Bergisches Land

The Bergisches Land is one of Germany’s most beautiful regions – east of Cologne and the famous Rhine – which stands out particularly with its impressive panoramic views and its scenic and cultural diversity.

Forests and fields, valleys, streams and reservoirs characterise the attractive low mountain range of the Bergisches Land. There is plenty to discover including many romantic spots, comfortable hotels and restaurants, flourishing nature, impressive landscapes, historic ruins, forts, castles, churches, industrial history museums as well as picturesque villages.
Many idyllic hiking trails, well-organised sporting and leisure activities and the healing climate of the health resorts of Nümbrecht and Reichshof-Eckenhagen are perfect for active relaxation.

Group tours, work outings and incentives

The Bergisches Land offers ideal programmes for all tastes and occasions which can be individually combined. Get to know the wonderful natural landscape the active way by climbing in a high ropes course, a canoe trip on the river Wupper or Geocaching (a GPS supported treasure hunt)! Those who would like to find out more about the region’s landscape or history can go on a guided nature tour or learn all about historic craft techniques. Coach and wagon trips, on the other hand, are a really relaxed way of discovering the Bergisches Land and fun is guaranteed in an old-fashioned school lesson as in the Emperor’s day.

Conferences and seminars

Conferences in the countryside of the Bergisches Land, in fresh air, promise creativity, motivation and success. But also those who work in Cologne in the day, can relax in wonderful surroundings in a hotel here and enjoy typical regional specialities and long walks.

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Bergisches Land

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Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH


GoogleMapsEichenhofstr. 31
51789 Lindlar
Phone 02266/46337-0
Fax 02266/46337-37
The Naturarena Bergisches Land offers a comprehensive service. It provides information on hotels, restaurants, places of interest and leisure activities. It can also offer advice on accommodation and make reservations and organise tailor-made programmes for groups, plan conferences, work outings and incentives.
window in Altenberg Cathedral

Altenberg Cathedral (Odenthal)

With its 144 sqm church window, the Altenberg Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. In the wonderful building, visitors can enjoy a superb Altenberg Cathedral music programme which is supplemented by numerous special concerts and organ recitals. The Altenberg Cistercian monastery was founded in 1133, and disbanded in the secularisation of 1803; reconstruction commenced in 1834.The »Altenberger Märchenwald« (»Altenberg Fairytale Land«), with figures of the Grimm Brothers and other attractions, has established itself as the perfect place for family relaxation.

Altenberg Cathedral - Altenberger Dom-Verein e.V.
Address: GoogleMaps Hauptstr. 267-269
51465 Bergisch-Gladbach
Phone: 02202/30008
Location: 40 km north-east of Cologne;
ca. 45 minutes by car, ca. 65 minutes by train S6 to Leverkusen Mitte, then bus 212 to Odenthal-Altenberg
Opening hours: in the summer months Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; admission free
Schloss Bensberg

Bensberg Castle (Bergisch Gladbach)

Versailles Castle is the architectural model for Bensberg Castle: cupola frescoes in the stairwell, sculpted portals in the gateways, sopraporte in the wings, putti with coat-of-arms cartouches in the stairwells, old paintings along the walls of the bright and airy halls – these are but a few of the outstanding features distinguishing this building, which dates from 1705. Schloss Bensberg has been home to a luxury hotel since August 2000.

Castle Bensberg
Address: GoogleMapsKadettenstr.
51429 Bergisch Gladbach
Phone: 02204/42-0
Fax: 02204/42-888
Location: 15 km east of Cologne;
ca. 25 minutes by car, ca. 20 minutes by train S11 from central station
Industrial museum



oil painting

Alte Dombach paper mill (Bergisch Gladbach)

Paper production has played an important role in Bergisch Gladbach right down to the present day. The Alte Dombach paper mill, lone survivor of the town’s eight paper mills, has been joined with the machinery hall from a neighbouring factory to create an industrial museum focusing on the history of paper and its production.

Rheinische Industry MuseumPapiermühle Alte Dombach
Address: GoogleMaps Kürtener Str.
51465 Bergisch Gladbach
Phone: 02202/93668-16
Fax: 02202/93668-21
Location: 15 km north-east of Cologne;
ca. 25 minutes by car, ca. 20 minutes by train S11 from central station
By bus 426 from S-station Bergisch Gladbach to »Alte Dombach« or 25 minutes on foot
By car from highway exits direction Bergisch Gladbach, Gesamtverkehr or center, follow the signs
Opening hours: Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on mondays
Admission fee: € 3; reduced € 2,50; groups from 10 persons € 2,50; guided visits: € 35

Mining and Crafts Museum (Bensberg)

This outdoor attraction and its 12 historic structures bring artisanship and crafts to life in their historic setting, providing visitors with the chance to gather »hands-on« experience.

Mining and Crafts Museum
Address: GoogleMapsBurggraben 9 - 21
51429 Bergisch Gladbach
Phone: 02204/55559
Fax: 02204/55559
Location: 15 km east of Cologne nearby the Rhine;
ca. 25 minutes by car, ca. 20 minutes by train S11 from central station
Opening hours: Tue. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat., Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: € 2/€ 1 (reduced); guided visit for groups: € 25