Herzogenrath is found at the extreme western edge of Germany. In fact, the border between Germany and the Netherlands runs down part of its main street! I was there a few times and found it quite thrilling to cross countries when crossing a simple street. :-)
Herzogenrath was founded in the 12th century on the Wurm River and originally known as Rode. Throughout its long history, the town has been under French, Spanish, Dutch and Austrian control, before becoming part of Prussia in 1815.
Construction on Castle Rode was begun about 1104, and it still stands today as the center of its culture. There are concerts, dramatic programs, and other events held there throughout the year. Some of the highlights include a Christmas marketplace, an Advent concert, and a “bubble tower” and concert held on New Year’s Eve.
Because the castle is centrally located within a few minutes of several parking areas, events are easy to attend. A Castle Fair is held every June, which features attractions and activities for residents and visitors both young and old. You can also find art exhibitions there, cabaret performances, and classical concerts by well-known artists from around Europe.
The atmosphere of the castle lends a special grace to all the events that are held there. Historic tours of the castle are also available. They can be arranged to suit a group or individual and are sure to be educational.
While in Herzogenrath, you should consider some outdoor activities such as barbecuing, bicycling, mini-golf, or skating. These and other recreations are supported by the town and a variety of fields and courts are available for the sporting public to use.
Adolph Park is an area the citizens are especially proud of, as it has reclaimed some of the land formerly used for coal mining. It turned unsightly slag heaps into a lovely area full of natural beauty.
Lastly, there are biking and hiking trails along the Wurm River that provide a pleasant way to see the countryside.