Due to its orchards, Tönisvorst is also known as “Apple Town”. The town on the edge of the city of Krefeld was named after St Antonius and was formed when the municipalities of St. Tönis and Vorst merged in 1970.
Though first officially mentioned in 1188 as “Osterverd”, it is one of the youngest towns in the country as it was only given town rights in 1979. The inhabitants and businesses in the town value the central location and the quick transport links to the nearby cities.
The town has been made world famous by “action medeor”, the German medical aid organisation. St. Tönis is the start and final stop on the world’s longest tramline via Krefeld to the Ruhr. Starting at the Wilhelmplatz station in St. Tönis, the “Schluff” nostalgic rail also runs to Hülser Berg, often pulled by an old steam engine. Also worth visiting are the four manor houses in the Vorst district. They include Haus Donk, Haus Neersdonk, Haus Brempt and Haus Raedt plus the Gelleshof in Kehn with its wooden defensive tower (all dating back to the 17th century). A popular destination in Tönisvorst is also the forest and its network of bridle and walking paths,
A business location with a future, Tönisvorst already offers a base for many companies of which some operate nationally. The advantages lie in the central location, the easy access to the neighbouring cities of Krefeld, Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach and the proximity to the A44, A40, A52 and A61 autobahns.