Rees on the Rhine is a small town in the region of the lower Rhine and a popular destination in North Rhine-Westphalia. A total of around 20,000 inhabitants live in the districts of Rees, Millingen, Mehr, Haldern, Haffen, Esserden, Empel and Bienen. You can expect some sights, a beautiful Rhine promenade with numerous restaurants & cafes as well as a variety of leisure activities and a wide range of events. There are also tours on the Rhine with the passenger ship “Stadt Rees” from Rees pier. You can also experience numerous sights up close during a city tour or a night watchman tour in Rees with a trained tour guide.
The historic and idyllic town of Rees on the Rhine received an imposing fortification in 1228, which has been well preserved to this day, or has been restored. The Rhine promenade is popular and particularly worth seeing. Its massive walls protect the city from the Rhine flood on the one hand, and invite you for a walk on the other. A tour along the promenade is therefore a must for every visitor.
Why not take a trip to Rees on the Rhine and stroll along the Rhine promenade, from which you not only have a good view of the city and the Rhine, but also some of the city’s extraordinary sights. Numerous cafes and restaurants also invite you to linger and offer a beautiful view of the Rhine and the promenade with its pier. Both harbor tours and excursion boats start from here. It is recommended to take a boat tour or take a ferry across the Rhine, because only from the Rhine can you see the city panorama in all its beauty.
Highlights from Rees
Map from Rees
Places of interest that you should visit include the 13th-century customs tower and the 15th-century mill tower, which is now a popular vantage point. The bronze statue “Dialogue” by the artist J. Ebert also offers a perfect photo motif. In the meantime you can also visit the casemates below the city fortifications. The church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary from the 1820s, built in the classicist style, rises above the roofs of the city. A good way to get to know the city’s history is on the one hand guided city tours, or the “City Museum Koenraad Bosman”, which houses paintings by famous Dutch artists as well as exhibits on the city’s history.
Outside of the historic city center and in the different districts of Rees you will find other interesting and historical buildings as well as natural sites. The Scholten Mühle, a former grain windmill, is located on the edge of the city fortifications and is used for grinding and baking today. The Aspel House is located in the middle of a beautiful landscape park in the Aspel district. The parish church of St. Kosmas and Damian is located in Bienen, but the nature reserve there, in which many rare plants and animals have found a home, is of much greater importance. The Romanesque basilica of St. Quirinus stands out in the Millingen district. Also worth seeing is Heuth Castle in Bienen and Bellinghoven Castle in Haffen. The district of Grietherort is also located in a beautiful landscape.
However, all districts and Rees have one thing in common, they celebrate their marksmen’s festivals every year according to old customs. Further events, such as the pump fair in the city center, or the classical concerts in the Aspel house, as well as various exhibitions in the museums and galleries round off the cultural program of Rees.
The range of sports and leisure activities is closely linked to the beautiful Lower Rhine landscape. The visitor is offered hiking trails as well as cycle paths that lead through the charming Lower Rhine landscape. A very special hiking trail is the “Reeser planet trail”, which represents all the planets of the solar system over a length of about 7 kilometers. A ground sundial, on which every visitor must play the pointer himself, can be found in the sculpture park, which also houses works by German and Dutch artists. For cyclists, the brochure “Bicycle tours around Rees” is recommended, which is available in the tourist information at Markt 1. Of course you can also start cycling on your own, because the bike paths are well signposted. Kuhpfad wishes you a pleasant journey and a pleasant stay.