Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise auf der Spuren der Hanse, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz

Culin­ary tour of dis­cov­ery on the trail of the Hanseat­ic League

Nieder­rhein Tour­is­mus GmbH

Five day, in­di­vidu­al bi­cycle tour

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Em­bark on a culin­ary and his­tor­ic­al jour­ney by bi­cycle through the Hanseat­ic towns on the Rhine. Nu­mer­ous im­pos­ing build­ings still bear wit­ness to the wealth ac­quired by the towns of the Hanseat­ic peri­od. The most im­port­ant trans­port route for the Hanseat­ic League, Fath­er Rhein, is a con­stant com­pan­ion on your jour­ney. So you go from Hanseat­ic town to Hanseat­ic town, ex­per­i­en­cing nature, cul­ture and beau­ti­ful land­scapes up close and per­son­al. In ad­di­tion to this, you can al­low your­self to be spoiled at se­lec­ted 4* ho­tels. Only one change of loc­a­tion and nu­mer­ous high­lights that can be ex­per­i­enced along the way make your bi­cycle trip a real pleas­ure.

Be­cause of its ex­cel­lent loc­a­tion between the Rhein and the Lippe, Wesel to Köln be­came the most im­port­ant stage and trad­ing centre of the Hanseat­ic peri­od. On the day you ar­rive, ex­plore Wesel with its en­chant­ing build­ings, such as the Town Hall with its his­tor­ic façade or the Wil­lib­ror­di Cathed­ral, and don’t for­get to vis­it the fam­ous don­key of Wesel in front of the Ber­liner Tor. LVR-Nieder­rhe­in­mu­seum Wesel of­fers a com­pre­hens­ive his­tory mu­seum ded­ic­ated to the Nieder­rhein and con­veys the many ties with the Neth­er­lands in a com­pre­hens­ible man­ner. Ex­per­i­ence the blos­som­ing and de­cline of the Hanseat­ic peri­od and find out what happened be­hind the walls of the Prus­si­an fort­ress Wesel.

The small vil­lage of Gri­eth am Rhein with its charm­ing houses is pro­tec­ted by a dyke wall against the mighty force of the flood wa­ters. Cycle through the “out­let” to the banks of the Rhein and ima­gine how towpath horses pulled heavy sail­ing ships up the Rhine on ropes.

On the cobbled mar­ket­place in Kalkar with its Goth­ic Town Hall and the stepped gable houses all around, you can still im­age the me­di­ev­al hustle and bustle of the mar­ket, traders loudly hawk­ing their wares - corn, cloth, fish and beer. The Church of St. Nic­olai with its splen­did in­teri­or bears wit­ness to the wealth of the me­di­ev­al trad­ing town.

The Rhein bridge in Em­merich am Rhein can be seen from quite a dis­tance away and it’s no won­der, be­cause it is the longest sus­pen­sion bridge in Ger­many. Mer­chants and mar­iners ex­pan­ded their trade from here dur­ing the Hanseat­ic peri­od, as evid­enced by the con­tain­er har­bour that still ex­ists today at the end of the Rhein Prom­en­ade with its red para­sols. Take some time to learn about the de­vel­op­ment of ship­ping on the Rhein at the Rhein­mu­seum. 140 mod­els, from log boats to tugs, are to be mar­velled at.

Tour route

1. Stage | Kalkar

2. Stage | Kalkar - Em­merich am Rhein - Kalkar (ca. 64 km)

3. Stage | Kalkar - Wesel (ca. 37 km)

4. Stage | Wesel - Rhein­berg - Wesel (ca. 57 km)

5. Stage | Wesel - Kalkar (ca. 33 km)



  • Four overnight stays at a 4* in­cl. break­fast buf­fet
  • One 3 course meal
  • One ad­mis­sion LVR-Nieder­rhe­in­mu­seum
  • One time cof­fee and cake
  • Lug­gage trans­port from hotel to hotel
  • Ad­mis­sion Rhein­mu­seum Em­merich
  • In­fopack in­cl. maps
  • Free park­ing at the hotel



3-4* ho­tels


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Travel period

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

Duration in days



per person in a double room  from EUR 379,00
per person in a single room from EUR 539,00

Rental bicycles
NiederrheinRad for five days: EUR 40,00
(Pedelecs upon request)

Any applicable spa or bed taxes are not included in the price and must be paid on site. Additional overnight stays possible upon request. All prices apply subject to availability at the time of booking.

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Kulinarische Entdeckungstour auf den Spuren der Hanse, © TWGF Emmerich am Rhein
Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise auf der Spuren der Hanse, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz
Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise auf der Spuren der Hanse, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz
Kulinarische Entdeckungsreise auf der Spuren der Hanse, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz

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