Festivals & Celebrations
Photo: Volker Wiciok

Discover Recklinghausen

With its historic center and surrounded by the city wall, Recklinghausen -between Münsterland and the Ruhr metropolis- still reflects medieval city structures. The beautiful old town around the market square invites you to store, feast and linger in the "Guten Stube". Worth seeing are the St. Peter's Church (13th century), the city wall (14th century), the farms, craft and manor houses, as well as the town hall. Around the old town, it is worth visiting the old church square in Suderwich or in the village of Hochlar. From there, the route of industrial culture takes you via the town harbor and the museum "Strom und Leben" to mine hill Hoheward with a 360-degree panoramic view of the area.

And if you want to get a real grubby smell, a visit to the Recklinghausen training mine is definitely worthwhile. Whether exploring or adventure: everyone gets value for money in the footsteps of the miners. Guided tours are offered from €9 per person. Information and bookings:

Recklinghausen is known as the slightly different Ruhr area city. It is part of the Ruhr metropolis and is best known for the Ruhr Festival , which begins May 1. For five weeks, Europe's oldest theater festival offers a varied program. But even outside the festival season, the city at the northern edge of the Ruhr and gateway to the Münsterland is worth a visit. For example, around Christmas time. From November 16, the Christmas market with attractively decorated stalls provides Christmas atmosphere in the old town. There is a multitude of events, with the marketplace jumping out at you. On May 26, 2023, the Aldtstadtmarkt will be a competition arena for the world's best show jumpers.

During the autumn period, the historic center will be decked out in color. From October 20 to November 5, 2023 is the event Recklinghausen Leuchtet. More than 100 buildings will be illuminated. During the weekends, a spectacular show will be projected on the town hall facade.