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The gateway to the Neandertal

Erkrath - the town where the world-famous Neanderthal man was found! The Neandertal, which extends through the town of Erkrath, among other things, is not only a spacious recreational area, but was also the site where skeletal parts of primeval humans were found in 1856. The Homo sapiens neanderthalensis was then named after the place where it was found in the former limestone quarry, which can still be visited today.  


Hiking in Erkrath

Erkrath is characterized by an excellent infrastructure, a natural environment and an optimal location in neanderland. In addition to the Neandertal, the Stinderbachtal and the Unterbacher See on the outskirts of Erkrath are among the most popular recreation areas. There are numerous opportunities for walks and hikes across fields and through forests. If you want to combine art with a walk, walk the sculpture path along the Düssel. This is about two kilometers long and barrier-free. The signage is in Braille (Braille).

© Kreis Mettmann, Martina Chardin

culture and cuisine

© Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann

In the Stellarium Erkrath - that's the name of the adventure planetarium Observatory Neanderhöhe Hochdahl e. V – you can enjoy a view of space. Digital Sky-Skan technology enables realistic full-dome video projection. Another attraction is the restored locomotive shed in Hochdahl, where the Railway and local history museum Erkrath-Hochdahl eV located. In addition to the vehicle exhibition, the popular leisure destination is supplemented by an attached restaurant with a beer garden and a playground. In addition to the exhibitions, changing events such as the Erkrath Jazz Summer or a Christmas market take place here.

Relaxation and deceleration are also provided. Visit one of the many restaurants in the city of Erkrath or spend the night in the modern one, for example Essensio Hotel or in the family Hotel Unterfeldhaus.

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On the way in Erkrath

These three neanderland STEIG discovery loops are recommended for hikes through the city of Erkrath: "Alt-Erkrath Monument Route", "Hochdahl Monument Route" and "Panoramaweg Haus Unterbach". The circular hikes promise active relaxation along the sights of Erkrath.

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Archery School Dusseldorf


© FAIR EVENTS 10.0 GmbH, Hartmut Vogel

Museum Locomotive Shed


stone age playground


© Neanderthal Museum, Holger Neumann Bochum Germany

Observatory Neanderhöhe Hochdahl


© Sternwarte Neanderhöhe Hochdahl e.V. , Ralph Orange

Ice Age game reserve in the Neandertal


© CC-BY-SA | Dominik Ketz, Kreis Mettmann

Neander Church


House Morph


© Peter zum Kolk

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