Interactive experience description

A 3D-model reproduces the architectural marvel of the Jülich citadel, both on the inside and the outside. Virtual reality allows our visitors to roam over the ramparts and through the casemates of the Renaissance fortress and grants access to areas unavailable in real life. With the reconstruction the visitor may experience 2000 years of Jülich’s history, going from a Roman settlement to a planned town of the Renaissance and finally to the modern city of today.

The 3D-model ties in with the exhibition at the Museum Zitadelle Jülich, which contextualizes the reconstruction and deepens the visitor’s understanding of Jülich’s rich history.

The exhibition and interactive experience in Juliers will be available from October 2021 at the Zentrum für Stadtgeschichte.

Discover 2000 years of evolution in Jülich!


specific touristic information about the city/region

Situated both in the Euregio Maas-Rhine and between the cities of Cologne/Düsseldorf/Aachen, the city of Jülich is the perfect starting point to explore a fascinating and diverse region. A region shaped by sugar beet production and lignite mining is now becoming a pioneer in the field of photovoltaics.


Right in the city centre of Jülich sits the Citadel, one of the best preserved fortresses in Germany and a prime example of Italian High Renaissance architecture north of the Alps. Built in the 16th century as part of an ideal city concept under the reign of Duke William V., it survived numerous wars and sieges. Today it houses the Museum Zitadelle Jülich with its exhibition depicting 2000 years of Jülich’s history and containing one of the most impressive collections of works from Jülich’s most famous son, 19th century landscaper Johann Wilhelm Schirmer.


Located in the Napoleonic bridgehead on the river Roer, the Brückenkopfpark Jülich has much more to offer than an impressive historical setting. The park houses different themed gardens and a zoo with wolves, meerkats and many more animals for exploration and relaxation.  Children and adults alike can exert themselves in numerous outdoor activities. Also look out for the different large events hosted inside the park all through the year.


The Hexenturm, the “witches’ tower”, is a medieval city gate that marks the entry to Jülich’s old town. It is the lone remnant of the fortified town of yore. While a lot of historic buildings have been lost to war and time the layout of a Renaissance ideal city still remains. The picturesque old town offers a wide array of restaurants, cafés and shops and stands out with its atmosphere and charme.


Just outside the city’s borders you will find the Sophienhöhe, one of the largest artificial hills worldwide. Located on the edge of the open-pit Tagebau Hambach, an open-cast lignite mine with an area of about 4.000 h, it offers an impressive view from the top over the Rhenish lignite mining area. Apart from that the ecologically restored hill is a great destination for hikers and mountain bikers.

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