About Monschau


As a result of the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648), the town Germanized by the influence of Protestant German-speaking refugees in search for religious freedom. Many of them were employed in the cloth industry. Protestants also came from Aachen, after they were persecuted there from 1616.
The 18th century was the hight of the cloth industry. A rich period in which many stately houses were built. A good example of this is The Red House in Monschau.
Today Monschau belongs to the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. The population is just over 13,000 people with more than 300 classified monuments.