First settlements on the territory of the modern Ratingen appeared three thousand years ago. At first here were located the settlements of the ancient Romans, later Franks and Saxons paid their attention to Ratingen. During the Middle Ages the city was used as a fortress, and in the late 18th century it began developing as a large industrial district. Such rich history could not have failed to be reflected in the architectural heritage of the city.
In this city you can see the pagan temple Stinkesberg and the monastery Minoritenkloster simply side by side. Both buildings are witnesses of two different eras. Among the old buildings we should also highlight Haus zum Haus Castle and Alten Steinhaus Fortress. Ratingen is certainly rich in museums and exhibition centers. You should definitely visit the local gallery and enjoy the art collections represented in Papiermühlenweg Museum.
The city regularly hosts numerous festivals. In Ratingen are located several theaters and a concert hall, so any visitor will easily choose a cultural program to fit one’s taste. Don’t forget to pay particular attention to rich choice of parks, the most popular of which are Grüne See, Volkardey and Silbersee. These are true areas of wild nature covered in the atmosphere of romance and mystery. Majestic cliffs, clear lakes and thick forests – this is a great place for family holiday. Small visitors will also find some entertainments here. Children can ride ponies, try out new rides or ride on small machines.
Travellers, who prefer active rest, have an opportunity to visit one of new clubs. The choice of clubs here is quite large, so visitors can choose from surfing and archery to aristocratic golf and chess. You will also find numerous open air markets and shops in this city. The choice of products in these markets is very diverse.