On the western edge of the huge nature park Bergisches Land, the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis sits in the pretty Wupper Valley. A mainly hilly region, where the mountains of the Sauerland descend right to the Rhine itself just outside of Cologne (Köln).
Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Map
Towns & Villages in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
The town of Rösrath is so close to the city that it is a popular getaway for the busy population. It also offers many cultural events as a result, including its huge Rose Monday Parade in February (Rosenmontagsumzug) — accompanied by great foolishness to say the least!
The pretty town of Wermelskirchen is the proud owner of the worlds biggest live Christmas Tree, so a winter trip here will be enlightening!
And with all the smaller villages nestled in the forests, there will be plenty of traditional foods and entertainment to experience for you.
Farming is still popular here with numerous orchards and berry fields, and even some vineyards. There is also a great museum in a working mill, which follows the grain through to it becoming bread.
Germany is certainly famous for hundreds of varieties of bread so make sure you try a few while you are in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis.