Tips for Excursions

Here you can find several tips for fun excursions in neanderland throughout the whole year. Let them serve as a source of inspiration for your own adventures in the region. The tips include cultural sights, tips for sporty outings, for couples, groups and the entire family. Click here to view some tips for winter excursions.

Fassade des Herrenhauses Cromford bei der ehemaligen Textilfabrik Cromford, heute LVR-Industriemuseum
Herrenhaus Cromford (Ratingen), © LVR-Industriemuseum

History of the Textile Industry and Relaxation in the Park in Ratingen

Morning: Excursion into the exciting history of textile production at the LVR Industrial Museum – Cromford Textile Factory, Ratingen. Walk through landmarked Poensgenpark nearby, followed by a stroll through the historic centre of Ratingen with numerous restaurants.

Afternoon: Walk and play at Leisure Park Volkardey. An ecological trail informs you on flora and fauna around the lakes.

PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn, © Stadt Heiligenhaus
PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn, © Stadt Heiligenhaus

Cycle Tour from Heiligenhaus via Velbert, Wülfrath and back on the PanoramaRadweg niederbergbahn

Morning: Start your tour in Heiligenhaus. Visit the distribution grounds and Museum Abtsküche. Carry on along the PanoramaRadweg to Velbert.

Afternoon: Continue to Wülfrath. There are lots of places to stop for refreshments along the way. Visit to the Wülfrath 'Time Tunnel': 400 million years of geological history can be experienced with all the senses in this ancient, 160 meter-long Bochum quarry mining tunnel. The way back follows the former EUROGA cycle path to Heiligenhaus.

Wisente im Eiszeitlichen Wildgehege Neandertal, © Neanderthal Museum/B. Schnell
Neandertal, © Neanderthal Museum/B. Schnell

Family Excursion to the Neandertal, Mettmann

Morning: Visit the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, which is dedicated to the way of life of primitive man, followed by a stop at one of the cosy restaurants close by.

Afternoon: Walk around the ice-age game reserve to spot tarpan wild horses, wisents, and aurochs. For the sporty ones: the 13 km long 'Romantic Düsseltal' Entdeckerschleife (discovery loop) takes you as far as Gruiten and back again.



Farm in the Windrath valley (© Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin)
Farm in the Windrath valley (© Kreis Mettmann/M. Chardin)

Savour and organic farms in the Windrath valley

Morning: Velbert-Neviges is the starting point of this hike through the natural and romantic Windrath valley. It is easily accessible, also by public transport. Start your day with an architectural highlight: the Mariendom church in Velbert-Neviges.Hiking on the neanderland STEIG discovery loop “Organic farms in the Windrather Tal”.

Afternoon: Have a break at one of the farms along the way and enjoy regional products in a farm café. At the Bieker trout farm, you can catch your own fish for dinner or buy some delicious smoked fish to take home.

Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Hilden), © Michael Krambrock, Hilden 2012
Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Hilden), © Michael Krambrock, Hilden 2012

Excursion into Science, History and the Universe in Hilden, Erkrath and Haan

Morning: Visit to the Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum in Hilden, dedicated to the founder of scientific surgery, a native of Hilden. A stroll through the shopping district of Hilden and stop at one of the many restaurants.


Afternoon: Drive to Haan-Gruiten and walk round the historic village with its century-old buildings. Drive to Erkrath and visit a presentation at the Stellarium Neanderhöhe observatory in Erkrath (prior reservation recommended as the presentations sell out quickly).

Marienburg, Monheim am Rhein

Water ski and Romans in Langenfeld and Monheim am Rhein

Morning: For sports enthusiasts and adventurers, a day at the Water Skiing Facility in Langenfeld means tons of fun. Besides water skiing, surfers can enjoy the first-ever standing deepwater wave on a lake. Those who prefer a quieter time can visit the Roman Museum and the Biological Station at Haus Bürgel in Monheim am Rhein.

Afternoon: Back in the old town and after a refreshment in one of the charming cafés, explore the town using the MonChronik app. Visit the Karnevalskabinett [Carnival Cabinet], the Marienkapelle, the Eel Fishing Museum, “Hillas Leseschuppen” (“Hilla’s reading shed”) in the garden of the Ulla Hahn house and the Marienburg with its beautiful park, free of charge. A highlight for kids: the water playground and the nature discovery trail in the Rheinbogen.

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