We found about about Insel Hombroich through a travel forum Jeb contributes to, and decided it sounded like it'd be worth a day trip from Dusseldorf. An S-Bahn ride and a bus trip later and we were transported into a secret garden which felt like another world.
We had a lovely day walking through the beautiful surroundings, happening upon the various pavillions and objects. The natural surroundings would make you think it's all very unplanned, but the clever use of space, planting and buildings makes you realise that a lot of thought has gone into the park.
The restaurant is wonderful - really fresh, flavoursome food served in lovely surroundings. We sat outside and enjoyed watching the ducks waddle around.
Delores studied art history, so loved the curation. Jeb is more of a lay-man but still found the day really inspiring.
It's like nothing else I've ever visited - do make the effort, and don't be put off by the location or the entry price - it's easily found and the lunch alone is worth the ticket price.More