The bookmaker


How does the word end up on paper, how is what is written duplicated and how is a book made out of loose sheets of paper? 
At Hans Josef Altmann's in the "Der Gutenberg" bookmaker's shop, visitors can get to know the history of technology and culture from handwriting to book printing. With all their senses, young and old learn everything about book printing and the history of the Bible in workshops and lively lectures. Numerous hands-on offers make the craft tangible with reconstructions of historical machines, tools and materials and illustrate the origin of today's professions and cultural techniques. Special activities such as learning how to make folded letters for Valentine's Day and arts and crafts markets invite visitors to visit the museum.

Good to know

Opening hours

and by appointment
Closing days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


  • Bad weather offer

  • for any weather

  • for groups

  • for school classes

  • for families

foreign languages


Possible ways to pay

Eintritt frei


Not barrier-free accessible

Hygiene and infection control measures

The current hygiene and infection protection measures of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia apply.

Arrival & Parking

Coming from the south Take exit 535-Tönisheide on the A3, continue north on Kuhlendahler Str. Continue on Hauptstraße, continue on Plückersmühle, continue on Vogteier Str., continue on Vosskuhlstraße. Turn right onto Kreiersiepen, turn right onto Mühlenstrasse. Die Buchmacherey is on the right-hand side.

Coming from the north on the A44, take exit 38-Langenberg, continue south on Rottberger Str. Continue on Bökenbuschstrasse, turn left onto Vogteier Strasse. Continue on Vosskuhlstrasse. Turn right onto Kreiersiepen, turn right onto Mühlenstraße. Die Buchmacherey is on the right-hand side.


Office for Culture and Tourism
Düsseldorfer Strasse 26
40822 Mettmann


Mettmann district


The bookmaker
Mühlenstr. 10
42555 Velbert