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Jülich and its surroundings

Jülich is a medium-sized town in the north west of Germany, situated roughly between Aachen and Cologne. It has international connections and hosts many cultural events. In 2017, Jülich cheered on the 200 best cyclists of the Tour de France on their route through the town. You can choose to go hiking, cycling, or relax in the quiet, rural surroundings of the Jülich community. You can also head for lively cities nearby with their various shopping centres, cultural events, museums, and historical buildings.

Jülich offers a wide range of leisure activities. The Brückenkopf-Park, for example, is great for going on walks, climbing, playing mini golf, going to the zoo, and various other activities. Jülich is also an ideal starting point for long cycling tours.

If you prefer a busy city life to rural tranquillity, there are a number of large cities located within easy reach of Jülich. The cities of Aachen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Bonn offer a wide range of concerts, exhibitions, theatres, cabaret venues, museums, as well as hip bars and a great nightlife scene. Jülich offers good rail connections to other European countries, offering you the possibility of an extended weekend city break in Brussels, Paris, and London. Jülich is situated close to the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands, and you can easily reach the town from Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt airports.

The town of Jülich also has more than 50 sports clubs: fishing, badminton, football, table tennis, to name but a few.
Forschungszentrum Jülich also has its own sports association, the Betriebssportgemeinschaft Forschungszentrum Jülich (BSG). With approximately 2,200 members, it is the second-largest company sports association in North Rhine-Westphalia and the largest association in the Düren district. It covers almost all areas of popular sports in more than 50 groups. The DocTeam also organizes a football tournament with a big summer party.

Cultural events

Jülich has many clubs offering cultural events. The Kulturbahnhof is a place for you to play pool, watch films, and go to cabaret shows or concerts etc. Neighbouring cities such as Aachen, Cologne, and Düsseldorf offer a broad range of events. This area of Germany is famous for its Carnival celebrations. The season starts in November and culminates in a series of parades and festivities usually in February. They are even broadcast on German TV stations. Many people are involved in preparing and taking part in the events. The parades attract many tourists from all over the country and abroad.

From a medieval town to a scientific centre

Jülich was founded in Roman times due to its strategic position for crossing the river Rur. The town played a historic role from the Middle Ages up to the 17th century. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt in the renaissance style. It was almost completely destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in the 1950s. You can still visit historic buildings such as the citadel. Jülich again gained in importance through the establishment of the nuclear research centre in the post-war period, which is today known as Forschungszentrum Jülich. In 1970, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences established a campus in Jülich.

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