Neuss is a small city on the banks of the Rhine in western Germany. It's best known as the birthplace of the poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller. The city has a well-preserved old town, with a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Highlights include the 12th-century Gothic cathedral, the 15th-century town hall, and the remains of the city's medieval fortifications. There are also a few interesting museums, including the Schiller Museum and the Rhein Museum. Neuss is a convenient base for exploring the Ruhr Valley and the Rhine Valley.