Tour 3: The art of European gardening in the Rhineland

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Benrath Palace and its garden park remain a harmonious single work of art, as designed by Nicolas de Pigage in 1755. The palace, park and water features complement each other, forming interesting juxtapositions. Each of the rooms in the palace is assigned a matching outdoor room in the garden: the domed hall is paired with the reflecting pond and the private rooms of the Palatine Elector and his wife are paired with gardens in the English and French styles, respectively.

Follwoing a careful restoration process, the castle garden once again has the appearance it enjoyed in the early nineteenth century when it was designed by Thomas Blaikie. The park is home to a diverse and extremely well-preserved arboretum. The flower beds in the vast castle lawns burst forth in colour in April and magnificent azaleas and rhododendrons display all their glory in May. On a smaller scale is the landscape design on the Orangerie peninsula, where planting beds and garden perennials are laid out in clean, precise lines.

This contemporary park was built on the meadows along the Erft River, where a dialogue between nature, art and architecture creates the idea of an artistic landscape. Here, visitors experience “art parallel to nature.” Sculptor Erwin Heerich created eleven pavilions, which house other items while being works of art themselves.

  • Spring at the Castle, Easter Sunday and Monday
  • Garden Festival, Corpus Christi weekend
  • Classic Days – Vintage Cars Festival, first weekend in August
  • Illumina, for ten days starting the first Friday in September
  • Autumn at the Castle, first weekend in October
  • Garden focus: temporary exhibitions on garden photography

Our Suggested Itinerary

1st DAY
  • Journey to Düsseldorf
  • Guided tour of Benrath Palace and visit to the Museum of European Garden History
  • Individual walk through the palace gardens with a dining break at the end of the tour
  • Time for individual sightseeing or shopping in Düsseldorf
  • Optional dinner at Restaurant Malkasten with tour of the Jacobi Garden
  • Accommodation in Düsseldorf
2nd DAY
  • After breakfast, drive to Schloss Dyck in Jüchen
  • Guided tour of the castle, exhibitions, English-style landscape garden and the New Gardens
  • Individual time to wander the spacious castle grounds
  • Lunch at Bistro Botanica in the castle grounds
  • Then a visit to the current exhibition at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach with its remarkable sculpture garden
  • In the evening, optional concert or opera performance in Düsseldorf
  • Accommodation in Düsseldorf
3rd DAY
  • In the morning, drive to Neuss-Holzheim to the Insel Hombroich Museum
  • Individual tour of the area including food and rink at the park café (buffet)
  • Depending on the time available, optional visit to nearby Langen Foundation
  • Then return trip home


  • 2 nights in a upper middle-class hotel in Düsseldorf
  • Admission and tour to Benrath Palace with Museum of European Garden History
  • Admission and tour of the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach
  • Admission and tour to Schloss Dyck
  • Lunch at Bistro Botanica
  • Entrance to Insel Hombroich Museum
  • Arrangement of additional services and product brochures
  • Free space for the 21st person in double room

Price per person:
from €xx.xx in double room
from €xx.xx single supplement
Groups of 20 or more

Art Cities Plus
  • Dinner at Restaurant Malkasten

Combination Tips

  • Purchase of local products in the Schloss Dyck country store
  • Trip to Lousberg Park in Aachen with tour of city
  • Visit to the castle gardens in Arcen near Venlo
  • Visit to the North Park in Düsseldorf
  • Visit an artist’s studio in Dusseldorf
  • Monastery village Styl near Venlo with monastery gardens and Jochumhof