Brüggen lies in the picturesque countryside of the Schwalm-Nette Nature Park. 15,800 people live in the castle town. Romantic town gates, meandering narrow streets, picturesque mills and buildings steeped in tradition give the place a distinctive charm. Brüggen captivates visitors with its beautiful landscape and the 120-kilometre network of paths for cycling and walking.
The town’s landmark, the castle, is in the middle of Brüggen. First officially mentioned in 1289, it today houses the “Museum Mensch und Jagd” (People and Hunting Museum) and the town and Schwalm-Nette Nature Park’s tourist information centre. It also stages concerts and theatre performances in the inner courtyard café in summer.
Important historical buildings in the castle town are the Monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross (now the town hall) and St Nicholas Church (1479), the catholic St. Peter in Born parish church (14th century), Kastell Schleveringhoven (1403) and Schloss Dilborn (14th century), today a children’s home.
The economy in Brüggen is dominated by a rich mixture of industries. Alongside the traditional brick and tile industry, there are major food producers, the chemical processing industry and a high percentage of service and retail businesses. Infrastructure-wise Brüggen is directly linked to the A52 and A61 autobahns. The A40 and the Dutch A67, A73 and A74 autobahns are only 10 minutes away.