The house chapel in the townhouse is under the patronage of St. John Paul II.
The artistic equipment comes from Bert Gerresheim, the altar from the former youth education center St. Swidbert in Dusseldorf. Our guests can use the chapel for prayer, meditation and as a space of silence.
The KOLPING HOTELS & RESORTS are a group of independent hotels, which present themselves together under a strong roof. What they all have in common are sustainable roots and values, a lively tradition and vivacious spirit: All our houses are linked to the ideas of Adolph Kolping and are committed to making the core of this philosophy tangible and communicable.
Adolph Kolping: Example for 200 years
Adolph Kolping was born on 8 December 1813 in Kerpen near Cologne. As the fourth child of a shepherd, he grew up in modest living conditions. He learned the shoemaker's craft and worked for ten years in this profession. More and more, as unsatisfactory living conditions grew, he developed a desire to escape and to become a priest. At the age of 23, Adolph Kolping gave up his profession and became a student at the Marzellengymnasium in Cologne. In the summer of 1841, he began his theologian studies in Munich, which he later on continued in Bonn and Cologne. On April 13, 1845, Adolph Kolping received his priest ordination in the Cologne Minorite Church.
He received his first position in 1845 as chaplain in Elberfeld. There he also got to know the youth club and the situation of the migrant workers. In 1849, Adolph Kolping was appointed as a cathedral vicar in Cologne, where he dealt intensively with spreading the idea and the founding of journeymen’s association and journeymen’s houses (since 1933 named Kolping houses). In 1853 Adolph Kolping laid the foundations for all other Kolping houses with the opening of the Cologne journeymen's house. These should offer the wandering craftsmen not only accommodation and food, but also a spiritual home. At the same time, the houses were assembly and meeting places for the journeymen’s associations (today Kolping families). Training, socializing and encounters, community and mutual help were important components in the everyday life of the Journeymen’s house. The Kolping houses still keep this tradition. Adolph Kolping died on 4 December 1865. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27.10.1991.
Kolping in Dusseldorf
In 1849, a Catholic journeymen's association was founded in Dusseldorf. 18 years later, the association bought a house on the Bilkerstraße and from then it had its own Kolpinghaus. For the house on the Blücherstraße erfolgte im Jahre 1909, in 1909 the first groundbreaking took place and already a year later the opening ceremony.
In order to meet the requirements for a modern, future-oriented work in the sense of Adolph Kolping, both houses were extensively renovated and additional hotel areas were integrated. Then the house Bilkerstraße was named to ”Townhouse Düsseldorf“.
In accordance with our social requirements, our houses serve as a place to live for young people in their own areas; in the Blücherstraße youth hostel, they receive support for social, school and professional integration, if necessary by means of pedagogical specialists.
The owner and sponsor of the houses in Düsseldorf is the “Verein Katholisches Gesellenhaus”, founded in 1896. Legal owner of the hotels is KGH Betriebs GmbH.