Rüsselsheim / Germany
Rüsselsheim with its 60,000 inhabitants is located on the lower reaches of the Main, near its confluence with the Rhine. The city is best known as the seat of the car manufacturer Opel. The company, which after its founding in 1862 initially produced sewing machines and later bikes, specialized as of the end of the 19th century, more and more in the production of automobiles - an invention which the company's founder, Adam Opel, before his death in 1895 had always regarded with suspicion.
In any case visit Opelvillen am Mainufer. Since their restoration these former residences of the Opel founders are a very successful mixture of historical monument and contemporary architecture. Their premises are regularly used for events and exhibitions, preferably for painting and photography. The Opelvillen Foundation, which is also housed there, has devoted itself above all to the presentation of contemporary art. Then take a trip to the fortress of Rüsselsheim, the former mediaeval fortress of the city, which today houses the city and industrial museum. Round off the day with a romantic walk along the river Main and a glass of wine.