City tours for children

Children as monks

The best tour for children (and parents) who enjoy making the city’s history come to life! Dressed as little monks, the little “city explorers” make their way through the old town along traffic-free and traffic-calmed routes, and take part in games, adventures, and stories. Ideal for families, children’s birthdays and school excursions. The price includes the clothing and a colouring book.

Date / time:

3 pm

Place:

Parking Geroweiher at the meeting point sign



duration:

about 1.5 hours

Crazy children’s carnival tour – carnival, what’s that?

Curious kids in Mönchengladbach can find out all they need to know about the carnival on the 2nd of February at 3 p.m. by going on the MGMG (Mönchengladbach Marketing Company) children’s carnival tour. The tour takes place on carnival Saturday – with the kids dressed in their favourite costume of course – and it wends its way through the old town of Gladbach. Where do people say “Halt Pohl”, “All Rheydt”, “Helau” or “Alaaf”? Why are all Rhineland carnival princesses called “Niersia”? And what’s the story behind the Möhnen (“old women”)? You can find this out, and lots of other things too, as you play amusing games in the historic heart of the old town; and it’s all at just the right time – the weekend when the big street carnival takes place. Get ready for a crazy carnival tour!
Date / time:      

2 pm

Place:

Parking Geroweiher at the meeting point sign



duration:

about 1.5 hours

Children’s Easter Tour

Is there really an Easter Bunny, and why does he hide eggs? Kids can get an answer to this and many other questions about Easter by going on the Children’s Easter Tour on Easter Monday. Wearing hare masks the kids scamper along traffic-free and traffic-calmed routes through the historic heart of the old town. As well as providing lots of games and fun, the tour also focuses on the subject of Easter. It provides answers to questions such as when is Easter? Why do we paint eggs? Where does the name “Easter” come from? Because it’s a town tour, the focus is not just on Easter but on the town’s history too. The price includes the clothing and a colouring book.
Date / time:      

10 am

Place:

Parking Geroweiher at the meeting point sign



duration:

about 1.5 hours

World Children’s Day tour

If you want to go back in time on World Children’s Day, the 20th of September, the “Children’s Tour” in Mönchengladbach is just the place for you: the motto of the event is “I can see what you can’t”, and the kids discover their old town, they unravel lots of secrets, and they find out what Children’s Day was like in the past. There’s also time for old-fashioned kids’ games like Räuberleiter (Leg-Up) since the idea is to “conquer” the town in the playful sense of the word. A propos of conquering: to make sure that wolves and robbers didn’t disturb the sleep of the towns inhabitants at night the people of Gladbach built a town wall. The kids build a replica town wall by the Geroweiher to make sure that no miscreants can get in! On the tour the boys and girls learn lots about the everyday lives of children in bygone times, and they find out that their life wasn’t always easy: they had to work in the fields or the factory, they weren’t all able to go to school, and meals were nothing like as varied as they are today. What did the people of Gladbach get to eat? The city guide will tell the kids that too. There’s a few strange things to learn too, because nowadays who knows what beer soup or gruit beer was?

Date / time:

on World Children’s Day he



Place:

Parking Geroweiher at the meeting point sign



duration:

about 1.5 hours

Halloween Tour

Halloween is just around the corner! “Trick or Treat” scream the little ghosts in America, and in German a similar expression is “sweet or sour”. No doubt you are aware of the custom due to watching American films – on the 1st of November kids go from door to door collecting sweets, but what are the origins of the tradition? If you also want to know why people dress up in scary clothes on Halloween to scare ghosts away, then the Kids’ Spooky tour on Halloween (31st of October) is the place to be. You’ll see ghoulish faces and experience all kinds of spookiness if you go out with the creature of the night on Halloween. Dressed as small bats, you will zip and swirl your way through the old town where there will be adventures around every corner. The price includes the clothing and a colouring book.

Date / time:

4.30 pm and if requested: 6.30 pm

Place:

Parking Geroweiher, sign “city tours”

duration:

about 1.5 hours

Advent, advent – a delightful Christmas tour


Children who want to find out about the real meaning of Christmas shouldn’t miss this tour. We sing Christmas carols, we talk to the people of Gladbach about this, the main festival of the year, and we go on a journey through time. Where does our custom of putting up a Christmas tree come from, and how do people celebrate Christmas in other countries? Answers to these questions and many others are provided on the Christmas tour.

Date / time:

3 pm

Place:

Parking Geroweiher at the meeting point sign



duration:

about 1.5 hours