Bensberg Palace

Schloss Bensberg in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

At the beginning of the 18th century, Italian Baroque architect Matteo Alberti designed Bensberg Palace (Schloss Bensberg). Today the former hunting lodge for the Counts Palatine of the Rhine houses a 5-Star Grand hotel. [German]

Godesburg Castle

Godesburg Castle in Bad Godesberg, Germany

Godesburg Castle (Godesburg) stands on a hill in Bad Godesberg, a part of Bonn. It dates back to the 13th century. At the start of the Cologne War, the castle fell victim to a siege in 1583. Today it houses a restaurant and is known as a fine lookout. [German]

Roman street in Cologne

Roman street in Cologne, Germany

Near the Roman Museum in Cologne one can see this reconstruction of an ancient street. In Cologne it is generally known as ‘Hafenstrasse’ though it isn’t really leading to a port. It isn’t an exact reconstruction of the former street either but the basalt stones are from Roman times at least.

Basilica of St. Vitus

Basilica of St. Vitus in Mönchengladbach

The Basilica of St. Vitus (Münster St. Vitus) is located on the Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach. Together with the town hall and the Church of the Assumption (Kirche St. Mariä Himmelfahrt), it forms the historical centre of the city. Worth seeing is the Bible window from the 13th century in the choir of the church. [German]