🇩🇪 Mönchengladbach is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located west of the Rhine, halfway between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border. Mönchengladbach's industrial ascent was mainly influenced by the development of the textile industry from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. In addition, a textile-oriented machine industry also developed. At present, only 7 percent of employees work in the once dominant textile and clothing industry (for example: Van Laack and gardeur). The most important employer in Mönchengladbach is the Santander Consumer Bank, which has its headquarters at Aachener Straße in Mönchengladbach's city centre.
The Mönchengladbach Business Development Corporation (WFMG) and the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein have developed a five-pillar model for the future of business. Textile and fashion, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering, logistics, the creative industry and the health sector are the leading sectors for the economic future of the city of Mönchengladbach. As part of an active cluster policy, the WFMG has partly initiated its own networks for these industries.
The economic structure includes: tool and spinning machines (Dörries Scharmann, Monforts, Trützschler, Schlafhorst), automatic conveyor systems, signal and system technology (Scheidt & Bachmann), transformers (SMS Meer), cables (Nexans Germany formerly Kabelwerk Rheydt), printed matter and foodstuffs.
Chocolatier Heinemann is known beyond the city limits for his cakes, pralines and baked goods, which he offers in cafés on site as well as in Düsseldorf and Munich. Furthermore, beer breweries are represented in Mönchengladbach. The Oettinger brewery produces at the site of the former Hannen brewery. The Hensen brewery has been producing a lower Rhine-type Altbier since 2015 at the former spring of the river Gladbach in the Waldhausen district.
Tourism is a big part of the city's economy. Mönchengladbach has about 40 hotels (for example: Hotel Burgund) and inns as well as a youth hostel in the district Hardter Wald. In total there are about 2,000 beds. The number of overnight stays is over 200,000 annually.
Mönchengladbach Airport is dominated by general aviation. There are also business-charter passenger flights. Hugo Junkers Hangar is an aviation and event facility where Airplane enthusiasts can book sightseeing flights with Junkers Ju 52 from the 1940s. The major international Düsseldorf Airport is only 20 kilometres (12 mi) away to the east.
Mönchengladbach has a population of over 259,996 people. Mönchengladbach also forms part of the wider Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area which has a population of over 12,190,000 people. Mönchengladbach is the #340 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.2468 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.
Mönchengladbach is twinned with: Bradford, England, UK, • North Tyneside, England, UK, • Roubaix, France, • Roermond, Netherlands, • Thurrock, England, UK, • Verviers, Belgium.