Stolberg – the “copper town” in the Aachen region
The towering castle is the main landmark of the town, which has almost 60,000 inhabitants and is situated at the northern edge of the Eifel region. It is located on a mighty limestone rock above the Vichtbach Valley. Below the castle fortification is the historic town centre, large parts of which are still preserved. The historic town centre is impressive with its winding streets and alleys, its plazas and architectural monuments on both sides of the Vicht River.
The main building of the castle accommodates regularly rotating exhibitions. Classical concerts turn the great hall into a listening experience. The museum, which is located in the Torburg, harbours many exhibits relating to handicraft and the history across five floors.
Stolberg’s “copper masters” (brass manufacturers) and the history of the “Stolberg gold” are the focal points of the Zinkhütter Hof Museum in Cockerillstraße. As a museum of industrial, economic and social history in the Aachen region, the Zinkhütter Hof illustrates the development of one of the oldest industrial regions within Central Europe.
Due to its well-developed hiking and cycling trails, its close vicinity to the Eifelsteig and its location in the Naturpark Nordeifel (North Eifel National Park), Stolberg is increasingly regarded as an Eldorado for nature lovers.