The town of Dormagen enjoys a perfectly picturesque location upon the sloping banks of the River Rhine and owns a scattering of culturally rich municipalities. The principal town is famed for its chemical industrialism and therefore offers little in terms of traditional tourism; however the inviting villages that scattered upon the surrounding shores boasts a wealth of attractions and architecture that will transport visitors back in time.
Gaze across the glittering River Rhine to Zons, an impossibly picturesque place that contrasts greatly to Dormagen, to whom it belongs. Quaint cobbled streets compliment antiwue architecture, and the village can be reached by a short boat ride across the river.
Enter the fortified village through the Northern Gate, a sophisticated symbol of architectural eclectics; on the left side of the gate is the Old Customs House, a white washed vision of historical heritage, and on the other lies the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, a medieval, red brick church that possesses features more typical of a church than a place of worship.
The town’s cultural icon is undoubtedly The Mill, a former watchtower that now features a wheel that turns when visitors place 50 cents into its mechanism. It’s a kitsch yet charming addition to Zon’s townscape.
Within the archaic Old Custom House is a refined restaurant that perfectly reflects the rich historical traditions of Zon’s town; the Altes Zollhous exudes an air of antique affluence with its interesting décor, and serves recognisable German classics with an innovative twist. Dishes and drinks that must be sampled are the heavenly apple strudel and the mysterious champagne and beer cocktail.(Altes Zollhaus, Rheinstrasse 16)