Sometime around 700 the Franconian Pippin II gave the Kaiserswerth island to the anglosaxon monk Suitbertus to built a monastery on it. At this time there was already a court which developed into a fortification.At around 1050 the Salian emperor Henry III. built an imperial castle. In 1062 the 12 year old king Heinrich IV was kidnapped by the...more
The founding of the church goes back to the missionary Suitbertus who died in 713. The church was built in honour of the apostle Petrus. The three part choir of today’s church was finished in 1237. The broken west tower was replaced by a ridge turret in 1243. The church was rebuilt after WW2. The most important artifact it houses is the Suitbertus...more
The neo Baroque building stands on the northeast bastion by the name of St. Suitbertus. It was built from 1912-1914. The former gymnasium was used for various things and only after the WW2 it turned back to its original use as a school.In the east wing you will find the museum of Kaiserswerth.Opening times of the museum:Saturday 14.00 – 18.00Sunday...more
House Nr. 16 was bought by Theodor Fliedner in 1842. In this building the administration of the deaconry (Diakonie) was located. In house no. 20 which was bought in 1844 Theodor Fliedner. It was his Pfarrhaus where he died in 1864. Later it was used as a girl’s school. Here lived the famous Florence Nightingale during part of her education.From...more
This church was built from 1807-11 and was extended in the 20th century. Theodor Flieder preached here from 1822-1849. The interior of the church has a modest appearance but the ridge turret and the pulpit are from the former monastery of Duesseltal.The other church on pictures 4 and 5 also belongs to the nearby deaconry but I don't know any...more
This Capucine monastery is the only one left on the lower Rhine in Germany as all the others didn’t survive. They were built after strict rules of the order in simple style. The monastery church was first built from 1670 – 1672. It was inaugurated in 1673. After that the monastery itself was built.more
The mill tower is a sight that catches your eye. The mill was originally built in 1600 and then destroyed in 1702. It was soon rebuilt and a working mill until 1824. Later it was used as a water pump and became a house to live in. For a short while it was even a youth hostel.more
It was a warm summer day and I fancied an ice cream. At the Kaiserswerther Markt we found the Gelateria Lido which was founded in 1960 with a huge line in front of their window. I decided to line up too. An older lady ran the place by herself on that Sunday afternoon. The ice cream wasn’t that exciting, maybe a bit on the watery side, but just what I needed. The choice of flavours is very limited. They also serve coffee. One scoop cost Euro 1.00. The lady wasn't terribly friendly but she has some humour and considering she runs the busy place by herself which is probably rather stressful and that at her age, then I must say I admire her.
Generally there are various restaurants, beer gardens in Kaiserswerth. Just take a walk around and you will find something that suits you. Expect them all to be crowded on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
We actually came to Kaiserswerth because we were invited to a birthday party across the river in Meerbusch. When we looked for the ferry crossing we realised what a cute town Kaiserswerth is and decided to check it out on our way back.Just follow the signs to the ferry crossing. On the last 200 meters or so you need to drive very slowly as you...more
The station of the Duesseldorf U-Bahn is located just outside the old town. It is called Klemensplatz and you can get here on U 79 from Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof. I've seen the station Klemensplatz from across the street but I forgot to take a picture.If you arrive by car there are plenty of parking spaces just outside the old town. Most of them are...more
Kaiserswerth is situated along the so called Duesseldorfer Weg which is a 51 km hike. Generally, this is a good flat area for hiking along the Rhine river. In places there are benches where you can picnic.
Also you may want to consider a bicycle trip along the Rhine and hire a bike somewhere like a railway station (ie Duesseldorf).
I really like the Suitbertus-Stiftsplatz, a neat square around the St. Suitbertus church with lovely old buildings.
My favourite was the one on photo no. 1 and 2. Unfortunately I haven't got a clue what it used to be or how old it is.
Then there is the Degode house with its romantic front yard (picture 3, 4 and 5).
See more pictures of this square in the travelogue.