Long the center of Germany’s fine textile trade, Krefeld has certainly earned the nickname of “Velvet and Silk City” – in fact, the city produces 80% of all ties manufactured in Germany! In modern days, the economy has diversified, and other fields have made their presence felt, transforming the city into an important regional center for industry and education. Come visit the historic Castle of Linn, stroll through botanical gardens, and view the collections of contemporary art at the museums Haus Lange and Haus Esters. And when your exploration is done, why not take a shopping excursion and feel the namesake fabrics of Krefeld for yourself?
Location: Along the Rhine in Western Germany
Krefeld lies in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, just north-west of Düsseldorf and close to the Dutch border. A prime location along the River Rhine adds water-based transit and shipping connections to the well-established network of autobahns and railways. Krefeld itself hosts a number of bus lines and tramways for intra-city travel.
Business: High-Tech Development and Manufacturing
Aside from textile production, major companies with a presence in Krefeld include pet food retailer Fressnapf, camera manufacturer Canon, chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, and Wacom Europe. With around 10,400 students, the local Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest of its kind in Germany, attracting international scholars from around the world.
Culture: Visit the Textile and Silk Culture Museums!
Krefeld offers quite a few theater opportunities–adults and families alike can take in a play, musical, or opera at the Theater Krefeld & Mönchengladbach. The city features several contemporary art museums as well, and opportunities to learn more about the local history–especially in the wake of World War 2. And of course, you won’t want to miss a chance to examine the famous silks and velvets for which the city is known in the German Textile Museum!
Activities: Explore Nature and History
It’s not all industry and hard work in Krefeld–why not escape the city streets for some laid-back relaxation in the botanical gardens or amongst the exotic creatures at the Krefeld Zoo? The medieval Berg Linn (Linn Castle) is a popular local attraction–this monument is a distinctive emblem of the city itself, and houses an archeological museum within its walls.