You are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure activities in Mönchengladbach, too. Are you interested in art and culture, relaxation and wellness, culinary delights, or entertainment for young and old? You are sure to find just what you are looking for, either to share with others or enjoy on your own. And then there are all the clubs for sports such as hockey, golf, tennis and many more, as well as the iconic football community that takes the modern business location to the next level as a mecca for football fans.
The complete culture program
Mönchengladbach vies with the best for culture and entertainment! Exhibitions, performances, events spanning music and the visual arts to drama, cabaret and fringe theatre, such as “Ensemblia”, the country’s oldest multi-media festival, the “Sommermusik” festival of open-air concerts, and exciting projects from the young creative scene.
World famous artists such as Sting, Shakira or Brian Adams perform in the HockeyPark. Famous classical musicians and the stars of the stage set the tone in Kaiser-Friedrich-Halle or at Schloss Rheydt. The theatre alliance with Krefeld spanning more than 50 years puts on brilliant performances.
One architectural highlight is the Abteiberg Museum: a world-famous architect (Hans Hollein) and outstanding collections of international art make a big impression. The historical setting of the Renaissance Schloss Rheydt or Schloss Wickrath, a Baroque gem and an important centre for horse breeding, makes them a unique attraction. The oldest architectural monument, the abbey founded over 1,000 years ago, testifies to Mönchengladbach’s long history. The city has an openhearted culture and fosters good neighbourly relations in its German-Dutch cultural exchange.
Education in Mönchengladbach
The city is one of Europe’s major study centres for the next generation of textile engineers. Mönchengladbach has always been a hallmark of the textile and clothing industry, the Textile Academy is one of Europe’s foremost. The textile industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is breaking new ground with a vocational training and professional development program that is unique. All specialisms have been brought together at a single location in the new 9,000 m² Textile Academy. Vocational trainees and students have easy access to extensive knowledge, which also encourages interdisciplinary exchange. One particular highlight of the building is the textile façade – unique, innovative and high-performance (see picture below).
Education is an important location factor – for families – for companies – in the search for tomorrow’s best minds. The Hochschule Niederrhein, a university of applied sciences, has some 15,000 students. The degree programme covers subjects ranging from chemistry, design, business administration and economics, electrical engineering and computer science to mechanical engineering and social sciences.
Education starts at an early age, and Mönchengladbach has an extensive network of schools and childcare facilities, an adult education centre as well as institutions such as the MGconnect Stiftung (a foundation) to support young people transitioning from school to their professional career or vocational training.