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Getting practical information about your destination in advance means that you should enjoy a relaxing stay and be able to concentrate on the interesting things in life. If you’re just passing through, you can leave your luggage in the lockers at Mönchengladbach railway station and then set out on your journey of discovery.  Do you need help boarding/getting out of trains and when changing trains? At the station there are mobile service operatives who will provide you with advice and assistance. Look for the red cap with “Service” written on it.  As a rule all shops are closed on Sundays. The exception to this is the “shopping Sundays” in the city.

Staying safe in Mönchengladbach

Here is advice about how to protect yourself from pickpockets: keep any valuables close to you, for example in the inside pocket of a jacket or your front trouser (pants) pocket, and be careful to hold on to your luggage in the crowds on local public transport, and avoid dark parks and out-of-the way places at night. There are no “no-go areas” in Mönchengladbach. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office Mönchengladbach comes in a very creditable fifth place out of 37 German cities in terms of its safety (cities with over 200,000 inhabitants). It’s a cosmopolitan and welcoming place. Nevertheless, you can’t rule the possibility of falling victim to crime. If you are the victim or the witness of a crime, please contact the police as soon as possible.

Call 110 if you or someone else is in any kind of danger! A 110 call is free and is put through to a police control room whether you call it from a landline or a mobile.

Please note that when calling 110 from a mobile you may not automatically be connected to the local control room.


Polizeipräsidium Mönchengladbach
Krefelder Straße 555
41066 Mönchengladbach
phone:  02161 29- 0

Mönchengladbach low emissions zone

The low emissions zone applies in the inner city of Mönchengladbach, and only vehicles which meet specific emissions standards can be driven there. Cars which are used in the low emissions zone must be fitted with a sticker which shows the emissions category. Coaches also have to display a sticker.



You can surf online for free when you’re on the main shopping streets. To do this just select the free “MGWifi” WLAN service on your mobile phone. You don’t need to input any data. With over 40 access points the free WLAN network in Mönchengladbach and Rheydt town centres is available for everyone.

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Parking spaces and car parks

There’s an adequate supply of on-street and off-street parking spaces in Mönchengladbach.

In the city centre there are parking zones where you have to pay in order to park. If you don’t want the hassle of having to look for change, you should use the convenient mobile phone parking system.

Wheesy – mobility by NEW

Vehicle sharing and electromobility are global megatrends, and “Wheesy – mobility by NEW” combines the concepts in the first station-based sharing service for electric vehicles in the Lower Rhine region.  Who’s it for? For young people who may no longer regard having their own car as a status symbol, but who still want to be able to get around, and to use a car for smaller trips such as their weekly shop. Wheesy is also aimed at any car drivers who simply want to find out what it feels like to drive an electric vehicle, or who are toying with the idea of getting rid of their second car to save on running costs.

In order to let everyone experience the fun of “electric driving” Wheesy provides various types of vehicles, ranging from electric cars to electric scooters. The vehicles can be hired from the mobility hub at any time of the day or night.

The mobility hub is the local interface between private and public local transport (bus and train services). That’s why the first Wheesy mobility hub is located at Mönchengladbach central station (rear exit / Heinrich-Sturm-Straße). Joined-up mobility is ensured by two Smart EQ forfours and several electric scooters that are available around the clock.
Further mobility hubs will follow at the railway stations in Rheydt, Viersen and Erkelenz.

Carsharing and hire cars

If you don’t want to use your own car when visiting Mönchengladbach, you can use Flinkster – Germany’s biggest carsharing network. This is an attractive option both for private individuals and business people, and it’s often cheaper than using a taxi in the city centre.


Santander nextbike

Mönchengladbach has a public bike hire system. The 35 stations which each have between five and ten bikes are predominantly located in public spaces; bikes can be hired from both of the main railway stations and from the central squares such as Bismarckplatz or Rheydter Markt. The Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is also linked in to the system.

Apart from the improvement in city centre accessibility that is provided by the Santander nextbike hire bikes, other initiatives in the city also promote cycling. That’s why old-fashioned cycle parking facilities such as front-wheel parking bays which don’t provide stable parking and leave the bike exposed to the risk of theft are being replaced.

If you would like to use a Santander nextbike you just need to register by using the nextbike app or by going online at The app is available from the Google Play Store or iTunes. Basic hire bike charges are 1 euro for 30 minutes subject to a maximum of 9 euros per day. There’s also a very competitive annual rate of 48 euros for frequent riders: the first half hour is then always free. Registration for the system as well as the app itself are free. Once you’ve registered, you can use the nextbike bike hire system in any city where it is available.

Mönchengladbach city map

How do I get to my hotel from the main railway station? How far is it from the city centre to  Abteiberg Museum ? How do I get to Schloss Rheydt and  Schloss Wickrath? Whether you are travelling by car or on foot, or using the bus and train, the Mönchengladbach city map is a necessary tool for finding your way around the city.

The city map includes tips on sights to see and museums, castles and memorials which provide useful ideas for day trips. The map also contains information about guided and non-guided city tours, as well as hotels, holiday apartments, guests houses/B&Bs and motorhome/motor caravan parking places. You can order the Mönchengladbach city plan from home by using the “Dein MG Shop”. We will send you two city plans for free. We will then charge a nominal 1 euro for each extra copy.

Alternative ways of getting hold of a Mönchengladbach city plan are listed here:


Alternatively you can get the city map Mönchengladbach here:

FIRST Reisebüro Mönchengladbach GmbH
Alter Markt 9
41061 Mönchengladbach
phone  0 21 61. 93 09 20

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9.30 am – 6.30 pm, Sat 10 am – 2pm