The Lower Rhine region is one of the most beautiful areas in Germany.

This region’s name comes from the longest river in Germany, the Rhine. The Rhine River flows past the town of Kleve, which is well worth seeing and only 4 kilometres away from Bedburg-Hau, and on to the North Sea.

The Lower Rhine region is one of the most popular cycling regions in Germany and scores top marks for having the most extensive network of signposted cycle routes around. This area is not only great for cycling but also for a wide range of other outdoor activities. Anyone who loves jogging, inline-skating, angling, walking, canoeing or simply enjoying nature will feel at home in this rural region of Western Germany.

In the heart of Europe

From the point of view of a traveller, this area is right in the middle of Europe and has excellent connections. The neighbouring Netherlands are just a stone’s throw away. Nimwegen, which is a beautiful town and the oldest the Netherlands has to offer, is only 30 kilometres away from Bedburg-Hau. You also only need to travel 20 kilometres to reach Weeze airport where planes regularly take off for Munich, London, Madrid, Pisa and Porto. Düsseldorf airport is also only 80 kilometres away. This is Germany’s third-largest airport and an international hub – with flights to destinations all over the world. It is also just a quick train ride to the metropolises of Amsterdam (150 km), Brussels (230 km) and Paris (530 km). The old German cities of Aachen (160 km) and Cologne (125 km) – both rich in tradition – are also easily accessible by train. The Ruhr area, the largest metropolitan region in Europe, can be reached by car in just under an hour.

Bedburg-Hau and its surroundings

Culture and history can be experienced close up in the many small towns located in the Lower Rhine region. Xanten, for example, is only a 25-km journey away. This town was founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago and is famous for its archaeological park, its Roman museum and its large cathedral. Xanten is shrouded in legend due to being at the centre of the “Song of the Nibelungs” epic poem. This is where crown prince Siegfried is said to have lived and from where he set out in search of fame and fortune, love and adventure. The Siegfried Museum in Xanten is just as much worth a visit as the Roman amphitheatre and the temple in the archaeological park – or the narrow streets of Xanten that, to this day, are still surrounded by a historic town wall. The district town of Kleve is also worth a trip and is dominated by the Schwanenburg castle – visible from miles around. Kleve is a university town with a large selection of restaurants and nightspots. The museums, famous castle park grounds and a broad range of cultural activities all contribute to the charm of the town. The historic town of Kalkar and the sleepy fishing village of Grieth, right on the banks of the Rhine, are delightful and well worth a visit.