Surrounded by a ethereal expanse of luscious lakes and verdant woodlands, the small North German town of Hilden enjoys a relaxing air of tranquillity imposed by the surrounding nature. Half-timbered houses and historical monuments decorate the quaint and quintessential centre, while a cosmopolitan culture emerges through the refined restaurants and military stations. With its close proximity to the dynamic city of Dusseldorf, Hilden is an ideal springboard from which to explore the culturally rife metropolis while also enjoying a peaceful provincial atmosphere.
The medieval maze of Hilden’s atmospheric Old Town comprises of remarkable Romanesque and Gothic churches, winding lanes and traditional timbered houses. Prominent sights include the prismatic stained glass windows and filigreed spire of Church die Sankt Jacobuskirche; and the colourful façades and authentic architecture of Mittelstrasse, a medieval street upon which a prosperous and cheerful past re-establishes itself in the present.
Hilden is a village dedicated to celebrating cultural customs and ancient traditions with a colourful selection of festivals throughout the year. In February, the town bursts into life with the kaleidoscopic Carnival Parade, simmering down into a smoother and more somnolent mood during the Jazz Festival in May. When December rolls around, the enticing aromas and glittering lights of the charming Christmas Market can be enjoyed by everyone.
Enjoying a prime location upon the town’s main square, in the dramatic shadow of the principal church is Markt 8, a cosmopolitan restaurant that serves internationally inspired cuisine. Sit in the al fresco dining a sip a refreshing German beer before ordering either a crisp salad, delicious pizza or fresh pasta dish. (Markt 8, 40721 Hilden, Germany)