Krefeld in profile
With the slogan „City like Velvet and Silk", Krefeld establishes a direct connection with its textile history. In the 17th century Krefeld gave refuge to Mennonite refugees whose silk-weaving skills brought unexampled prosperity to the town.
Today "Velvet and Silk" can be experienced in the city's powerful architecture. This is particularly evident in the two villas designed in the twenties for the silk manufacturers Lange and Esters by the avant-garde architect Ludwig Mies von der Rohe. In the international architectural scene the names Mies von der Rohe and Krefeld are inseparably linked. However, it is other architects including Biebricher, Pölzig and Buschhüter who thanks to the historical success of velvet and silk have given Krefeld its unique flair as a city of architecture.
In addition to architecture, it is Krefeld's culture that demonstrates the city's modern, cosmopolitan and experimental outlook. Krefeld's art museums embraced contemporary art from a very early stage, enabling avant-garde artists such as Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg and Christo to work in the city.
It is also due to Velvet and Silk that Krefeld is mentioned nowadays in the same breath as a third creative element, namely design. Personalities such as Jil Sander, Markus Lüpertz, Peter Lindbergh and Horst Eckart (Janosch), as well as the artist and glass painter Jan Thorn Prikker have taught and studied in Krefeld. In its annual exhibition, the Design faculty of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, which emerged from the school for applied arts (Kunstgewerbeschule), effectively demonstrates the development of current questions of design.
This distinct profile makes the charming city on the Rhine not only a worthwhile destination for excursions and holidays but also a habitable city and an attractive location as well as a starting point for entrepreneurial activities.