late 20th century.


Schalenschneider-Kotten: Düsseldorferstraße/Volksgarten
40764 Langenfeld

Town museum/archive Langenfeld in the Freiherr-vom-Stein house:
Hauptstraße 83 | 40764 Langenfeld | Tel. 02173-4410

Open every first Sunday of a month, the Förderverein Stadtmuseum offers a guided tour through the historic workshop. A contribution of € 2,50 per person is requested, a prior registration is not required

Deusser Haus (Monheim am Rhein)
Deusser Haus (Monheim am Rhein), © Kreis Mettmann

Deusser-Haus (Deusser House) – Collection on Local History, Monheim am Rhein

August Deusser (1870-1942), a German „Sonderbund“ painter, spent many years in Monheim living in the Deusser manor house built in 1848. Archaeological findings, historical documents, agricultural and handicraft exhibits, and Rhine shipping models provide an insight into the long history of Monheim and the world of work and everyday life in the past. Admission is free.


An d’r Kapell 2 | 40789 Monheim am Rhein | Tel. 02173-51454
heimatbund-monheim(at) |
On Sundays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., guided tours available by prior booking

Marienburg mit Park, © Stadt Monheim am Rhein
Marienburg mit Park, © Stadt Monheim am Rhein

Straße der Gartenkunst zwischen Rhein und Maas (Garden Art Route)

The „Straße der Gartenkunst zwischen Rhein und Maas“ (Garden Art Route between the Rhine and the Maas) connects the jewels of garden art in North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands, and arouses your desire to explore beautiful gardens. On eleven different tours 57 big and small, public and private parks and gardens are available to discover. Three of these gardens are in neanderland.



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