The small town of Kaarst at the gates of Dusseldorf might not be known to many, but it is a lovely commuter city that has a lot to offer—to both visitors and inhabitants. With numerous sports facilities and two major German cycling routes running through the city, it is a popular place to take a break on a tour. Its rural character has been preserved in numerous landmarks, and any visitor should take the time to see the old stone mill that was carefully restored to its 18th century condition, making it one of the few fully functional mills of its kind in the country.
Location: At the gates of Dusseldorf
The small town of Kaarst lies merely 15 km west of bustling Dusseldorf, the capital city of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Via the superb network of road and rail, all major destinations in the area as well as the trade fair city of Cologne and Roermond in The Netherlands are reachable in under one hour by car.
Business: A family-friendly commuter city
Since Kaarst is so close to the major industrial city of Dusseldorf with its trade fair centre and international airport, it serves as a quiet place to live for many who commute daily to work and back. In the city itself, IKEA and numerous small shops, banks, and private companies can be found. American motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin has its German distribution centre in Kaarst.
Culture: Rural history galore
There are only a few historic landmarks in the city, amongst them the 18th century stone mill Braunsmühle, which is now fully functional after an extensive renovation. The “Museum and Meeting Place for Rural History and Culture” is housed in the Tuppenhof farm, a 17th century estate. Naturally, carnival and road bicycle races also take place here, drawing in hundreds of spectators each year.
Activities: Get sporty!
Since Kaarst is located on two major cycling routes, outdoor sports enthusiasts find a small paradise for their activities here. The NiederRheinroute (Lower Rhine Route) is Germany’s longest cycling route with more than 2,000 km, and the Fietsallee am Nordkanal, a 100-km long route along the German-Dutch border, connects the cities of Neuss and Straelen, passing through Kaarst on the Kilometre 11 mark. Numerous sports facilities, a public bath, and a sailing club also make the city a sports enthusiasts’ playground.