Beautiful! You’ll be saying this time and time again on your tour around the district capital Viersen. In addition to the captivatingly beautiful natural surroundings of the Lower Rhine with their avenues and lakes, expansive meadows and sparse forests, over these few days your experiences will include the pleasant alleyways and impressive buildings in the historic centres of Viersen-Dülken and Brüggen as well as fantastic sculptures that can be marvelled at together in Viersen.
On the first day, the route runs from Viersen through Brüggen to Dülken. The historic and impressive municipality of Brüggen, which presents itself to visitors around the eponymous castle, lies in the middle of the glorious natural surroundings of Naturparkes Schwalm-Nette. Inside the castle, the “Mensch und Jagd” museum is well worth visiting. Apropos hunting: The shops in the city are even open on Sundays for bargain hunters. Then on to Schwalmtal to Hariksee, where the marsh plants and black alders on the banks of the lake are a real thrill for nature lovers. Anyone who would like a change of perspective can hire a boat from the boat rental. In addition to pedalos and rowing boats, canoes, kayaks and electric motor boats can also be hired. But the break from cycling can also be an excellent opportunity to play a round of mini-golf.
The tour then continues on to Dülken. Here, around the picturesque market, visitors can find the five-naved Parish Church of St. Cornelius, the remains of the city wall, a water tower and a prison tower, as well as the decommissioned Bockwind Mill, which as the Narren Mill is not only home to the clown academy but also a museum. Our tip: In Dülken they celebrate often and gladly. Perhaps you could plan your cycling tour around one of the big events. An overview is available online unter http://www.werbering-viersen.de/veranstaltungen/alle-veranstaltungen.html
The next morning begins with a cultural delight, a visit to of the sculpture collection in Viersen; upon request, you can also take an audio tour. The route then continues on through Viersen-Süchteln – to Grefrath, where the Niederrheinischen Freilichtmuseum gives you the opportunity to experience how people used to live, dwell and work at Dorenburg in the courtyards, timbered houses and workshops. Finish this exciting day off with a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants in Viersen.
Our tip 1:
The Parish Church of St. Cornelius is well worth visiting. All year round, visitors can view the church on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. During the summer holidays, service is held daily from Monday to Friday at 9:00 am. The church then remains open to visitors until 12 noon. Further information is available at www.st-cornelius-und-peter.de
Our tip 2:
From May to September, the Narren Mill in Dülken is open to visitors every Sunday from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. As the site of the clown academy, it is home to an utterly unique clown museum on the Niederrhein.
Highlights of the tour