The large city of Mönchengladbach is situated in North-Rhine Westphalia. It is the largest city left of the Lower Rhine with more than 250.000 inhabitants. In the past, Mönchengladbach was always an industrial city and this was the case with the textile industry above all. Despite the pretty much flat area, on average Mönchengladbach lies 70 m above sea-level, the old town and the outskirts are really hilly. The city is not only well-known for its football team but also due to its long history. You can also take a look at lots of sites from that period.
Mönchengladbach is the only city in Germany that has two railway stations. Both the main railway station in Mönchengladbach as well as the urban district of Rehydt are connected by long-distance transport networks. Düsseldorf International Airport is located 34 km away.
Mönchengladbach has two motorway junctions so you have a lot of possibilities for your arrival. Youcan reach the city via the federal motorways A 44, A 46, A 52 and A 61.
The municipal area and hence also the city structure in Mönchengladbach only changed in 2009 and since then the city has been divided up into 4 urban districts and 44 municipal areas. It is astonishing that around 50% are open spaces which serve as local recreation opportunities for the inhabitants. Hardter Wald is a district that entices people as a result of its green spaces. The municipal area also has the largest connected residential zone in Mönchengladbach. Here the inhabitants can find everything they need: nature and living space.
You will find the Abteiberg in the city-centre. It is around this hill where the centre of Mönchengladbach is situated. It is surrounded by two historical buildings which shape the urban landscape. The Mönchengladbacher Münster St. Vitus is one of them. The current catholic parish church was built in the year 974 as an abbey. Continual extensions led to it becoming a proper church from the 13th Century. Gerhard von Köln carried out these works as well as those on Cologne cathedral. The church was then consecrated in the year 1275. During the Second World War, the bombing struck the cathedral hard, the roof burnt off and the building partly caved in. In the year 1950, the first mass was held again in the romantic basilica with its gothic choir hall.
Almost directly next to the Münsterkirche is the Rathaus von Mönchengladbach „Mönchengladbach Town Hall“. It is worth seeing given that it is a former Benedictine monastery. The monastery was built between 1663 and 1705. Since the city bought the building in 1835, it has been situated in the town hall.
In the district of Wickrath, you should also take a look at the Schloss Wickrath “Wickrath Castle”. The former moated castle was built between 1746 and 1772. Today, nothing remains preserved of the actual high castle, it was torn down in 1859. The baroque bailey-wing and the palatial county stable master house are worth seeing alongside the castle garden. Here you will see a baroque ensemble of buildings, to which the parking complex connects like a pentagonal crown. The park is under a conservation and a preservation order. Schloss Wickrath forms part of the Straße der Gartenkunst which is the street of garden art between the Rhine and the Maas.
A must see exhibition venue is the Museum Abteiberg. The Städtische Museum Abteiberg „Urban Museum Abteiberg“is an important museum for visual arts from the 20th and 21st Centuries. It was opened at the Abteiberg and the Abteigarten in 1982. The city of Mönchengladbach hascollected works of this genre since around the year 1900 but the museum was only opened on this squarein 1982. The sculpture garden also belongs to the museum which lies all around the museum building. Inthe year 2002, this complex opened so as to present the works of modern artists.
In opposition to this, the Museum im Schloss Rheydt „Musuem at the Rheydt Palace“ presents you with cultural history. The collection is well-known far beyond the borders of the city as it encompasses the art and culture of the Renaissance, the Mannerism and of the Baroque eras. The focus is also on the city history and industrial history of the region in and around Mönchengladbach. Since 1992, a museum has been situated in the rooms, which, however, was confined to several rooms or rather a few parts of the building during the initial phase. Today the exhibition extends from the manor house to the palace bailey and the towered gate all the way to the ramparts and bastions.
When you go for a stroll through the park grounds in Mönchengladbach, you will certainly find one or two good restaurants. In the Schloss Rheydt, the Italian restaurant is a good choice „PURiNO“. Homemade pasta dishes and fresh crispy pizza await you here. From midday, you can also enjoy typical Italian dishes on a daily basis. Do you like to share a large portion of pasta between two or do you prefer meat and fish? In addition to this, there is always something fresh on offer if that is what you want. You are sure to find something that tickles your taste buds on the diverse monthly menu.
If you are out an about in the city-centre of Mönchengladbach, you should pay a visit to Greafen+König. The restaurant with a bar and lounge will offer you a varied lunch menu for a reasonable price. You can choose dishes priced between 5.90 euros and 8.90 euros from the lunch menu and the menu changes every week.