In the middle of the Urdenbacher Kämpe, a protected area of the Rhine floodplain between Düsseldorf and Monheim am Rhein, lies the historic estate of Haus Bürgel. The former Roman fort is an architectural and archaeological monument with a history spanning more than 2000 years.
Today, the farmstead is home to a Roman museum, the Biological Station, and a draft horse stud farm. Nature conservation and monument protection are closely intertwined here!
Haus Bürgel has belonged to the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation for Nature Conservation, Heritage and Cultural Preservation since 1989. The property is managed by the non-profit company “Gemeinnützige Haus Bürgel Betriebs gGmbH”. Both institutions are committed to the preservation and proper use of Haus Bürgel.
A film about Haus Bürgel can be found on the web pages of the North Rhine-Westphalia Foundation.
Since 2003, the manor house and the corner tower at Haus Bürgel have been home to the Roman Museum, where excavation finds and many more exhibits are showcased in a visually appealing and highly informative way. The eight exhibition rooms are complemented by an outdoor path that leads visitors along the former fort walls.
Paved areas highlight the position of several former towers, a gate and the former fort bath. The location of the Roman cemetery, from which many of the exhibits come, is also marked on the site. A working kitchen garden presents vegetables and herbs from Germanic and Roman times as well as from later periods.
The Biological Station located at Haus Bürgel maintains and protects the surrounding floodplain landscape and other areas in Düsseldorf and the Mettmann district. Animal and plant populations are recorded, pollarded willows and fruit trees are planted, and the moorland is grazed by moorland sheep.
With an extensive environmental education program, the employees of the Biological Station teach a profound understanding of nature to guests and school classes.
The agricultural part of Haus Bürgel is run by the Reuter stud farm for draft horses. The Rhenish-German Coldblood has a long tradition in the Rhineland and was used as a working horse in agriculture, industry and trade. With the dawn of motor vehicles, demand for these animals declined and the breed shrank to a few specimens. For more than 100 years, the Reuter family has been committed to keeping the Rhenish-German Coldblood alive with a dedicated breeding program. Today, the cold-blooded horses at Haus Bürgel are mainly used for trips with covered wagons and carriages.
Whether you come for the Romans, the natural setting or the horses, there is always so much to experience at Haus Bürgel. Visits to the Roman Museum, the Biological Station and the cold-blood stud farm can be combined very well. Just contact us!
40789 Monheim am Rhein