Monschau ['mon.ʃaʊ also' mɔn.dʒaʊ̯] (until 1918 Montjoie, on 9 August 1918 change of name by imperial decree in Monschau) is a city on the Rur in the Eifel. It is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and belongs to the city region of Aachen. The city lies between the mountain slopes of the nature park High Venn-Eifel in the Rureifel, which takes its name from the river Rur. Worth seeing is above all the Red House, the former headquarters of the textile industrialist family Scheibler (compare Łódź and Carl Wilhelm Scheibler).
August 21, 2017
Monschau is one of the few cities in Germany to have two youth hostels.
The Castle and Hargard.
We recommend the annual Monschau Classics at the castle monschau-festival.de
You should definitely visit the city center (Rur and Stehlingsstraße with market), the Red House and the mustard mill, which is slightly off the beaten track (you can book tours here by phone or email senfmuehle.de/start/Reservierungen index.html.
July 9, 2018
Monschau tourist destination No. 1 in the Eifel
The historic Monschau old town with its approximately 300 listed buildings invites you to stroll, shop and enjoy. In the winding lanes behind the medieval half-timbered facades there are many small galleries and boutiques that are open all year round, even on Sundays and public holidays. In addition to the numerous museums, the Municipal Gallery in the Au Monastery and the Art and Culture Center - Kuk attract with interesting exhibitions. Amidst this artistic creativity, the smallest city theater in Germany has something to offer for every taste. Stylish restaurants, charming cafes and quaint pubs lure with local specialties and international cuisine. Anyone who would like to experience the rustic country life first-hand is in the height villages around the old town just right. In search of suitable accommodation, the guest will find here the rich variety of a modern holiday region; from the cozy private pension or the comfortable apartment to the 4-star hotel, "farm holidays", campsites and youth hostels.
August 21, 2017
Beautiful old town with many half-timbered houses.
Located in the valley of the Rur.
Also worth seeing is the castle above the town and the glassworks.
It's like a journey into a bygone era: on the banks of the Rur, which flows through the middle of the Eifel town of Monschau, one lovingly restored half-timbered house is lined up next to the other, winding romantic streets lead through the town and every glance around the next corner reveals it visitors a new picture. There is something fairytale about strolling through the town and it would come as no surprise to hear the pounding of horses echoing off the cobblestones through the narrow streets. The times of horse-drawn carriages are over and today's Monschau combines tradition with modernity. The half-timbered houses or the magnificent "Red House", a patrician house that tells of the heyday of the cloth-making industry in the 18th century, tell the story. Monschau woolen cloth stood for the highest quality throughout Europe. At the beginning of the 20th century, however, the last cloth factory closed. The beautiful houses have remained and give the place its unmistakable flair.The castle takes us back to the Middle Ages and the beginning of Monschau's town history: it towers high above the town. It was built at the end of the 12th century by the Dukes of Limburg and was continuously expanded and rebuilt up until the 17th century. Back down in the valley, a stroll through the many small shops and boutiques should not be missed. In the halls of the craft market and the glassworks, visitors can browse the range of traditional craftsmen or experience how glass is blown on a guided tour.
May 28, 2019
Beautiful village in the valley on the Rur with many half-timbered houses and slate roofs. Although a bit touristy, there are smaller shops off the usual chains. Especially the way to the surrounding hills (like the Haller ruin) is worthwhile for the great view of the town.
August 16, 2019
"The Pauls'sche Haus is a typical representative Monschauer burghouse, which was built in the second half of the 18th century and was built by Paul Christoph Scheibler and acquired by Hermann Pauls in 1824. It has been owned by the city since 1921 The house number 1 to 3 is located on the city street right on the Rur and is listed under the number 25 in Monschau Monuments List. " Source: Tablet on the house
May 27, 2018
Half-timbered houses Town center Monschau
The medieval town of Monschau is located in a basin on the River Rur. The center is characterized by a total of 200 listed houses. These include numerous well-preserved half-timbered houses, some with original slate roofs.
After a destruction in 1543, the reconstruction of the medieval streets took place at the end of the 16th century. At the beginning of the 19th century, numerous buildings were destroyed by fire.
The two- to four-storey half-timbered houses from the 19th and 20th centuries consist of quarry stone in the basement and were covered with slate. The appearance of the houses is characterized by a very high pitched roof and protruding upper floors. The basement floors were originally used for production and trade.
Many buildings are in very good condition and together form a closed, historically shaped overall impression.
September 12, 2018
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