In the footsteps of Joseph Beuys on the Lower Rhine
Eight-day cycle tour on the Beuys & Bike RouteViersen
The bicycle is ready to go, art and culture lie along the way. Countless places with a connection to Beuys are waiting to be discovered on an eight-day cycle tour along the Lower Rhine.
The Beuys & Bike Route follows in the footsteps of the multi-faceted artist Joseph Beuys, who would have turned 100 in May 2021. The approximately 326-kilometre circuit leads from Moers to Viersen, from Viersen along the Dutch border north to Kleve, and from Kleve along the Rhine south back to Moers. The itinerary includes stations in life, important cultural sites as well as places of remembrance. Scenic panoramas that capture the beauty of the region with its alluvial meadows, forests and rivers appear before the eyes of the cycling holidaymakers.
Among the most impressive stops on the journey are the Museum Kurhaus and the Schwanenburg in Kleve, which tell of the early artistic steps of the man who already polarised with his work throughout his life: Joseph Beuys ran his first own studio in the former Kurhaus Kleve from 1957 to 1964, which guests can still visit during a tour of today’s art museum. The talent stayed around the Schwanenburg to get inspiration for his works. Today, visitors still encounter the swan as a motif in various forms, which also appears again and again in Beuys’ drawings.
The cyclists cover an average of 50 kilometres per day on seven stages, discover cities from a new perspective and get to know important cultural institutions in the region. In Bedburg-Hau, for example, they come across the Museum Schloss Moyland, which has the world’s largest collection of the work of Joseph Beuys and is also worth seeing because of its magnificent gardens. In Duisburg, culture fans visit the Lehmbruck Museum, a house for sculpture, where Joseph Beuys gave his last speech. In Duisburg’s inner harbour, the Küppersmühle Museum, a world-class home for modern and contemporary art, is impressive. It will reopen in autumn 2021.
In Krefeld, cyclists can make a stop at the house where Beuys’ cradle stood before pedalling again to the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. The young artist exhibited here for the first time at the age of 27 – two watercolours and a bronze sculpture.
Along the Dutch border, they can finally process and review what they have experienced. Of course, the cultural factor is not neglected: the route to Kleve leads via Viersen, Kempen, Venlo (NL), Straelen, Kevelaer, Weeze, Goch and Kranenburg. Highlights here include the sculpture collection in Viersen, the Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo and many churches, basilicas and chapels around Straelen and Kevelaer. In Kranenburg, excursionists should make a stop at the Katharinenhof Museum, which itself has some exhibits by Joseph Beuys.
– 7 x overnight stay incl. breakfast
– Admission to Museum Kurhaus Kleve
– Admission to Moyland Castle
– Admission to Krefeld art museums
– Surprise menu in Kevelaer
– Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
– Map material, GPS track and tour description
approx. 326 km
1st day | Arrival Moers
Day 2 | Moers – Duisburg – Krefeld (approx. 50 km)
Day 3 | Krefeld – Viersen – Kempen (approx. 49 km)
Day 4 | Kempen – Venlo – Straelen (approx. 41 km)
Day 5 | Straelen – Kevelaer – Goch (approx. 50 km)
Day 6 | Goch – Kranenburg – Kleve (approx. 41 km)
Day 7 | Kleve – Bedburg-Hau – Kalkar – Xanten (approx. 42 km)
Day 8 | Xanten – Moers and departure (approx. 53 km)
Hotels 3-4* level
Travel dates 2022
Daily, except Wednesdays
Double room per person from € 709,00
Single room per person from € 969,00
Any applicable visitor’s tax, bed taxes and parking fees are not included in the price and must be paid locally.
All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking and in compliance with the Corona Protection Ordinance.
Additional overnight stay possible on request.
02162 / 8179-333
An offer from 2-LAND Reisen, the tour operator of Niederrhein Tourismus. The booking process is handled by 2-LAND Reisen.