Dormagen Travel Guide

  • Window shutters
    Window shutters
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    The North Gate
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    Zons
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Dormagen Things to Do

  • Walls around the fortress town

    My favourite area of Zons is around the city walls. There are some quiet lanes along the wall with a wonderful old times atmosphere.

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  • Windmill

    The funny thing about the old windmill of Zons is that you can throw 50 cent into a box and it starts to turn for a while. A nice tourist trap :)

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  • The Windmill

    The famous windmill, borrow 50 cent, then throw the money into the machine and the mill will start moving its wings. There is lots of info on VT about this windmill and I'm too lazy to write more about it ;-)

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  • St. Martinus Church

    One of the two churches in the town centre is the St. Martinus Roman Catholic Church. The church is situated right in the old historical town centre.

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  • The contrast to Dormagen

    Zons feels a bit out of place if one looks toward the horizon and sees the chimneys of the chemical industry in the nearby town of Dormagen, to which Zons today belongs. Many chemical companies are situated here on the left and right side of the Rhine River.

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  • The Rheinaue Nature Reserve

    The green belt behind the dykes offers sanctuary to many birds and many endangered species of plants. Bicycle and hiking trails pass through the nature reserves Rheinaue.

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  • The Rhine River

    Zons is situated along the Rhine River that passes from Switzerland through Germany to the Netherlands. It is a busy river with many ships passing by. During the late spring, summer and autumn one can also pass by Zons onboard of day cruise boats.

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  • Bishops Cross

    The alliance between the Bishop of Cologne was made clear with the presence of the church within the town walls of Zons. The Bishops cross is one of the signs still left of the ‘relation’ of the inhabitants to nearby Cologne.

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  • The Pigs Fountain

    In the year 1577 customs differences between the inhabitants of Zons and the Bishop of Cologne Salentin a pig war broke out. But the differences were won by the citizens of the town of Zons and today the pig fountain remembers these days of unrest.

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  • Southern Gate

    The solid Southern Gate gives one the impression of how important this little town was during the medieval times. The massive fortifications are still in tact and today are the entrance to the open air theatre.

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  • Customs House

    The old customs house was the place where customs and excise duties were paid for the Bishop in Cologne. The house has been restored and is home to a restaurant today.

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  • Northern Gate II

    This is the view one gets upon entering the town of Zons, a historical path way that led the same way for more then 600 years.

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  • Northern Gate

    The Northern Gate is where most visitors would enter through. The main watch tower, a church and a narrow street lined with half timbered houses is the scene that one discovers when entering the town.

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  • Pepper Boxes II

    Another of the watch towers is today connected with houses that have been built along the fortification wall close to the Northern Gate.

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  • Pepper Boxes

    Along the Eastern Fortification Wall one still can see two original watch towers which are commonly known as the Pepper Boxes. Those originate from the 14th century and are the only ones in this style of building in the entire Rhineland.

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Dormagen Restaurants

  • Old style restaurant

    Been here twice for Apfelstrudel already. It's nice to sit in here for a cake with warm custard when outside it's freezing cold. I like the old atmosphere. Service was very bad the first time I visited but the 2nd time - during the VT meeting - it was ok. Apfelstrudel with hot custard

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  • Altes Zollhaus

    Ok, you might have read about this coffee place on VT before... maybe because it was the first great stop of the meeting in February? But you can be glad to read this tip as well. Because! I'm the only one who ate waffles. With hot cherries and cream. And they were fantastic!!!Lovely old fashioned, museum style interior. Like turning grandma's...

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  • Pancake Haven

    In summer certainly a nice place, but in winter this pancake restaurant was like a deep freeze, a heater in winter certainly was missing. Yet the black beer was a delight and tasted great and what I could see that the pancakes were diverse, massive and a culinary delight. Watch out since the entrance is towards the right off the main building, a...

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Dormagen Transportation

  • Reach Zons by Ferry

    One can also cross the Rhine River by car ferry from the Eastern Rhine town of Urdenbach to the Western side town of Zons. The ferry operates as follows: Summer TimeMonday to Friday – 6:15 – 21:00Saturday – 8:30 – 21:00Sunday – 9:00 – 21:00 Winter TimeMonday to Friday – 6:15 – 20:00Saturday – 8:30 – 20:00Sunday – 9:00 – 20:00

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  • How to get to Zons

    To reach Zons one travels along the Highway Number 57 from either Dusseldorf or Cologne. The exit Zons is sign posted and there is ample parking available right next to the Northern town gate.

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  • Autofähre

    There is also a car ferry crossing the Rhine between Benrath and Zons....This pic could also have been taken in the seventies as there is only an old VW Beetle on the ferry, but it´s 2003!!!!

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Dormagen Shopping

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    Bakery in Zons

    by IceBear7 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    What to buy: All kinds of cakes and other bakes things. Highlight was the Zonser Kanonenkugel - a canon ball. Tastes very nice (I'm having a bite of mine right now) but it has about a billion calories. It really hits you like a canon ball...

    What to pay: 0.99 Euro (twice the cost of the windmill thing...)

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Dormagen Local Customs

  • Sternsinger

    If you are wondering about these chalk graffities at people's doors. These blessings are done by children dressed as the three magi on 6th of January.

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  • Zonser Canon Balls

    This is probably the largest ‘rum ball’ that I have ever seen. A local speciality that can be bought in the bakery right in the heart of town – as part of many other bakeries that looked as good!

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  • Kölsch or Alt?

    As Dormagen or Zons is nearly in the middle between the two cities of Cologne (Kölsch) and Düsseldorf (Alt) you can get both beers in restaurants, as here in the Cafe am Rheinturm.....

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Dormagen Tourist Traps

  • Make the windmill turn

    by sabsi Written Dec 8, 2002

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    You have to pay 50 cent to make the windmill turn. OK OK I admit it. I did. And I liked the sound the windmill made... kinda fit into the medieval environment... But It's a silly idea to have a machine like that, anyway ;)

    Unique Suggestions: Wait all 4 minutes that the windmills turns .-. you paid for it ;)

    Fun Alternatives: Wait until somebody else throws the money in and look at "their" turn ;-)

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Dormagen Off The Beaten Path

  • Inside the herb garden

    by sabsi Updated Mar 1, 2005

    There's a lovely herb garden next to the house with the most beautiful shutters. Its smell is fantastic in summer.

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    Zons

    by IceBear7 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Still don't know if it's palace or castle, and I'm too lazy to find out. so don't rate this page, there's no info. try and find a page about the castle and/ or palace of zons, all listed on dormagen headings. Afterwards you can tell me.

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