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culture & history

The Neanderthal is just the beginning

The neanderland not only inspires with its enchanting nature, but is also an inspiring cultural landscape. Embark on a journey through time from the beginnings of mankind in the Neanderthal Museum to Roman times in the Bürgel World Heritage Site to the medieval castles, palaces and historic town centres. It continues from the monuments of industrialization to the impressive testimonies of recent history, such as the Mariendom in Velbert-Neviges. More than 30 thematically different museums provide fascinating insights into all eras. And the art studios, literary workshops, music and theater festivals continue to write their cultural history of the region. You must have experienced this, for example at the weekend or during the holidays.


© Neanderthal Museum

Historical town centers

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Churches, castles and palaces

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© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann_CC-BY-SA

hunger for culture

Regional delights

Cultural experiences also need breaks to let them sink in. What could be more obvious than to enjoy a relaxing hour of leisure to strengthen yourself. Of course typical of the region, for example at a traditional Bergisch coffee table or in the cafés and restaurants of the TYPISCH neanderland hosts? Enjoy the finest dining culture.

history up close

House Bürgel

World heritage and modern nature conservation

The former Roman fort House Bürgel in Monheim am Rhein has housed a museum since 2003 that presents numerous archaeological finds from Roman times. The showpiece of the exhibition is a well-preserved part of the Lower German Limes, which UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site in 2021. In addition, the Biological Station Haus Bürgel oversees the nature reserves in Düsseldorf and neanderland. In the middle of the Urdenbacher Kämpe, it brings visitors of all ages closer to the high biodiversity of the regional animal and plant world with numerous excursions, lectures and activities. For more than 100 years, imposing draft horses have also been bred among the Shire residents.

© Anna Schwartz

special locations

More offers in neanderland


© Ralf Boewing

TYPICAL from the neanderland

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann

circular hiking trails

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Cycling on disused railway lines

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