Pulheim is bordered on 3 sides by forests, fields and wilderness, and to the east is the Rhine river. A little natural heaven in the busy Rhineland. Close to Cologne, this town is known for its festivals and carnivals — and the pride of the local people. Only a very warm welcome awaits you here. :-)
The main attraction in this town is the Brauweiler Abbey with a brewing hamlet at its center. This really is a unique monument to Rhenish cultural history, and is almost completely intact. This preserved group of buildings — more than 900 years old — sits alongside the tiny medieval town of Alt-Kaster with its city gates and steeped houses. Straight out of a picture book!
Pulheim’s history is varied. Having originally been built with the aid of Otto II’s daughter Mathilde it was actively lived in for centuries. However, it was recently used by the Gestapo during the war. Thankfully, it is now restored and re-created and houses a grand museum.
There are many other interesting buildings in town, including St. Kosmos & Damien Catholic Church with its sandstone tower, or St. Cornelius Church with its pale facade and strange architecture. The Brunnen Marktplatz has a strange metal water feature which looks rather like a table and chairs… ;-)
Schloss Paffendorf offers a spectacular welcome. This huge brick built castle is on the banks of a great waterway. It has a giant turreted tower as well as a very tall spire at the opposite end! Talking of peculiar buildings across this locality, you can find an amazing 80 windmills and watermills around here — many of which are still in working order.
If you want to do something really noisy, why not head south from Pulheim to the Micheal Schumacher Kart & Event Center in Kerpen. Here you can while away your days racing around a specifically built track at top speed to your hearts content! There is also the slower paced but just as fun “racing museum” featuring memorabilia from Formula 1 and the great Michael himself!