Velbert — Unique Museum, Ancient Castle, Events

Many folks enjoy visiting Velbert which is located in the scenic foothills in the middle of a triangle formed by the three larger cities of Düsseldorf, Essen, and Wuppertal. It is a friendly town which welcomes you to tour its three distinct districts.

Midtown Velbert is known as the shopping area. It has a large pedestrian mall that features the Forum Niedemberg, a modern theater with a large stage that showcases a variety of educational and entertaining shows.

The Castle and Fittings Museum is also located there. This contains exhibits that trace more than 4,000 years of the history of locks, keys, and personal security. You can see artifacts like hand carved keys and locks that were used in the tombs of ancient Egypt, locks designed for medieval dungeons, and security systems from ancient Rome. There are displays from 56 far-flung places like India, China, and Japan, and you can spend several enjoyable and enlightening hours there. :-)

Langenberg is the historic district of Velbert. There you will find many carefully restored and well-preserved homes and shops from the long history of the town. You can browse through antique stores that carry a wide variety of goods to delight shoppers. A well-known landmark in the area is a tall radio transmission tower.

The final district is called Neviges and it is best known for its medieval Castle Hardenberg, which was built during the 1300’s. The underground defense system, original moat, and fortress towers are undergoing renovation to keep them viable for generations to come. The castle is surrounded by a lovely park and its grounds and buildings are used for weddings, concerts and other special events. Art exhibits and youth concerts are held there frequently.

If you enjoy physical activities while you travel, you will find several hiking and biking trails in and around Velbert and the Bergisches Land nature park. The town is proud of its many swimming pools, gymnasiums, aerobics courts, skating facilities, and sports fields.

I’m sure you’ll find a place to enjoy just about any sport you can think of. :-)

 

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