In the centre of Mülheim there is the main railway station. It's
small and an old and ugly one, but it will be renovated in 2000. Nearby
is the "Forum" - a shopping centre with a department store,
many boutiques, bakeries, restaurants and cafés, a toy-shop and
some more shops. On the second floor there are the cinemas. Outside the
Forum there is a pedestrian precinct - the Schloßstraße -
with shops, restaurants, cafés and so on; it leads to another department
store. Here is the station where the Ruhr tunnel begins. The tunnel was
opened in 1998 for trams only. It goes under the river from the centre
In the town centre
The old town of Mülheim
On the church hill there is the old "Petrikirche" (St Peter's
Church). In the old town there are some good restaurants. There are small
roads with pretty timber-frame houses. In one of the oldest houses - it's
called "Tersteegen-Haus" - there is a small museum. It reminds
of Gerhard Tersteegen, who was a preacher and a hymn writer. He wrote
a famous hymn. This museum of local history has beautiful old furniture.
All timber-frame houses are protected. There is also a park with an open-air
theatre. In the old town many celebrations and flea markets are held and
live music is played. The old town is small, but there is a lot of atmosphere.
The timber-frame houses show the influence of the "Bergische Land"
Not far away there is the shopping precinct and the lovely river Ruhr.
In the old town
timber-frame houses in the old town
Museum of Art
The museum is located in the centre of Mülheim in the "Old Post
Office". The picture gallery shows German paintings of the 20
th century, for example Nolde, Macke, Feininger
and Otto Pankok, who was born in Mülheim.
The old post office, now the Museum of Art
The Town Hall
In the town hall there is the municipal council. Local policy is determined
by the CDU (Conservatives), the SPD (Social Democrats), the Greens, the
FDP (Liberals) and others. The last election was in autumn 1999. The tower
of the town hall is 55 m high. On the 10 th
floor there is a little museum. It shows old things which were
used in offices. From the top of the tower you have beautiful views of
The tower of the town hall, seen from the river
The Müga Park
Müga means Mülheimer Gartenschau. It opened in 1992 and is the
biggest and most beautiful park in Mülheim. There are flowers and
trees, playgrounds, fountains, a nice water playground and restaurants.
In an old water tower there is the "Camera Obscura", in another
old water tower there is the water-museum "Aquarius". Both towers
are very interesting. Beautiful walks in the park connect the centre of
Mülheim with other districts: Styrum and Broich. In Styrum you can
visit the water museum "Aquarius", and the maor house of Styrum
is nearby. There is a good restaurant. In summer you can sit outside in
the beer garden. The "Fossilien-Pfad" (fossiles walk) connects
the Müga Park with the southern district of Saarn. It's very nice
to walk there, there are several small playgrounds, and you can see the
old quarry. People like to go for a walk in the Müga park or to sit
down on a bench. In summer many people have picnics on the beautiful meadows.
More about the Camera Obscura
In a historical water tower near the Ruhr there is the only camera in
the world you can go into. You can see panorama pictures from the outside
world in a dark room. This room is an attraction which was built for the
"Müga" and was the idea of film director Werner Nekes.
You have to pay an admission fee and on a fine clear day you can see much
of Mülheim. In the tower there is also a restaurant.
The Camera Obscura
The "Ringlokschuppen" (loco shed) in the Müga is a place
of cultural interest: There are a theatre, a disco, a restaurant, live
music, many workshops, an open-air-theatre and much more for young and
old people. Inside and outside and on the meadows festivities often take
place. So the Ringlokschuppen and of course the Müga are very popular.
The Ringlokschuppen is located near the Camera Obscura.
The old water tower "Aquarius" and the Manor of Styrum
It's very interesting to visit the water tower. You have to climb the
stairs outside the tower or to use the lift inside. Children love to play
with the computers. They can learn much about water, they have to answer
questions and they can play simulation games - all about water. At the
end the computer shows how many points they have got. Nearby is the manor
house. Now it's a restaurant with a lovely beer garden. On summer evenings
many people sit here and enjoy their drink or meal.
Aquarius water tower
Raffelberg race course
The race course "Raffelberg" in Speldorf is very popular. The
horse races take place on Wednesdays and on weekends. Women and children
don't have to pay on weekends. One of the highlights is the race for the
"Silver Ribbon of the Ruhr".
From the little airport in Mülheim you can do sightseeing flights
in small aeroplanes. The most famous plane is the old "Red Baron",
it's a biplane. There are also flights to Eastern Germany and to the isles
in the North Sea. But the very special thing in Mülheim's airport
is the air-ship! You can visit the hangar and it's popular to go on a
trip by the air-ship. It has become a symbol of Mülheim. Around the
airport there are some more footpaths in the fields.
The River Ruhr
The Ruhr is a clean river. It is 236 kms long and 14 kms belong to Mülheim.
In the Ruhr there are many fishes. You can go fishing, canoeing, walking,
or on a boat cruise, and you can relax on one of the many camping grounds.
In the south of Mülheim there is the youth hostel. It is located
near the Ruhr and the Kahlenberg hill. You can undertake beautiful walks
from there or you can see the lovely Ruhr valley by boat. In summer many
people love it to make a trip by boat. The boats of the "Weiße
Flotte" (White fleet) start at the water station. The water station
was built in 1926. Now it is a restaurant with a nice beer garden.
The youth hostel
The romantic Ruhr Valley
It's lovely to walk along the river Ruhr. And it's nice to have a rest
in one of the restaurants beside the river.
The "Ruhrtalbrücke" is 65 m high and 1830 m long. The motorway
goes over it to Düsseldorf.
The Ruhr is always nice - in summer and in winter.
|| Meadows along the river with the skyline of Mülheim
in the background
Mülheim has got lots of footpaths in nearly every district. The most
beautiful paths go along the river and through the Uhlenhorst forest.There
you can visit a tree nursery. It's very interesting for school classes.
Along the river Ruhr there is the longest footpath. It goes from Duisburg
through Mülheim to the source of the Ruhr. It takes about seven days
to walk along there, but one of its nicest parts is in Mülheim.
The tower was renovated - and now you can go inside it. It's built for
cultural use. Inside there is an art studio. It's a nice walk up the Kahlenberg
hill to the tower.
Mintard is a little village which belongs to Mülheim. It's very popular