The name Benrath came from the "Knights of Benrode". The settlement was mentioned for the first time in 1222 in a document from Cologne where Everhard de Benrode is named as an attestor. By the end of the fifth century the area is known as "Rode" or "Roide", which is a cleared area. The castle and the manor of the Benrodes became property of the Counts of Berg by the 13th century.
The first church of Benrath was constructed in 1002. The village developed parallel to the castle. The old Church St. Cäcilia was built in that time. Benrath is a place of pilgrimage for Roman Catholic Christians.
In 1929 Benrath became a part of Düsseldorf.
The Benrath line
In the German linguistics the Benrath line (or Benrather-Linie) is the borderline between the Low German and Middle German dialects, although on both side of the line there is a Rhenish dialect. It is also called maken-machen-line, since south of it speakers say machen and north of it maken, as is described in the High German consonant shift.
The Benrath Castle
Second Sunday: Light procession through the park of the castle around the Spiegelweiher with the "Black Madonna of Benrath"
November and December
Advent market and Christmas market
- Schloß-Gymnasium Benrath
- Realschule Benrath
- Common Hauptschule Benrath,
- Catholic Grundschule:
- St.-Cäcilia-School und
- Catholic Grundschule Einsiedelstraße,
- Common Grundschule Erich-Müller-Straße
- TSG Benrath 1881 e.V.
- Ruder-Gesellschaft Benrath 1908 e.V.
- Sportgemeinschaft Benrath-Hassels 1910/12 e.V.
- Tennisclub Benrath 1912 e.V.
- VfL Benrath 06 e.V.
- Schützenbruderschaft St. Cäcilia Benrath e.V. von 1553
- DEC Devils e.V. – women icehockey in Düsseldorf
- Sparkassen-Eissporthalle (Sparkasse skating arena), foundation of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf (Savings and loan association Düsseldorf), Paulsmühlenstraße 6
- Harry Piel, German film director and actor
- Karl Hohmann, German national football team player
- William, Prince of Hohenzollern, head of the house Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1905–1927)
In Benrath begin resp. end the following marked trails of the Sauerländischer Gebirgsverein (SGV. Sauerland mountain association):
- The Schlösserweg, trail blazing X19: Benrath, railway station – Dillenburg in Hessen
- The Düsseldorfer Weg, trail blazing D: Benrath, Schöne Aussicht – Kaiserswerth
Benrath possesses a regional railway station on the railway track Cologne–Duisburg line of the historic Cologne-Minden Railway Company. The Düsseldorf-Benrath station is a pre-modern clinker brick building Bahnhof from the 1930s and the second railway station at this place. It is served by two Regional-Express services: RE 1 (NRW-Express) and RE 5 (Rhein-Express) and Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn line S 6, all operated by Deutsche Bahn.
A Tram of the Rheinbahn, the line 701, connects Benrath to the city of Düsseldorf. Furthermore there are the bus lines 730 Urdenbach-Lohausen, 778/779 circle course Garath, 784 Urdenbach–Hilden–Wuppertal-Vohwinkel, 788 Benrath Ost–Monheim am Rhein (Busanzeige Monamare) and 789 Holthausen–Monheim am Rhein (Busanzeige Monamare) in Benrath.
By 1962 there was a one rail narrow gauge tram from Benrath (beginning in the Paulistraße) via Hilden to Solingen-Ohligs resp. to Haan und Wuppertal-Vohwinkel. This narrow gauge railway tram went beyond Benrath to Düsseldorf, Oberbilker Markt, and formed the so-called Benrather Netz, that was bought by Düsseldorf in 1910, hence before the amalgamation of Benrath. the multiple unit No. 107 of this narrow gauge railway is preserved in the Bergisches Straßenbahnmuseum in Wuppertal-Kohlfurt.
- Wolfgang D. Sauer: Düsseldorf-Benrath. Alte Bilder erzählen. Sutton Verlag, Erfurt 2006, ISBN 978-3-86680-065-6
- Benrather Heimatgeschichte, hrsg.v. Benrather Kulturkreis e.V. und der Heimatgemeinschaft Groß-Benrath e.V., Düsseldorf 1956, erw. Neuaufl. Düsseldorf 1974
- Heimatarchiv Groß-Benrath (German)
- History (German)
- Communal Administration (German)
- Commnunal Administration, District Office (German)
- Duesselgo Websites from Düsseldorf-Benrath
- Benrath market now Harry-Piel-Platz (German)
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