Castrop-Rauxel is a small German town with a rich history and heritage that you’re sure to enjoy. The town’s heritage dates all the way back to 834 when the town was actually known as Villa Castrop.
As you start your tour through the town, you must visit the Westphalian State Theater. Although the theater is small (it only has 2 screens), it’s a fantastic place to experience some theatrical entertainment.
Make sure to stop and see the old Town Hall as well as the new Town Hall. Today, the new Town Hall hosts theater, music, and local events.
You won’t want to miss the Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg, an old industrial attraction. When it was used, it was an elevator for chips.
The town boasts a rich history of horse-racing. Horse-lovers will definitely want to visit the Reiterbrunnen which is located in the center of the market square. It is a reminder of the horse-racing that used to take place in Naturhindernisbahn (now part of the Goldschmieding Park).
Another stop to make is the historic miners’ house in Castrop-Rauxel. During mining times, this house was used by the administration of carbon miners. It has been beautifully restored and is definitely worth a visit.
If you enjoy the water, it would definitely be worthwhile to stroll along the Rhine-Herne Canal which runs right through the town. Castrop-Rauxel has even built a beautiful Yacht Club located right on the canal.
Make sure to visit the Castle Goldschmieding, also known as the Schloss Goldschmieding. The castle has beautiful architecture and today, many couples get married there. There is a high-end restaurant in the castle as well if you’re interested in having dinner there.
At some point during your trip, make sure to try the Rhenish Stewed Pickled Beef, known as the Sauerbraten in German. This is a local dish that you’re sure to enjoy! :-)
Although you might not find Castrop-Rauxel to be a town for exciting nightlife, you’ll definitely find that the quiet and quaint charm of this historic town will enchant you and leave you wanting to spend more time here.