Ratingen is dotted with lovely parks and green spaces to give you the opportunity to relax in peaceful surroundings. Whatever you choose to do, you will enjoy your time here.
Ratingen was settled as early as 849 but it was not officially incorporated as a city until 1276. It was situated near the crossroads of two major roadways and also was quite close to the Rhine River. Therefore, it has been an important trade and commercial center throughout its long history.
If you visit the city today, you will want to see the many carefully restored and preserved historic sights. The city provides a well-marked and self guided tour that will allow you to trace the story of the region. It begins at the marketplace in downtown where you can see a fountain that was erected in 1362.
There are a total of 25 places on the walking tour that you can study. One of the most interesting sights is Cromford, which was the first mechanical spinning factory put to use on the European continent. It was a water-powered mill that could produce yarn of a consistently fine quality.
Another stop is the Parish Church of Saint Peter and Paul. It is a Gothic Style Hall church with origins in the 8th century. As you continue your tour you will see some houses from the 15th century, several old watchtowers, and the remains of the old city wall.
Your tour might end at the Inn of the Three Kings, which was mentioned in city records from 1443.
Ratingen welcomes visitors from all over the world and is proud of its many fine restaurants, coffee shops, and bistros. You will surely be able to find a meal to suit your tastes and satisfy your hunger.
The city has a beautiful Municipal Theater that features performers from all over Europe and around the world. You can see soloists from many genres of music, comedians, orchestras, choirs, and talented junior artists.
If you are interested in contemporary art, be sure not to miss the Ratingen City Museum. You may also want to see the Cultural and Industrial Museums.