The so-called Ketelwald describes a forest area that stretched between Xanten and Nijmegen in the Middle Ages.

However, many parts of this formerly large forest area have been cleared and destroyed. On the German side, the Reichswald remained, which with over 5000 hectares forms the largest contiguous forest area on the Lower Rhine. Today the Reichswald is a recreation area for people from the nearby cities, as well as a drinking water reserve and home to many animals and plants.


Forest Ketelwald

Forest Ketelwald

Nature project Ketewald: Through a project of various nature conservation associations, the still separate Dutch forests around Groesbeek are to be connected with the Reichswald. The aim is to create a unique forest area for both people and animals that may one day be as rich in nature and animals as it was in the past. In particular, the red deer should be given a habitat in which they can spread.

The Reichswald as part of the Ketelwald: The Klever Reichswald Nature Park, with over 5000 hectares, forms the largest contiguous forest area on the Lower Rhine and is very popular. Take a trip to the Reichswald and enjoy the beautiful nature.


Tip: Further information about the Ketelwald project is available at:

Hiking Paths : Numerous hiking trails lead you through the large forest area.

Natural Sites in the Lower Rhine region:

Forest Ketelwald

Location: Lower Rhine


This map shows natural sites and reserves in the region of the Lower Rhine. These offers different hiking paths.

Natural Sites

Leisure Fun Lower Rhine

The region of the Lower Rhine offers a variety of opportunities to make leisure time entertaining, cultural or sporty.

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