Palace parks, beautiful gardens and chamber music
Not all of Düsseldorf’s palaces can be seen from the inside. In contrast, their parks and English gardens are mostly accessible and offer beautiful walks. Especially in the summer months, the forest-like parks of the Schloss Eller or Schloss Heltorf in Angermund are a cool oasis. Schloss Heltorf, with its rhododendron garden, has one of the most beautiful forest parks on the lower Rhine. If you are looking to do some sunbathing on the banks of the Rhine, then go to Schloss Mickeln in Himmelgeist. And fans of chamber music should attend a concert in Schloss Garath.
There are other castles and places in and around Düsseldorf that are well worth a trip.
Schloss Dyck – garden paradise on the lower Rhine
Enchanted palace and beautiful park: with several court buildings and its English landscape garden, Schloss Dyck, situated about 30 kilometres to the west of Düsseldorf, is among the important cultural monuments in the Rhineland. The palace has remained almost unchanged since the middle of the 17th century. Visit the exhibitions on the history of the monument, the concept of the English landscape garden or modern art – or let your children clamber around in the climbing garden.
Burg Linn – flax market and treasure chamber
The Burg Linn castle in Krefeld is one of the oldest castles on the lower Rhine. Parts of the existing construction date back to the 12th century. Archaeological findings – especially from the ages of the Romans and Franks – can be viewed in the museum. The flax market is held in the surrounding area of the castle, in the historical town centre, every year at Pentecost. You can watch around 300 craftsmen at work, have fun watching the knights jousting or be entertained by the musicians and jugglers.
City history of Düsseldorf - Schloss Burg in Solingen
Many years ago, Graf von Berg, whom Düsseldorf has to thank for its city rights, had his ancestral home in Schloss Burg castle, high above the Wupper, just 30 kilometres away from Düsseldorf. The 12th century castle today houses the Bergische Museum. You can visit the knight’s hall, the fortress, the dungeons and the gallery of ancestral portraits.
The Rhenish Rothenburg – the Fortress of Zons
With a unique fortress system from the 14th century, Zons is probably the best-kept example of a fortified town on the Rhine. The Dormagens city district, approx. 20 kilometres away from Düsseldorf’s city centre, is also called the “Rothenburg on the Rhine”. Visit the idyllic old town centre with its imposing towers and the palace building with castle and court buildings.