The Nikolaus Monastery

The 600 years old Nikolaus- Monastery accomodates the 8th sustainable summer school in a beautiful green area of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW) in Germany.



The old monastery is situated in a green suburban area of the Rhein/Ruhr metropolitan region. The monastery offers a simple but healthy full-board accomodation and a broad estate for creative design walks. It is also a vantage point for field-trips to Essen, Cologne and the Museumsinsel Hombroich.

Travel and Sightseeing Tips:


Museum Island Hombroich

The museum island Hombroich offers a museum experience of quite a different kind. In 1987 a museum was built that not only presents but also produces under the Cezanne motto „Art Alongside Nature“.

Missile station/Langen Foundation: The Langen Foundation is located within the Missile Station Hombroich, one of NATO’s former bases and part of the Hombroich culture area.The buildin contain the Viktor and Marianna Langen collection which spans almost five hundred Japanese artworks and three hundred contemporary works.

Address: Kapellener Straße (L201) 41472 Neuss (Holzheim)


ESSEN – Cultural Powerhouse of the Ruhr Metropolis

Zeche Zollverein – UNESCO listing for Zollverein: The Zollverein colliery and coking plant ensemble has been listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. Address: Zeche Zollverein Schacht XII, Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen


Villa Huegel

In the Villa Huegel, the „Ruhr Cultural Foundation“ („Kulturstiftung Ruhr“) regularly organizes world class cultural history exhibitions.
Address: Huegel 15, 45133 Essen (Bredeney)


Museum Folkwang

All epoch-making art periods from the romantics to the modern avantgarde are represented in the Folkwang Museum by excellent exhibits: paintings, graphics, and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, a first class collection on the history of photography, antique ceramics and some examples of Far Eastern and African art. Address: Goethestr. 41, 45128 Essen


red dot design museum

at Design Center North-Rhine Westphalia: Well designed products from kitchen cutlery, notebooks and a sawing machine, to a multi-functional settee or sports car.
Address: Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen (Essen-Katernberg) former boiler house of Zeche Zollverein Schacht XII


More about Culture in Essen…


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About Cologne / Duesseldorf


Sightseeing in Cologne

Cologne was built on ground that is steeped in history. Numerous cultural monuments from the past 2000 years, such as the famous Roman Dionysus mosaic, the medieval Overstolzenhaus and the Gürzenich Hall, as well as modern structures such as the opera house (1957) and the Media Park (from 1989 onwards) are found in this city.

Cologne Cathedral: Cologne cathedral with its two spires mounting up to 157 metres each, has been the city’s most famous landmark for centuries and the most well-known architectural monument in Germany. More:

Guerzenich Hall: The Guerzenich became the representative and dance hall of the citizen of Cologne (15th century).

Overstolzenhaus: The Romanesque patrician’s house was built in the twenties of the 13th Century.


Sightseeing in Duesseldorf

Media Harbour: The slanting towers and modern structures fascinate international connoisseurs of architecture.

Museum Kunstpalast: The focus of Düsseldorf’s museum landscape is on art museums:

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4; 40213 Duesseldorf

Mustard Museum: It is located at Berger Straße 29