Out and About in Jülich
Forschungszentrum Jülich is situated at the centre of a triangle formed by the cities of Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf, and can be reached from these cities in 25 to 50 minutes by car or by public transport. There is a direct bus connection from Forschungszentrum Jülich to Aachen, and the local train service – the Rurtalbahn – provides connections to Aachen and Cologne via Düren. By bike, it only takes ten minutes to reach Jülich from the campus. A lot of colleagues set up car sharing groups.
The town of Jülich has a population of 30,000 and a very attractive town centre dominated by the citadel, constructed in the Renaissance and one of the oldest fortifications of its type north of the Alps. Today it is home to a grammar school.
Jülich itself is more than 2,000 years old. Many relicts of the Roman occupation are on exhibition in Jülich town museum.
Jülich is an ideal starting point for cycle excursions and hiking in the Eifel Hills or along the many lakes like Blausteinsee or Barmener See. Other attractions are the Brückenkopfpark (Bridgehead Park) or the open-cast lignite mines in Hambach and Garzweiler.