Monheim am Rhein - a completely normal small town? Located between Düsseldorf and Cologne, the city on the Rhine is indeed a pearl. Since 2013, the city has been debt-free and is continuously investing in family, infrastructure and culture: no fees for daycare centres, bike paths in preference to roads, free WiFi and, from April 2020, free local public transport for Monheim residents.
Monheim am Rhein has more than 43,000 inhabitants, about two thirds of whom live in the Monheim district and one third in the Baumberg district.
Monheim am Rhein is...
... City of music
A heart of the city of Monheim am Rhein is the music school. Thanks to the "Monheim Model Music School for All!" all children receive intensive music lessons in the primary school. And there is also a music triennial...
... City of Culture
The largest cultural organizer is the Monheimer Kulturwerke with more than 115 cultural events annually in the areas of theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, readings and open-air festivals. The cultural landscape cannot be imagined without the socio-cultural centre Sojus 7 - one of the venues of the Triennale - the Ulla-Hahn-Haus, the Volkshochschule, the scene meeting place "Spielmann" and many other cultural places. Furthermore, the Monheim carnival culture is loved and lived. Art also plays a major role in Monheim: Inside, the art school mediates, outside, the public space is constantly being expanded to present art as an essential element of the city's culture. The sculpture "Leda" by Markus Lüpertz, an homage to the city symbol, the „Gänseliesel“ (goose girl), was inaugurated in September 2019 and caused a great stir. Other works of art are the sculpture "Cry for Freedom" by Saman Hidayat and the project "Haste Töne" by the artist’s quartet "Inges Idee": a giant record player in a roundabout. For the future, a geyser by Thomas Stricker is planned on a roundabout, as well as the artwork "Dancing Houses" by Timm Ulrichs.
... Smart City
Since 2016, the city has been constantly working on its efficiency. Among other things, free WLAN has already been introduced throughout the city.
.... City of good food
A good overview of the delicacies of Monheim am Rhein (and other interesting facts) can be found on the website "discover Monheim am Rhein".
... Business City
The drastic reduction of the trade tax rate from 2009 onwards made the city debt-free. Monheim am Rhein now has the lowest trade tax rates in North Rhine-Westphalia. As a result, more and more companies are settling in the city.
... Join-in Town
On a participation portal set up by the city, it is possible for Monheim residents to participate in planning and get involved in city life.
A free map of the city of Monheim am Rhein can be found here.