The city of Wesel is located in the Lower Rhine region and offers numerous sights, a wide range of leisure activities, a diverse program of events and good shopping opportunities. A total of about 60,000 inhabitants live in Wesel and its neighborhoods Bislich, Büderich, Diersfordt, Feldmark, Flüren, Gincerich, Obrighoven-Lackhausen and Schepersfeld. The central place of the former Hanseatic city is the large market, where numerous events take place every year. The city’s landmark is the Berliner Tor, a baroque building from the years 1718 to 1722, and not, as you might suspect, the well-known Willibrordi Cathedral, which protrudes above the roofs of the city at the mouth of the Lippe.
Take a trip to Wesel and visit some of the historic buildings that can be seen, although the city was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Start your tour of the city at the Berliner Tor, which is near the train station. If you continue on Roonstraße in the direction of the Südring, you will come to the fortress citadel, one of the largest surviving fortifications in the Rhineland, which today houses the Schill Museum, a youth center and a music and art school. From here you can already see the famous Willibrordi Cathedral. You can reach the magnificent church either by following the Hansering or by walking through the streets of the city center.
Map from Wesel
A must for every visitor is a visit to the Willibrordi Cathedral, the five-aisled late Gothic sandstone basilica, which was built in several construction phases and lovingly renovated after the Second World War due to numerous destructions. Today, the great building shines again. Also worth seeing is the “Old Waterworks” on Fusternberger Strasse, which with its old steam engines and pumps is one of the most important technical monuments in the Rhineland. Only a frieze of the former “Clever Tor” is preserved today, which now adorns the town hall building. Numerous restaurants and cafes invite you to linger during a city tour. The Kornmarkt, for example, has around 20 pubs that entertain their guests with music, cabaret and art.
The city’s museums are also worth seeing. For example, panel paintings from the late Middle Ages and works by Lower Rhine artists are shown in the Städtisches Museum. In the Schill Museum, documents, pictures and texts document the uprising of the officers of the Schill Free Corps against Napoleon. The Prussian Museum NRW at the old citadel depicts the Prussian history of the Rhineland. The historic water tower also serves as an exhibition location. The Bislich Local History Museum is also located in the Bislich district. Combine a trip to the Bislich Local History Museum with a walk or a bike trip over the dikes. Because this is how you experience the Lower Rhine landscape up close.
Some well-signposted cycle routes invite you to explore Wesel and its surroundings by bike. There are also beautiful hiking trails in the Hohe Mark Nature Park. With a little luck, the Nostalgic Railway is currently traveling from the Rhine promenade in Wesel to the hiking area of the Hohe Mark. The River Lady, an excursion steamer, also starts from the banks of the Rhine for excursions on the Rhine. From above you can discover Wesel and the Lower Rhine during a sightseeing flight that start from the Römerwardt sports airfield.
Canoe tours on the Lippe are also worth mentioning. Other leisure activities in the city of Wesel include the “Rheinaue Park”, which offers opportunities for sailing and surfing, as well as the “Rheinbad”, a popular outdoor pool and ice rink. The marina is also located in the Rheinaue Park. The diverse range of leisure activities is rounded off by numerous events in the city. The Rose Monday parade, Schützenentag and the historic Hansefest are among the annual festival highlights.
Just drive to Wesel and experience a charming city on the Lower Rhine. You can expect some sights, a varied range of leisure activities and events, as well as restaurants & cafes in the city and on the Rhine promenade. If you would like to shop, you will find numerous shops in Weseler City..