World of experience Neanderthal


Archaeological site
A total of six excursion destinations are grouped together under the Neandertal World of Adventure, where there is plenty to discover for both adults and children. In addition to the modern Neanderthal Museum with a discovery site, the opposite Stone Age playground and Ice Age game reserve and the new landmark, the multimedia adventure tower Höhlenblick, there is also an art trail and the Stone Age workshop.
Everything to do with Neanderthals can be discovered on a short walk to the discovery site in the Neandertal or in the Neanderthal Museum, which offers changing and permanent exhibitions.

The Stone Age playground or a tour of the Ice Age game reserve ensure family fun. Geocaching in the valley area is ideal for active people and families who are also looking for adventure. Mini golf can be a little quieter. That depends on you!

Refreshment is provided at the various catering establishments, where, for example in Neandertal No. 1, regional products from our own production can buy. There is even the possibility to spend the night in the Neandertal.

One of the highlights of the museum is the "Höhlenblick" adventure tower, which opened in December 2022 near the site where the find was found. The approx. 22 meter high tower allows visitors to look down into the valley from a platform. 16 Neanderthal bones are reproduced on the platform. On the tower itself is a huge skull plate, the eye sockets of which are located exactly at the level of the small Feldhofer Grotto, where the prehistoric bones were discovered in 1856 by two quarry workers. A 360° video of the grotto can be triggered via a QR code. Using augmented reality, visitors can even experience what it might have looked like in the time of your former residents in the valley. Admission to the Höhlenblick adventure tower is included in the ticket for the Neanderthal Museum.

Good to know

Opening hours

Opening hours on public holidays:

Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday and Whit Monday, Corpus Christi, Day of German Unity, All Saints' Day and on Boxing Day. The museum is open from 2:10.00 a.m. to 18.00:XNUMX p.m. on all public holidays mentioned.
The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. On New Year's Day it is open from 1pm to 13.00pm.

General Information

  • Parking lots available

  • Bus stop available


  • Bad weather offer

  • for any weather

  • for school classes

  • for families

foreign languages

German, English, Dutch

Other equipment/furnishings

  • Children's playground (outdoor)

  • toilet facility


Museum, toilets, café and shop are barrier-free for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs, elevator available
Special programs are offered for people with hearing or visual impairments
Tactile ground guidance system, touch stations, including mobile game "Neanderthal: Memories"
Text reader available for people with hearing impairments
Wheelchair and folding chair available free of charge
Assistance dogs and guide dogs for the blind are permitted

Hygiene and infection control measures

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

Arrival & Parking

By car
From the south on the A3 northbound, exit at the Hilden junction. Follow the signs to Hochdahl/Erkrath/Mettmann.

Coming from the north on the A3 heading south, take the Mettmann exit. Follow the B7 "Südring" and exit at Talstraße "Neandertal". Follow Talstraße to the right.

Public parking spaces are located opposite the museum.

Arrival by public transport
Regional train (S 28)
Neanderthal stop, 800 m walk to the museum.

S-Bahn (S 8)
Hochdahl stop, 25-minute walk to the museum

Coming from the train station, keep right and turn left into Thekhaus street.
The Neanderthal Museum cannot be reached on foot via Feldhof Street.

Bus line (741)
Neanderthal/Museum stop, directly in front of the museum

Bus line (743)
Neanderthal/Museum stop, directly in front of the museum

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Price information

The Neandertal is freely accessible. Entrance fees may apply to individual attractions.


Office for Culture and Tourism
Düsseldorfer Strasse 26
40822 Mettmann


our recommendation

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Art trail "People Traces"
theme trail
Ice Age game reserve in the Neandertal
Wildlife park/wildlife enclosure
The Neandertal
Historical site