Mönchengladbach in 48 hours
#DAY 1 – on foot
Start the day off with a tasty breakfast in one of the cafes by the Alter Markt. Then stroll past the City Church, the town’s oldest inn, and the town hall abbey to the cathedral. This is open for visits every day. Then carry on to the Abteiberg Museum which contains a display of fine arts and was built by the architect Hans Hollein. Behind the museum there is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city: the museum’s sculpture garden. Here there are ground-breaking works by Alexander Calder, Thomas Rentmeister, Daniel Pflumm, Ulrike Möschel, Tanja Goethe and Christian Odzuck. Continue past Haus Erholung which was built by the town’s merchants and entrepreneurs in 1861 and is still used nowadays for weddings and other events. Stroll across the newly laid-out Sonnenhausplatz with its glittering asphalt and the “Donkey Ways” sculptures by the artist Rita McBride.
Opposite you is the 4* Minto shopping centre that was reopened in 2015. It’s one of the most up-to-date shopping centres in the Lower Rhine region, and it covers an area of about 42,000 m2 featuring restaurants and cafes as well as a successful mix of fashion, multimedia and service outlets on four floors. The Minto is a good place to unwind and enjoy all the experiences that it offers in the middle of Mönchengladbach.
#DAY 2 – by bike or car
We recommend using a bike to get around on the second day. The day starts with a hearty breakfast in a cafe in the marketplace at Rheydt. Ride gently along the Bruckner Allee cycle route past Hugo-Junkers-Park, the conservation-status baroque Maria Lenssen vocational college, and the Fischerturm tower. Then carry on to the Blauhaus, an innovations project run by the Textile Academy of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences –which is the next set of buildings that you pass. It’s an important scientific site with 15,000 students and 10 faculties. Then continue past historic buildings to the parish church of St. Josef. Now you turn right along Hofstraße.