Sports and leisure community Grefrath
“Sport and Leisure” is the logo of the municipality of Grefrath which has a population of 15,500. And there’s a good reason for it as Grefrath has an ice sport centre with an over 8,000 m² ice rink. It is one of the largest in Germany.
One of the tourist attractions is the “Niederrheinische Freilichtmuseum des Kreises Viersen” (The Lower Rhine Open-air Museum) that includes a toy museum, historical farm buildings, a pancake house, a general stores, a schnapps distillery and a forge. Special exhibitions and events like the tractor rally, Christmas Market and the May Ride on heavy horses all thrill visitors.
The central events venue is the “Albert-Mooren-Halle”, a community centre with a big hall, beer garden and restaurant. Reminders of the municipality’s historical past are the Dorenburg castle (a Baroque aristocratic seat, 1326) and the lovingly restored Burg Uda (a castle built in about 1300). Grefrath is home to two convents. For over 100 years the “Abtei Mariendonk” has been the spiritual home of Benedictine nuns in the Lower Rhine.
The economy was dominated for many centuries by the textile industry. These days the focus is on the promotion of medium-sized businesses through the designation of land for industrial estates. The municipality has been a location for the automotive industry for decades. Additionally it is also a where metal and wood processing companies and electro engineering enterprises have established themselves. There are also numerous transport and logistics companies due to the good autobahn connections (A 40, A 61).