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.
April – September
Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
October – March
Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00
During the week – 15€ regular ticket, 35€ family ticket
During the weekends – 20€ regular ticket, 45€ family ticket