Once a flourishing German silk town, Krefeld is still seen as the city of velvet and silk. Aside from an exciting history and its related architecture, Krefeld today offers a diverse range of attractions for guests from all over the world.
Krefeld started playing a major part in the International silk trade from the 17th century onwards. It brought fame and fortune to the formerly unknown town between Rhine and nature reserve Hülser Bruch. Today Krefeld still bene ts from its romantic past as some remarkable buildings related to the era of silk manufacturing have survived the test of time and are open to visitors.
The two 1920’s mansions built for silk magnates Lange and Esters by Avantgarde architect Mies van der Rohe are certainly worth a visit together with the German Textile Museum and the Haus der Seidenkultur, which offers an insight to silk culture for all ages.
Many lakes and wooded areas with mountain bike trails, bridle paths and historical parks give Krefeld a diverse cityscape, where guests can enjoy the traditional, heartfelt coffeehouse and beer garden culture. With well over 200 clubs in about 100 different sports, Krefeld has a well-developed popular sporting scene. The city is also represented in the topclass sporting segment. The Crefelder Rowing Club for example is one of the oldest sports clubs in Krefeld and one of the most successful in the German Rowing Association.
The flax market in spring is a very popular tourist attraction. Krefeld’s historical steam train called Schluff invites visitors on a lovely trip from the small town St. Tönis to the scenic Hülser hill.
The refurbished Kaiser Wilhelm Museum open its doors again. Not only is it home to an astonishing collection but also worth visiting for its architecture.
In June more culture can be enjoyed during the big festival Kultur findet Stadt(t), when Krefeld becomes a vibrant platform for poetry slams, art and literature markets, various performances and concerts by the Niederrheinischen Symphonics or the Jazz Swing College band of the music school.
With its Historical background and its con- temporary diversity, Krefeld is a wonderful destination to explore German culture and landscape.