Krefeld (German pronunciation: [ˈkʁeːfɛlt] ( listen)), also known as Crefeld until 1929, is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located northwest of Düsseldorf, its centre lying just a few kilometres to the west of the river Rhine; the borough of Uerdingen is situated directly on the Rhine. Krefeld is accessed by the autobahns A57 (Cologne–Nijmegen) and the A44 (Aachen–Düsseldorf–Dortmund–Kassel).
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4 based on 266 reviews
Krefeld Zoological Garden is a splendid example for a neatly shaped zoo, with a nice choice of animals and some highlights, attracting also parents, grand-parents and grown-ups.
Neatly shaped: all animals are within a good distance and can easily reached by feet, even if the children (or the grand-parents) are not in the mood of walking...
Choice of animals: in contrary to other zoos you'll never feel regret about the captured animals. All of them make a good impression and seem to be well activated inside their cages or areas. The reasons are surely the choice, no extraordinary animals feeling uncomfortable in a cage are to be seen.
Highlights are the two monkey houses, one older for orangs and chimpanzees, one younger for gorillas. A great adventure is the butterfly house: in a tropical atmosphere all kinds of butterflies are flying freely in a tropical wood. Surprising to see butterflies as big as colibris, and also see them feeding in special feeding points.
A nice playing ground with a restaurant nearby gives a chance to recover.
4.5 based on 74 reviews
There are no separate entries for the archeology and textile museums on Tripadvisor, so I'll add these reviews here. You can get a ticket for all of these together for 7 euros. Everything is easily within walking distance.
The Burg itself looks great and authentic. From the tower one gets excellent views over the environment. Inside there are some historic items, but the focus stays on the building itself. There are some nice tapestries, unfortunately without descriptions. Knowing when these tapestries were made, by whom for whom, and what scenes they depict would really help in appreciating them. There are some weaving machines, and one can practice some weaving for themselves. Two rooms focus on archeology and restoration. I found it somewhat disturbing that they mixed in stuff for children to play with here, but I guess they need some distraction too.
The textile museum shows some modern textile art on two floors in one room. I thought the designs were quite crafty. Can be done in 15 minutes.
The archeology museum has three floors, mostly with finds from the region. Bones, stone, bronze and iron tools, lots of Roman stuff (helmets, weapons, parts of clothing, glassware). I found a part about a Batavian uprising against the Romans particularly interesting. The museum closed before I could get to the third floor.
I forgot to look inside the hunting lodge (Jagdschloss).
All descriptions were in German only.
The museum cafe was also good, with I thought friendly personnel.
4 based on 42 reviews
Stadtpark Uerdingen is a pleasant green park in which to pass a few hours. Refreshments are available in the stadthaus café with the many walkways and small Forests. Stop and watch the tennis at either of the two clubs within the park, we have spent many hours here and always enjoyed ourselves. One word of warning however, keep to the paths as wandering into the light undergrowth or onto the grassy area's can bring about the problem of treading into dog dirt. Very messy and a blight on the many dog owners who do pick up after their dogs.
4 based on 38 reviews
This bridge over the Rhine at Uerdingen did play a part in the final part of the war in 1945. The winter that year had been particularly severe and the Rhine had been frozen around the bridge. As the German army was near to the end of their resources in the spring of 45, young defenders of the German cause took it upon themselves to defend Krefeld and Uerdingen and after the end of the wars was declared and the various surrenders had been signed these defenders decided to blow up the bridge. The attempt was not completely successful and only part of the bridge fell into the river. Of course the bridge was out of commission until the rebuild several years later and the American Army was considerably hampered in their advance across the Rhine. The next bridge northwards was at Nimwegen and southwards was in Cologne so the diversions were really an obstacle and it was all a waste of time and effort on the part od the defenders. The rebuilt bridge is a fine looking costruction and is not really wide enough, it will have to be replaced in the next 20 years due to the heavy traffic taking it's toll.
4.5 based on 20 reviews
Hidden in the outskirts of Krefeld an architectural treasure is kept "secret". Two houses, desgined by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe have been transformed into two museums. One for changing expositions, the other for an ongoing exposition about movement and art. After paying the admission fee in either one, both are accessible.
The first house (with the changing exhibitions) is the best one if you are interested in Mies van der Rohe's architecture. Almost all areas are accessible and although there is no furniture, nor bathroom/kitchen equipment, it gives a picture about the ideas the architect has had. Unfortunately there is not that much information about the architecture (but books are available in the store).
The other house is only partly accessible, the upper floor is for the janitor, festivities and receptions. That is a pity because it prevents one from comparing the two houses and choices made between the two. The exhibiton about movement is interesting though: it houses a lot of art that is equiped with motors. Almost none can be touched and operated by the public, but the attendants have great joy in using the remote controls to set things in motion.
Not to be missed is a walk in the garden since it offers a great view on the houses and (when not visited after a heavy snow) some modern art is viewable too.
All in all it's a nice break when travelling past Krefeld.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
Stadwald of Krefeld has a large field with a playground for kids, a lake with the possibility to rent boats, restaurant and a new outdoor training where a lot of locals are training there fitness specially on hot days
4 based on 19 reviews
Want a very nice day out with children. We had visitors for a week and of course we had to find things to do to amuse the children aged 8,11 & 13.
We borrowed bicycles from friends etc and we set out on a bike ride. From Kliedbruch through the forrests towards Hulser Berg, along the bumpy tracks and the winding paths. The final ascent up a steep path and we arrived at Hulser Berg where we all had a drink in the local. Then the kids spotted the tower and of course wanted to climb the steps. A tip, lock up your bikes because the tower takes time to visit.
The long climb to the top with the kids wanting to know how safe it was ? and has it ever fallen down ? The tower is much higher than the tallest trees and the views on the climb are super. Finally the top is reached and then the many questions, how high are we ? what is that place over there ?. The view in every direction is wonderful, Krefeld, Uerdingen, the Rhein can all be seen. The kids wanted to stay for ages but of course could not. Then comes the downward treck.
An ice cream for the kids then we took to the forrest trails again, got lost and found ourselves back at Hulser Berg (after a 15 minute ride) more forrest trails and we finally made it back home. Have you had a good time kids ? oh yes can we go again tomorrow ? If we visit you next year can we go again. Kids just love unusual outings with a bit of excitement.
4.5 based on 13 reviews
This little museum was built to show the development and the manufacturing of the Krefeld famous Dujardin, a very smooth and nice brandy, and a juniper liquor. The entrance fee is with 48 Euro for 8 persons quite high, but at the end you get a brandy and a double juniper liquor.
All is bedded in a very old building, from the initial days, and the surrounding is really nice. The river Rhine is just 2 minutes away.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
I've visited the theatre in Krefeld as a child when the "Wawuschel" programme was running. It did not become boring (to me) during the 2 hours. The interior was modern and clean.
The staff is very professional.
Nowadays you see some drug addicts sitting on a public meeting point about 20 metres right to the entrance (a problem the City of Krefeld tries to handle).
4 based on 19 reviews
Hairdresser, travel agency, clothes, music store, smartphone shop and an ice-cream parlor / restaurant under one water protective roof. When I last visited the hairdresser it offered good service with the average waiting time (of 20 minutes) for a mid-prized Krefeld located hairdresser. The smartphone shop offered a slightly better service and more space to move than other shops of the same service provider brand in Krefeld.
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