Krefeld started playing a major part in the international silk trade in the 17th century. It brought fame and fortune to the formerly unknown town between Rhine and nature reserve Hülser Bruch. Today Krefeld still benefits from its romantic past as some remarkable buildings related to the era of silk manufacturing have survived the test of time and are open to visitors.
The two 1920’s mansions, built for silk magnates Lange and Esters by avantgarde architect Mies van der Rohe, are certainly worth a visit together with the German Textile Museum and the Haus der Seidenkultur, which offers an insight into silk culture for all ages.