From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe. From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe.

From Cologne to Arnhem, through the largest industrial centre in Europe.

The penultimate section of Eurovélo 15 begins in Cologne and meanders up towards the Netherlands.

The Rhineland city of Cologne is, of course, famous for its cathedral, but it can also boast a chocolate museum and a number of superb Romanesque churches. In Düsseldorf, capital of North Rhine Westphalia, [...] more

we find constructions created by the greatest architects in the world, such as Frank Gehry, who is responsible for the Medienhafen, a former industrial site which has become a truly spectacular and very trendy area. The historic old town, with its rustic cafés and famous exhibitions, such as the Kunstpalast, is the perfect spot for visitors to unwind. Duisburg lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Ruhr - the crossroads for so many forms of communication - is well served by both land and water. At this, the biggest river port in Europe, cyclists can see first hand global trade on taking place on the river channel. Whether on the Rhine harbour or on the peaceful banks of the river, cycling in the Lower Rhine is a wonderful experience. There is always something to see on the Rhine. It is impossible to get bored: ferries, barges, pleasure boats and more. The route is also littered with historic sites, such as the Roman town of Xanten, and idyllic Rhineland walks, such as at Rees or Emmerich-am-Rhein. A few miles across the German-Dutch border, you will arrive in Arnhem, capital of the province of Gelderland.

 

 

  • 220
    LENGHT
    km
  • 650 m
    width of the Rhine at the
    German – Netherlands border
  • 5.2 million
    population of
    the Ruhr

 

  • Xanten Archaeological Park.

    Created by the Romans in the 1st century AD, the Colonia Ulpia Traiana was situated on the banks of the Rhine and was geared towards trade. Since 1975, the largest open-air archaeological park in Germany, at Xanten, has been dedicated to revisiting the past by reconstructing certain buildings, such as the amphitheatre, the temple located near the port, a number of colonnades - giving an impression of daily life 2000 years ago. A great many cultural and historical events are also organised at this ancient Roman site.

  • Historic town centre of Kalkar and fast breeder reactor

    It is worth taking a detour to visit the Church of St. Nicholas in the centre of Kalkar. It has the Passion Altar, by Master Arnt - the most influential artist of the latter part of the 15th century. But Kalkar is also famous for its fast breeder reactor - the largest industrial project in Germany yet to be completed. A nuclear project begun in 1972, the plant had a very short service life, as it closed its doors in 191, following its late launch in 1986. The operation was deemed to costly. In 1995, the complex was transformed into a leisure park, with a conference centre, hotels and restaurants.

  • Zons medieval stronghold

    A journey to medieval times can be made in the city of Zons. The stronghold has been fortified in the Middle Ages to collect the customs duty from all ships heading towards Cologne on the Rhine. Nowadays the city's historic district provides an impressive walk along the city wall - fortified with basalt rocks and dominated by its mighty towers.

  • Benrath Castle and Park in Düsseldorf

    A rococo-style villa, Benrath Castle was erected towards the end of the 18th century by the Elector Palatin Charles-Theodore. With its huge park and pond, it is both an important cultural monument, and also an oasis in the urban sprawl of Düsseldorf. Very well preserved, the castle hosts three museums and is surrounded by a magnificent park measuring several hundred thousand square metres.

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