Winter sometimes seems to take forever. Days are short and the weather is often gloomy. When the sun shines brightly on a Friday and the weekend also promises to be sunny, the virus to go out and about manifests itself once more.
I quickly found a conveniently located hotel and presented hubby with the plan. He was immediately ready for it and within a few minutes he had made the reservation for an overnight stay in Mülheim an der Ruhr.
The next morning we drove away from home early and at nearly eleven o’clock we were welcomed by a nice lady in the hotel. We were even given the key to the room and from there we could see the river with the tower of the church, the Räthaus (town hall) and other buildings. It looked attractive and so we left for a wonderful and especially varied walk and it would not end there. We made several short walks this day and our legs were active on the second day as well, as you can read below.
Route 1 (map)
For convenience, let’s start at the U-bahn exit at Schloss Broich. Along the Stadthalle we walked across the Schlossbrücke towards the center of the city. We went down the stairs on the left and sauntered along the river Ruhr to the Stadthafen. Unfortunately there were no boats to be seen.
The Schlossstrasse is the shopping street with enough of those typical German bakeries where you can strengthen the inner man for a nice price.
On the Synagogenplatz you will find the old Post Office that now serves as an art museum.
When you continue on Schlossstrasse you will automatically see the Forum shopping center. It has around 120 stores and is located at the Hauptbahnhof. After we visited it we headed for the Altstadt.
The Petrikirche is situated on a hill that can be reached via the Friedenstreppe. After finding a geocache, we descended to the Siegfried Reda-Platz and walked via Della to the shore of the river Ruhr. Via the Mülheim lock and the Wasserkraftwerk we returned to the starting point of this walk.
Route 2 (map)
From the U-bahn exit Schloss Broich we walked a little up the Ruhrufer and descended the stairs to the footpath that runs right along the river. We passed the restaurant and the Schlossbrücke underneath. The Stadthalle appeared. From the gardens we had a nice view of the city on the other river bank.
Via the stairs we came to the Radschnellweg Rheinische Bahn. We took a right turn and crossed to bridge to reach the other bank. There we descended the stairs and walked along the river. The sunset was a beautiful red / purple color.
From the Stadthafen we headed for the Rathausturm and after we did some shopping we walked back over the bridge to the starting point.
Route 3 (map)
After a tasty Greek dinner, the weather still looked great so we decided to digest some calories. Let’s start again at the U-bahn exit Schloss Broich.
Because it was dark we did not go through the Müga Park, but we left it on the right. After passing the Ringlokschuppen on the right, the Camera Obscurators is on the left. Via this way we reached the Radschnellweg Rheinische Bahn which you can walk at a nice pace. A long way further on we found a staircase on the left, along which we reached the urban walking area via the Löhstrasse and the starting point came back into view.
Route 4 (map)
After a good night’s rest and a tasty breakfast with a glass of sparkling wine, the sun challenged us. This time we opted for a longer walk with more nature.
Of course we started again at the U-Bahn station Schloss Broich and we went to see the castle. It has an attractive courtyard and a viewpoint. Then we walked back a little and crossed the bridge over the busy road and ended up in the Stadthallengarten.
We followed the Ruhruffer downstream to the Konrad-Adenauer Brücke and with an arc we returned.
Along the water we walked to the Ruhrinsel. At the end we crossed the weir and continued the route along the Ruhr. Via the Mendener Brücke we reached the other bank and turned back towards Mülheim.
In Thyssenpark we had a beautiful autumn view of the Thyssen villa. Then we walked further along the river and the Schlossbrücke gained insight. What was left was to cross it and at Schloss Broich we got back in the car, looking back on a wonderful weekend.