On the west bank of the Rhine close to Düsseldorf, you will find the 8 municipalities that make up Meerbusch (the reason why this town is only a couple years young). This region has bags of rural character, surrounded by miles of agricultural land, woods and fallow ground.
If, however, you like your historical sites, then you will still be pleased. The town has Roman origins and there are plenty of reminders of that prosperous time around. Also, Pope Alexander III. made plans for a magnificent monastery (Kloster) to be built on the site of the Burg Meer which is yours to explore today.
Alternatively, you could visit the magnificent Brühl Castle where it stands in it’s extensive grounds. In true “villager” style you can approach this chateau on a wide, cobbled walkway leading to the entrance. From here, you feel the power of this imposing grey and white mansion and all it stands for.
Riches continue here in Meerbusch today. Apparently, this town houses the greatest number of income millionaires in the country.
The local people are happy to celebrate their good fortune in living here, and there is always a festival or social event on the calender. Shooting Parties are commonplace through the region, with the biggest on Whitsun weekend in the southern district of Büderich. Carnivals in the municipality Nierst include the Roses Monday Ball and the Lanker Forum Water Tower hosts regular theater, music and cabaret.
Thousands turn up for the annual Rock am Turm music concert (Rock in the Tower) in December. And the Lotumer Boers theater hosts amateur dramatics and new folk plays throughout the year, hosting up to 6,000 spectators at a time. In other words, you won’t be short of cultural events around here!
The modern addition to this region is the Euroga Art Way. This project was commissioned in 2002 and includes no less than 17 huge pieces of art dotted about.
As you follow the trail of design, you will pass through areas of outstanding beauty and cultural centers around Meerbusch. Included in this is a very old cemetery which is home to some ancient gravestones from the Rhineland — many are over 1,000 years old! :-)