Wülfrath is a rural haven of valleys, hills, forests, and meadows holding within its boundaries a perfectly preserved medieval village that welcomes visitors to simply lose themselves in the pages of history.
This town has such a fascinating history that you’ll soon be moved to find out more and dig a little deeper. After all, how many fires can a city survive and still remain picturesque?
As early as 1578 and right up to 2001, Wülfrath must have battled at least three major fires and come out phoenix-like, more glorious than ever.
The town’s aesthetic center would have to be its historic area comprising the old church and an elegant group of half-timbered buildings and shops surrounding it. The church itself, known as the St. Cornelius’ Church, is a thing of beauty past compare with a lengthy saga of its own. It’s a compelling amalgamation of early medieval Romanesque, Gothic, and late-Gothic styles that makes it well worth a visit. Indeed, there’s plenty here in the Church square to be viewed and appreciated, so make sure you’re not in a rush to get somewhere.
Wülfrath’s attractions are not confined to the square, but are spread all over the picturesque valley. There’s the Düsseler Tor, the Niederburgisches Museum, and the famous Zeittunnel. The latter of these is an old limestone quarry housing a geological museum within its tunnels.
Speaking of museums, you might want to check out the Bergisches Museum as well.
For a first class taste of local culture, you have to attend the weekly markets that come alive every Saturday. Enjoy a fantastic fiesta of shopping, food, and fun filled extravaganzas that go on past midnight.
If you’re here in summer, there’s the annual Summer Fair to look forward to. In September, plan to be there for the Potato Fair, and of course, in December, it’s the fabulous Christmas Markets that has Wülfrath in an uproar.