Visit Insel Hombroich

Founded in 1987 by the art collector Karl-Heinrich-Müller, Insel Hombroich is an exciting and unique destination.

The founder acquired the area with the aim of combining art, nature and architecture. This contemporary park, based on Paul Cézannes’s concept of “art parallel to nature”, was an elemental park landscape in the 17th century. The island’s woods, meadows and stretches make it a unique place located between Neuss and Grevenbroich.

Ready to discover more about this dramatic place? Let’s start the visit!

A bit of history

The valley has been the site of human habitation for thousand of years. Evidence of this can be seen in Stone-Age artefacts, Roman ruins and remains of mediaeval earth mounds.

In 1820, when the Hombroich family acquired a country residence here, a geometrical park was laid out on this terrain. The residence is known as the “Rosa Haus” and it is part of the visit.

It was not until 1984 when Karl-Heinrich-Müller acquired the park and its residence with the intention of presenting his art collection to the public. In 1986, the landscape designer Bernhard Korte gave this park a magical touch with the creation of an area consisting of parkland, river plain and terraced ground.

In 1987 Karl-Heinrich opened this unique place to the public with the intention to support local artists and architects.

The island is characterized by a constant change and transformation. In summer, the landscape is full of flowers, while in fall it has a melancholy air.  

What to find in an “island museum”?

A part from the magnificent landscape, there are 11 pavilions, each of which – art in itself – is home to other works of art.

These pavilions were designed by Erwin Heerich, who adapted the buildings to the landscape in a harmonious manner. The outside walls are faced with broken bricks while the inside surfaces are colored in pure white. Each building is also a resonating chamber for acoustic experiences, in this way musicians are always welcome to try out musical experiments. Finally, the rooms are decorated with large windows and open doors. Due to this architectural harmony, the sun’s position provides a play of light between nature and architecture the whole year.

Other unique building you can find is the “Rosa Haus”, a villa from the 19th century.

The “Rosa Haus” and its axial garden of 1820, are considered to be the origin of the present-day park. When vistining it you can find magnificent oaks and cypress, which date back to the park’s beginnings. Furthermore, various sculptures stand or lie hidden in the grass or between the hydrangeas and rhododendrons.

Finally, you can find a café, built in the style of an orangery with large areas of glass. This is the right place to enjoy some regional cuisine – included in the entrance fee – on its terrace.

Price & Opening hours

The island of Hombroich is a special destination designed as a daylight museum. The idea is to make the sculptures and buildings a unique experience for the visitor, which is why there is no artificial lighting.

You should allow around four hours for a thorough inspection. Therefore, I highly recommend you to visit it during spring or summer time – when the days are longer.

Opening hours:

April – September

Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00

October – March

Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00

Price:

During the week – 15€ regular ticket, 35€ family ticket

During the weekends – 20€ regular ticket, 45€ family ticket

Website: https://www.inselhombroich.de/en

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Art in Düsseldorf: Tomas Saraceno In Orbit

Hey guys! How are you? Long time no see. It is more than one month since I posted something new.

Last month was a busy time for me but I am back and ready to tell you more about our expat adventures here in Düsseldorf.

A couple of weekends ago I had a really special visit. Some old friends came here to celebrate the bachelorette of one of them. I was so excited!! We wanted to prepare a perfect weekend for her and, at the same time, I wanted them to discover this incredible part of Germany.

Therefore I organized a beer taste evening at the Beer Craft Festival in Düsseldorf, a tour around Cologne (the sun shined the whole day :)) and another beer taste afternoon, but this time in Düsseldorf.

However, I was not satisfied enough. I wanted to offer my friends the possibility to enjoy something different, something unique. But what could I do?

Suddenly I realized about something; there is still one thing you can do in Düsseldorf that you can´t do at any other place (and it is not beer related 😉 ).

To carry out my plan I convinced my friends to spend some time in a museum. Although that weather was perfect, I mean, we had more than 20 degrees and a splendid sun shinning above us, they accepted to make some indoor activity.

The exhibition

The museum chosen to experience something unique was the impressive, well known K21 Museum.

One of the main exhibitions of this awesome museum is called In Orbit, an enormous installation suspended at a high of more than 25 meters, created by the argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

The physically accessible work is constructed of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. Five air filled spheres are located within the net structure.

Visitors are welcomed to enter the installation, during 10 minutes, and explore it by climbing it from the inside. Those brave enough to venture into this unique piece of art will experience a mix of feelings up there.

If you suffer from vertigo I would sadly not recommend you to enjoy this “floating in the sky” adventure, unless you feel brave enough to walk 25 meters above the floor.

Inside the installation

As previously mentioned, the installation is a construction of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. To access this art work you will be provided with a special suit to prevent personal things falling down to the museum visitors down below. Furthermore, the museum staff will also provide you with a special pair of shoes so that you can walk safety inside the net.

The entrance to the structure is located at the third level in order that the visitor can decide the path he wants to follow during his visit.

Usually I like to start at the third level to come down calmly until the first one. Personally, I think this is the best way to avoid the initial shock of being 25 meters high protected only by some steel cables.

I must admit that, although I have already visited this exhibition more than 3 times, I am still impressed by the height once I reach the first level of the net.

Price, opening hours & more

The museum opening hours are the following:

  • Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am until 18.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & holiday from 11.00 am until 18.00 pm

The admission price is 12,00€ (9,00€ for children)

Here you can find more information about the museum.

I hope you are brave enough to enjoy this unique experience! 🙂