Mönchengladbach - A place of culture, history, tradition and more than a hint of football mania, Mönchengladbach is one of Germany's quainter, quieter and cuter cities.

A short drive from the Dutch border, it is a city that lies somewhat in the shadow of its larger neighbours in North-Rhine Westphalia, such as Cologne and Dortmund, but it the nevertheless retains its own unique charm, and bundesliga.com's handy guide explains why.

Mönchengladbach is located just 20 miles from the Dutch border. Since 1960, the city's population has included residents living in the neighbouring town of Rheydt, with its current population measured at 255,430 (as of December 2013). It is served by the motorways A44, A61 and A52, as well as high-speed train services from Cologne, Aachen, Düsseldorf and the capital Berlin. You can also reach the city by air via Düsseldorf International Airport, which is less than an hour away.

Mönchengladbach is awash with culture, history and traditional German charm. It is home to one of Germany's most famous and treasured art museums, the Abteiberg, which exhibits fine art from the 20th and 21st century by the likes of Man Ray, Yves Klein, Francois Dufreyne and Andy Warhol. The city is also home to the largest brown coal casting pit in Europe, while the cathedral dates back as far as the founding of the settlement itself in 974.

If you're looking for the full experience of watching Borussia Mönchengladbach, then a visit to the 'FanHaus' pub is a must. The tavern is dripping in Borussia Mönchengladbach folklore and memorabilia and is sure to get you in the mood for an afternoon of top-class top-flight German football. It was inspired by 'The Albert', a favourite of Liverpool FC supporters, who have enjoyed a strong bond with Gladbach fans since the two clubs' meeting in the 1973 UEFA Cup final.

Officially opened back in 2004, the Borussia-Park is one of the city's crown jewels. Boasting a capacity of 54,067, it is the seventh-largest stadium in the Bundesliga, a consequence of Borussia's status as one of the best-supported and most popular clubs in Germany football. The glory years of the 1970s may have faded somewhat from memory, but the fervour and passion of the fans is as constant as ever.

After 90 minutes of action, you can grab a bus back into town and finish the day by sampling some of the city centre's nightlife. The Alter Markt, a marketplace in the day time, bustles with life as people gather to the restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, and the celebrations can continue into the night with a jaunt along Waldhausener Strasse, the city's main party and nightclubbing locale. All in all, Mönchengladbach has everything you need for a weekend getaway in Germany.