The city of Kleve is located in the Lower Rhine region and was granted city rights in 1242. Today the city offers numerous sights such as the Schwanenburg as well as the St. Mary’s Assumption Church and the Dutch mill in Donsbrüggen. Due to its proximity to the Reichswald and other nature reserves, Kleve also offers numerous leisure opportunities in natural sites !
The symbol of the city of Kleve is the Schwanenburg, which is already visible from afar, because it was built on the “Kliff” ridge on the one hand, and on the other hand it is of an impressive size. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, the castle has undergone some structural changes throughout its history. The Schwanenburg suffered devastating destruction in the Second World War. Today, however, the historic building shines in its baroque form of the 17th century due to numerous renovation phases. The Schwanenburg is a must for every visitor. The 54 m high swan tower also offers a wonderful view of the city and the Rhine plain. If the visibility is good, you can even look as far as the Reichswald or the Netherlands.
Just take a trip to Kleve and experience the city from its most beautiful sides. Start a tour of the Schwanenburg and then visit the mirror tower, a Gothic building from the 15th century. Then continue in the direction of the market square, on the way there you will meet the 14th century Catholic Church of the Assumption. Another church worth seeing is also on Kavarinerstrasse. Here is the parish church of St. Mary’s Conception, a two-aisled Gothic brick hall with a baroque pulpit and beautifully decorated choir stalls. A must on every tour are the city’s baroque gardens, which the former governor Prince Johann-Moritz von Nassau-Siegen had created in the 17th century.
Highlights from Kleve
- Kirche St. M. Himmelfahrt
- Kurhaus Kleve
- Koekkoek Haus
- Geologisches Museum
- Mühlen Museum
- Neuer Tiergarten (Park)
- Theater im Fluß
- Tiergarten Kleve
Map from Kleve
Another very special eye-catcher is the amphitheater, which has been a European garden monument since 1993, and which delights visitors with its terraces, ponds and fountains. In the immediate vicinity of the fantastic gardens, you will find the “Kurhaus Kleve” museum, which is located in the former Friedrich-Wilhelm-Bad and shows a large and diverse collection of works of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. But Kleve also has a modern side, so the city also invites you to shop. The diverse range of leisure activities also attracts guests to Kleve. Not to be forgotten is the varied program of events. The annual festival highlights include the popular carnival parade, the Easter market, the piano summer, as well as the fun fair and the marksmen´s festival. The Corpus Christi procession, which leads through the streets of Kleve, is very solemn. The end of the event year is the Christmas market, which in addition to numerous craft stands also offers cozy mulled wine stands.
You can find other remarkable monuments and natural sites in the suburbs and in the vicinity of Kleve. These include the Dutch windmill and Gnadenthal Castle in Donsbrüggen, the parish church of St. Willibrord, in which a Roman stone is used as a high altar, and the fortress in Schenkenschanz. Furthermore, the Reichswald in particular serves as a leisure and recreational area for city dwellers. There are numerous parking spaces on the roads to and through the Reichswald from which visitors can start their exploration or hikes through the Reichswald. And as so often on the Lower Rhine, you can also explore Kleve and its surroundings very well by bike. Just go to Kleve and experience the charming city on the Lower Rhine. You can expect some remarkable buildings, a varied range of leisure activities and events as well as shopping opportunities and a wide range of restaurants.