Located on the beautiful Lower Rhine River, Kevelaer is known as a pilgrimage town with its basilica and chapel square. Although the town centre alone is worth a trip, you only get a complete picture of the town’s beauty when you explore its surrounding nature. A bicycle is the perfect choice to explore this region along the flat Lower Rhine.
Here, we present eight leisurely bike Tours that take you through the region. All of them start and end in Kevelaer – often at the Kapellenplatz square or the Solegarten St. Jakob. You can therefore easily combine your ride through the Lower Rhine countryside with a stroll through the town. The Tours are between 15 and 55 kilometres (9.3 and 34 mi) long, so everyone can enjoy an ideal day in the saddle. The shortest route is particularly well suited to families as you and your young cyclists visit a zoo with a discovery trail and ruined castle along the way. There’s also an ice cream stop halfway through the route that’s perfect as a reward. Another short loop leads across meadows and forests to the neighboring villages.
The ‘Typically Lower Rhine’ Tour showcases the region’s character and beautiful places as it traces the gold medals that Kevalaer and its districts have won in national and international competitions. The Great Loop around Kevelaer gives a deep insight into the region too.
If you enjoy a few metres of climbing, you can collect a whole 300 (984 feet) of them on the route ‘Mountains and Romans’ through Sonsbeck Switzerland. This route takes you to the town of Xanten and the Archaeological Park. Here, several buildings have been reconstructed on the remains of the Roman city of Colonia Ulpia Traiana, such as the amphitheater, the city wall and a tavern. You can experience how life would have been in the Roman times. If you’re more interested in the Middle Ages and the centuries that followed, you can ride to four castles (and an optional bonus castle). Nature lovers will enjoy an extended circular route to the heaths, dunes and lakes of De Maasduinen National Park, located not far from Kevelaer just over the Dutch border.
After your Tour, the Solegarten in Kevelaer is the perfect place to end your trip. Here, your whole body can recover after cycling: Get comfy on one of the loungers and take a deep breath of salty air at the graduation house. You can wake up your feet along the barefoot path and get your legs going again in the Kneipp pool.
You can easily get to Kevelaer by train. The town lies on the route of the Niers Express (RE 10), which leaves from Düsseldorf. You can take your bike with you in the wagons of the NordWestBahn. If you want to make sure that there is room for your bike on the train, book in advance by phone: nordwestbahn.de/de/niederrhein-ruhr-muensterland/service/fahrradmitnahme (information in German).
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This extensive cycle tour takes you to De Maasduinen National Park, which runs along the border on the Dutch side. Paths close to nature lead you through heathland and forests, between lakes and sand dunes. This tour is particularly recommended - which is of course beautiful in every season - in August when the heather is in bloom. In the warm months, the many lakes also provide cooling.
This tour takes you in a big round around Kevelaer and its districts Twisteden, Wetten, Winnekendonk and Kervenheim. The neighboring towns of Lüllingen, Veert and Weeze are also on the route. So you can get to know the whole region on a bike tour and get to know the typical Lower Rhine landscape in addition to the villages, whose fields, meadows and forests are repeatedly crossed by rivers and canals. You will also pass a castle and several quarry ponds.
This leisurely bike tour takes you from Kevelaer through meadows and forests to the surrounding villages. You start at Kapellenplatz in the middle of the city, which you then leave to the east, where you cross the Niers on the St. Georg Bridge. As soon as you have sat a few meters in the saddle, you can stop here again, because the view is very idyllic.