Ruhrgebiet Duisburg Landschaftspark, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Tour 2: Nature ad­ven­ture - en­coun­ters with wild bees and beavers

Raw in­dus­tri­al cul­ture, a beaver is­land and hik­ing in the wa­ter world

The second nature tour travels to un­spoilt nature in a closed-down smelt­ing works, wild bees in a world cul­tur­al her­it­age site, the Ro­man town of Co­lo­nia Ulpia Trai­ana and the ?Two lakes hik­ing trail? through the Maas-Schwalm-Nette nature park.

Ruhrgebiet Duisburg Landschaftspark Garten , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

World cul­tur­al her­it­age honey and along the Ruhr river by house­boat.

From in­dus­tri­al cul­ture to the “Wasser­bahnhof” river sta­tion

In the Duis­burg-Nord land­scape park, in­dus­tri­al cul­ture meets nature. Where steel used to be smelted and hammered hard, today, there is a col­our­ful park which is slowly be­ing re­claimed by nature, and which is be­ing used in many dif­fer­ent ways. Take a dive in the gas­o­met­er, try out alpine climb­ing in the former ore stor­age bunker, or com­plete a high rope course in what used to be a cast­ing bay. Any­one want­ing to clam­ber right up to the top can en­joy the view onto the green Ruhr area from a former smelt­ing fur­nace.

There is more in­dus­tri­al cul­ture com­bined with un­tamed nature to be ex­per­i­enced  in Es­sen. In the Zeche Zollver­ein UN­ESCO world cul­tur­al her­it­age site there are no sports on of­fer; in­stead, this is an ex­ample of how nature and in­dus­tri­al cul­ture can be har­mo­ni­ously com­bined. The park is a hab­it­at for bees, and nu­mer­ous oth­er in­sects and even am­phi­bi­ans such as the nat­ter­jack toad have made their home here. Vis­it­ors gain really sur­pris­ing in­sights in­to the vari­ety of spe­cies liv­ing on this dis­used in­dus­tri­al site. Honey bees, wild bees and bumble­bees even pro­duce cul­tur­al her­it­age honey here. It?s def­in­itely worth try­ing!

On­wards by boat. For those who like to tread the ped­als, the Weiße Flotte house­boat is a good way of gently trav­el­ling along the Ruhr river - with a house for cook­ing, sleep­ing and re­lax­a­tion al­ways to hand. The boat trip ends at the idyll­ically situ­ated wa­ter sta­tion on the Schleusen­in­sel is­land in Mül­heim. The is­land is criss-crossed by nu­mer­ous cycle and foot­paths, and a beer garden of­fer­ing a great place to re­lax.

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Bislicher Insel Auenlandschaft, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Beavers, mon­as­tery gar­dens and Ro­mans

Through the flood­plains to the am­phi­theatre

On the second day, the tour travels to the Bis­lich­er In­sel is­land on the Lower Rhine river. The ro­mantic flood­plains con­tain rare plants and an­im­als. Wild Arc­tic geese ar­rive in Oc­to­ber and over­winter here, and great white egrets also find refuge in the wa­ter land­scape. For vis­it­ors want­ing to find out more about beavers, there?s a guided ex­cur­sion to the sand and gravel banks, where they can hunker down and ob­serve these small ro­dents, or at least dis­cov­er their tracks.

The tour con­tin­ues to the gar­dens of Kloster Kamp mon­as­tery in Kamp-Lint­fort. Vis­it­ors can en­joy a walk around the mon­as­tery, through the baroque ter­raced garden and a flower and ve­get­able garden. In the fra­grant herb garden, kit­chen and medi­cin­al herbs are grown, and Fri­day is herb day. As well as in­form­a­tion and guided tours, vis­it­ors are also giv­en the op­por­tun­ity to taste the dif­fer­ent herbs on this day. Any­one want­ing something more sub­stan­tial for lunch can make their way to the Lippeschlösschen res­taur­ant in Wesel. The NRW culin­ary am­bas­sad­or for the Lower Rhine re­gion, Ull­rich Lang­hoff, treats his guests to spe­cial dishes typ­ic­al of the re­gion here.

After tak­ing time out in the mon­as­tery garden and en­joy­ing a hearty lunch, tour par­ti­cipants are taken on a jour­ney through time. Fol­low the traces of the Ro­mans in the largest open-air ar­chae­olo­gic­al mu­seum in Ger­many, the Xanten ar­chae­olo­gic­al park with the Ro­man town of Co­lo­nia Ulpia Trai­ana. The town walls and their gates, hos­tels, the port temple and the am­phi­theatre have been re­built to scale. The arena, where gla­di­at­or and an­im­al fights were once held, is now used as a unique back­drop for rock con­certs, op­er­as and mu­sic­als. For night owls, there are guided tours in dark­ness from Septem­ber to March. Tour groups are guided through the park and in­to the dark arches of the am­phi­theatre by the light of Ro­man lan­terns.

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Galgenvenn im Naturpark Schwalm Nette , © Naturpark Schwalm-Nette

“Two lakes” hik­ing trail

Through mead­ows, forests and heath land­scapes

The fi­nal day of the tour be­gins in the Maas-Schwalm-Nette nature park. In the ?Wasser.Wander.Welt? (?wa­ter.hik­ing.world?), a large num­ber of paths have been laid for hikers and walk­ers, which lead along streams, rivers and lakes, across mead­ows, through forests and heath­land,. The ?Zwei-Seen-Runde? (?Two lakes?) premi­um hik­ing trail near the Schwalmtal val­ley winds its way through wet­lands to the Laarer and Borner See lakes. Here, too, vis­it­ors can dis­cov­er rare an­im­als and plants, in­clud­ing lilies and marsh marigolds, as well as the tracks of beavers, badgers and martens.


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    Terrassengarten des Kloster Kamp von unten, © Antje Zimmermann
    Das Gelände des Unesco-Welterbe Zollverein aus der Luft, © Jochen Tack / Stiftung Zollverein
    Das Stahlwerk in Duisburg präsentiert sich heute in grünem und buntem Gewand, © Thomas Berns
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    Das Naturschutzgebiet Bislicher Insel mit Blick auf den Xantener Dom., © Antje Zimmermann
    Arena im Archäologischer Park Xanten, © Helmut Berns
    Schöne Aussicht auf den See, © Naturpark Schwalm-Nette
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