Schwalmtal lies in the eastern part of the Meuse Schwalm Nette Nature Reserve and is easy to reach due to the direct access to the highways leading to the cities of Mönchengladbach, Krefeld and Düsseldorf.
The municipality, which has a population of 18,900, is framed by a landscape that is dominated by forests, lakes and flood plains. As a result, it provides nature lovers boundless opportunities to purse their interests: whether when walking through Schomm Forest and its so-called “Waldhufendorf” – a settlement in a forest clearing – in Lüttelforst, riding a bike along the River Schwalm, or strolling around Waldniel’s historical town centre or in the Hariksee recreational area. There are over 130 buildings of historical importance in the municipality. Well worth a visit is the 18th century mill tower in Amern.
And there is no lack of cultural activities. The municipality has Europe’s biggest guitar orchestra, the so-called “Schwalmtal-Zupfern”. All through the year, the Achim Besgen Hall hosts theatre and ballet performances, children’s theatre, concerts, cabaret and comedy with well-known performers.
Schwalmtal has long been an excellent location for trade and industry. Whilst the textile and metalworking industries dominated the area in former times, these days the focus is on a healthy mixture that includes metalworking, the production of foodstuffs, logistics and services. The central location right next to the cities of Düsseldorf, Krefeld and Mönchengladbach and to the Netherlands opens up highly promising sales markets and trading opportunities.