Krefeld, located to the north-west of Düsseldorf on the Lower Rhine, made a name for itself in the 17th century thanks to its satin and silk weaving activities, which then developed into the textile industry for which Krefeld is famous. A multifaceted range of cultural activities is provided by the Stadttheater Krefeld and museums such as the German Textile Museum and the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. Two villas are very renowned, Haus Lange and Haus Esters. These were built in the Bauhaus style by the famous architect Mies van der Rohe and are now exhibition spaces for contemporary art. Diverse recreational opportunities are provided by the Elfrather Lake, the racecourse and the surrounding golf courses.