Langenfeld (Rhineland) lies between Düsseldorf and Cologne (Köln), in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Though not of the same stature as its more illustrious neighbors, the town has enough charm and conveniences to keep you happy and occupied for quite some time.
Sleek, modern edifices house the Town Hall and the City Gallery. Do check out the intricate pipe work at the wells at Town Hall. This may come as a surprise if you were expecting the ornate medieval architecture that you normally find in other Bavarian towns.
Experience the authentic local flavor in the Market Place where you may catch the neighborhood gossip in full swing. You can even try your ice skating skills at the ice rink here. For more of the same, take a walk along the gaily colored Schoppengasse, where you can linger by a wayside café or browse around quaint shops.
It is not all concrete and steel in Langenfeld, however. Witness the old world charm of the House Arndt located in the Marketplace. The proud spire of the Rich Rather Church will serve to remind you of a time when elegance mattered more than anything else. If you’re here around Christmas time, you’re in time for the annual Christmas Market which takes shape in the vicinity of the Church.
Now here’s a slice of life that in all probability, was not available to the folks of the Middle Ages. At the Langenfeld Water-ropeway (see webcams!) you get to ski, splash and generally behave like a dolphin gone crazy. This may be the experience that you’ll never stop talking about.
Keep your ears open for any news about an Airfield Fest. That’s when you’ll find the skies dotted with the glorious colors of hot air balloons, suspended gracefully in mid-air. Have that camera handy to capture that scene for eternity and of course, your blog site.
But the best of all events would have to be the Lantern Festival of Langenfeld. There’s no point trying to describe something so incredibly inexplicable. You’ve just got to be there. :-)
And don’t forget that the Mettmann District this town belongs to has lots of other exciting things to offer, besides the popular Neanderland.