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Blick auf die Niers, © Kreis Viersen

River Niers Cycle Path


A re­lax­ing route for leis­ure cyc­lists and fam­il­ies

An ideal cycle route for fam­il­ies and leis­ure cyc­lists: ex­plor­ing the en­tire length of the River Niers as it winds through the Lower Rhine re­gion.

The Niers winds its way for around 100 kilo­metres through the Lower Rhine re­gion to the Dutch city of Gen­nep. This is the ideal route for cyc­lists who want to fol­low the en­tire course of the river. The River Niers Cycle Path keeps close to the river banks at all times, passing flat mead­ows and fields as well as the pop­lar and wil­low trees which line the Niers. Large por­tions of the Niers low­lands are areas of nature and land­scape con­ser­va­tion due to their biod­iversity. Cyc­lists will eas­ily find a tran­quil spot on the river banks for a pic­nic after a re­lax­ing ride across flat ter­rain.

This level coun­tryside, coupled with the fact that the en­tire route can be cycled in any of three stages, makes the River Niers Cycle Path the ideal choice for leis­ure cyc­lists and young fam­il­ies. The en­tire length of the cycle path is also well sign­pos­ted. And if cyc­lists even­tu­ally get a little tired, they can al­ways hire elec­tric bikes from Nieder­rhe­in­Rad rent­al sta­tions in Goch, Weeze, Kevelaer, Geld­ern, Straelen and Vi­ersen.

As well as get­ting close to nature, cyc­lists on the River Niers Cycle Path can ex­plore many in­ter­est­ing sights: shortly after the trail be­gins in Mönchenglad­bach, Schloss Neersen with its castle park – re­stored from his­tor­ic mod­els – is well worth a vis­it. Near the edge of the urb­an area, traces of the milling in­dustry along the Niers can also be found: there are more than twenty wa­ter mills along the river as far as Süchteln, in­clud­ing the Neersen­er Schlossmühle, the Gib­ber­mühle and the Clörather Mühle. In or­der to pro­tect and de­fend these mills, once so im­port­ant for trade, castles were built on some parts of the Niers ri­verb­ank: Burg Uda in Gre­frath-Oedt is one of these, and its ru­ins are still vis­ible today. Not far from the banks of the Niers, sights also in­clude the Nieder­rhe­in­isches Frei­licht­mu­seum, an open-air mu­seum, and the Doren­burg, a moated castle, as well as nu­mer­ous farm build­ings and work­shops. Vis­it­ors here gain an in­sight in­to life and work in the Lower Rhine re­gion in the late 19th cen­tury. Fol­low­ing the river and cycle path, cyc­lists can also dis­cov­er works of art on the river bank, ex­plore Mariendonk Ab­bey or vis­it Schloss Wis­sen castle in Weeze.

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