Germany’s Lower Rhine region is a place of contrasts: open fields and dense forests; enchanting castles and fascinating industrial ruins; untouched moorland and refreshing quarry lakes; small brick villages and noisy cities. Border conflicts from past centuries have left behind countless castles amid idyllic landscapes. Later came industrialisation, which still has an impact today, and the lignite mines, which are spread out between nature reserves and heath meadows. The Lower Rhine is filled with life and there are countless treasures to explore.
The best way to explore the Lower Rhine has to be by bike. A vast cycle route network of over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) – the Lower Rhein Route (German: NiederRheinroute) – includes a main route and various secondary and connecting routes. In this Collection, I’ll describe the main route, covering 1,300 kilometres (800 mi) over 25 stages. Most people won’t choose to ride the entire route – although kudos if you do! Instead, you can choose individual stages or combine two or more for a longer ride. These Tours are intended primarily as inspiration for an exciting and varied cycling holiday in the Lower Rhine region.
The paths are easy to follow and mostly asphalt, so the riding is easily manageable for most cyclists. There’s very little ascent – you’ll explore these beautiful natural landscapes with only the occasional climb. The route is mostly well signposted, but watch out for local diversions – these are usually due to construction sites, but sometimes new cycle paths are created and old ones disappear. If you notice any changes, I'd love to hear your feedback. And now nothing stands in your way of discovering the Lower Rhine on your bike.
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Last updated: August 21, 2023
The Lower Rhine route starts in the old town of Neuss. Cycling on green strips you leave the city and leave the industry behind you. Now you drive across fields to the Kaarster See, where you can swim and bathe.
You continue on small roads and pretty cycle paths and reach the Ilvericher Altrheinschlinge…
You leave Willich on a former railway line and are in Neersen in no time at all. There is an impressive moated castle surrounded by an extraordinary castle park. In the park you will also find a cozy café.
The further way leads you through pretty orchards, which are a wonderful feast for the eyes, especially…
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On beautiful cycle paths you meander through a typical Lower Rhine landscape. Every now and then there is a small incline to overcome, otherwise this stage is also flat.
A special highlight along the route is the monastery garden in Kamp. Here you can take a short break and admire the different blossoms…
Today's varied stage starts and ends on the Rhine, but makes a big detour to Neukirchen-Vluyn. Often you drive through lonely nature, but have large industrial buildings in the background - typical for the Lower Rhine.
A particularly nice stopover is the old town of Moers with its historic buildings…
The fifth stage is one of the most interesting and varied on the Lower Rhine route. First you drive past castles and palaces, cross the Rhine and then cycle over idyllic fields.
The path leads you through a forest to the Six Lakes Plateau, a wonderful local recreation area. Here you can relax on the shore…
You start in Duisburg and cross some canals and port facilities next to the Ruhr - you are now in the middle of the industrial area. You can observe impressive industrial plants from a safe distance, but as close as you rarely get on a bike tour.
A refreshing contrast to the grey-in-grey is the Rhine…
Today's stage is all about nature. From Wesel you drive through the Lippeaue. You can also leave the path and explore the dune landscape on your own.
The Tenderingssee is ideal for a swimming break. Then it continues through a small nature reserve and a long distance through the forest. You cross the…
Also on today's stage you cycle a lot through nature. After crossing the Lippe you drive past an interesting moated castle in Schermbeck. Then it goes on dirt roads in the twilight forest.
Again and again you pass small towns where time seems to have stood still. Shortly before your destination in Hamminkeln…
Let's start in Hamminkeln. After a short time you will reach the huge moated castle Diersfordt. Afterwards you are close to the water for a long time: quarry ponds, the Rhine and some of its backwaters accompany you on the way to Wesel.
In Wesel you cross the Rhine and follow it upstream. You drive through…
The stage begins with a drive through the Fleutkuhlen nature reserve, a low moor with many ponds and canals. After a ride across flat fields, it gets a bit hilly for a moment. From the lookout tower on the Dürsberg, a beautiful panorama opens up over the Lower Rhine landscape.
After about two thirds of…
At the beginning you cycle a lot through agricultural areas, with small villages such as Louisendorf, which was built around a huge square square, adorning the tour. The section around the Wisseler See and the Wisseler sand dunes is particularly pretty.
Rees, which is right on the Rhine, is perfect for…
The stage from Isselburg to Emmerich is particularly varied and full of beautiful highlights. You cycle a lot along the border to the Netherlands. First you go to Anholt, where an impressive moated castle awaits you. On the left and right of the path, which mostly leads along rivers, there are many small…
You leave Emmerich over the Rhine Bridge, at over 800 meters the longest suspension bridge in Germany. Shortly thereafter, in Griethausen, the next special bridge is ready: one of the oldest railway bridges in Central Europe.
The further way leads you through idyllic marshland, tiny villages with storks…
You start the stage the same way you ended the last one: with a ride through the Reichswald. The hilly route is simply wonderful and varied. After driving through the forest you will reach the Niers.
For the next few kilometers you wind your way around the Niers on beautiful cycle paths and discover renatured…
Today's stage takes you again and again to the Niers, which meanders through the flat and idyllic landscape. Here a mill, there a farm and otherwise wide fields. In between there is always a small town.
The tour ends in Wachtendonk. The pretty town has many historic buildings and an interesting ruined…
On this stage there are again many little things that you can discover along the route. There are also several bathing lakes, so take your bathing suit with you. Small streets lead you first to Aldekerk and then on to Kempen. The old town there with its historic buildings is particularly attractive.
Today's stage is all about enchanting nature, especially in the first half. You cycle for kilometers through several nature reserves, forest and heathland as well as moorland. The route briefly leads through the Netherlands.
Halfway you reach the pretty town of Brüggen with its pretty old town, where…
Today, after a long time, it's going to be metropolitan again, because the tour takes you through Mönchengladbach. You leave Süchteln on a pretty mountain road and drive to Viersen. Shortly afterwards you will reach Mönchengladbach and explore the hidden treasures of the city center.
The Hardter Forest…
This stage is all about castles and palaces, some of which are set in beautiful gardens. The Alde Berg moth at the Raky pond starts things off. After a descent you reach Wassenberg with its medieval city wall and the castle in the city park.
You cycle on to Lago Laprello, an exciting local recreation…
This stage often meanders close to the Dutch border and crosses it a few times. Right at the beginning you reach Isenbruch, the westernmost place in Germany, cross the border and you are in the narrowest part of the Netherlands.
Again and again the path leads you through villages and nature reserves along…
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