“Goodbye stress, hello relaxation!” – enjoy the expansive landscape with its manicured estates, old watermills, vast meadows and gnarled willows. The landscape here is flat and bicycle-friendly everywhere.
And yet, visitors are often astonished by the diversity of this often misjudged region: Wetlands in the Maas floodplain, cow pastures by little streams and channels, clear lakes such as Hariksee, endless avenues, sandy juniper heaths and so many lively little towns like scattered decorations. These boast castles or town houses, mills or barns, chapels or churches built of red brick – a thoroughly invigorating and at the same time quaint element of the Lower Rhine landscape.
Or as a poet once put it: “Die Backsteinmauer ist die Poesie des Niederrheins.” (The brick wall is the poetry of the Lower Rhine.) It defines the Mediterranean flair of Kempen’s old town, the exterior of the neo-Gothic Schwalmtal Cathedral of St. Michael or the historic town centre of Brüggen with its pretty castle, home to the “Jagd und Mensch” museum.
Apropos accommodation: After your extended tour, enjoy a well-earned night of peace at selected, exceptionally hospitable accommodations.
Incidentally, the Niederrheinische Freilichtmuseum Grefrath is also very hospitable, not only providing you with insights into the good old days on the Niederrhein but also where a little restaurant called “Pannekookenhuis” will spoil you with pancake specialities.
Highlights of the tour: