Historischer Straßenzug Alt Breinig
Alt-Breinig is characterised by its urban ensemble value and the careful preservation of its historic buildings. The entire Alt-Breinig street is therefore a listed building and has been designated as a particularly regionally typical place by the Working Group for Historic Town Centres in North Rhine-Westphalia. The buildings in the historic centre were mainly built with local quarry stone and bluestone from the nearby, now disused "Schomet" quarry. This clearly shows how the local references of building materials have shaped the street space and still do today. The parish church of St. Barbara was built in the 19th century in the "Nazarene style" according to plans by Johann Peter Cremer. The old manors, such as the Stockem Manor and the Rochenhaus Manor, are also noteworthy buildings. Today, the historic centre of the village is a vital and lively residential area. Nestled in the idyllic surroundings, characterised by cattle meadows and wooded areas, renaturalised streams and former quarries with rugged and moss-covered cliffs, Breinig is strongly promoted by local tourism. Alt Breinig is considered the "pearl of the Münsterländchen". Situated on Stolberg's western edge in the immediate vicinity of Aachen, it presents itself with a harmonious and lively townscape. On the south-eastern edge, one encounters the very early village structures near the now disused "Schomet" quarry, whose quarry stone and bluestone characterise the "Alt Breinig" streetscape, which has been consistently and meticulously renovated since 1980. In addition to the 19th-century church of St. Barbara in the "Nazarene style", there are many historical gems and backyards as well as the archetype of the Aachen farmhouse (parlour, kitchen, stable). The entire street is listed and is one of the historic town centres in NRW. The historic district forms a harmonious townscape with a modern infrastructure. From here, the view opens up into the wooded Hohes Venn - Eifel Nature Park around Germany's youngest national park: the Eifel National Park. Forests, lush green meadows as well as rugged and moss-covered cliffs offer a multifaceted nature experience. Rare vegetation typical of the region, such as calcareous grasslands and the calamine flora, can be discovered at the "Schlangenberg" (former ore mine), which is now a nature reserve.