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Lower Rhine: radial tour 8 days

All-suite comfort in a romantic location at the Rhine

8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
Velociped-Original-Tour
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The Lower Rhine offers the longest network of cycle paths in Germany and from Wesel you can start wonderful day tours in this flat and varied landscape. Visit the important remains of Roman settlements in the Xanten archaeological park, discover the idyllic Raesfeld moated castle in the Münsterland and climb a disused blaste furnace in the Duisburg Nord landscape park. Cycle with pleasure on the Rhine Cycle Path to Emmerich, on the Lower Rhine Route and the Römer-Lippe-Route to Schermbeck, roll through wide nature reserves and use the yaw ferry across the Lippe, which is only available for cyclists and hikers. You always follow well-developed bike paths, cycle on secluded forest paths and roll on former railway lines. In the afternoon, relax in the hotel's spa area, go for a swim in the outdoor pool close to your hotel or in the Auesee, or play a small game of mini golf. Wesel itself attracts with the impressive Willibrordi Cathedral, the Prussian Museum in the former grain depot of the Wesel fortress citadel and a 700 m long promenade as a pedestrian zone. If you want, you can also take a cruise on the Rhine on board of the Mississippi steamer, which docks directly in front of the Welcome Hotel. A varied radial bike tour is guaranteed!

Highlights

Willibrordi Cathedral
During a walk through the cathedral special attention should be paid to the big, colorful window on the western side. The new organ was completed in 2000.

Willibrordi Cathedral

The donkeys of Wesel
The Wesel-Esel-rhyme is very popular throughout Germany. As a result of this famous interaction of the city Wesel and the donkey, there is an art campaign in the city zone with 111 individually designed donkeys along a "Donkey Path".

The donkeys of Wesel

The Black Water near Wesel (Schwarze Wasser bei Wesel)
Embedded in the dune landscape of the Diersfordter Wald northwest of Wesel lies the Schwarze Wasser. It is one of Wesel's most popular recreational areas and is the destination of leisurely hikes and bike tours.

Black Water near Wesel

Xanten
Xanten's old town is charming, tranquil and worth an extensive stroll. Numerous architectural monuments have been preserved, which deserve a close look.

Xanten

Duisburg
Duisburg – the city by the water One of the cities in Germany richest in water. With numerous lakes and canals. 

Duisburg

Port of Duisburg
Ideally located at the intersection of the flows from north to south (Rhine) and from west to east (Ruhr), the location with its excellent connections to the water, rail and road transport modes offers optimum conditions for efficiently bundling global trade and supplying it to the European markets.

Port of Duisburg

Lower Rhine: radial tour 8 days

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8 Days / 7 Nights
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On the outskirts of Wesel, quietly in the countryside and directly on the banks of the Rhine, you will stay the the Welcome Hotel Wesel in a generously equipped, bright suite (at least 50 square meters) with a mini kitchen, separate living room and bedroom and a small balcony. After a nice day trip relax in the hotel's spa area with two saunas, relaxation room, professional massages, cosmetic and beauty treatments (for a fee). Strengthen yourself in the morning with breakfast on the terrace with a view over the Rhine, refresh yourself at the hotel bar after the bike tour and enjoy your evening in the stylish

restaurant "Deichgraf". You can also end the evening in a cozy, rustic style in the associated restaurant "Plückers Q-Stall" with a beer garden. Look forward to a hotel in a quiet location with the best oportunities to relax. You can also enjoy the small marina with restaurants, the Auesee as a local recreation area and the city center of Wesel with a variety of shopping and dining options within walking distances. All in all, a perfect home for a nice Velociped radial bike tour.
Welcome Hotel Wesel

Tour

Wesel, the old Hanseatic city at the Rhine is full of culture, tradition and young life. Particulary worth seeing is the citadel, which is considered to be the largest preserved fortress in the Rhineland and which is the base of the "Prussian Museum" as well as the Willibrordi Cathedral in the middle of the city. The redesigned pedestrian zone is also known as a promenade, a splendid boulevard or the Champs-Elysée of the lower Rhine and attracts a leisurely stroll through the city center. Enjoy this flair on the day of you arrival, then you will be immediately familiar with the many possibilities that Wesel has to offer.
Wesel can be easily reached by train and car. Parking spaces are available for you at the hotel (fee required). Your rental bike will be ready on the day of your arrival and waiting to be used.

The character of your first round tour is very close to nature. On the Lower Rhine north of Wesel, the inland is criss-crossed by wet meadows, small ponds and numerous quarry ponds, which have been developed as recreational areas and the same time, as bird sanctuaries, which not only attract storks. You cycle comfortably through this varied landscape to bathing areas and observation huts, to Diersfordt Castle and small cafes along the way. In Hamminkeln, marvel at the 4x6 m large Christopherus fresco in the Protestant church and take a excursion to the friendly family-run village distillery from 1750 in Ringenberg (+3 km). In the historical distillery museum you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the production of grain brandy, in the small shop you can try it and convince yourself of the distillery quality before you roll back to the hotel in Wesel.

Look forward to the flat Rhine Cycle Path, which you can enjoy to the fullest after the Friedrichsfeld lock. Sometimes on the dike, sometimes along small towns, you cycle through a wonderful nature reserve with fantastic views of the typical Lower Rhine landscape. Behind the mouth of the Emscher, the landscape slowly changes and imposing industrial plants become your new companions. Take a break at Alsumer Berg, from which you can enjoy fantastic views of the vast industrial landscape. You get to the Duisburg district of Meiderich on quiet paths and cycle direktly to the "Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord", a 200 hectare disused ironworks. We recommend that you take part in a highly interesting industiral history tour. In any case, you should climb the disused blast furnace, stroll through former ore bunkers and marvel at the casting hall, gasometer and blower hall. After an impressive tour, you roll 6 km on a comfortable bike path that was laid out on the former railway line to the next train station in Oberhausen-Sterkrade. With 1000 impressions of the day, you start the train ride back to Wesel (duration 23 minutes).

Today's cycling day takes you to the Lippe and the Weser-Dattteln-Canal. It will be exciting right at the beginning of your bike tour, because you will reach the unmanned yaw ferry "Quertreiber" with shich you will cross the Lippe river. The ferry can carry up to 6 persons with bicycles but the cyclists have to operate the ferry on their own. The ferry is kept in the current by an approx. 100 m long suspension cacle. Two free-running chains, which are attached on land and on the ferry, enable the drive. So the passenger can pull the ferry to the other side of the river with the chains. After successfully crossing it, you are quickly at the Wesel-Datteln-Canal, which was built in 1915-1931 as the Lippe side canal. Today it is one of the most important and busiest shipping channels in Germany. The canal runs through the Northern Ruhr area and connects the Rhine near Wesel with the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal near Datteln. Via Schermbeck and the excursion destination Krudenburg you cycle back through the nature reserve Drevenacker Dünen to Wesel to the Welcome Hotel.

Today you shouldn't forget your bathing suit. You cycle the first few kilometers on the Rhine Cycle path to the small ferry "Keer Tröch II" with which you cross over to the left bank of the Rhine. There the two recreational lakes "South Sea" and "North Sea" invite you to take a nice bathing break. You roll through protected floodplains along the broad river to the "Wunderland Kalkar" amusement park. Enjoy your bike route over the longest suspension bridge in Germany, also known as the Golden Gate of the Lower Rhine. This is how you reach the old Hanseatic city of Emmerich with the beautiful Rhine promenade, which invites you to stroll before you start the relaxed journey back to Wesel by train (direct connection, travel time 1 hour).

Today you will experience the most densely wooded day tour of your radial bike tour. You cycle from the Lower Rhine into the Münsterland to the beautiful Raesfeld moated castle. On the typical Pättkes you roll to the Dusk Forest and the historic Raesfeld Zoo, which was laid out in the Renaissance. Today it still provides a natural environmend for a large number of red deer and fallow deer. The cycle path leads right through it and suddenly you are standing at the imposant moat and look at the highest tower of all castles in Westphalia. Take time for a long break, because both the Raesfeld Castle with its knight's hall and the outer bailey are absolutely worth seeing, as is the "Schloss Freiheit", a small medieval panoramic views and the castle cafe with the terrace remains unforgettable. You cycle back via the excursion destination Marienthal, whose monastery church and historic village square invite you to take a break.

Enjoy the Rhine Cycle Route again today. It leads you to the Bislicher Island, a major nature conservation project in a loop of the Old Rhine, and then soon afterwards to Xanten. Look forward to the historic city center, the lavishly decorated St. Viktor's Cathedral and the archeological park with the Roman museum. Take a worthwhile break in this special open-air museum. Be amazed at the historical excavation remains, which today have been reconstructed as a vivid Roman townscape. Stroll through the former Roman city with its amphitheater and harbor temple and let yourself be inspired by the handicraft demonstrations. After a worthwhile visit, enjoy your time on the Xanten market square in the shadow of the cathedral. Enjoy the vastness of the square and relax in one of the nice cafes. The return trip even has a longer incline ready at the end of your radial tour, because the ice age glaciars made this far and left hilly terminal moraines behind. You will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic views. It quickly becomes flat again. With pleasure you follow the cycle path along the historic windmill in Menzelen to the Rhine and back to Wesel.

You have now got to know and fell in love with the Lower Rhine and drive back home with many unexpected impressions - we are firmly convinced of that and are already pleased that you enjoyed it so much!

On this star bike tour we offer you 6 different day tours to choose from and you can decide freely every day which of these tours you would like to take. Only the tour to the Landscape Park Duisburg North is bound to two weekdays (Sat / Sun), in order to be able to experience an exciting industrial history tour there (12:00 or 14:00). All routes lead in the flat landscape of the Lower Rhine on separate bike paths, wide forest paths or small roads without disturbing traffic. Even the Rhine route to Duisburg leads over disused railroad lines to the former ironworks.

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services/ Info

  • Accomodation with breakfast
  • Superior suite with shower/bath/WC
  • Map of bike trails with marked route
  • Digital route guidance via smartphone
  • Tips for tour preparation
  • Touristic information
  • 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the Lower Rhine Radial tour

Below you will find specific information about the radial bike tour at the Lower Rhine. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.

Arrival by train

Wesel is easily accessible from all major cities in Germany by train. Current schedule information and price information can be found here: Train schedule information

Parking facilities at the hotel

You will find parking spaces at the hotel (costs 6 euros per day, as of 2023).

Condition of the bike paths

On the Lower Rhine you will find Germany's longest cycle path network with over 2000 km of signposted routes. We have selected the most beautiful paths for you and combined them into varied day tours. You cycle on comfortable bike paths, on riverside paths and forest paths, on disused railway lines and elevated dam paths or on quiet country roads. Driving directly in traffic is rare.

Available rental bikes

If you choose to rent a Velociped rental bike for the tour, we will provide it at your hotel.
You can choose between woman’s and men's bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel or electric bikes. All ladies' bikes have a low opening that makes mounting and dismounting much easier. The bikes are suitable for all ladies from 150 cm in height and for all gentlemen from 165 cm in height. Should you require an e-bike we provide an Unisex-E-Bike from Velo de Ville.
You simply specify your wishes at time of booking.

Velociped rental bikes

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the Hotel.

The DB tickets required for two stages are not included in the tour price and must be purchased on site, as well as the ferry ticket across the Rhine. These extras cost total approx. € 35.00.

Guided tour of the industrial steelworks in the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m., additionally May - September also Wednesdays at 10.00 a.m.): approx. €15.00.

7 day hotline service

In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

 

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Steffi Groß

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