Bensberg Palace

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

Japanese garden Leverkusen

The Japanese garden of Leverkusen, founded by Carl Duisberg, is a 15,000 m2 area open for the public. It is located near the BayKomm, an exhibition hall where one can learn about the products made by Bayer AG.

Godesburg Castle

Godesburg Castle (Godesburg) is placed on a hill in Bad Godesberg, a part of Bonn. It was built in 13th century and was destroyed following a siege in 1583 at the start of the Cologne War. Today it houses a restaurant and is known as fine lookout.

Neuhaus Palace in Paderborn

In Paderborn I visited a palace in the style of Weser Renaissance named Schloss Neuhaus. In 1994 a garden festival took place on the grounds of the palace (Schlosspark) so I had a nice walk along beautiful plantings which were still there.

Remains of Roman fort Divitia in Cologne

In Köln (Cologne) there are still remains of a strong Roman fort to see. Actually the name of the district Köln-Deutz is deriving from the name of this fort called Divitia. During Roman times this fort guarded the big Rhine bridge connecting the Germanic side of the river with the Roman town Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

Roman sewer in Cologne

Below the ‘Spanische Bau’ in Cologne there are the remains of the former Roman Praetorium. Right next to this there is also the entrance to a Roman sewer which is still accessible.

Roman street in Cologne

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.

The ancient town wall of Cologne

Near the museum of local history in Cologne I discovered this map located in the pavement. For me it was an interesting way to learn about the route of the former Roman town wall.

Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau

View of the main entrance of Moyland Palace (Schloss Moyland) where I visited an exhibition about the German artist Joseph Beuys.

Basilica of St. Vitus

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.

Satzvey Castle in Mechernich

The former moated castle is considered one of the best-preserved castles in the Rhineland. Its origins date back to the 12th century. Today, the walls of Satzey Castle (Burg Satzvey) serve as a venue for knight games and medieval festivals.

Haus Kemnade in Hattingen

Haus Kemnade, first mentioned in 1410, now houses a restaurant and several museums. In addition to the musical instrument collection Grumpt and the East Asian Art Collection Ehrich, a nearby farmhouse and a bee museum complement the cultural offer.