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“Museum Zitadelle” and “Infopavillon Jülich”

The Roman roads formed an important basis for the development of the countryside in the past 200 years. Jülich owes it existence to the Cologne to Boulogne-sur-Mer Roman road – the Via Belgica. The Roman Juliacum was a post at the crossing of the River Rur. The historical cycle path built within the scope of the “Erlebnisraum Römerstraße | Agrippastraße – Via Belgica“ von Köln bis Übach-Palenberg” project makes the Roman road come alive. 

“Römer – Renaissance – Romantik”: the exhibition portrays a journey through the Roman, Renaissance and Romanticism epochs, here Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808–1880), “Am Wachfeuer” (Around a Watch Fire). “Der Auberg bei Gerolstein” (The Auberg near Gerolstein), 1836, “Museum Zitadelle Jülich”
“Römer – Renaissance – Romantik”: the exhibition portrays a journey through the Roman, Renaissance and Romanticism epochs, here Carl Friedrich Lessing (1808–1880), “Am Wachfeuer” (Around a Watch Fire). “Der Auberg bei Gerolstein” (The Auberg near Gerolstein), 1836, “Museum Zitadelle Jülich”

The recently redeveloped south-east tower of the citadel now houses the Via Belgica information centre titled “Römer – Renaissance – Romantik”. The exhibition makes it clear just how much the Roman road influenced the growth of Jülich – it had an effect on the identity and culture (Roman), on the townscape (Renaissance) and the landscape (Romanticism). Museum Zitadelle exhibits treasures from its collections for each of the three epochs. Interactive media installations take visitors on a journey through space and time. By means of a preserved cross-section – from the Roman paving to the asphalt surface laid in the 20th century –, visitors can see the road’s 2000-year history right in front of their eyes.

The Jülich citadel is one of the best preserved fortresses of the early modern period and an outstanding tourist attraction. Its origins date back to 1548 and the jewel of the complex is the east façade of the former ducal palace in the High Renaissance style. The palace with its exhibitions illuminating the history of the fortifications, the new Via Belgica “Römer – Renaissance – Romantik” section and the elaborately restored fortress with its ramparts and casemates are all well worth a visit. 

Visualisierung des Ausstellungsbereiches „Romantik“, mit dem zentralen VIA-Modul Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de
Visualisierung des Ausstellungsbereiches „Romantik“, mit dem zentralen VIA-Modul
Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de
Ein Zeitungskiosk der 1970er Jahre wurde zum modernen Informationspavillon Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de
Ein Zeitungskiosk der 1970er Jahre wurde zum modernen Informationspavillon
Visual: www.ulrich-hermanns.de

Standing a few metres away on the “Schlossplatz” square between the citadel and the town centre is the new pavilion housing the tourist information centre. Services offered are:

 

  • Advice about activities and attractions in Jülich
  • Tourist brochures and flyers providing information – mostly in German – about Jülich and the region
  • Cycling and walking maps
  • Arranging guided tours of the town and the citadel
  • Information about accommodation in Jülich
  • Information about events, eateries and shopping

 

The Tourist Information Centre also offers an "Erlebnisraum Römerstraße" introductory module and provides information  – mostly in German – about the project and the multitude of things to do and see. 

Location and how to get there

Using public transport
from Düren with the bus towards Jülich/Linnich to Jülich station from which the “Zitadelle” is an approximately 10-minute walk away.

By car
A 44 autobahn – exit Jülich; from Düren via the B 56; from the A 61 autobahn via the B 55. The “Museum Zitadelle” is a partner of the “DB Regio NRW” – the regional railway network – in the so-called "Klasse unterwegs" scheme that offers day excursions for pupils and teachers using the special so-called “SchönerTag” ticket to selected destinations.