New openings in NRW
Circular discovery tours on the neanderland Steig hiking trail
All around the neanderland Steig trail, which covers around 240 kilometres, hikers can discover places of interest, nature and historic towns and villages on new paths that have been created in the area. From the spring of 2018, short circular tours will lead off from the main trail, connecting different attractions with each other. The discovery tours are between two and 19 kilometres long, and will be opened in succession when the season starts in the spring.
Museum boat on the Rhine
From the spring of 2018, the neanderland region will have one more museum: On a museum boat, an elevated “Aalschokker” eel fishing boat built in 1937, the history of eel fishing on the Rhine will be presented in an interactive, authentic way in Monheim am Rhein. The “Fiat Voluntas”was used for eel fishing at Neuss on the Rhine for almost 40 years until the start of the new millennium.
West Bike Route, Lower Rhine
It doesn’t get further west than this. On the Lower Rhine, in the Heinsberger Land region, is the westernmost point in Germany, and the highlight of a new cycle route. The West Bike Route, which covers around 200 kilometres, connects all ten centres of the towns and communities in the Heinsberger Land region. E-bike users will find charging stations for their batteries at ten stops along the route. Cafés and restaurants offer typical regional specialities. Six themed day tours complement the main route, which will be opened in the spring of 2018.
Museum Peter August Böckstiegel, Teutoburg Forest
On 7 April 2018, the new Museum Peter August Böckstiegel will open, which is currently being built on the grounds of the artist’s house in Werther near Bielefeld. The building where Böckstiegel was born, an orange-red half-timbered building in an idyllic location surrounded by green, and decorated with wood carvings and glass windows designed by Böckstiegel, is used as a museum. However, due to its small size, can only be accessed by a limited number of visitors. In addition, only a small portion of the artist’s work, comprising 1,300 items, can be shown.
The planned opening date is also the 129th birthday of the artist, who was born in 1889 in Werther and died there in 1951. Peter August Böckstiegel is regarded as an important representative of Westphalian expressionism.
Borussia hotel for Mönchengladbach
In the Borussia-Park Mönchengladbach, a seven-storey new building is being constructed which will directly connect the stadium and the club’s commercial headquarters. The core of the new building will be a hotel with around 130 rooms and five suites, which will be furnished with a Borussia theme and be of a 4-star hotel standard. The planned opening date is set for the autumn of 2018. An interactive club museum is also being built in the new complex.
Mountain peaks in the gasometer
Once again, there is a huge attraction worth seeing at the highest exhibition hall in Europe. In the approximately 100-meter high gasometer in Oberhausen, visitors can experience the fascination of the mountains from 16 March 2018. The high point of the exhibition, “The mountain calls”, is a recreation of the Matterhorn. The huge sculpture appears to float in the room in mirror image, and is reflected in the floor of the highest gasometer platform, so that from here, the mountain can be seen from its summit. Moving images are projected onto its surface, which show the legendary mountain at different times of the day and in different seasons.
As part of the show, which is initially planned to run until December 2018, visitors can participate in legendary first ascents of the most famous summit in the world, and experience the reverence in which humans have held the mountains for thousands of years.
Peace in Münster (from April)
“Peace. From antiquity to the present day” is the theme of a major exhibition project in Münster planned for next year in commemoration of the signing of the Peace of Westphalia 370 years ago and the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. From 28 April to 2 September 2018, the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (the LWL museum of art and culture), the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, the Archäologisches Museum der Universität Münster (the archaeological museum of the University of Münster), the diocese of Münster and the City Museum of Münster will highlight the struggle for peace in its many different guises.
The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur will show paintings on the subject, including works by Rubens, Goya, Picasso, Dix and Kollwitz. The Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster will show examples of Picasso’s intensive artistic engagement with the subject of war and peace. The exhibition will include several variations on his dove of peace, for example. The City Museum of Münster will dedicate itself to the reception history of the Peace of Westphalia, with a focus on the anniversary years of 1748, 1848 and 1948.
The era of coal in Essen (from April)
In 2018, the German hard coal mining will come to an end, with the closure of the Prosper Haniel colliery in Bottrop. At the end of 2018, the last hard coal mine in Germany will cease operation. This marks the end of a major era of not only German, but also European history. From 27 April to 11 November 2018, the “Das Zeitalter der Kohle” (“The coal era”) exhibition will take visitors on a journey in time through the historical, technical and cultural dimensions of coal. The exhibition is organised jointly by the Ruhr Museum and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German mining museum) in Bochum, and will be shown in the Ruhr Museum, in the mixing installation rooms at the Kokerei Zollverein (Zollverein cokery) in Essen.
Pink Floyd in Dortmund (from September)
The first Pink Floyd exhibition in the world will come to the Ruhr area in the spring of 2018. Following its première at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the show, called “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains” will travel to the Dortmunder U centre via Rome. The exhibition was curated in close cooperation with the band members, and includes over 350 items from 50 years, with instruments, hand-written song texts and drawings and graphics for the visual design of the albums and stage sets. Visitors can expect a multi-media audio-visual journey to the Pink Floyd cosmos. Dortmund is the only city in the German-speaking area and the Benelux states where the exhibition will be shown.
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Anniversaries, events and festivities
40 years UNESCO World Heritage Site, Aachen Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral was the first German building to be added to the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage sites in 1978. This 40th anniversary will be celebrated during a week of festivities from 23 to 30 September 2018. The event will be opened with a ceremonial church service. The cathedral will then open its doors to areas not normally accessible to visitors, such as the dais with Charlemagne’s throne. A programme of music and a light installation are also being planned, which will tell the story of the 1,200-year-old building.
118 Deutscher Wandertag (German hiking day) in Detmold
As one of the largest hiking festivals worldwide, the German hiking day programme includes nature hikes, culture tours, a parade and concerts. Every year, thousands of visitors come to the event, which is organised by the Deutscher Wanderverband, the German hiking association, every year. From 15 to 20 August 2018, Detmold will be the German hiking capital.
Handball Champions League final, Cologne (May)
World-class handball can be seen on 26 and 27 May 2018 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, when the four best teams in Europe will play each other in the final round of the Handball Champions League, the VELUX EHF FINAL4.
German Catholic Day in Münster
The motto of the 101st German Catholic Day in Münster is “Seek freedom”. From 9 to 13 May 2018, there will be around 1,000 events, including Bible studies, podium discussions, workshops, exhibitions and concerts, as well as large and small church services.
Tag der Trinkhallen (“Day of the drinks kiosks”)
After it was first organised in 2016, this day of events focussing on all areas of kiosk culture in the Ruhr area will again take place in 2018, with a stronger emphasis on cycling. The planned date is 25 August 2018. On the first “Day of the drinks kiosks”, 50 of the 15,000 or so drinks kiosks in total set the stage for direct exchange, with free concerts, readings, cabaret and dance events.