Mönchengladbach is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with 257,000 Inhabitants.


"MG", as it is often abbreviated, is mostly renown for it's Soccer Club, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Though inhabited by more than a quarter million people it appears to be a small town due to infrastructure, culture and "spirit". There is very limited public traffic (esp. at night), very few clubs and pubs, no arthouse cinemas, no "scenes" etc. The metropolises of Cologne and Düsseldorf tend to cause a certain "brain drain" from MG so it appears to some as a kind of suburb to those - though again poorly connected in terms of public traffic.

Get around

Mönchengladbach has a bus system but it's weak. From 8 pm it's of no practical help and from 11 pm there are no buses. Buses start from 5 am (9am on Sundays!). On Fridays and Saturdays there is a Night Bus from the party area Alter Markt / Waldhausener Str. to the outskirts, but only until 3 am. You'll always find a taxi of course but they can be costly. Biking is advisable only from April to October, watch out for sudden weather changes. Distances within the center are easily walked, but Rheydt and the outskirts are not.


Borussia-Park Mönchengladbach



Mönchengladbach is not about big shopping tours and never will be, try Düsseldorf, Cologne, Venlo (NL) or Roermond (NL) instead.

Anyway, there are some shops worth being mentioned:

If you like german bread: Cafe Ö, Marktstieg 8, Very close to the "Alter Markt", is a non-chain-bakery and cafe. They do "handcrafted", organic, whole wheat bread. That's what germans miss when they're abroad (some even prior to beer).

If you consider tea bags a crime and are in need of the real stuff: "Tee Gschwender", Hindenburgstr., at the "Theater Galerie" will give you sweet relief.

You'll find a Chucks and Vans shop at the Theater Galerie, too.

If you're into Punk, Hardcore, Ska etc. music and clothes, pay a visit to Nightmare Records, Waldhausener Str. (Altstadt).




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