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"What are the most important things to see in Krefeld ??" (posted 07/14/2014)

I am happy to report on a few sights in and around Krefeld. 1) The monkey house and the elephants at the zoo in Krefeld can be visited by foreign guests and Krefeldern: http://www.zookrefeld.de/en.html 2) For people interested in architecture, Krefeld has some buildings in the Bauhaus style, as well as similar styles. In particular: http://www.kunstmuseenkrefeld.de/e/kunstmuseen/hauslangehausesters/index.html 3) The Uerdingen district is interesting from a historical point of view. It is a small and old district, which is currently changing as old factory buildings are being restored and rededicated. The area by the river, on the Rhine, is very beautiful. One can bike up to my district of Düsseldorf Kaiserwerth on the right side of the Rhine (Krefeld itself is located on the left bank of the Rhine). 4) Krefeld and the entire environment in the lower Rhine is particularly beautiful. The towns around it, such as Kempen, Straelen and Brüggen, as well as many small towns along the nearby border to the Netherlands are popular destinations. In Grefrath, there is an airfield, where you can also go skydiving. In addition, an ice stadium here hosts concerts. To reach the Dutch border towns, you drive about 20 minutes by car; to Venlo by train, it takes about 30 minutes. The Nier river flows through some of these cities on the Lower Rhine, and is also very regularly "cycled" thanks to the cycle paths. The Lower Rhine is a cycling region and you can easily go across the border to the Netherlands. And of course, you are very quickly in the state capital of Dusseldorf with all its museums, theaters, and the old town with the "longest bar in the world" (as it is called in a song) and the Ruhr (eg, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen). In Duisburg, many industrial plants and mines have been reclassified into landscape parks with lights installations and tours of the historic mining railway. This is especially something that foreigners always find very interesting, because nowhere else is there such an accumulation of industrial history. In Gelsenkirchen, there is the ZOOM Adventure World (http://www.zoom-erlebniswelt.de/). Huge free-ranging animal enclosures that replicate the continents (Africa, Alaska etc.). The ZOOM is so large that you can barely caover a sing Continent / a landscape in a day. Of course, Cologne is not far from Krefeld in the other direction. As I said, it's all pretty close and easily reached using public transport. There are day and week tickets for visitors on the regional transport network covering the entire NRW area. I hope this very brief overview of what you can do in and around Krefeld gives you a little flavor of the whole region. There is a lot to see and do!
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  • Botanischer Garten Krefeld
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    Botanischer Garten Krefeld

    The Botanischer Garten Krefeld (3.6 hectares), more formally the Botanischer Garten der Stadt Krefeld, is a municipal botanical garden located at Sandberg 2, Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is open daily in the warmer months; admission is free.

    The garden was established in 1927–1928 as part of a small school. Today it contains about 5,000 species and varieties of plants in a plot edged with deciduous trees, shrubs, and conifers. Major garden features include a rose garden of some 3,000 specimens representing 150 rose varieties, an alpine garden, a medicinal herb garden, and a rhododendron area. Greenhouses contain cacti from South America and succulents from Africa, and other plants of the Canary Islands, carnivorous plants, and orchids.

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Krefeld Overview

Krefeld, also known as Crefeld until 1929, is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located southwest of the Ruhr area, its center just a few kilometers to the west of the River Rhine; the borough of Uerdingen is situated directly on the Rhine. Krefeld is accessed by the autobahns A57 (Cologne - Nijmegen) and the A44 (Aachen - Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf vacation rentals | Düsseldorf travel guide) - Dortmund (Dortmund vacation rentals | Dortmund travel guide) - Kassel). Krefeld is also called the "Velvet and Silk City".

In more recent decades the city has hosted an honors program in foreign language (German) studies. The program annually places thirty specially selected high school students with families in and around Krefeld for intensive German language training. Krefeld's residents speak Hochdeutsch, the standard German taught to all people in Germany. However, the native dialect is a Low German variety, sometimes locally called "Krefelder Plattdeutsch," "Krieewelsch Platt," "Plattdeutsch,," or sometimes simply "Platt." The Uerdingen line isogloss, separating general dialectical areas in Germany and neighboring Germanic-speaking countries, runs through and is named for Krefeld's Uerdingen district, originally an independent municipality.

Things to See in Krefeld

Botanischer Garten Krefeld, a municipal botanical garden


Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, built in his honor featuring works of peace, art, education and civilization

Museum Haus Lange

Deutsche Textilmuseum

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More about the History of Krefeld

The origins of the town were in Roman times, when the legions founded the military camp of Gelduba (today the borough of Gellep). Krefeld itself was first mentioned in 1105 under the name of Krinvelde. Uerdingen was originally an independent town east of Krefeld, founded in 1255. In medieval times it was larger and more important than Krefeld.

After the 1702 death of William III of Orange, Krefeld passed to the Kingdom of Prussia. The Battle of Krefeld occurred nearby in 1758 during the Seven Years' War. Krefeld and Uerdingen were included within the Prussian Province of Jülich-Cleves-Berg in 1815 (after 1822 the Rhine Province. In 1872 Krefeld became an independent city within Rhenish Prussia. In 1929 Krefeld and Uerdingen merged to form Krefeld-Uerdingen; in 1940 the name was shortened to simply Krefeld. The town became part of the new state of North Rhine-Westphalia after World War II.

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Krefeld, also known as Crefeld until 1929, is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located southwest of the Ruhr area, its center just a few kilometers to the west of the River Rhine; the borough of Uerdingen is situated directly on the Rhine. Krefeld is accessed by the autobahns A57 (Cologne - Nijmegen) and the A44 (Aachen - Düsseldorf - Dortmund - Kassel). Krefeld is also called the "Velvet and Silk City".

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