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Gummersbach is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

It is located 50 km east of Cologne. In the past it was nicknamed "the Lime Tree Town", because lime trees lined the main street. Till the 1920s citizen of Gummersbach also used to call their town "small Paris".

It is also informally named the world capital of indoor handball, their club VfL Gummersbach is one of the most successful German handball clubs ever.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN IATA), handles international and domestic flights and is a hub for the low cost airlines Eurowings and TUIfly. The airport is approximately 15 minutes by S-Bahn (local train) to the center of Cologne.
  • Düsseldorf Airport (DUS IATA), The Düsseldorf airport offers many intercontinental connections. Train ride from the airport train station to Cologne central station takes about 40 minutes.
  • Frankfurt Rhein Main International Airport (FRA IATA), is the largest airport in Germany, served by all major international airlines. ICE (InterCityExpress) high speed trains connect Frankfurt Airport and Cologne central station in less than one hour. Standard one way fare is €64. If you book your Deutsche Bahn train ticket online three days before your departure to Cologne, there are a limited number of seats at a reduced price of 30-50%. If you pay full price you do not have to take a specific train, but discounted tickets are restricted to the train on your reservation. Note: Trains via Koblenz, which use the slower, yet extremely scenic route along the Rhine Valley are also 30% cheaper. The ICE train takes about one hour, the slower more scenic route takes about two hours.

By train[edit]

Central Railway Station Gummersbach can be reached from Cologne Central Railway Station within about one hour. Ticket: Preisstufe 4 (RegioTicket) €7.10.

Cologne is linked with Paris by Thalys, Amsterdam and Brussels by ICE High Speed trains. Additionally, the Frankfurt airport (FRA IATA) has direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.

Get around[edit]

Gummersbach has a bus system, which is more or less frequent, depending on where you want to go. The easiest way to get around is definitely by car, since Gummersbach is widely spread into rural areas.


City Centre

  • Vogteihaus Gummersbach (The Old castle). in 1700 from at that time senior civil servant "Pollmann" built the house residential building which lies in the today's center in pedestrian precinct with Kaiserstraße.


- Colored church, a Protestant church with Middle Ages to lichen cover paintings.

- In a restaurant close to the church one can eat Lieberhausen pancake (a delicious and very filling specialty)

  • Hülsenbusch- The "Protestant church" was rebuilt in the 18th century after a local fire and was equipped baroque.
Eisenbahnmuseum Dieringhausen

Eisenbahnmuseum Dieringhausen, Hohler Str. 2, +49 2261 947621, fax: +49 2261-947622, . Sa 10:00–17:00, Sunday and holiday only on Fahrtagen. €4, children: €2.


Explore the beautiful nature of Oberbergisches Land. There are lots of great hikes all around wherever you stop your car.


Gummersbach has a little mall at the beginning of its pedestrian zone. It's a nice street to stroll around and 'bummel', as the Germans say, lined by restaurants, cafes and ice-cafes where you can rest your tired feet.


  • Im Holsteiner Fährhaus, Hohensteinstraße 7, +49 2261 55225. good steaks and German food, Rebbelroth
  • Die Mühlenhelle, Hohler Str. 1, +49 2261 7 50 97. for a really nice and gourmet experience
  • Baumhof, Brückenstr. 6, +49 2261 2 20 70. cosy brew pub with food
  • Brauhaus, Hindenburgstr. 15, +49 2261 2 90 01-0. the Gummersbach Brewery with hearty foods and salads
  • China Restaurant Lotus, Wiesenstr. 18, +49 2261 6 46 88. German Chinese food is a little milder, so if you're used to authentic Chinese cuisine, don't be surprised
  • Rhodos, Hindenburgstr. 26, +49 2261 2 28 38. if you like Greek cuisine
  • Gasthaus zum Lambachtal, Lambacher Weg 2, +49 2261 6 51 71. salads and hearty cuisine in Strombach
  • Ristorante Pinocchio, Marktstr. 14, +49 2261 6 44 54. Italian in a historic area of town
  • Tino, Kaiserstr. 47, +49 2261 6 69 27. a really good and very friendly Italian

Also while walking around town, try one of the Döner Kebap places you see. Turkish fast food is very common in Germany and always a pretty healthy and affordable option if you get hungry.


Gummersbach has its own brewery, das Brauhaus, listed in the restaurant section above. You will also find quite a few pubs, some of them offering food. Make sure you try Kölsch beer, which is originated in Cologne but also gets brewed in Gummersbach. The rule is, you can only brew Kölsch, if you can see the Cologne Cathedral from your brewery.


Go next[edit]

Gummersbach is only half an hour by car and one hour by train from Cologne, which is a major tourist destination in Germany and has lots of interesting things and architecture to see.

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