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Mettmann is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany, east of Düsseldorf and west of Wuppertal. It is the capital of the Mettmann district.


The district contains the Neandertal, a river valley which has named the Neanderthal Man, a species of human that went extinct around 40,000 years ago.

Mettmann is the administrative centre of the namesake county Kreis Mettmann, and has a population of roughly 38,000. The small town centre has some historic buildings in addition to some shopping and dining options.

Get in[edit]

Mettmann lies between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal.

By plane[edit]

Düsseldorf Airport is about 10 km (6.2 mi) to the west and sees flights both all over Europe and overseas. Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN) is about 60 km (37 mi) to the south.

By train[edit]

Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is served by domestic and international trains from the Benelux states and France, as well as sleeper trains from Basel and Vienna.
From Düsseldorf, local S-Bahn train S28 connects Düsseldorf and Wuppertal via Mettmann every 20 Minutes on weekdays, less frequent on weekends. S28 takes about 15 minutes for the trip, single tickets from €7.00, VRR tickets valid. Trips to Neanderthal Museum (station: Neanderthal) slightly cheaper and shorter.

By car[edit]

Autobahn A3 to Exit "18 Mettmann". From central Düsseldorf, use Bundesstrasse B7.

Get around[edit]

Map of Mettmann

Buses are run primarily by Rheinbahn and link to all surrounding cities. Services operate daily and in acceptable frequency. Rail stations are 1 Mettmann Zentrum Mettmann Zentrum station on Wikipedia, 2 Neanderthal Neanderthal station on Wikipedia and 3 Mettmann Stadtwald Mettmann Stadtwald station on Wikipedia.


  • 1 Neanderthal Museum, Talstraße 300 (S-Bahn S28 Station "Neanderthal" Bus 741,743 Stop ME-Neanderthal/Museum), +49 2104 97970. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. A museum dedicated to the Neanderthal Man, Homo Neanderthalensis, which populated much of Europe and the Middle East until it was displaced by Homo Sapiens, and went extinct around 40,000 BC. See paleontology and Prehistoric Europe for perspective. Adults €13.00, 6-16yrs €8.50, 4-5yrs €7.00. Neanderthal Museum (Q464416) on Wikidata Neanderthal Museum on Wikipedia




  • Ristorante GAVI, Talstraße 310 (next to the Neanderthal museum). Tu 11:00-18:00, W 11:00-20:00, Th 11:00-20:30, F Sa 11:00-21:00, Su 11:00-19:00. Italian restaurant. Small, quality menu, vegan options.




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