Neuss Vacation Packages
Neuss is a thriving German town with a long history. Within its boundaries are Roman ruins, ancient churches and the remains of medieval defenses. The town is also a big draw for its annual festivals, including a traditional shooting competition with a massive street parade.
The history of Neuss dates back more than 2,000 years to when the Romans established a settlement here, making it one of the oldest towns in Germany. Taking advantage of its position on the banks of the Rhine River, Neuss has been a busy trading center for a lot of its history. Some of the resulting prosperity is reflected in its grand old buildings.
Embark on a self-guided history tour of Neuss and marvel at its ancient structures. Look up at the twin-towered Obertor Gate, the only surviving gate of the town's medieval fortifications. Visit the Basilica of St. Quirinus, dedicated to the patron saint of Neuss and containing his relics. Walk around the 17th-century Zeughaus building complex, which has been a church, arsenal and concert hall. Go to the Cybele Baptistery, a Roman cellar with an altar to the most powerful Roman god.
Take a break from your sightseeing tour to sample German cuisine in a restaurant along the banks of the Rhine. Stop for a beer at Zum Schwatte Pad, the oldest tavern on the lower Rhine.
If you are looking for a party, visit on the last weekend of August for Schützenfest. This traditional festival sees thousands of marksmen competing in shooting contests and a long parade through the streets. Another highlight of the Neuss calendar is the annual Shakespeare festival, also held in the summer months. It takes place at Neuss’s Globe Theater, modeled on the Shakespearean replica in London.
Neuss is situated on the west bank of the Rhine River, 7.2 miles (12 kilometers) from Düsseldorf. There are good road and rail links with the rest of the country and most of the sights can be covered on foot. Alternatively, get around by using the regular bus services.