Marl is a town of about 90,000 inhabitants that is located in the Recklinghausen district in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is on the northern edge of the industrial and mining area known as the Ruhrgebiet a.k.a. Ruhr Area.
Although it is a modern center for chemical manufacturing and the mining of coal, zinc, and lead, it is also a town that is proud of its cultural and historical attractions.
The town was first mentioned in documents in the 9th century and if you visit there you will want to be sure to see the Water Mill Museum. This is a working mill that was built during the 17th century and restored in 1953.
Next to the mill is a carefully refurbished house that also showcases interesting displays. The museum complex contains artifacts from the long history of the town and is located in the Volkspark in the center of the town. You can see agricultural and household tools as well as historic items from the mining and textile industries.
If you enjoy music of any kind, you will probably find a special event in Marl that you want to attend. The town is the site of a wide variety of concerts each year. One unique group centered here is called the Accordion Orchestra which has between 30 and 50 members. They perform on several weekends each year, and have a repertoire that includes classical pieces, original compositions, and popular works, as well as traditional folk music that is usually associated with the accordion.
The town is also proud of its sponsorship of a symphony orchestra, an opera company for students, and choirs for men, children, and teens.
Another must-see attraction in Marl is the Sculpture Museum. It has a permanent collection of more than 300 three-dimensional artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. Guided tours are offered every Thursday. Since 1984 the museum has also focused on displaying new media like video and audio creations. There are brochures available that will take you through several walking tours of artistic works around the town.
There are two bicycle tours mapped out as well. The museum provides classes and tours that are especially aimed at children and teens, so Marl really is a place that the whole family will love to visit.