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One of the great curiosities of Germanic culture is the desire to form parades in uniforms. The enthusiasm of German men to dress up in fancy clothing is only topped by their traditional ability to find many excuses to do so.

One such tradition in Neuss is the Schützenfest, Riflemen’s Festival, which dates back some 700 years. The history of this event is both fascinating and unusual.

Both the annual festival as well as the parades live on today and are as popular as ever before. Masses of people travel to Neuss to experience the events first hand.

In honour of the tradition, the Schützenmuseum was established in 2004 The collection continues to expand through donations from local residents. These complement the collection of the Neusser Bürger Schützen Verein and pieces on loan from the Clemens Sels Museum.

The permanent exhibit covers in all the topics of the Riflemen and its history. New artefacts are often integrated into the collection.

By Vincent Green, Sep 12 2012

Stiftung Rheinisches Schützenmuseum Neuss

Oberstrasse 58-60
41460 Neuss

+49 2131 904 144


The museum of popular graphic art prints covers four centuries. The Feld-Haus reveals an enormous range of topics including royalty, religion, greetings cards and early versions of stories and pictures that perhaps led to today’s comics.


Art venues and museums in and around Neuss regularly present selections of their fine pieces in well presented exhibitions. They often exhibit fascinating and rare works from across the globe with exhibitions of loaned works of art.