Hilden is an fine example of a compact city center in the Rhineland. This town has no incorporated villages or suburban districts spreading it out for miles across the countryside. It is on its own.
Hilden is situated very close to the river Rhine and nearby Düsseldorf — the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. The population grew steadily, and to keep up with economic developments they specialized in the nations favorite pastime. This town was fueled by its Alte Kornbrennerei — its old grain distillery.
It does still have its old town, where you can find yourself wandering around endless streets, sampling the local culture (and ales), and exploring the myriad of boutiques and clothes stores here. No doubt settling down for a fine lunch in one of the open squares — maybe the popular Fritz-Gressard-Platz, wondering why that large house over there has been painted pastel pink?
You will also find plenty of green areas to relax in. Hilden even has its own Stadtwald — a city forest — right in the center of town. A little heaven to rest your feet in.
If you want a larger space, take yourself across the Rhine to the Naturschutzgebiet, an extensive protected natural area inside a great meandering loop of the wandering river.
Make sure you don’t miss the Schloss Benrath while you are around here. Just to the west of Hilden’s town center, you will discover this lake-fronted rococo palace, sitting in its own park. Quite a simple, low building at first glance, but you will be amazed at what it holds within its walls!
With an extensive natural history museum in the west wing, and European Garden Arts in the east wing, there is plenty here to keep you busy. But that’s not all. Add to this the main block which holds various exhibitions and musical concerts throughout the year (check in advance for current details), and make a whole day of it here.