Located at the top of the Abteiberg hill is the late-gothic St.Mariä Himmelfahrt (Assumption) Church, with its tower foundations that date from the 13th century. The nave was added between 1469 and 1533. The two side tower chapels were built on the church in 1890.
The Romanesque cathedral built in the 13th-century actually dates back as far as the crypt and the founding of the abbey in 974 by Gero, Archbishop of Cologne, and his companion, the monk Sandrad of Trier.
It's just a little zoo they have in Mönchengladbach without big attractions, more the "standards". But for families with kids it's a nice day out, definitely.
I loved the Guinea Pigs most, they have a real little town for themselves!
If you visit Mönchengladbach don't miss to see the largest brown coal casting pit in Europe. It's close to Mönchengladbach next to a small town called Jüchen. Garzweiler was the name of one of the towns which had been deleted by the casting pit. Over 7.600 people of eleven hamlets will be resettled when the REW Rheinbraun AG starts with Garzweiler II in 2006. Until 2045 there will be over 45 billion tons of brown coal mined in an area of 48 square kilometres.
enviromental groups offer guided tours to the casting pit area. Information can be given by Herbert Schäfer, Mutschenweg 1, 47877 Willich
Tel/Fax: 0049 (0)2156/ 5323
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I thought also RWE offers guided tours but I couldn't find information about it. Perhpas you ask Guido Steffen, press officer
Tel.: 0049 (0)2 21/ 48 02 20 17
Fax: 0049 (0)2 21/ 4 80 13 46