Our second day starts near to Dormagen, in the (4) Zollfeste Zons (Fortress of Zons), which attracts many sightseers with its charm of a medieval small town.
The next destination is situated on the right bank of the Rhine. We take the ferry, cross the river and travel to the (5) Schloss Benrath. The most famous of Düsseldorf’s palaces was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for the Elector Carl Theodor von der Pfalz. Today, it houses the Museum für Europäische Gartenkunst (European Horticultural Art Museum), amongst other things. A prime example of garden architecture can be found on-site: if the weather permits, you should absolutely go for a walk in the rolling parklands.
Just like the knights did once upon a time, you can – with a little bit of luck – join the celebrations at the (6) Schloss Burg in Solingen. However, for a true medieval experience, you have to select the right day: bazaars and jousting tournaments regularly take place in the summer half-year.
Alternatives: palace parks, beautiful gardens and chamber music
Many of Düsseldorf’s palaces will win you over with their surroundings: their parks are ideal for walkers, lovers of gardens and people looking for an idyllic spot of nature.
Especially in the summer months, the forest-like parks of the (7) Schloss Eller and (8) Schloss Heltorf palaces 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 (9) Schloss Mickeln in Himmelgeist. And fans of chamber music should attend a concert in the (10) Schloss Garath.